Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since 2008.

Sunday, 27 February 2022

Eve said to Adam :

I've been thinking laterally
about that horrible old control-freak,
and I have realised that there is
only a serpentine S
between inane and insane.


'The anti-fascist protective measure'

was how the East German propaganda machine
referred to the 96-mile (160 km) Wall
which divided East from West Berlin
and the 'island' of West Berlin
from the surrounding East German countryside.

Behind that Wall lurked Vladimir Putin.


Saturday, 26 February 2022

Ideally,

suicide should be
an act of ecstasy
and not of misery.

But then...to me, ideally...
human existence would have ceased
and have been
much more temporary.


Time :

an ever-rolling car-wash.


Friday, 25 February 2022

They no longer say

It's for your own good,
which was often bad.

Now they say
It's for your financial
and/or social benefit,

and you are almost glad.


Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Nature and culture.

Evolution favoured hit-and-run sex
amongst humans. The less satisfied the male,
the more females he can impregnate
by rapid, disappointing, serial ejaculation -
which makes me think that enormous numbers
of men get much more joy from 'conquest'
than from copulation.


Revolutionaries

have rarely wanted Liberty 'as such' –
just the freedom to emulate the rich.


Tuesday, 22 February 2022

One of the many big problems

of a culture which worships the ego
and compartmentalises the whole of existence
is that it creates self-loathing
in the palace of SELF,
and a morass of conflict in the refugee-camp
called SEX.


Imagine !

It is possible to destroy a whole planet
through bad parenting !


Monday, 21 February 2022

"If you give it oxygen, a language starts to bark...

I've met Zionists. They are re-learning Hebrew. 
The Jews will bark in Hebrew,
they'll bark in a language that's been safe
from barking for two thousand years...

"...They will kill, too. We'll have to get used to it.
They'll learn how to bark and to kill.  If the Jews
are a people and have a land, a country, this war
[World War Two]
will have created yet another murderous nation." 

- Soazig Aaron : Refusal [Le Non de Klara] 2002.


Sunday, 20 February 2022

Saturday, 19 February 2022

Thinking of Elizabeth Bishop.

The art of losing well is hard to master.

We're not losing the planet prettily;

its loss is our disaster.

We'll end up as Bukowski's cat, crying

in deep shit - or alabaster

ever incapable of fun or laughter.

Death is in love with dying.


Today's Interesting Fact.

The word “addiction”
was first applied to chocolate.


Friday, 18 February 2022

There he was, the old fraud,

in a dirty back room, sly
and slouching on filthy old cushions,
watching the half-shattered screen,
fumbling, forlorn -
nothing done : not the dishes,
the washing, the cooking,
the crossword - all undone :
his ridiculous plans for the planet, his fly. 
He was gazing at horrible porn.

He was God. 


Dublin mural.

 


Thursday, 17 February 2022

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Another horrifying little detail of colonial history.

In the 1860s, throughout the islands of the Pacific,
tens of thousands of boys and young men
were kidnapped from beaches and put onto boats.
They were then taken thousands of kilometres away to Australia,
where they were made to work and die on sugar-cane plantations.

The male population of the tiny island of Tanna
in the Vanuatu archipelago
(formerly the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides),
almost died out completely. 


Dear Doctors,

The maiming of death
is a waste of the breath
of the world.
Yours despairingly,
Enjoying Entropy.


Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Time

is not 'an ever-flowing stream'
or a river with a source and mouth.
Might it be 
an ocean,
a whirlpool
a well
a useful notion
a fantasy on which
our foaming minds can swell ?


Monday, 14 February 2022

Gems from 'Mein Kampf'.

Surely, I thought, the dog-loving Adolf Hitler
must have said one or two good
(or at least interesting) things in his thick declaration.
And indeed he did...just a few.

• 'In certain circles honesty is taken as an index of stupidity.'

 'There is a better chance of seeing a camel pass through the eye of a needle than of seeing a really great man 'discovered' through an election.'

 'Whenever human activity is directed exclusively to the service of the instinct for self-preservation it is called theft or usury, robbery or burglary etc.'

 'Those who have no understanding of the political world around them have no right to criticise or complain.'

 'His own fight for existence kills his sensibility for the misery of those who have been left behind.'

 'I can fight only for something that I love. I can love only what I respect. And in order to respect a thing I must at least have some knowledge of it.'

 'In this world is not the creative act of the genius always a protest against the inertia of the mass?'

 'I wanted to become a painter and no power in the world could force me to become a civil servant.'

 'Be proud of your compatriots when you don't have to be ashamed of any of its social classes.

                                   [I guess the best way to achieve that is to eliminate the social class(es) which engender your shame.]


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Sunday, 13 February 2022

Words.

The fewer the better.

Give comes before My
Take comes before Away
Refuse comes before Please

I didn't know before I could talk
that the greatest privilege is
the right to be silent.


Rigidly Binary.

The philosopher Mary Midgley compiled a list
of cultural opposites in 1985,
reminiscent of the Pythagoreans’ idea of opposing principles,
which included:

Hard / Soft

Reason / Feeling, Emotion

Objective / Subjective

Quantity / Quality

Male / Female

Clarity / Mystery...

Midgley commented that the list served for scientists as a ‘mental map …
marked firmly with the general direction “keep to the left”’.


Saturday, 12 February 2022

Unfortunately,

genius, talent, perseverance, determination
are rarely their own reward.


Paradise,

a construct of civilisation,
offers the consolatory opposite
of civilised life.


Friday, 11 February 2022

Maybe

Jesus was fat like the Buddha
and the Buddha was Jesus-thin.
What a change of perception
by iconographic whim !


Thursday, 10 February 2022

The Genius of Tyrants and Dictators

lies in realising just how stupid and servile
most people are.  Mass-democracy is blighted
by the failure to create populations cleverer and more aware,
less fissile, self-serving and short-sighted.


Wednesday, 9 February 2022

There is an old joke about

people in the Middle Ages being so backward that they didn't realise they were living in the Middle Ages

and men in the trenches of 1916 not knowing they were in the middle of the First World War

and us blissfully unaware that we are living at the end of the world.

what world ?   which we ?  what end ?

 

Aspiration

is the most destructive
manifestation
of desperation.


Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Sunday, 6 February 2022

Beyond the pain

of consciousness I have glimpsed
a temporary Heaven
in gooseberry fool and biscuity champagne.


Saturday, 5 February 2022

A Nietzschean Pronouncement.

So as to suffer comfort
beyond the dreams of Titus Andronicus,
Haroun al-Rashid or Suleyman the Magnificent,
we have to fight every waking hour
against a genial human nature,
and Nature in general - and are driven mad
by our ravages. Civilisation is
a diabolical conspiracy of savages.


My Canadian friend in London

sent me this photo, by an English friend
in South Australia, of two happy frogs.



Good news.

Since the 1970s, the problem for suiciders
has been in finding a quick and painless pill
to bring on The End.  

Nembutal (Sodium pentobarbital,
which once gave me wonderful dreams)
is now available only to ancient addicts,
veterinarians (for supplying a kind exit
for animals) - or in Mexico.  

So you need to be rich (and aware of scams)
or to have a friend who is a suicide-friendly
animal doctor in order to get it.

But help is at hand! Fentanyl 
is here.  A few grains are enough to kill
you quickly, efficiently and painlessly.

You only have to slum it for a bit
take a brief walk on the dark side -
though that might be as difficult
as getting to a pharmacy in Mexico.


Friday, 4 February 2022

Never trust people

in authority
because all authority
is bogus.

 

For centuries

people (mainly men) have played
intelligent games (backgammon,
chess and checkers, senet, go, oware/mancala...)
More recently, bridge, mah jongg and scrabble
became popular.  But if further evidence
were needed of the infantilisation of the species,
it is supplied by the sudden popularity
of Wordle, a pointless puzzle-game
of chance much sillier than crosswords.


Thursday, 3 February 2022

The worst addiction :

ambition.

(?)


In the beginning

was begetting
and then the idea
of beginning
which presaged the end.
And 'beginning' became a word,
and words became lies,
and the lies were beguiling,
and the lie became divine.


Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Modern Sheople

like music
that sounds like
terrible traffic.

 

Framed.


 

Even as Thomas Hardy

was composing his poem
the men harrowing clods in all weathers
were being replaced by machinery,
which would make European nations
ever more powerful and arrogant.


Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Success

is mostly a matter of expectation.

(The greatest success is muddling through.)

Pity those poor failures
who had hoped
to go through life
unnoticed!


So neatly put !

"I think that at this point in life -
after ten or so years of a proliferative mode in the online idiom -
there is a craving to return to an earlier, slower internet."

- Brandon Taylor, writing about Wordle.


'Primitive People'

did not, I think, 'believe in spirits',
but rather, respected the numinosity
of nature, and its lack
of human ugliness.


Better to prevent

the world from changing us
than to try to change the world.