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Blissful ignorance

((..الجهل نعمة))

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“I hold there is no sin but ignorance.”

— Machiavelli ❱ Marlowe ❱❱ Rethink.

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Spanish Fly 😜
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Lest We Forget.

Esoteric red herrings… now I’m in the fucking know.

— Anna Bidoonism

I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.

— J. K. Rowling

Did you know — I didn’t until I read it tonight — that reading for pleasure in one’s youth is a key factor in determining one’s future “social mobility” (success in later life). OECD Research shows the extent to which one reads for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of that individual [read on…]. I ask you, dear reader (Oh! James: Where art thou?), did you hear about/read:

01. — Future Shock, by Alvin Toffler (1970)

02. — Orientalism, by Edward Saïd (1978)

03. — Imagined Communities, by Benedict Anderson (1983)

04. — The Magic of Reality, by Richard Dawkins (2011)

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Books = a way of escape
Books = a way of escape
Books 📚
Books 📚
Books 📚
Books 📚
The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry
The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry
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Conrad also wrote The Secret Sharer (oh Jay)
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From Russia + Vladimir Nabokov


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Ignorance is bliss
[proverb]
If one is unaware of an unpleasant fact or situation one cannot be troubled by it. — “I don’t want to hear about Trump’s latest tweets, ignorance, in this instance my dear friend, is bliss.”

Red herring
A clue or piece of information which is or is intended to be misleading or distracting. — “The writing of the Secret Sharer is convoluted and full of red herrings.” (Also: ‘a dried smoked herring fish that turns red due to the smoke in the drying process.’)

Delphic
Relating to the ancient Greek oracle at Delphi; to deliberately obscure something; to be or act ambiguously.

Esoteric
Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialised knowledge or interest. — “She grew increasingly frustrated with the esoteric philosophical debates organised by Dr. Humaid.”

Recherché
Rare, exotic, or obscure. — “Some of the idioms he insisted on using were to recherché for most of the students in the Elizabethan era literature class.”

Greek ‘n’ Roman love

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“Love, bittersweet and inescapable, creeps up on me and grabs me once again”

Such heartfelt words expressing personal emotion by the Greek poet Sappho led to a mode of poetry in addition to the histrionic and impersonal epic: a focus on the self. The power of the words used by Roman poet Catullus to describe his heartfelt longing and love (and obsession?) are palpable:-

“…as many as the stars, when night is still,
gazing down on secret human desires:
as many of your kisses kissed
are enough, and more, for mad Catullus”

Together, Catullus and Sappho provide the inspiration for many of the articulations on, and metaphors for, love that have been seen time and again in prose and poetry throughout the ensuing centuries, by way of Shakespeare and Spenser et al., to the present day (e.g., Sergei Yesenin and E. E. Cummings).

In the audio file below (lasting around 28 minutes), academics discuss Greek and Roman love poetry, focusing on Sappho and her erotic descriptions of romance on Lesbos and, the love-hate poems of Catullus.

Greek & Roman Love Poetry
In Our Time, BBC (2007):

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Antony and Cleopatra by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1885)
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Triumph of the Marine Venus by Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1713)
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The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel (1875)


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Palpable
1. (of a feeling or atmosphere) so intense as to seem almost tangible. — “A palpable sense of loss.”
2. Able to be touched or felt.

Tangible
Perceptible by touch. — “The atmosphere of neglect and abandonment was almost tangible.”

Intangible
Something that is unable to be touched; not having physical presence. — “The rose symbolised something intangible about their relationship.”

nil by mouth* **

(don’t) turn a blind eye.

(don’t) walk on by.

As Lucy Mangan says in The Guardian:

“Any nature programme is now, in essence, just a list of things we’re killing; a record for posterity of what we once had and fished, boiled and starved to death via climate breakdown.”

‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ was recently on the box.

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We consume too much & we eat too many creatures (even 1 is 2 many)
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Many humans just dont give a fuck…

* I’m fucking numb: I can’t eat, I can’t sleep. The sea inside on one tide ferments and froths and blusters with the ferocious roaring forties then without warning the hewn cloth sail slips and sags, the tide turns and the sea inside saps and ledens, mirror imaging the gray blank sky above that arches away to nothingness and the Sea of Tranquility — like satellites in the sky I just want to be high (high on YOU my one&only) — and from way up there [[cloud nine and over the bloody sodding moon]] I come cascading down as do radio waves into [and through] the sea of sand that did give birth to you and does slip indefatigably through the narrowest point of the hour glass jar. I cannot close my ears to the castaway’s laments; my eyelids are closed tight but my mind’s eye pierces and fetishises all those cherished yesterdays. Moving swiftly on: I am hoping the BBC YouTube clip ^ is allowed to be viewed in your part of the world; my mate gave me a temporary VPN — call it HotSpot or V”B”N if u wanna — to see some of the show. See this post if you want: Climate change and moral responsibility (it’s a bit philosophical).


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Breathtaking
Something or someone that is/are of astonishing or awe-inspiring quality; so much so that it/they will take one’s breath away. — “Jameela’s beauty was breathtaking and her personality, utterly captivating.”


Don’t turn a blind eye
Turning a blind eye is an idiom describing the ignoring of undesirable information. It’s like ignoring something bad. So by saying ‘don’t turn a blind eye’ I’m saying: Pay attention! Focus on what the fuck’s happening to planet earth.


Don’t walk on by
‘Walk on by’ means to walk past someone, without stopping or saying hello. In a figurative sense, it means to ignore something or someone. So by saying ‘don’t walk on by’ I’m saying: Pay attention! Focus on what the fuck’s happening to planet earth.


Harrowing
Something that is acutely (‘very’ / extremely) distressing and/or upsetting. — “‘Nil By Mouth’ (1997) was a harrowing film about domestic violence.”


** Nil by mouth
Nothing by mouth is a medical instruction meaning to withhold food and fluids. It is also known as nil per os (npo or NPO), a Latin phrase that translates literally to English as “nothing through the mouth.” [[My dear 1, the things your mouth did with highlighter pens quite literally took my breath away.]]


Posterity
Meaning all future generations of people. — “MM’s poetry was supposed to be for posterity but inadvertently morphed (unread) into the belly of a papier-mâché piñata donkey that was beaten to bits by young innocent boys and girls and was swept up and trashed the following day by an unsmiling and petulant cleaner.”


VPN
Virtual Private Network. This is too technical for me to explain to you so I’ll quote with a little bit of poetic license: “VPN extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks by way of encryption.”

📺 ‘Plebs’

I watch while I wait

Plebs — an English television comedy series — makes amusing use of anachronistically modern parlance and concepts in the historical setting of Ancient Rome.


It began broadcasting in March 2013 and is based on residents of Rome living around two millennia ago — in that era, ‘plebs’ were ordinary non-patrician citizens;* they weren’t slaves; they weren’t aristocrats — it is currently in its fifth season I do think.

The show’s format has been compared to Blackadder. Oh me and Manfred we did watch that together entwined as one; hidden away were we: hidden away in plain sight, hidden away in broad daylight.

When in Rome…

❱❱  Mary-en-tall
❱❱  Lend me your eyes
❱❱  📙 I, Claudius
❱❱  Gaius Catullus

…do as the Romans do

Oh and, what’s on the box baby Jay-be-mine-again ?!¡!?


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* As Wikipedia say: “The patricians (from Latin: patricius) were originally a group of ruling class families in ancient Rome. The distinction was highly significant in the Roman Kingdom, and the early Republic, but its relevance waned after the Conflict of the Orders (494 BC to 287 BC), and by the time of the late Republic and Empire, membership in the patriciate was of only nominal significance.”


Anachronistic
Something belonging to a period other than that being portrayed. / Belonging or appropriate to an earlier period. — “Julie is rebelling against the anachronistic morality of her parents.”


Parlance
A particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest. — “Words such as ‘doolally’ and ‘bint’ and ‘shufti’ that were once in common parlance.”


Plebiscite
The direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution. — “The administration will hold a plebiscite for the approval of constitutional reforms.”