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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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The culture of achievement

People succeed and win
so that others fail and lose.
A saint is one who's happy
just to shine your shoes.
The culture of achievement
is the morality of bereavement
and the happily insignificant
are 'just losers' stuck in queues.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The proper use of intelligence

is to examine our lives,
not to build towers and palaces
upon our inconsequentiality.

The French

for double-entendre
is sous-entendu;
and for bon viveur
is bon vivant.
It's no wonder that the English
and the French are given
to mutual misunderstanding
and mistrust.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Sunday, 26 February 2012

The system

assures us (especially if we're white)
that each of us
is unique, important -
while turning us into mere, dazed,
homogenised consumers.

The system talks of 'society'
though it depends on stamping out
everywhere
both co-operation and self-sufficiency.

The system offers us 'choice'
(of product, of political products)
while depriving us of judgement.
And never the choice of contemplation.

It is no accident that schools don't teach
statistics, logic, metaphysics - for they
might undermine the system,
the religion and the nation.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

I confess

I have an identity on Twitter
because it is the ideal medium
for a suicide note - a last word
if ever I should be so silly
as to write one and could remember
my username and password...

Stephen Hawking intelligently wrote:

"The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet
orbiting round a very average star
in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies."


Unfortunately, like a typical scientist, he also, unintelligently, wrote:

"My goal is simple.
It is a complete understanding of the universe,
why it is as it is and why it exists at all."

Did he never hear of hubris ? Or does he just ignore the evidence ?

Friday, 24 February 2012

Have you noticed

that people are talking much faster than they used to ?
That people are 'living' much faster than they used to
(except I wouldn't call it 'living') ?
That people are dying rather older than they used to ?
Which suggests to me that people
are more socially-engineered than they used to be,
and are turning into well-serviced, high-speed,
producing-consuming robots.

Nietzsche noticed

that God had died.
But who notices the smell
down here in Hell ?

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Chagos - an archipelago in the Indian Ocean.













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The Chagossians used to fish with water-loving dogs
before they were expelled from their lovely islands
by a British 'socialist' government which lent
the archipelago in perpetuity to (who else ?) the USA.

The Chagossians were sent to live in shanties
on Mauritius and the Seychelles.
The dogs were rounded up and gassed en masse,
just 20 years after the Germans
so notoriously did the same to Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, Queers, etc.

Coral became concrete.
The largest island, still an American Base
that no Outsider eyes can gaze upon or criticise.
bristles with antennæ and stuff with which to spy
on you and me, our neighbours and our neighbours' dogs;
the archipelago has been designated the world's largest
Marine Conservation Area - so that if ever the Chagossians are allowed -
by the European Court of Human Rights - to return,
they will not be able to fish,
and will have to live in forced poverty
on miserable hand-outs
and notorious British colonial charity.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Aliens are everywhere

calling themselves
people.

In the past week

my blog received its first visitors
from the republics of Ireland
and Vietnam. But it is unlikely
that they will return.

Monday, 20 February 2012

The false prize only what is false,

so the tiny number of the true
tend their small integrity
completely hid from view.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

The best part of life

is enjoyment of the comfort
of one's insignificance
in the rich infinity of oblivions.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

From the Diogenean Dictionary

Philosophy: the belief that crazy explanations are better than no explanation at all.
Democracy: voting for Barabbas.
Flowers: rarely-grey reproductive parts of plants.
Fascism: naked lust for power.
Socialism: corseted lust for power.
Pop music: music without mystery.
Nationality: a pathetic and aggressive substitute for identity imposed by nation-states.

Friday, 17 February 2012

A former lover















left behind an ŒUVRE
when he died. Of course
his true ambition was
to own a Porsche.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

The castles and the season.

The most offensive stupidity
is the use of reason
to justify the most
blatant irrationality.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Jesus and

Walt Whitman said
that the rich should become poor.
Christians say
that the poor will become rich.
Capitalists know
that the poor will get poorer
so that the rich will get richer
for they reap so very much more than they sow.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Monday, 13 February 2012

"God's Purpose"

(No god, no purpose
but nuclear fission.)

Our mission:
ambition.
Our purpose:
attrition.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

from the Diogenean Dictionary (2)

Society: A criminal enterprise which is divided and ruled.
Bourgeois/Middle-class [adjective]: cruelly optimistic.
Romantic love: romanticised possessiveness.
Duty: refusal to take responsibility for one's own thoughts and actions.
Hope: an opiate as old as religion.
Success: achievement which is rarely its own reward.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

How is it for you, you gaudy schmuck ?

More Diogenean Definitions

Human beings: the only animal without a natural habitat.
Family: an oppressive-aggressive cultural construct.
Civilisation: an ancient, irrational, malignant and probably irreversible cult.
which suppresses attention and glorifies intention.
Capitalism: the conversion of altruism to profitability.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Queen




















of the arms-manufacturers
has reigned for sixty years.

Definitions (3)

Narrowmindedness: not realising the breadth and depth of evil.
School: the most effective way of keeping people infantile.
Sport: the second most effective means of keeping people infantile and of inspiring obedience.
Conspiracy theory: (1) a convoluted explanation of an event, which is very possibly a distorted version of the truth; (2) a diversionary tactic by serious conspirators to discredit those who smell a rat.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

My best physical feature.










My worst features are my feet.

Definitions (4)

Soldier: a trained, armed and licensed killer (or his back-up).
Freedom-fighter: an often-untrained, armed and self-licensed killer.
Democracy: smoke and mirrors guaranteed by force-majeure.
Dictatorship: force-majeure and two-way mirrors.
Sanity: the most popular manifestation of insanity.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Celebrated 'artist' pays for Porsche with sketch.

Van Gogh never managed to sell a single painting.
Despised Modigliani bought a dinner with a drawing.
(Excuse me while I go outside to retch.)

Sunday, 5 February 2012

In the battle

between Good and Evil
we are Evil
- and I haven't the foggiest idea
what is Good. Nor where lies the border.
But there is no such thing
as disorder.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

The five Ms that rule the planet.

There is a terrible and ineluctable connection
between monotheism, monogamy,
'monosensuality', money
and misery.

Friday, 3 February 2012

A droplet of hope for the planet

"Population Decline:
A Third Of Nation's Youth Have 'No Interest' In Sex.


"A startling number of Japanese youths have turned their backs on sex and relationships, a new survey has found.

"The survey, conducted by the Japanese Family Planning Association, found that 36% of males aged 16 to 19 said that they had “no interest” in or even “despised” sex. This is almost a 19% increase since the last survey in 2008.

"The Wall Street Journal reports that a whopping 59% of female respondents aged 16 to 19 said they were uninterested in or averse to sex, a near 12% increase since 2008."

Thursday, 2 February 2012