Monday, 30 September 2013

A Defence of Schopenhauer (from an attack by Donald DeMarco)

I cannot countenance mindless attacks by supposedly 'moral' religious people against men who speak the truth.  What I find particularly galling is the fact that religious men claim to have an 'exclusive' authority over all moral matters, a holier-than-thou attitude, just because they subscribe to a belief system that some people call 'the one true faith'.

I could probably ramble on all day about such religious people, but that wouldn't achieve much, and would just waste time, so I'll get to the point of this post which is very simple:
To defend Arthur Schopenhauer from a seemingly mindless attack by Catholic Donald Demarco, who labels Schopenhauer as an 'Architect of Death'.

That's an impressive title I think you'll agree: 'The Architect of Death'!  The horrific crimes that Arthur Schopenhauer committed to get this acrimonious title include:
- Writing books.
- Learning to play the flute.

Writing books!  Sacre bleu!  That's enough to warrant 'Architect of Death' if ever I saw it!  These are truelly death-like activities...  Oh no, I'm not being sarcastic!  No, really I'm not!  In the wrong hands a flute can be deadly!

Anyway... Donald DeMarco's attacks on Schopenhauer are 'seemingly mindless' because the amount of un-truth he writes implies that he must have been absent minded whilst writing his diatribe against Schopenhauer.  Either that or he is just another 'partisan hack' whose only interest is to distance modern men from the works of a genius.  A genius who would help men to see what the world and women are really like. 

Schopenhauer's thoughts of women are quite unlike Mr Demarcos.  Mr DeMarco probably percieves women as 'Virgin Maries' (the kind of 'Virgin Mary' that Catholics have constructed, not the Mary that is written about in the New Testament.  Just download a copy of the bible and search for 'Mary' and you won't find much said about her.  It makes you see how much 'creative extrapolation' Christians indulge in...)  Mind you, Mr Demarco is in good company when it comes to venerating women, Catholics seemingly pray to Mary more than they do to Jesus, the man they consider to be God!  Not forgetting that 'Virgin Mary' is actually a mistranslation and in reality should read 'young maid' as is shown HERE.

Now onto the article itself.  Donald Demarco's original comments are in quotes and italicized, with my own comments are just beneath.  Each comment is separated by a few asterixes for ease of reading.  There are lots of comments because pretty much everything that Mr Demarco writes is erroneous (it makes one wonder how valuable 'theological doctorates' really are.)  There is a link to the original article HERE.

 
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René Descartes separated mind from matter and tried to re-connect them. Schopenhauer outlined a differed kind of dualism, one between mind and life, in which the latter dominated the former. He portrayed mind and life as antagonistic to each other, while despising life as the hapless instrument of an engulfing Will.
Schopenhauer didn't depsise life. He encourage people to enjoy life and pursue the higher arts, and higher cultures.


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Here is the re-introduction of a Manichaean spirit – a fear of the flesh – that Christianity, based as it is on the Incarnation of Christ, has always endeavored to eradicate.
Christ encouraged people not to marry and not to have children as is shown HERE. This is more of a fear of the flesh than Schopenhauers writings and life.


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Schopenhauer's extreme, antagonistic dualism leads directly to his degradation of women.
This is untrue. Schopenhauer recommends that men should speak to women when they have monetary problems.


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He separates the sexes in the same way that he separates life from mind.
No. He separates them in the same way that one separates water and flour: so that they can be identified and their attributes understood. If we didn't separate water and flour and consider them as different things then we wouldn't be able to identify them and make the best of them. Water as a thing to drink and flour as a thing to bake and eat.


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Only men are capable of genius.  Women are the passive servants of Will. In his "Essay on Women," he scorns their beauty and contends that women "are incapable of taking a purely objective interest in anything . . .The most distinguished intellects among the whole sex have never managed to produce a single achievement in the fine arts that is really genuine and original; or given to the world any work of permanent value in any sphere." 
Other writers have remarked on womens tendency to only take interest in things that allow them to 'find a husband', including Otto Weininger. A modern day example of this is the woman who goes to university, or goes to Games Workshop 'to find a boyfriend'. She has no interest in the topics themselves, she is only using them as a means of finding a 'husband/cash-cow' to leesh and take down the alter.

As for the remark that only men are creators: Check out the gender ratio of the patents office. Nearly all inventions are made by men. Men even invented things specific to women like tampons (Dr Earle Hass) and vibrators (by various men). Women are deficient in the creative faculties relative to men, though of course some women are creative, but they are commonly married to creative men like Mr Curie and Mrs Curie.

Finally men have higher IQs, make more inovations/inventions, and have more nerves in their brain (where thinking goes on).  It should also be noted that Schopenhauer thought that children inherited their intellect from their mother and their will from their father, which is contrary to the writings of DeMarco, which leads one to believe that Schopenhauer considered women to be intellectual vacuums: Schopenhauer believed that a person inherits his level of intellect through his mother, and personal character through one's father. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer#Heredity_and_eugenics)

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He regards women as either shrews or sinners; he could envision no other type.
Since the 1960's when women had the pill, free-love has been the norm, followed by bouts of 'anti-male sex' hysteria (cf. the attack on Lads Mags but not on Vibrators and Dildos sold on the high street by Anne Summers.


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He believes that deceit is inherent to women and doubts whether they should ever be put under oath.
Women lie, quite often. Always about how many sexual partners they've had, as shown HERE and HERE, and often about rape as is shown HERE and HERE, or just google the relevant terms.


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He accuses women of thinking that it is a man's business to make money and theirs to spend it.
CSA (Child Support Agency) all extort money from men to give to men as argued by Fathers for Justice HERE. Also see these comments on Schopenhauers own spend-thrift mother: Her income as a writer could not keep up with her spendthrift habits, however and she lived with her daughter in Bonn as an economy. The pair's finances continued to decline and she petitioned Karl Friedrich, Duke of Weimar who granted her a small pension in 1837 inviting her and her daughter to live in Jena. (Source: http://www.dictionaryofarthistorians.org/schopenhauerj.htm)


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He indicts them for their extravagance, complaining that "their chief out-door sport is shopping."
The feminised Western World is now a shoppers paradise and imports more than it exports.


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Rather caustically, he remarks that, "When the laws gave women equal rights, they ought also to have endowed them with masculine intellects."
See the previous note on female IQ.



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Schopenhauer's literary executors saw fit to suppress some of his remarks about the female sex. Those that were published, however, were more than enough to establish his reputation as a man who did not think very highly of women.
As did the very Christian and very Catholic 'Saint' Augstine.


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Schopenhauer's extreme, antagonistic dualism leads directly to his degradation of women. He separates the sexes in the same way that he separates life from mind.
Unlike Christian monasteries and Nunneries you mean... Which have been keeping the genders apart since the time of the 'desert fathers', roughly 1,500 years ago. No dualistic separation there at all!


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Schopenhauer's philosophy may be conveniently summarized by a concatenation of three words: Will – Strife – Misery.
No, actually, he said that a man should dedicate himself to the higher arts. Demarco is mixing up his own Christian view on existence which is of course: "Pick up your cross daily". Roughly translates into "suffer for your beliefs" - note the word 'suffer', which implies strife and misery.


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Will exerts itself everywhere as a primordial urge to beget life. But since it proceeds without any principle of organization – what Medieval philosophers and theologians referred to as Providence – the stage is set for untold struggle and strife.
Will/Being is a tool of God. The angel Gabriel is just a name which means 'power'.  Christians have 'Angels' and pagans have 'Gods', they are both the same thing. Like 'water' and 'aqua', or 'red' and 'rouge'.


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As each individual living thing strives to continue in existence, the world becomes a vast field of conflict.
In the Christian world this suffering is called 'righteous suffering': Picking up your Cross daily. Like Meister Eckhart said: All that a man bears for God's sake, God makes light and sweet for him... If all was right with you, your sufferings would no longer be suffering, but love and comfort.
(Source: http://www.ellopos.net/theology/eckhart_suffering.html)


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This cruel, rapacious, and heartless conflict invariably breeds much misery. And it is the human being that experiences misery in its most acute form. It is a case of homo homini lupus est (man is a wolf to his fellow man). "The miseries in life can so increase," he tells us, "that the death which hitherto has been feared above all things is eagerly seized upon." Hence, it may very well be that "the brevity of life, which is so constantly lamented, may be the best quality it possesses." The elderly, often wretched, desire death. Those who die young are blessed by life's most singular virtue.
Christ encouraged men to not marry and to not have children, as is shown HERE.  If you're in doubt of this, and believe that Christ encouraged marriage and children, then download a html copy of the bible and search for the terms marriage, children, etc, and then you can find out for yourself.  What this shows is that Christs views on the world are similar to Schopenhauers, inasmuch as they do not encourage having children.


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It is supremely ironic that radical feminism in the contemporary world, especially the variety that is repulsed by a woman's biological nature, has philosophical and historical roots in the one thinker whose misogyny is without peer.
This is utterly wrong to call Schopenhauer a misogynist. It is a knee-jerk reaction. Typical from someone who is without a calm disposition.  It is nothing more than an unconsidered quip. Here are Schopenhauers thoughts on why men benefit from hearing womens advice once in a blue moon: To consult women in matters of difficulty, as the Germans used to do in old times, is by no means a matter to be overlooked; for their way of grasping a thing is quite different from ours, chiefly because they like the shortest way to the point, and usually keep their attention fixed upon what lies nearest; while we, as a rule, see beyond it, for the simple reason that it lies under our nose; it then becomes necessary for us to be brought back to the thing in order to obtain a near and simple view. This is why women are more sober in their judgment than we, and why they see nothing more in things than is really there; while we, if our passions are roused, slightly exaggerate or add to our imagination. 
(Source: http://www.egs.edu/library/arthur-schopenhauer/articles/essays-of-schopenhauer/on-women/)


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It is equally ironic that the philosopher who identifies the metaphysical core of reality with Nature and Life, envisions life as a curse and death as a release from its misery.
No.  Schopenhauer identifies it with 'Will' and 'The Thing in Itself'. It is not bound to corporeal matter, but also to abstract things.


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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Havamal Snippets 93: Another man's love no man must ever mock

Do not mock the lack of beauty in another mans wife, because, as the saying goes 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'.  Beauty is both absolute and relative.  It is absolute in that men are sexually attracted to women and vice versa.  It is relative in that men are sexually attracted to either masculine women or feminine women, depending on their own personal preference.  For instance Chopin[LINK] who was rather feminine (he had a feminine digit ratio) was sexually attracted to George Sands[LINK] who was rather masculine.  This shows that sexual attraction is both absolute (a man was attracted to a woman) and also relative (a feminine man was attracted to a masculine woman).  It is important to remember this so that we do not mock what other men find attractive, because each man is different.  Respect is the key here.  Just because one man prefers a large-jawed & flat-chested woman to a 'hot' brunette 36DD cheerleader doesn't make him any less of a man.

93
Ástar firna
skyli engi maðr
annan aldregi
opt fá á horskan
er á heimskan ne fá
lostfagrir litir

[2] No man must
[3] ever [1] mock
[3] another's [1] love.
often [6] ravishingly fair looks
[4] capture the wise man
[5] when they do not capture the fool.

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Men of Yore: Henry Bessemer

This is another in a series of posts about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form.  Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it's their nature: to grow and push outwards.  We, as men, are the frontiers men, the first to discover/uncover new territory, in a metaphysical sense (i.e. including both material and the immaterial) that is later colonised and 'civilised' by the rest of humanity.

Henry Bessemer


Henry Bessemer was born on January 19, 1813 in Charlton, Hertfordshire, England. Bessemer developed the first process for mass-producing steel inexpensively. The dominant steel manufacturing technology of today is an extension and refinement of the one developed by Bessemer.

Bessemer, the son of an engineer and typefounder, demonstrated considerable mechanical skill and inventiveness early in life. He made his first fortune selling "gold" powder made from brass as a paint additive. Bessemer's secret formula was used to adorn much of the gilded decoration of his time, and brought him great wealth.

In October, 1855, Bessemer took out a patent for his process of rendering cast iron malleable by the introduction of air into the fluid metal to remove carbon. Bessemer's industrial process was similar to a Chinese method to refine iron into steel, developed in the second century BCE. They called this process the "hundred refinings method" since they repeated the process 100 times.

The story of Bessemer's steel process is a classic example of the military's impetus to technological development. During the Crimean War Bessemer invented a new type of artillery shell. The Generals reported that the cast-iron cannon of the time were not strong enough to deal with the forces of the more powerful shell. Bessemer then developed an improved iron smelting process that produced large quantities of ingots of superior quality. Modern steel is made using technology based on Bessemer's process. Much of the modern industrial age has built upon steel created for cannon of war.

Among the many honors of Bessemer's life were a Knighthood by the British crown for devising a counterfeit-proof official stamp (seal) for the British government, and the Fellowship of the Royal Society. Bessemer died in London on March 14, 1898.

I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with
     the problem inasmuch as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-
   established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not
     suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right.

                                                                                    —Sir Henry Bessemer
Source: http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/96jan/bessemer.html

Manufacturing steel at a reduced cost has allowed the modern world to come into existence.  Despite all the high-tech, electronics and biological industries it's still called the 'iron age', because iron (and steel) is one the more important materials that the world is dependent on.  Henry Bessemer is just one of the men that allowed this world to develop by allowing the material to become so widely available that it can be purchased for a pittance: the Bessemer Process had allowed steel rails to be manufactured for $32/tonne instead of $170/tonne (Source).




Check out some of the other entries from the 'Men of Yore' series:


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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Havamal Snippets 92: Compliments get you many places with a woman

This is one in a series of very short posts containing snippets from the Havamal text (which can be found in full here - http://www.beyondweird.com/high-one.html).

Why post snippets of an old pagan text here, in a blog that's supposedly about the Androsphere? I’m posting them because they contain helpful everyday advice that is applicable in the modern world e.g. being aware of your surrounding environment, drinking alcohol responsibly, how to score with women. And for many of us, it is part of our heritage that goes back to Proto-Indo-European (PIE) beliefs that stretch back 4000 years or more.

Christianity offers the only dominant philosophical view points in the Androsphere, represented by bloggers like Free Northerner and Simon Grey. Christianity, and indeed the other monotheisms from the region draw, from the mythologies of the PIE culture. For instance Noah s flood is a replication of the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the story of the Angels rebelling against God in the bible is just a copy of the Giants rebelling against the Gods, which is present in both the Greek and Norse religious traditions, as Arthur Schopenhauer pointed out in the eighteenth century.

    The downfall of the Titans, whom Zeus hurls into the underworld, seems to be the same story as the downfall of the angels who rebelled against Jehovah.
    The story of Idomeneus, who sacrificed his son ex voto, and that of Jephtha is essentially the same
    Can it be that the root of the Gothic and the Greek language lies in Sanskrit, so there is an older mythology from whith the Greek and Jewish mythologies derive? If you cared to give scope to your imangination you could even adduce that the twofold-long long in which Zeus begot Heracles on Alcmene came about because further east Joshua at Jericho told the sun to stand stil. Zeus and Jehovah were thus assisting one another: for the gods of Heaven are, like those of earth, always secretly in alliance. But how innocent ws the pastime of Father Zeus compared with the bloodthirsty activities of Jehovah and his chosen brigands. {page 220}
Source: Schopenhauer A. (2004), 'Essays and Aphorisms' (Hollingdale translation), London, Penguin.

So, instead of offering you snippets of second-hand wisdom from the Bible, I will offer you snippets of first-hand wisdom from the (probably) older and much more concise Havamal text (roughly 5,000 words compared to the 190,000 words of the New Testament).

My own comments are in italics.



Compliments can get you many places with a woman, even if they are untruthful compliments.  Possibly because women place higher value on their own status than they do on truth.

92
Fagrt skal mæla
ok fé bjóða
sá er vill fljóðs ást fá
líki leyfa
ins ljósa mans
sá fær er fríar

Fairly must he speak
and offer gifts,
he who wants to win a woman's love;
praise the figure
of the fair maiden;
he wins who flatters.

[End.]

Monday, 23 September 2013

Alternative Lyrics to Well Known Songs: 5 - My Lord of the Chetnik

[Pre-amble: This is one in a series of posts which includes an alternative set of lyrics to a well known song.  Each post will also contain a short introduction to the topic at hand, and a brief explanation of the song itself.  A video of the original song will be included so that the reader can listen to the original song while reciting the alternative lyrics at the same time.]



The Song: My Lord of the Chetknik (based on 'Dookie' by Green Day)
I wrote this song after reading articles on the Chetniks and the Voivoides (written by a former eradica.wordpress.com author), so credit to Conchobar (wherever he is) for providing the inspiration for this song.


Chetnik voivodes Micko Krstić and Jovan Dovezenski circa 1905.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Micko_Krstev_Jovan_Dovezenski.jpg)

When the government doesn't care about your welfare then turn to people who you can trust.  This applies to first world countries as much as second or third world ones.  For instance during the 2011 London Riots some of the citizens grouped together to defend themselves because the police wouldn't help.  The police, who have riot gear and water cannons for attacking peaceful white protestors, didn't give a shit about non-whites looting and burning the capital city.  While police in small towns or rural environments might behave differently - more just and even handedly, it seems like police from metropolitan areas are more oriented towards poltitical than justice.

Play the song in the video above and sing along using the lyrics below.


# My Lord of the Chetknik #
I am a peasant in a village that is occupied.
We've been occupied for 'bout three years or more.
There is nothing that we can do,
About the verminous invaders who,
Invaded our town and stole our food,
and fucked our women.

Here's my Lord of the Chetnik,
To call on me to help him kick,
These fucking invaders off our land.
And give them shit.

These invaders take liberties with fucking everything,
And yet there is nothing that we can do.
Because we have no firearms.
Guns were banned by the government.
So here we are with no fire-arms,
And unable to fight back.

Here's my Lord of the Chetnik,
To call on me to help him kick,
These fucking invaders off our land.
And give them shit.

Heroes of our mighty nation.
Are the Chetniks no question.
How long till we see the destruction,
Of the invader nation?

I sit around and watch the tube but no ones coming,
to save our village from the invaders.
Our government doesn't give a shit,
About its citizens it should protect.
When we have no-one to protect we should turn to the Chetniks.

Here's my Lord of the Chetnik,
To call on me to help him kick,
These fucking invaders off our land.
And restore our mighty nation.

Here's my Lord of the Chetnik,
To call on me to help him kick,
These fucking invaders off our land.
And give them shit.


[End of lyrics.]

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Havamal Snippets 91: Men who are infatuated with women often lie to them

Men who are either infatuated with women (like PUAs/Don Juan) or in awe of them (White Knights) will often lie to a woman in order to please them.  The reasons may dfifer - the PUA lies to get the woman to sleep with him, while the White Knight lies because he doesn't want to 'upset' the woman, but the two different types of men still prefer lies to truth, even if the woman would benefit from hearing the cold truth (eg "Yes you are overweight", "Yes your bum does look big in that.", "No I don't think you need another pair of shoes.").  In a perfect world men would tell women the truth more often than they don't, but unfortunately women quite often like hearing lies, so until women change their minds and begin to accept truths then the lies will continue.


91
Bert ek nú mæli
því at ek bæði veit
brigðr er karla hugr konum
þá vér fegrst mælum
er vér flást hyggjum
þat tælir horska hugi

Now I will speak openly,
because I know both:
men's hearts are fickle with women;
when we speak most fair
then we think most false.
It deceives the heart of the wise.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Men of Yore: David Thompson

This is another in a series of posts about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form.  Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it's their nature: to grow and push outwards.  We, as men, are the frontiers men, the first to discover/uncover new territory, in a metaphysical sense (i.e. including both material and the immaterial) that is later colonised and 'civilised' by the rest of humanity. 

David Thompson



Thompson was born in London in 1770. His father died when he was two, leaving his mother to raise him. At age seven Thompson entered a London charity school. There he studied mathematics, hoping to enter the British navy. The 1783 Treaty of Paris resolved the conflict among the United States, France and Britain, which resulted in the reduced need for naval recruits; therefore, the school instead apprenticed Thompson to the Hudson's Bay Company as a clerk. He left London in 1784 at the age of 14, bound for Fort Churchill on Hudson Bay. For the next three years Thompson served as a clerk at various posts on Hudson Bay. Then, in 1787 the company sent him inland to Cumberland House in what is now Saskatchewan. Thompson began to map the surrounding area in 1789 and two years later received informal training in astronomy from Phillip Torner, a Hudson's Bay Company surveyor. In 1799 Thompson married Charlotte Small. He was twenty-nine. She was the fourteen year old daughter of an Indian woman and North West Company partner. The two had thirteen children.
From 1793 to 1796, Thompson surveyed northern Saskatchewan. In 1796, the Hudson's Bay Company asked Thompson to stop surveying and dedicate more energy to procuring furs. As his third term of service with the company expired in 1797, Thompson joined the rival North West Company. Over the next two years, he explored present day Manitoba and Saskatchewan, traveling as far south as the source of the Mississippi and the Mandan villages on the Missouri. Over the course of the next twelve years (1799-1811), Thompson explored the Rocky Mountains, establishing a new route to Lake Athabasca and two new routes over the Rocky Mountains. He also surveyed the Columbia River from its source in present day British Columbia to its mouth on the Pacific coast. Thompson had hoped to establish a fur post at the mouth of the river, securing the first navigable route between Lake Athabasca and the Pacific Ocean, but he found that John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company had already established Fort Astoria.
Thompson returned east in 1812, settling near Montreal. In 1814 he delivered a map of western Canada to the North West Company. From 1816 to 1826, Thompson served as a member of the boundary commission surveying the international border south of Ontario. In 1843, he published two additional maps of the Northwest. Between 1846 and 1850, Thompson wrote an account of his travels. He died in 1857 having covered some 80,000 miles on foot, on horseback and by canoe in sixty years of exploring and surveying.
Source: http://www.ohs.org/the-oregon-history-project/biographies/David-Thompson.cfm


Appearance and Personality
In 1820, the English geologist, John Jeremiah Bigsby, attended a dinner party given by The Hon. William McGillivray at his home, Chateau St. Antoine, one of the early estates in Montreal's Golden Square Mile. He describes the party and some of the guests in his entertaining book The Shoe and Canoe, giving an excellent description of David Thompson:
I was well placed at table between one of the Miss McGillivray's and a singular-looking person of about fifty. He was plainly dressed, quiet, and observant. His figure was short and compact, and his black hair was worn long all round, and cut square, as if by one stroke of the shears, just above the eyebrows. His complexion was of the gardener's ruddy brown, while the expression of his deeply-furrowed features was friendly and intelligent, but his cut-short nose gave him an odd look. His speech betrayed the Welshman, although he left his native hills when very young. I might have been spared this description of Mr David Thompson by saying he greatly resembled Curran the Irish Orator...
I afterwards travelled much with him, and have now only to speak of him with great respect, or, I ought to say, with admiration... No living person possesses a tithe of his information respecting the Hudson's Bay countries... Never mind his Bunyan-like face and cropped hair; he has a very powerful mind, and a singular faculty of picture-making. He can create a wilderness and people it with warring savages, or climb the Rocky Mountains with you in a snow-storm, so clearly and palpably, that only shut your eyes and you hear the crack of the rifle, or feel the snow-flakes melt on your cheeks as he talks.[8]
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Thompson_(explorer)

This is the man that mapped Canada, without the aid of modern technology.  If you want to travel anywhere, whether in the mental realm (eg music, maths, language etc) or the physical it first needs a man to go out and map it, to record all he see (senses) so that others can then traverse it for themselves.  David Thompson is one of those men.



Check out some of the other entries from the 'Men of Yore' series:


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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Havamal Snippets 90: A deceitful woman is hard to control

This is one in a series of very short posts containing snippets from the Havamal text (which can be found in full here - http://www.beyondweird.com/high-one.html).

Why post snippets of an old pagan text here, in a blog that's supposedly about the Androsphere? I’m posting them because they contain helpful everyday advice that is applicable in the modern world e.g. being aware of your surrounding environment, drinking alcohol responsibly, how to score with women. And for many of us, it is part of our heritage that goes back to Proto-Indo-European (PIE) beliefs that stretch back 4000 years or more.

Christianity offers the only dominant philosophical view points in the Androsphere, represented by bloggers like Free Northerner and Simon Grey. Christianity, and indeed the other monotheisms from the region draw, from the mythologies of the PIE culture. For instance Noah s flood is a replication of the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the story of the Angels rebelling against God in the bible is just a copy of the Giants rebelling against the Gods, which is present in both the Greek and Norse religious traditions, as Arthur Schopenhauer pointed out in the eighteenth century.

    The downfall of the Titans, whom Zeus hurls into the underworld, seems to be the same story as the downfall of the angels who rebelled against Jehovah.
    The story of Idomeneus, who sacrificed his son ex voto, and that of Jephtha is essentially the same
    Can it be that the root of the Gothic and the Greek language lies in Sanskrit, so there is an older mythology from whith the Greek and Jewish mythologies derive? If you cared to give scope to your imangination you could even adduce that the twofold-long long in which Zeus begot Heracles on Alcmene came about because further east Joshua at Jericho told the sun to stand stil. Zeus and Jehovah were thus assisting one another: for the gods of Heaven are, like those of earth, always secretly in alliance. But how innocent ws the pastime of Father Zeus compared with the bloodthirsty activities of Jehovah and his chosen brigands. {page 220}
Source: Schopenhauer A. (2004), 'Essays and Aphorisms' (Hollingdale translation), London, Penguin.

So, instead of offering you snippets of second-hand wisdom from the Bible, I will offer you snippets of first-hand wisdom from the (probably) older and much more concise Havamal text (roughly 5,000 words compared to the 190,000 words of the New Testament).


If a man gets an hysterical, or bi-polar, or a compulsive lying woman for a girlfriend/wife, then he's in for a hard time.

90
Svá er friðr kvenna
þeira er flátt hyggja
sem aki jó óbryddum
á ísi hálum
teitum tvévetrum
ok sé tamr illa
eða í byr óðum
beiti stjórnlausu
eða skyli haltr henda
hrein í þáfjalli

The love of women
who are deceitful in spirit
is like riding a smooth-shod horse
on slippery ice,
a spirited two-year-old
and one badly trained,
or [8] on a rudderless boat
[7] in a raging wind,
or like a lame man trying to catch
a reindeer on a thawing mountainside.

[End.]

Monday, 16 September 2013

Alternative Lyrics to Well Known Songs: 4 - Shine On

[Pre-amble: This is one in a series of posts which includes an alternative set of lyrics to a well known song.  Each post will also contain a short introduction to the topic at hand, and a brief explanation of the song itself.  A video of the original song will be included so that the reader can listen to the original song while reciting the alternative lyrics at the same time.]



The Song: Shine On (Based on Shine On by House of Love)
This is a song about a story from Norse mythology, and involves just three characters (one of whom you know): Thor, Sif (a fertilitity goddess who is married to Thor, and is known for her golden hair), and Loki (a fire giant who is known as 'The Trickster' because, well, that's what he is!).


The story goes that one night, Loki, in a mischievous mood, decides to creep into Sifs house and cut her golden hair off.  When Thor comes back home and finds out what has transgressed, he threatens to bash Loki with his hammer (Mjolnir) if Loki doesn't put the situation right.  Loki listens to Thor and so pays a visit to some Dwarves (who are well known for being excellent craftsmen) who make a replacement wig for Sif, made of pure gold.  Loki gives the wig to Sif, who takes it and puts it on.  The wig then fuses with her head and becomes like her original hair, only golder and brighter.  (A full re-telling can be found HERE.)

Loki from the Uppsala site.  A fire-haired Loki displays his fire-minded ways.  He is very much like fire: chaotic, on-edge, unpredictable, impetuous, dangerous yet also necessary.  It's never a dull moment with Loki around!


I don't know what the moral of this story is.  It depends whether you see Loki as 'a loveable rogue whose impetuousness gets him into sticky-situations', or as a 'cunning soul with far-sightedness that helps everyone'.  If you see him as a 'loveable rogue' then his Mischief-Making is only childish fun.  But if you see him as 'cunning' then you see his Mischief-Making in a completely different light.


Play the song and sing along with the lyrics given below.


# Shine On #
Sleeping sound on a goose-feather bed,
Sif was peaceful and deep in dream-land,
When Loki crept in her private-quarters,
Intent on mischief,
On this day.

He saw Sif's hair and he saw it shine.
It shined so bright because it was divine.
Loki took it and he chopped it off,
The Trickster,
Just for fun.

Sif,
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.

Thor came home and he saw Sif's head,
He saw the evil that Loki had done.
Thor threatened to bash Loki,
with Mjolnir,
for his deeds.

Sif,
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.

It transpi-ired that Loki heeded Thor.
He went to a Dwarf,
Who made replacement golden hair.
It was bright, so bright as the summers day.
It was golden.
It will last,
For eternity.

Sleeping sound on a goosefeather bed,
Sif was peaceful and deep in dream-land,
When Loki crept in her private-quarters,
Intent on mischief,
On this day.

Sif,
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.

Oh Sif,
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.

Oh Sif,
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.
Sif, Sif, Sif, shine on.

And on.
And on.

Shine.

Shine on.

Shine.

Shine.


[End of lyrics.]