Language is a powerful means of propaganda. It’s the most public and the most secret at the same time. The effect of this propaganda isn’t produced by speeches, articles, and flyers. It seeps into the masses’ flesh and blood. Did you know we don’t have poor people anymore? Only people on modest incomes… words emptied of all meaning. It’s a break down of the language. A dead language. Neutral. Invaded by technical words. A language which gradually absorbs its humanity. Understand?
Pentru cei interesati in dansul contemporan, happening & stuff, la un moment dat in film are loc o rave-party. Dupa ce i-a sfarsit, un tip improvizeaza, cu castile pe urechi, un dans haotic printre cei adormiti. Superb.
Ascultand discurile publicate de proiectul Dowland, which is
an attempt to re-discover the essence of renaissance song from the point of view of a modern performer
mi-am adus aminte de ce scria Herder cu ceva milenii in urma intr-una din carticelele sale numita, in orig., Fragmente über die neuere deutsche Literatur:
Oh accursed word “classical”! It has transformed Cicero for us into a classical school rhetorician, Virgil and Homer into classical poets, Caesar into a pedagogue, Livy into a phrasemonger. It has divided expression from thought, and thought from the event that has generated it…this word has become a wall between us and all true education which would have seen the ancients as living exemplars…this word has buried many a genius beneath a heap of words…crushed him under a millstone of a dead language…When a German poet is described as a second Horace…as a new Lucretius, a historian as a second Livy, that is nothing to be proud of; but it would be a great, rare, enviable glory for us if one could say about such writers: “this is how Horace, Cicero, Lucretius, Livy, would have written if they were writing about this topic, at this particular stage of culture, at this particular time, with this particular purpose, for this particular people, with its particular outlook and its own language”.
Alaturarea celor doi termeni din titlul acestui post a reprezentat intotdeauna pentru mine o problema. Personal cred ca statutul de intelectual si cel de crestin, dincolo de o anumita limita, sunt incompatibile. Citeam astazi intr-un articol despre Imparatul Flavius Claudius Julianus:
The Emperor viewed Christianity, with its anti-social and anti-intellectual strains as fundamentally incompatible with all he knew of what man was and ought to be.