in the arsehole of diogenes

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Practical Religion

करणी माता मंदिर
















In India there is a temple devoted to Holy rats
(called kabbas),
who are fed milk and other delicacies.
In India - and elsewhere in Asia also -
human defecation is a vast problem
(especially for women)
because even simple latrines are relatively rare.
Rats are coprophagous (eat human shit), -
so why not open public lavatories
with cubicles, but without plumbing,
as Sani-Rat-Temples dedicated without detriment
to Karni-Mata and coprolaborative ratolatry

so as to solve the ever-increasing problem
of execrably-ubiquitous human excrement ?

Rats are as edible as dogs and pigs* and pigeons
and many other birds -
but (of course) there would still remain
the problem of their turds...

*Coprophagous rats, dogs and pigs are haram to Muslims
(even in zoos ?)
and are unclean, infect, forbidden flesh for Jews.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Perhaps

nobody is undamaged by civilisation
within whose confines so many millions are destroyed
by disappointment.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Verily, I say unto you

that those who concern themselves
with The Truth
(which cannot be other than a belief)
don't necessarily have an interest
in transparency or truthfulness.


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Friday, 25 July 2014

More on the sometimes irrational Reverence for Reason

by the often-irrational playwright and thinker, George Bernard Shaw:

'The reasonable man attempts to adapt himself to the world,
and the unreasonable man attempts to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all change is created by the unreasonable man.'


Of course, this syllogism (like any other) is true only if the first statement is true.
And of course it is not - or not entirely.
Any human activity can be seen as an attempt to change or manipulate the world.

What is certainly irrational is the ever-increasing worship of action and energy,
production and destruction, alongwith the inability and lack of desire
to be quiet and calm.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Survival of the Fittest.

B I G M O U T H

For World's Sake Stop Worshipping Reason

and the virtues of "rational" thought,
Professor Dawkins,
rather than practising it.
Non-transcendental atheism* is no better than doctrinal religion -
indeed it is a kind of doctrine. Doctrines are never rational
and cause immense distress.

The virtue of augury, for example,
lies in its sheer
randomness ...

* e.g. anti-doctrinal Zen

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The most rational humans have been supplanted

because rational behaviour
is not conducive to survival.
Is this the rational explanation
of the present world-wide
religious revival ?

Monday, 21 July 2014

So much more healthy than butter!

This is how margarine is made.




















Note: some is made from sunflower oil,
and some from palm oil, product of devastated rain-forests.
Canola = rapeseed in British English.

Some reasons why

even The Good News network is depressing:

Organized Wave of Helping Others Sweeps Atlanta.

Environmental Defense Fund aims to Protect Penguins from the Effects of Climate Change.

Dog Hailed As Hero After Alerting Deaf Teen to Fire.

Firefighters Save Exhausted Horse From Mud Pit.


Toddler Saves Elderly Man Locked Inside Hot Car

Germany Pledges $1 Billion to UN Green Climate Fund
“This announcement ends the deafening silence we’ve had so far around the empty Green Climate Fund that is supposed to support poor countries in the battle against climate change,”
Jan Kowalzig, a campaigner with the development charity Oxfam said in an e-mailed statement.
“Now others must follow suit.”

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The happy bonobo's unhappy cousins

gazed at god-droppings
and called them planets and stars,
then, ever tortured by restlessness,
decided to colonise Mars.

Friday, 18 July 2014

An Irish saying worth musing on.

"In every land*,
hardness is in the north of it,
softness in the south,
industry in the east,
fire and inspiration in the west."

*In the Northern Hemisphere, presumably...

As pædophiles are revealed to be legion

and terrorists appear to multiply
no parent or would-be parent
should now be loath
to reflect upon the possibility
that the darling new baby might grow up
to be either, or both.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Security State

in the form of Liberal Democracies says:
“If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.” 
But the reality is that if you want to do something right,
you have quite a lot to fear.
Edward Burke's dictum is ever more often repeated:
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
And lo! most not-bad people can do nothing.
And perhaps, as Karl says,

"All it takes for evil to triumph is for people to exist." 

The Island of Unmarked Graves.

First,
the many hundreds of thousands
of Great Famine victims who perished in the workhouses;

and recently,
the thousands of 'bastard' babies & young children
who died in the Catholic 'Mother and Baby Homes' -

Ireland: 'Land of Saints and Scholars'...


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Masturbation News

Item 1.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Pardons Anti-Masturbation Mascot Arrested For Public Masturbation.

 

Item 2.
























The long list of comments on this site includes:  

Suddenly I feel a lot less conflicted about watching amputee dwarf porn.

Do they eat the fish afterwards???

By George! they may be as intelligent as humans.


My anthro prof saw a chimp use a bloated dead frog for a similar purpose.

It must be all the porn being dumped in the sea.


SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH!

As Communication becomes

ever more fragmented and banal
I fear that friendship becomes ever more
vapid and hollow.

Educational Hubris.

The sad result of being able to read
is that you almost certainly come to believe
that the world is knowable,
and truth definable, describable.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Finds of a Canine Investigator.

http://dreamdogsart.typepad.com/art/2014/07/tyler-foote-finds-a-compendium-of-my-ignorance.html

click the photo to read about and see the exhibition.

Mixed Myths

Eva/Pandora notoriously liberated Discord
with the host of bad things from her jar.

But this was not so terrible
as the (ultimate) release of Hope,
which, re-named Aspiration,
was the sin of Lucifer.

Every civilisation is dystopic.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Considering just 'our' little Solar System,

a human individual on planet Earth
is nothing much.  But our sad cultures
and economies depend on constantly assuring us
that each individual is important, that every
human life is sacred,
despite all evidence to the contrary.

What merit

is there in possessing the faculty of reason
if it is not used, or, worse, craftily misused ?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

True Confession

In a society where nothing true is valued
I am almost happy to be not worth knowing.

'Perhaps the greatest principle in politics

is that people love to be frightened.'
- Michael Oakeshott 

But only up to a point, of course,
and only those people who do not spend their whole lives in fear.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Beating about the Bush.

Child Sexual Abuse & Pædophilia
are today's hot horror-topics in the British press. 
But we never learn who did what to whom,
are not entrusted with the details of the frightfulness.

Friday, 11 July 2014

The Ex-poet's Lament (part-plagiarised)

When I start on a poem I have a simple plan:
say something provocative and be sure to make it scan,
be honest and original, not worry about rhyme
but create a potent word-swell to echo throughout time
;-)
But poems are like lovers: they can bring a little pride -
or else they make you conscious of an emptiness inside.
But I can't stop composing them, and some* are very fine,
while others** are just doggerel that wither on the vine.

*e.g. these
** like this one

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Religion

is a horse-drawn car upon the tramlines of belief.
But - of course -
'spirituality' involves concern about the horse.

Assonant Confession of a Lone Wolf.

Mostly I merely cope with
other people's company.
But cannabis can sometimes help
to relieve their monotony.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

It was inevitable

that worship of busyness (in mediæval monasteries)
should lead to worship of business.

Double standard.

Emotional Intelligence
is held to be A Good Thing,
while Emotional Reasoning is not.
But who can tell where one ends
and the other begins ?  It all depends...

Monday, 7 July 2014

The long and the short of it.

Most of life is unmemorable
and indescribable.

"Everybody wants to 'save' the world -

but no-one wants to help Mom with the dishes,"
wrote P.J. O'Rourke.

A true Dissident is one who likes washing dishes
and knows that the world is unsalvageable.

Yours smugly  :-)

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Excuses for Dumping.


On seeing clearly : Charities.

A few hyper-active people
help to counteract the damage
that millions of other hyper-active people
wreak on each other and the world.
But some of these few, of course
(perhaps self-blindingly)
make the damage worse.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

"A strange peculiarity of the shop was that it bore no signboard.

Once it had had a large signboard which a memorable gale had blown into the Square.  Mr Baines had decided not to replace it.  He had always objected to what he called puffing, and for this reason would never hear of such a thing as a Clearance Sale.  The hatred of puffing grew on him until he came to regard even a sign as puffing.  Uninformed persons who wished to find Baines's must ask and learn.  For Mr Baines, to have replaced the sign would have been to condone, yea, to participate in, the modern craze for unscrupulous self-advertisement."
 
- Arnold Bennett, The Old Wives' Tale.

Mr Baines is a man to admire!

Not following the money.

If Science were a tap
I'd turn it off.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Lines of Defence.

Despite the loss of compulsory heterosexuality
there remain other bastions of normality :
compulsory reproduction,
compulsory education
compulsory nationality...


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Western Mind-set:

Some dogs can learn certain tricks,
therefore all dogs must learn them.

Hence governments have bought
"...that poison-gas of Education
which paralyses ... independent thought..." 

[Norman Douglas]

Life in a big city.
























So much - and so many - so close...