in the arsehole of diogenes

NEO-HERACLITUS_____________Qweir Notions in the arsehole of Diogenes: weBlog of a septuagenarian Binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Thursday, 20 June 2019

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

"The concept of original sin

 gives us a penetrating insight into human destiny."

- Leszek Kołakowski, 'On the Dilemmas of the Christian Legacy'.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A Brief Guide to Gorgeous Hyænas


Spotted Hyæna: The classic hyæna. Definitely what we all think of when we hear “hyena”. Very good round ears and a really big and cute nose. Also, very powerful jaws that make it a very good eater. Has a very beautiful laugh that deserves to be heard. The perfect doggo imitator. 15/10

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Striped Hyæna: Pointy ears that do a great job picking up sounds. Loves the night and enjoys hunting in the darkness and being home before sunrise. Loves to scream, and scream loudly. Owner of a set of two beautiful eyes. Also, a wonderful actor, able to fool other animals by playing dead. 13/10

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Brown Hyæna: Beautiful, beautiful hair! Most likely has a very good hair care routine. The rarest hyena there is, so it deserves to be cherished. Very strong jaws, capable of breaking bones shortly after birth. Very scary to even larger predators, but they have a heard of gold. FANTASTIC snoot. 14/10

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Aardwolf: The SMALLEST of hyænas.
Please be gentle! Really loves insects, especially termites. Has a long and sticky tongue used for eating termites, making it one of the world’s most profound bleppers. Has a cute fuzzy tail that should be considered one of the wonders of the world. Has tiny ears, tiny paws, and a tiny nose. Overall very dainty but also, very tough. 13/10

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(from Hushpupper.tumblr.com)

Unfortunately, my neighbour's sweet cat  would be the least of the local damage.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Louis XV

(king of France)
famously said
Après moi le déluge.

Now, you don't need
the contacts and networks
or royal insight of a king
or a minister of state,
nor do you need to be
a visionary philosopher :

any thoughtful person
near to or at the bottom
of the social heap

(though you may scoff
at my assumption)

can recognise that
Après nous le catastrophe.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Individual and The Vast Majority

"Mass democracy, mass morality and the mass media thrive independently of the individual,
who joins them only at the cost of at least a partial perversion of his instincts and insights.
He pays for his social ease with what used to be called his soul –
his discriminations, his uniqueness, his psychic energy, his self."

- Al Alvarez, in The Savage God, 1971.

Go - and stay - under their radar.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

The flaw of democracy

lies in the assumption
that most of the voters
are intelligent and informed.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

I looked up Bobo on the Web

and was informed that it was a term
for Bourgeois Bohemians
(rather as Yuppie was a term
for Young Upwardly-mobile Professional People).

But on reading another one of John le Carré's excellent books,
I learn that it is short for
Bollinger Bolsheviks - a more-catchy version of
Champagne Socialists.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Deafened by the noise

of a hundred million strimmers,
they wonder
what happened to the bees.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Friday, 7 June 2019

"Freedom of Information"

The British Government papers
concerning Napoleon's living and dying on
the island of St Helena are still Top Secret
and available to nobody but the Prime Minister.
Is this sinister ?

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

At the International Conference

of Poetry Police
An observer who claimed
That a tree was worth
A thousand poets
Was declared mentally ill
And unfit to work at
The paper-mill.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Friday, 31 May 2019

Language and Fire.

Which came first -
lying or burning ?

There is a limit to learning.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Stupefied by hope ?

Most people seem to believe
that a horrible life
is better than
an elegant death
- for animals too.

Some Ancient Greeks believed
that an inelegant life
demanded an elegant death.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

We rarely give

money to the poor.
But sometimes
we give it to the rich
for the poor, allegedly.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Pathetic species :

when you can't
see the wood for the trees

you chop down
the trees

then fall on your knees.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Westerners judge 'progress'

in Afghanistan
by that its capacity to produce
young female pop-stars
in revealing Western dress.

No wonder the Taliban
control so much of the country.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Once upon

a very recent time,
tourists trudged streets
while gawping glassily
at buildings and shop-fronts,
fountains and plazas
churches and sculptures.

Now I behold them shuffling along
entranced by their tablets and smartphones.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Paradox

Once the brain of the thinker
has been washed
(ineluctably dyed)
by the notion of worth,
the conclusion is reached
that everything human
(including the thinker)
is worthless.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

There's no control

like self-control
and birth control

We are the species
out of control.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Nice poster

which is doing the rounds
and will make not an iota of difference.


Saturday, 18 May 2019

Senile Insouciance.

Some of us
get to the age
when other people
are less interesting
than plants,

so we hope that our smell
or our unzipped
second-hand pants
will keep them at bay.

Friday, 17 May 2019

No lamentation.

Let us not grieve
at all we achieve
besides devastation

(to be empirical)

just birth, overpopulation
and death without salvation

the miracle.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The first small step

towards "Saving the Planet"
would be to stop using the words
animal and beast
as insults.

We haven't got there yet.

Monday, 13 May 2019

A great many disgruntled people

are talking about élites and The Élite 
as they once talked about Jews 
and the World-wide Zionist Conspiracy.  
They'll be lucky that they don't end up
with worse than Donald Trump.


Friday, 10 May 2019

Thursday, 9 May 2019

We are 'intelligent' enough

to learn
to 'find out'
and to 'know'

but too irrational
and erratic
to act upon our knowledge.

Melting acid snow...

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Language demands.

Because we have language
we're always
explaining ourselves
(and the world)
to ourselves.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

We should not kid ourselves

that Christianity
(a religion for the poor in spirit)
spread right through the world
from Greenland to Tasmania
and Patagonia to Japan
because of its peaceful message,

but because of a rapacity
greater and more hypocritical
than that of Islam.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Appearance versus Ancestry

from https://eduardo-.tumblr.com/ :

I once read an article that emphasized there is no such thing as a fish. Sharks and rays, lamprey, lobe-finned fish like lungfish and coelacanth, bichir and sturgeon, and of course the multiple infraclasses of more “modern” fish groups are all only very distantly related to one another. They’ve maintained semi-similar body structures only because there are limited ways to efficiently move through water as a vertebrate. 
This:
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And this
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Are more distantly related from one another than you and I are from a lungfish
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Which is absolutely fuckin wild.
Not only that, but all of us air-breathing land vertebrates, all the lizards and chickens and people and frogs, are closer to one another than those three “fish” are to one another as well.
these:
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are genetically closer than these
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and…
these
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are genetically closer than these
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- and my personal favorite, it really fucks with people…

these
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are more genetically similar than these
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And hares cannot interbreed with rabbits.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Kitsch consciousness

In vitro fertilisation
Curing cancer
Looking for a Unified Theory
Flying to Mars
Thinking of an after-life
while the Burning Mountain
(or the melting glacier)
falls into the sea.

Escurial Beatus Apocalypse MS : The Angel sounds the Second Trump.
Book of Revelations, VIII.                        
 Click to enlarge.

Friday, 3 May 2019

History repeats itself - in spades.

The 'success' of the Roman Empire
(in wiping out large species
and small tribes) depended upon
continuous expansion...
which led to its fragmentation
and collapse.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Few things

are as ugly as a lorry *
or a car,
but a burnt-out vehicle
is sculptural.

* US: truck

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Religionists -

If you wish to glorify The Lord
offer fallen blossoms humbly,
not the sheer vanity
of mosques and temples and cathedrals
built for the rich
to dominate the poor
and poor in spirit like themselves.

Monday, 29 April 2019

In Europe.

For hunger
there are Food-banks, Restaurants du Cœur.

For thirst
there are ponds and puddles.

For sleeping
there are derelict buildings
abandoned cars.

For dying
there is everywhere.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

The banality of category.

Breasts and long hair:
it is called Woman.
Beard and/or chest-hair
and a penis:
it is called Man.
But that is merely appearance.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

The root is the mouth

of the tree.
Pour water there
and it sprouts
green
way above
unlike us.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Sunday, 21 April 2019

"You never feel better than when

you start feeling good
after you have been feeling bad."

Nicely put, William Least Heat Moon in Blue Highways.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Deep question.

Does emotional promiscuity
indicate emotional shallowness
or emotional generosity ?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

VIA : Very Impermanent Art

So much more fun than the permanent stuff.
Ten a minute is the rate of output.

Coupelle [Michel Perfetti] et Yaourt [Anthony Weir], April 2019.