An interview with Pier Marton, translated from the Spanish. Excerpts: “what follows does not represent ideas but stands for a lived-through experience — something which by definition can neither be communicated nor argued with… what needs to be unlearned is beyond our grasp… it is by becoming somebody that one crowns a successful education — self-distinction, self-inflation are inculcated from the start… what is being discussed here corresponds to the very same silence that Rimbaud and Gauguin may have experienced through their exiles, or through death’s notorious silence… It should be evident that when something tragic takes place, words are failing us. Those crises contain a form of wisdom and clarity which would be good to apply during our “normal” states — not only during those dramatic transitions, when we don’t know what is happening. We actually never know what is happening and, in finding speech inadequate, words should always fail us. […]Read More
On January 1st, World-Wide Wishful Thinking Day, the Grand Opening of the School of No Media! Excerpts from the front-page: “We live as if tomorrow did not exist, ignoring the imminent oblivion that awaits us all… but it does not stop there. The fact that experience is not transmissible compounds all of our mistakes, and our planet steadily falls apart. Full of wishful thinking, we want to believe… but nothing is a surprise anymore. What we know strangles us: reality is off limits and immediacy has gone. Our universe is built up to the extent that alienation, separation, isolation – and for some of us, exile – have become the very fabric of our existence, the only turf we inhabit.
Both centrality and normalcy as a whole are two of our major hoaxes, but again it goes further: like some kind of tautological monstrosity, we are so full of ourselves, we have become the victims of our own centrality” […]
[cf. Ajahn Sumedho’s book, Don’t Take Your Life Personally] RELATED TO BEYOND BELIEF by Pier Marton – “Mr. Kahan’s study suggests that more people know what scientists think about high-profile scientific controversies than polls suggest; they just aren’t willing to endorse the consensus when it contradicts their political or religious views. This finding helps us understand why my colleagues and I have found that factual and scientific evidence is often ineffective at reducing misperceptions and can even backfire on issues like weapons of mass destruction, health care reform and vaccines. WITH SCIENCE AS WITH POLITICS, IDENTITY OFTEN TRUMPS THE FACTS.” […]Read More
Support us in our protest against the Budapest monument planned to commemorate the German invasion of Hungary in March 1944. Reject the government’s abdication of Hungarian responsibility for the wartime treatment of Hungarian Jewish and Gypsy citizens in the course of the Holocaust … The symbolism of the piece is Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government’s attempt to whitewash history and ignore the fact that Hungary willingly, without coercion, joined the Second World War on the side of the German Reich … The present government has to take responsibility for the mass murder of its own HUNGARIAN Jews and Gypsies and not shift the entire blame on the invading Germans.[…]Read More
Through monkey-see, monkey-do exploitation…
It is very nice to have children perform well but performance is a **theatrical** activity. Much in our cultural landscape consists of duplicating (well at times) what has **already** been done. Creativity involves being lost, not knowing what to do next…. Rapid answers are only shortcuts… My School of No Media tries to address some of this. […]
What does it mean “to remember”? EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS NOW, BOTH THE PAST AND THE FUTURE. As per my “The Holocaust in 1,000 Years” presentation, it is clear that the future of that past is here to stay. Some reflections on the future of that past: 1. Ruth Klüger – A visitor who feels moved, even if it is only the kind of feeling that a haunted house conveys will be proud of these stirrings of humanity. And so the visitor monitors his reactions, examines his emotions, admires his own sensibility, or in other words, turns sentimental… turning away from an ostensible object and towards the subjective observer, that is, towards oneself. It means looking into a mirror instead of reality. […]Read More