Other Voices, Other Misfortunes – Today’s Happening

It is understandable: Roger Waters, after the last interview on CNN, began to lose popularity. Great if it isn’t blocked. There is more room for “USB” musicians who do not play any instrument. We’re not sure if David Guetta can talk for more than 5 minutes, so we probably don’t want to risk an interview with His Lordship…
In any case, I am glad that the people of Bucharest put their feet in the door and were able to save the capital from the attempt of the “smart men” of Indescribable To confiscate Izvor Park because of the so-called “cultural activities” they were proposing to the municipality. We want to associate the term “culture” with this type of festival, when in fact it is just entertainment. Very low value entertainment. It is precisely for this reason, I believe, that we, the Romans, may give one leu to each of us, as our ancestors gave to Athenians, to the unspeakable organizers, on condition that they take a perpetual leave. In this way, we will save the cities in Romania from their increasingly aggressive aggressiveness.

But I am really afraid that it will be more difficult with this culture … I did not even have time to write the above, because on TV I saw an interview with … a chef. I knew that when there was still journalism, interviews were done with characters and not with characters. But I accepted that the press was dead and that we were left with only “the media,” so I listened to the interview, hoping to learn some new soup or soup recipe. OK I will! The chef kept talking about the “great” culture. More specifically, he was declaring that the process of cooking in the kitchen had “abandoned itself”, somehow coming out from behind the stove and literally occupying the restaurant. He said the chef is nothing more and nothing less than…a manager. And the restaurant, and diners, and sundaes, and dishwashers, and parsley, and onions, and cauliflower are, in fact, sophisticated theatrical characters … theatrical we, those who go to the restaurant because we want to eat because we are hungry, we cannot fathom, that is, discover the cultural and artistic value of a meal What. Here, I admit that I got chills and changed the TV channel. I get hard times for most of us, who, when we’re hungry, go to the restaurant, not the theatre. The future will entail a commitment to discovering the new theatrical art proposed by the star chef. Naiba went for simple hunger food, parisiere with bread, bacon with onions, cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers and even sausage with mashed potatoes, grilled sirloin, belly soup, or grilled pork shoulder with french fries…

But to whom do we owe this huge and painful fall? One view, which I have swept around, is that slowly, slowly, in the past decades, the “nodes” of that “network” of true intellectuals – from politics and society – have either disappeared or been removed one by one. Extraordinary value net: the one that saved the world from the free fall in which it finds itself today.
It was a pleasure to hear the voices of the social elite and especially the politicians only in the councils of Ebonites. And when only their faces appeared on the stupid newspaper. People did not distinguish their faces in detail as they do today.
Looking at them closely, in the thousands of entries in the media, (they were invited to performances, or photographed in unwanted situations, against their will), it seems that you cannot avoid the idea of ​​Chaser Lombroso’s theory of atavism, which claims that some people can Be evolutionarily backward primitive compared to ordinary citizens. Most of them are bad, wild, aggressive, primitive, but they can not even be compared with plants or animals. What is Cesar Lombroso’s theory of tacitness?

Atavic, derived from the word ancestor in Latin. And those that Lombroso studied are nothing but “genetic reflections”. That is, in his life one feels the presence of a genetic trait inherited from a distant ancestor that did not appear in the most recent ancestors, a gap, an evolutionary gap, leading to a return to the previous type of man. People with what psychologists call “aggressive behavior”: they break the law (in general) and the rules of human coexistence.
I was talking with my friend Meryl Correa that day and I was telling him that I was amazed that our attention in all the valuable books of great literature had brought our attention to the catastrophe with which we would end. I was telling him that soon, my opinion written in press transcripts would have no purpose. It will suffice passages from great books that might require a more careful re-reading. The audience would be infinitely better off.

For example, if we re-read the novel “Alte glasuri, alte chaperi” by Truman Capote, we think that we are now experiencing this atmosphere. The characters and places are blurry, and nothing is what it seems. Everything is ‘innocence and guilt, flight and collapse, the life of the inhabitants of the small southern town of Nun City unfolds in a vacillating rhythm, in which the darkness of some existence oscillates, humble and precarious, between defiance and superstition, daring. And fear, as well as the coarseness of seemingly restrained faces, not Volcanic vibes remain trapped in cages of extreme militancy in a society that has always preferred crutches over wings.Characters simply stem from the magma of uncertainty, giving the impression that they are swimming in the opposite direction in search of appropriate explanations to envelop them in nights of nostalgia and solitude, when equilibrium is struck and fear and regret over things, but especially of things not done, and whispered early on the Austrian strangling ”- someone who likes the writings of Capote, but also with the writings of Mircea Ivănescu, may say …

Mircea Ivănescu, who translated this book, loved these sad characters, in whose life there were gaps and unfilled voids, especially in childhood. I was talking to him and his wife, Stella, on long winter afternoons, about this kind of Atavism. At that time, when I was very young, I thought that the great poet and translator was sensitive to this kind of people, because he also had his share of dramas in the family. Anyway, Ivănescu produced a huge attraction for me. He was speaking in a low, neutral voice, without any accents or anything like that. We were all drawn by the light of his vast culture and sincere friendship, without a trace of affirmation. But I was naive enough at the time to realize that the poet was showing us people and characters, and trying, through the books he gave us to read, to warn us of what we would someday experience. He wanted to prepare us through literature to be able to resist in the other worlds in which we would live.

Just like the person we live in (nota bene: to live does not mean to live!) today, “black and white merging forbiddenly, creating drama, illusions, and hopes painted with the contagious clumsiness that characterizes the stubborn duality of human nature.”
Everything was born by these people, those who, by our indifference, have replaced the “outdated” political and cultural elite, those whom we see daily in the media. If you look closely at their faces, few betray any sense of interest in serving the people to the best of their ability, the people to whom they pledge allegiance. For some, the oath moment is a pathetic parody, ending with three quick crosses, and they do it hoping the party will end faster…

Sylvain Tomkins – a psychologist and one of the most famous researchers of human personality, said that every time we experience a basic emotion, it is automatically expressed by the 43 muscles of the face. The emotion on the human face remains very little but is always present. There are 5 universal feelings. Happiness, sadness, fear, anger, contempt, disgust, the emphatic form of contempt.

Therefore, the expressive system is involuntary and cannot deceive, unable to coordinate.

“The face is like a penis!” That is, human physiognomy, to a large extent, says Sylvain Tomkins, has a mind of its own, as does the male organ. The face betrays and betrays. You can read some of Tomkins’ writing in Malcolm Gladwell (journalist and writer) Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking which is also concerned with the way we understand the people we look at.

One thing is for sure. More often than not our public figures, especially on political talk shows where they are confronted by honest journalists, show nothing but fear, annoyance, anger, contempt, aggression or disgust. My opinion is that in recent years they have not even made efforts to hide their feelings … The only exceptions are those who fall into a hideous, poorly played populism, which is usually seen from the post office.

I am not trying, as it happens today, to blame only politicians. We are weak, cowardly and vile, and we are common people everywhere. We take everything in great strides, especially if we find some form of personal salvation. But it is precisely for this reason that some of us, knowing that we are weak, would like, every time we vote, there should at least be a change. We wish our destiny to be judged better, smarter, less selfish, greedy, or greedy. We would like them to know and be able to talk to us without populism, to believe in God, and to really be part of the world of the social and cultural elite.

But how can this dream be fulfilled, when everywhere we see more and more characters and not characters? How, when the public political arena is increasingly filled with Lombroso’s avatars? My opinion is that the solutions to these problems can also be found in the great books of world literature. But I could be very wrong. Sylvain Tomkins’ words: “Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one.”

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