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20/01/2020

Musique (519)

Epic Music

Above the light

Tony Gram

Winter colors

A Cerulean State

Perhaps things had finally begun to move

 

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[Musicalmar]
Date anniversaire de la vraie naissance, dans le sang, d'un régime maudit dont l'unique souci est de mener une guerre d'extermination contre les hommes libres. Et tout cela à cause d'un roi faible qui aurait mieux fait de lire et de méditer son histoire romaine.
Propos d'actualité : "Ceux qui ont fait des révolutions ne souffrent pas qu'on en veuille faire après eux."

Écrit par : Blumroch | 21/01/2020

Curieuse coïncidence, avant-hier j'en étais l’exécution de Louis XVI dans la lecture des mémoires de Sanson.

Écrit par : Pharamond | 21/01/2020

@Pharamond : Vous avez de bonnes et instructives lectures. ;-)

Écrit par : Blumroch | 21/01/2020

Je le pense aussi ;-)

Écrit par : Pharamond | 22/01/2020

@Pharamond : Et je parie que vous aviez quelques réticences sur ce témoignage éclairant. ;-)

Écrit par : Blumroch | 22/01/2020

Des réticences, je ne sais pas, mais ses mémoires étant passées entre les mains scribouilleuses du petit-fils tout est possible. Il n'en reste pas moins un document historique passionnant à lire.

Écrit par : Pharamond | 22/01/2020

[Musicalmar en forme de biscuits chinois]
De nombreux programmes existent qui permettent d'afficher, au démarrage ou à la demande, un texte choisi aléatoirement dans des fichiers de "fortune cookies" (citations plus ou moins exactes, plus ou moins facétieuses, plus ou moins intéressantes). Avec les réserves d'usage sur les textes et attributions, voici quelques extraits d'un fichier de "fortune cookies" dont le compilateur ricain n'est probablement pas un gauchiste :
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"The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." -- Thucydides
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"Freedom cannot be granted. It must be taken." -- Max Stirner
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"Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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"The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear -- fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety." -- H.L. Mencken
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"Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists." -- Nikola Tesla
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"There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character." -- H. L. Mencken
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"Anger is the prelude to courage." -- Eric Hoffer
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"If you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust." -- Thomas Aquinas
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"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are." -- H.L. Mencken
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"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once." -- Robert A. Heinlein
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"I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence." -- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
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"Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell
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"Not all those who wander are lost" -- J.R.R. Tolkien
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"Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner." -- Lao Tzu
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"All government, of course, is against liberty." -- H. L. Mencken
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"A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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"To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality." -- P. J. Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, translated by John Beverly Robinson (London: Freedom Press, 1923), pp. 293-294.
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"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty -and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies." -- H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, Feb. 12, 1923.
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"A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority" -- Stanley Milgram, 1965
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"The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison." --- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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"Teach a man to fish and he'll still vote for the guy who gave him a fish." -- anonymous
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"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." -- George Bernard Shaw
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"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress, and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." -- Frederic Bastiat
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"Basically, if people give up their responsibilities, and end up oppressed, it's not the system's fault, it's the people's fault." -- Anonymous
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"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else. " -- Frederic Bastiat
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"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone." -- Frederic Bastiat
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"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell
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"What the large print giveith, the small print takeith away" -- @TheRichDouche
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"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." -- G.K. Chesterton
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"The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away." -- John S. Coleman
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"It will not stop until we act upon one simple axiom: that the power system continues only as long as individuals want it to continue, and it will continue only so long as individuals try to get something for nothing. The day when a majority of individuals declares or acts as if it wants nothing from government, declares it will look after its won welfare and interest, then on that day power elites are doomed." -- Anthony C. Sutton
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"The path to growth is gradual but the road to ruin is rapid." -- Lucius Seneca, Roman philosopher
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"A state is absolute in the sense which I have in mind when it claims the right to a monopoly of all the force within the community, to make war, to make peace, to conscript life, to tax, to establish and disestablish property, to define crime, to punish disobedience, to control education, to supervise the family, to regulate personal habits, and to censor opinions. The modern state claims all of these powers, and, in the matter of theory, there is no real difference in the size of the claim between communists, fascists, and Democrats." -- Walter Lippmann
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"They have the usual socialist disease; they have run out of other people's money." -- Margaret Thatcher
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"Social is the adjectival pretext of every swindle." --- Nicolas Gomez Davila
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"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C. S. Lewis
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"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." --- Charles de Montesquieu
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"Armies are necessary for the defense of governments from their own oppressed and enslaved subjects" -- Leo Tolstoy
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"There are two distinct classes of men -- those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes." -- Thomas Paine
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"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you...you may know that your society is doomed." -- Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
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"If voting could change anything, they would make it illegal" -- Emma Goldman
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"To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury." -- Benjamin Tucker
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"Anything you say can be used against you" -- Miranda warning
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"I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." -- Mark Twain
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"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
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"you make a serious mistake assuming that people in charge know what the hell they're doing." -- Mair's Axiom I
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"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." -- Thomas Jefferson
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"States have always needed intellectuals to con the public into believing that its rule is wise, good, and inevitable" -- Murray Rothbard
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"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master." -- Ayn Rand
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"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." -- Groucho Marx
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"Frank and explicit --- this is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the mind of others." -- Benjamin Disraeli
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"You can fool some of the people all of the time. Those are the ones you should concentrate on." -- George W. Bush
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"In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." -- Napoleon
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"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are stupider." -- Plato
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"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." -- Philip K. Dick
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"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair
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"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind." -- Edward Bernays
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"...If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. you know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks and they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." -- John Swinton, former Chief of Staff for the New York Times
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"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups" -- George Carlin
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"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one." -- Charles MacKay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds
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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the public believes is false" -- William Casey, Director of CIA in his first address to his staff in 1981
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"The world is governed by people entirely different from the ones imagined by those who are unable to see behind the scenes." -- Benjamin Disraeli
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"The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots" -- H. L. Mencken
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"In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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"There is nothing more terrifying than stupidity." -- Werner Herzog
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"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -- H.L. Mencken
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"Sending good people in to reform the state is like sending virgins in to reform the whorehouse" -- Anonymous
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"The REAL "political spectrum" does not run "left to right," it runs "top to bottom." It always has." -- C.O.T.O.
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"The man who has a garden and a library has everything." -- Cicero
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"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."- H. L. Mencken
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"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." -- H. L. Mencken
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"The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression." -- H.L. Mencken
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"No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby." -- H. L. Mencken
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"A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years." -- Lysander Spooner
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"I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote --- who did not even leave the house on Election Day --- am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created." --- George Carlin
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"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." -- Ronald Reagan
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"When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny" -- Thomas Jefferson
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"It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government. " -- Thomas Paine
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"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." -- Robert Heinlein
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"Wars in old times were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is debt." -- Ezra Pound
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"Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: 'Account overdrawn.'" -- Ayn Rand
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"I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution -- taking from the federal government their power of borrowing." -- Thomas Jefferson
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"Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who didn't." -- Ben Franklin
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"We hold these truths to be self-evident... that whenever any form of government becomes destructive... it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it." -- US Declaration of Independence
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"The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer." -- Henry Kissinger
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"The right of self-government does not comprehend the government of others." -- Thomas Jefferson
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"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for." -- Thomas Jefferson
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"The man who reads nothing at all is better than educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers."-- Thomas Jefferson
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Écrit par : Blumroch | 23/01/2020

[Musicalmar platonicien]
La Mite sort du silence :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWn9nZ3z9bc
Bienvenue en Sinistrie.

Écrit par : Blumroch | 23/01/2020

Blumroch > J'ai trouvé quelques citations pour mon prochain billet "Je plussoie" ;-)

Réaliste donc désespérant.

Écrit par : Pharamond | 23/01/2020

@Pharamond : C'est ce que j'espérais. ;-)

J'ai beau n'être pas très malin, plus ça va, plus j'envie les crétins aveugles. Voir le monde tel qu'il est, c'est l'assurance d'une très longue agonie.

Écrit par : Blumroch | 23/01/2020

Passer de l'autre côté du miroir ne se fait pas sans souffrances ni sacrifices et qui plus est sans espoir de retour. Choisit-on vraiment ou bascule-t-on un jour pour différentes raisons ? Peu importe, je ne suis pas plus courageux qu'un autre, mais je ne suis pas de ceux qui ne vont pas chez le dentiste pour ne pas que l'on ne leur trouve une carie.

Écrit par : Pharamond | 23/01/2020

@Pharamond : Certains sont nés de l'autre côté du miroir, qui n'ont pas eu à traverser. J'accuse les histoires romaine et grecque, et de trop nombreux classiques, à commencer par les *Fables* d'un La Fontaine *politique* et le traité de La Boétie. :-(

Écrit par : Blumroch | 23/01/2020

[Musicalmar célébrant la modernitude]
Deux *divertissements* sans rapport avec nos sinistres soucis ordinaires :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrwQ-guwvfs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpKXzL-T0So
Encore que...

Écrit par : Blumroch | 24/01/2020

Je ne suis pas certain que l'on puisse y naître, il y a bien une période pendant laquelle on doit croire à la "normalité" pour se construire à défaut d'une autre réalité.

Pour moi, le passage à été plus basique : "L'heure de Vérité" avec Le Pen en 1983 puis "Mémoire en défense" de Faurisson trois ou quatre ans plus tard.

Écrit par : Pharamond | 24/01/2020

@Pharamond : Suffit de prendre conscience, très tôt, de ce que les historiens sont, en majorité, menteurs ou dissimulateurs, et que la vérité n'intéresse pas grand-monde.

[Musicalmar rectificatif]
J'ai récemment cité un mot que Bergier aimait à rappeler, sur le hanneton qui, ne sachant pas qu'il ne peut pas voler, vole quand même. De fait, le mot serait du grand inventeur Igor Sikorsky. J'ai trouvé deux formulations légèrement différentes, sans lieu ni date :

“According to recognized aero technical tests, the bumblebee cannot fly because of the shape and weight of his body in relation to the total wing area. The bumblebee doesn’t know this, so he goes ahead and flies anyway.”

"According to the laws of aerodynamics, the bumblebee can't fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know the laws of aerodynamics, so it goes ahead and flies."

Dans tous les cas, c'est une préfiguration d'une loi de Clarke.

https://brandongaille.com/15-wonderful-igor-sikorsky-quotes/
https://sikorskyarchives.com/IGOR%20SIKORSKY%20SPEAKS.php

Écrit par : Blumroch | 24/01/2020

Encore faut-il vouloir franchir le pas. Pourquoi certains le font et pas d'autres ?
J'aime beaucoup "Rhinocéros" de Ionesco : dans cette pièce qui dénonce le conformisme - et non le fascisme comme les crétins de profs le répètent aux élèves - seul Béranger qui passait pour un original voire un inadapté quand tout était "normal" reste le seul être normal quand tout bascule dans l'aberration.

Écrit par : Pharamond | 24/01/2020

@Pharamond : La loterie stellaire du Q.I. et du caractère. ;-)

Écrit par : Blumroch | 24/01/2020

[Musicalmar wellsien]
H. G. Wells n'est pas vraiment réputé pour son sens de l'humour. En voici pourtant une manifestation que j'avais oubliée, redécouverte à la faveur d'une récente relecture. C'est dans *The Time Machine*, au cours d'une discussion consacrée au voyage dans le temps :
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“It would be remarkably convenient for the historian,” the Psychologist suggested. “One might travel back and verify the accepted account of the Battle of Hastings, for instance!”

“Don’t you think you would attract attention?” said the Medical Man. “Our ancestors had no great tolerance for anachronisms.”

“One might get one’s Greek from the very lips of Homer and Plato,” the Very Young Man thought.

“In which case they would certainly plough you for the Little-go. The German scholars have improved Greek so much.”[1]
//
Et ces "améliorations" ne concernent pas que l'inoffensif domaine des lettres grecques...

[1] En vieux français, dialecte européen heureusement en voie de disparition mais encore autorisé, pour le moment, par les (autocensuré) de Bruxelles :
//
– Voilà qui serait fameusement commode pour un histo-
rien, suggéra le Psychologue. On pourrait retourner en arrière et vérifier par exemple les récits qu'on nous donne de la bataille de Hastings.
– Ne pensez-vous pas que vous attireriez l'attention ? dit le
médecin. Nos ancêtres ne toléraient guère l'anachronisme.
– On pourrait apprendre le grec des lèvres mêmes d'Homère et de Platon, pensa le Très Jeune Homme.
– Dans ce cas, ils vous feraient coller certainement à votre
premier examen. Les savants allemands ont tellement perfectionné le grec !
//
On notera que celui qui donne la réplique au Very Young Man est *télépathe*. Et dans l'histoire du monde, je vois bien deux ou trois événements un peu plus essentiels à vérifier que le déroulement de la bataille de Hastings. ;-)

Écrit par : Blumroch | 25/01/2020

Blumroch > Oui, mais peut-être autre chose dans la recette recette alchimique.

La bataille de Hastings, pour intéressant que soit le sujet, ne serait effectivement pas ma priorité ;-)

Écrit par : Pharamond | 25/01/2020

@Pharamond : Je vous vois venir : vous iriez à Verdun le 2 mars 1916 ! ;-)

Écrit par : Blumroch | 25/01/2020

Bingo ! Quelle perspicacité !

Écrit par : Pharamond | 25/01/2020

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