Friday, January 15, 2021

"Dictatorship of the Proletariat" as Muse


Of the more recent non-drinking dreams: standing still yet somehow travelling past those gathered. One says to another, "Reification -- it's a thing, you know," and the other nods, "Yes, it keeps popping up on Twitter."

I have my thoughts. These include speculations: not on what will happen, but what didn't. As in, What if those freedom-seeking American colonists who formed the United States did not mount a tax revolt against the British and instead worked through an evolving parliamentary system that, for example, banned the Atlantic slave trade in 1807 -- 58 years before those former American colonists amended it to their Constitution?

Reification, according to vocabulary.com, is "a complex idea for when you treat something immaterial -- like happiness, fear or evil -- as a material thing." This in relation to metaphor: "a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity."


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Frankenstein (1818) 4


When Dr. Frankenstein's "creature" finally meets up with his "creator", he invites Dr. Frankenstein to hear his tale, and Dr. Frankenstein ponders this:

"... I felt what the duties of a creator towards his creature were, and that I ought to render him happy before I complained of his wickedness." (88-89)

The current POTUS is not the creator of those who stormed the U.S. capitol; they are who they were before Trump took office. That we think the current POTUS created them speaks to powers the POTUS does not possess. All the current POTUS did was give this mob permission to perform their rage and hatreds, like Dr. Frankenstein gave himself permission to accept his creature's invitation.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Frankenstein (1818) 3



"Shall I not hate them who abhor me? I will keep no terms with my enemies. I am miserable, and they shall share my wretchedness. Yet it is in your power to recompense me, and deliver them from an evil which it only remains for you to make so great, that not only you and your family, but thousands of others, shall be swallowed up in the whirlwinds of its rage." (87)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

Frankenstein (1818) 2


"Alas! Why does man boast of sensibilities superior to those apparent in the brute; it only renders them more necessary beings. If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us." (84-85)

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Frankenstein (1818)


After the Frankensteins' maid Justine is tried and convicted of the murder of young William, a murder his eldest brother Victor Frankenstein quietly believes was at the hands of his monster, his "cousin" Elizabeth attempts to console him:

"Alas! Victor, when falsehood can so look like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness?  I feel as if I were walking on the edge of a precipice, towards which thousands are crowding and endeavouring to plunge me into the abyss. William and Justine were assassinated, and the murderer escapes; he walks about the world free, and perhaps respected. But even if I were condemned to suffer on the scaffold for the same crimes, I would not change places with such a wretch." (80)

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Loud Hailers


On November 2, 1972 members of the Trail of Broken Treaties occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs at 1951 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. At left is non-indigenous BIA employee John Crow, who took questions from ToBT members and, with the help of the Bureau's loud hailer, provided "answers". 

Below is another D.C. loud hailer: