It was Thursday early in the morning when I woke up at 5,30 AM to prepare myself to get to work; suddenly, the telephone rang unexpectedly. Usually, I ignore the ringing phone because nobody wants to speak to me, and all calls are for my wife, Regina. But at that time, she was still sleeping, and I picked the phone up quickly not to disturb her.
“Hallo Aladin, that is me, Manfred”, said at the other end. I knew him. He’s a fellow teacher of the same school as my wife. I greeted him back and asked what was wrong? As I could guess, something must be wrong. He said it was urgent, and if Regina awoke? I told him it was too early for her, but it seemed necessary to wake her up.
She jumped out of bed when I opened the sleeping room door and grabbed the phone. I didn’t listen to them anymore cause I had to go on with my own mess. After that, when she ended the call, she was so excitedly running back and forth that I had to ask her what was going on? She told me that in their routine Corona testing on children, it seems that yesterday one of the samples turned out positive. Therefore, she must call every parent to say that their child has to stay home until the laboratory finds out which child is infected. I wished her good luck and went out to work with an ulterior motive (worry) that what should happen next.
Anyway, when I came back home, she told me she had reached all the parents in the evening, and she, with all others, had to wait until tomorrow, Friday, for the results from the laboratory values. And after discovering which child was infected, all the teachers had to give a PCR test! I must confess here that I have never seen such fatigue and worry in the eyes of my lovely wife. She noticed my worries and told me that she had to cancel all her plans for the weekend because the test would take two days to show the result, and it sucks!
What we could do, was to take it “somehow” easy and try to get relaxed. On Friday, the following day, she woke up early to get the necessary connections to the colleagues for further underactions. And at half-past eight, on the same Friday, in the early morning, the news from the school’s secretary came that all results were negative and there was just a failure from the laboratory! Don’t worry and be happy. Error is human!!
I was just watching her face with joy, how her eyes got pacified.
Today, I want to share with you my idea, which I’ve got in my mind since my youth, about philosophy as I believe it is the primary thought of our life. As I wrote once, I got knowing philosophy from Socrates through Plato. However, history shows that society accepted Aristotle’s philosophy more plausible. What a pity! I think it’s because Aristotle had better understood humans with greed, envy, and lust of power.
Oh yes! As most people know Plato’s name in the “platonic relationship”, Plato was more preoccupied with the human soul. He might be a dreamer, as I think the philosophers must be. And I believe following his lessons would make a better world for us all to live in.
Of course, if we try to understand his thoughts, we will find that it is not so wrong or illusive:
Plato is also considered the founder of Western political philosophy. His most famous contribution is the theory of Forms known by pure reason, in which Plato presents a solution to the problem of universals known as Platonism (also ambiguously called either Platonic realism or Platonic idealism).
Here is a declaration of “blind man” who is quite noticeable these days.
And as we look at it more deeply, that is a psychological observation of the man’s soul. Here is a brilliant description of Plato’s definition of the soul. I hope you have enough time and joy to read this good article.
Desires and Pleasures in Plato’s STATE: Man, Lion and Monster
According to Plato, the three parts that make up the soul are the desirable, the thymic and the mental.
The desired part of the soul expresses the bodily or “horse desires” of man, such as the body’s needs (hunger, thirst, erotic mood, etc.). It is the seat of desires, multifaceted and polynomial. The realization of these desires is a pleasure, which, however, according to the philosopher, is apparent and superficial. If, for example, you are hungry and eating, you have simply satisfied your desire to stop being hungry and nothing more. There can be no substantial pleasure from the desired part of the soul but mere satisfaction of a bodily, equine need.
Higher than desirable is the thymic part of the soul. It is the fighting element or, in other words, the radically volitional element. It is about satisfying your need to be recognized as dignified and honest by other people. The thymic part of the soul can lead to ruptures and battles to defend your honour. It can make you seek positions and greater recognition. It is not related to material goods but to protecting your “being”.
The third part of the soul is the accounting or mental. According to Plato, this should “rule” the soul with the consent of the thyroid and the voluntary submission of the desirable. The mental part “houses” the proper judgment and is attracted by the pleasures provided by mental employment and knowledge.
According to the philosopher, the pleasures from the satisfaction of the mind are the only true and accurate. Their pursuit offers permanent relief from the vicious circle of desire and its fulfilment, since the objects of philosophical knowledge will not disappear, as do, for example, the foods we eat, but, as unchanging and immortal elements, will offer a stable filling status.
Plato uses an image to show the inner battle being waged in man between the three parts of his soul. In this battle, the accounting part is represented by man, a lion’s thyroid, and a multi-headed beast’s desirable. If a man lets the lion and the beast become more assertive at the expense of the accounting, then they will fight fiercely, leading him to a sinful life, the slave of his opposing desires and passions, as well as the outbursts of his rage. But suppose a man (accounting) manages to tame the beast (voluntary) with the help of the lion (thymus). In that case, he will be able to discipline his desires and uproot his passions to enjoy the pleasure of harmony in his soul.
But it would be wrong if this view concluded that man can, or should, try to exterminate the beast or lion within him. On the contrary, Plato proposes man satisfy his desire in moderation so that he is not passionate about either deprivation or overfilling. Thus, he leaves the accounting part of the soul devoted to its search in a state of calm. Knowledge is the supreme pleasure.
When the accounting part reaps the pleasures it seeks, all soul aspects will be satisfied. At the same time, if the happiness of another part prevails, then the whole order of human life will be disturbed, so no interest will be satisfied as it deserves.
PHILOSOPHICAL LIFE: The ideal life, according to Plato and how it can be achieved
The three parts of the soul and their predominance in every human being determine all three types of life he can have: an intellectual life for the man who is dominated by accounting, dignified life for the one who is overwhelmed by the thymic and profitable life for the one who is overlooked from the desired.
It may seem to all three categories of people that the most hedonistic life is theirs. Still, in reality, only the philosopher knows that his own life is the most hedonistic because he has experienced the pleasures of the other two, while the others have not been able to meet his own. The philosopher also can value his life as a “whole” and reach his superiority over the lives of others, using his experience and logic, something that others are not able to do.
According to Plato, three essential virtues characterize a virtuous life: prudence, bravery and wisdom. If we add to them a fourth, justice, which corresponds to the balance of the whole, then we have a just man, a man who has managed to harmonize the three parts of his soul under the hegemony of the mental.
With the supremacy of the mental, man can control his desires and, with restraint and wisdom, transform his passion into bravery. In other words, by ruling the other parts, reason offers man happiness, as it eliminates internal conflicts and the harmonious relationship between the features of the soul.
Plato calls “friendship” the ideal relationship between the parts of the soul, as it does not describe a state of uninterrupted repression but a discipline in which the just man finds pleasure. The kind part of the soul, having achieved this “friendship” with the other two pieces, comes in contact with knowledge, the “really being”, and then the conjunction “mind and truth” is born, where “mind” is the accounting part of the soul and “truth” the “really being”. Neither the “truth” exists before its coupling with the soul nor the “mind” before its collar with the truth. Only union gives substance to the two parts of marriage, and only with marriage does man acquire fundamental knowledge.
Happiness does not depend on the existence of a specific favourable environment (from others or on circumstances) but on ourselves. We can create it, developing the “logic” and making us righteous.
The pursuit of spiritual pleasures, according to Plato, offers permanent relief from the vicious circle of moving bodily needs. Since thanks to the greater degree of reality, the objects of philosophical knowledge will not disappear, like the foods we consume. Still, they will keep the philosopher in a steady state of filling.
Man, free from inner compulsions and impulses, therefore enjoys the feeling of permanent fulfilment and, unmoved devotes himself to the further search for wisdom that offers the ultimate sanctity and goodness in life.
I want to open my heavy heart again if you, dear friends here, forgivingly let me do that. I had to consider a long time whether I shall speak about this current and at the same time an unspeakable topic or not (why is it so?) And after some sleepless nights, I decided to share my thoughts, as I can’t bear the pressure of its weight on my soul.
The topic, as you may guess, is the Coronavirus and our freedom. I must again mention that I don’t want to deny any virus and any illness causations. I only wish to caution; we must be aware and conscious about behaving and judging the environment. Therefore, I used there above ☝ this quote from Dr Jung.
The main thing that worries me is not the world’s governments but the people and nations in their countries. Mainly, the dictatorship begins there.
I have got once at all the feeling that it begins to be a party; we might not ask if someone is vaccinated or not, we might ask if the one belongs to the (our) party or not?!
I will talk about the Germans, as I live here and can observe the situation, although I read almost every news from all over the world I would rather stay here because I’d better judge. The Germans, not all but most, have the talent to let the others (the government) decide and do the job. The most important thing is that they can rest and not worry about their responsibilities, but if they should judge, they do it gladly and quickly!
This illustration looks maybe a bit harsh, but believe me, we are not so far away from it. Let me tell you why I think so.
It is set like many other countries; If you want to go to public places, such as restaurants or cinemas, etc., you have to have one of three confirmations, tested, recovered or vaccinated, or even only the latest two. As I watch the news, it shows people (of course vaccinated) who angrily criticize and complain about the incorrect controls in cafes and restaurants because the hosts don’t check them up entirely and only ask them if they have their papers with them. This act, of course, is understandable, but they want to call the police to come and charge the place immediately!
It recalls me from Iran, in the early time of the young revolution. As you might know, the last Persian Shah had a secret service called Savak. This organization spied on people and arrested many. The new regime had destroyed Savak and was still too young to make a new one; therefore, Khommeyny said: we don’t need the Savak; our secret service is the whole nation who will look after the renegades and will notify our police. We have thirty-six million personal services! (those days Iranian population were about this number, now it is about eighty million.) You could imagine how we, the “unbelievers”, would feel in this vast observation.
It sounds the same here, as the (vaccinated) people must alarm the police when they see the traitors! Although I experience this stupidity also in the family environment.
It is dangerous and also unfortunate. Last Wednesday, my wife, sad and concerned, came back from school and told me there was a conference about the current situation with this virus. Two of her colleagues uttered themself that they didn’t want to get vaccinated, treated by others like the lepers!
We are already on the edge of collapse; our society, our humane relationship is at risk. We must be highly aware not to lose our minds and respect individual decisions.
And finally, I share a wise quote from another wise man, which my adorable wife sent me later, of course in German. Let us be aware and decide wisely.
The arts and the artists have always tried to try to help us develop our imagination. They can talk to you make you say anything; they can’t make you believe it.
Kheperkheperura-Ay was the 14th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty, who had a short reign of 3 or 4 years (1346-1343 BC), succeeding the young Tutankhamon, who died prematurely. With him closed what was called “the Amarna period”, during which Akhenaton, “the heretic”, and his immediate successors tried to change the thousand-year-old religious system of the country. In fact, these had never disappeared, and after these pharaohs, they returned to their honourable state. (Here)
Pharaoh Ay is performing the Opening of the Mouth ceremony on his predecessor Tutankhamen. He is wearing the Leopard skin worn by Egyptian High Priests and a Khepresh, a blue crown worn by Pharaohs.
Ay held the throne of Egypt for a brief four-year period in the late 1300s BC. Before his rule, he was a close advisor to two, and perhaps three, other pharaohs of the Dynasty. It is theorized that he was the power behind the throne during Tutankhamun‘s reign. His prenomenKheperkheperure means “Everlasting are the Manifestations of Ra,” while his nomen Ay it-netjer reads as “Ay, Father of the God.” Records and monuments that can be clearly attributed to Ay are rare, both because his reign was short and because his successor, Horemheb, instigated a campaign of damnatio memoriae against him and the other pharaohs associated with the unpopular Amarna Period. Wikipedia
It is in the Valley of the West – “Ouadi al-Gharbi” – the tomb of the pharaoh Aÿ (KV – WV – 23 – King Valley / West Valley). The entrance to the “secondary” branch of the royal Necropolis, also called Bibân al-Gouraud (tomb or door of the monkeys), is located to the right of the Valley of the Kings.
This mineral universe, surrounded by high cliffs, which in shades of pink, beige, brown, draw strange shapes and soar in rocky spurs against an intense blue sky, should not differ much from that which was offered to Giovanni Battista Belzoni when he borrowed it in 1816 and accidentally discovered the tomb there. “I went further into the valley, and in one of the most remote places, I saw a heap of stones which seemed to detach from the mass. The voids between these stones filled with sand and rubbish. It turns out that I had a stick with me, and by pushing it into the holes in the rocks, I found that it penetrated very deeply. I immediately returned to Gournou and procured myself a few men to open this place “.
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Belzoni (Padua, 5-11-1778 – Timbuktu, 3-12-1823)by Jan Adam Kruseman
He will come back with them the following day, but after severe ophthalmia, he will have difficulty finding the place. Then, “As we removed a few stones, we found that they were running inward; and, indeed, we were so close to the entrance that in less than two hours, we removed all the stones. I had brought candles, and I entered, followed by the Arabs. I cannot boast of having made an extraordinary discovery in this tomb. However, it contains several curious and singular painted figures on the walls. After its extended, and part of a sarcophagus remained in the centre of a large chamber, there is reason to suppose that it was the burial place of some person of distinction. The tomb consists of three chambers, two corridors and a staircase; but the remote location in which it was found makes it remarkable “.
It will be excavated in 1824 by Carl Richard Lepsius and John Gardner Wilkinson, the following year by James Burton, then, in 1908, by Howard Carter. After restoration by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Otto Schaden will conduct the last excavations there in 1972 …
To visit it nowadays, you have to “recover” the gaffer in his little hut, which is in front of Theodore Davis’ house: it is he who holds the key to the tomb and will operate the generator.
The wadi, its almost white ground, is covered with bivalves and lamellibranchs and sinks into the mountain’s heart for more than 2 km. At a junction, halfway, we leave the tomb of Amenhotep III (KV 22) discovered by the scholars of Bonaparte on the left, and we continue the path to its end. …
The unfinished hypogeum is at the top right, a few meters from two other small, anonymous tombs without decoration (KV 24 and KV 25) …
It comprises a long corridor that descends steeply and serves a small vestibule than the “gold room”. The imposing rectangular sarcophagus (2.96 m × 1.20 m and 1.79 m high) is at its centre: carved from red granite, it is a naos shape. Discovered broken, it was taken to the Cairo Museum at the beginning of the 20th century for restoration, then “it regained its original place in the 1990s. The tank presents scenes from the Book of the Dead, and at the angles, the moving goddesses Neith, Selket, Isis and Nephthys extend their winged arms as a sign of protection while, in the centre, radiates the solar disk, also winged.
As for its domed lid on which “there is a central column of text, in which the king’s cartouches not being hammered”, it was discovered by Otto Schaden in 1972.
In the walls of this room (8.89 m × 6.46 m × 3.92 m) were dug four “niches”, intended to house the “magic bricks” or “sacred bricks” related to Osiris: “According to chapter 137A of the Book of the Dead, on the western brick, it is to be placed a pillar-djed, which is an Osirian object, and on the eastern brick, the figurine of Anubis, which is closely associated with the protection of the dead god. Likewise, according to this text, the magic brick must be made in “sjn wȝḏ”, which designates raw clay, but also green clay, an Osirian colour par excellence “; the other two bricks being: “in the south – the one with the torch and in the north – the brick with the mummiform figurine” (Elka Koleva-Ivanov).
The wall scenes, painted on plaster, immediately bring back to the iconography of Tutankhamun’s tomb… “The sarcophagus room is decorated with various stages, including a bird hunting scene; on the right wall, twelve cynocephaly (those of the twelve hours of the night of the Book of Hades) gave this hypogeum the name of Bâb el-Qouroud, the tomb of the monkeys “analyzes the Egyptologist Marcelle Baud (” Guide Bleu Egypt “, 1956).
Kent Weeks specifies that “The tomb of Aÿ owes its plan to the royal tombs of Tell el-Amarna rather than those from the beginning of the 18th Dynasty. This tomb is similar to KV 62 (Tutankhamun), and some Egyptologists believe these two tombs were the exact artist’s work. In both cases, only the burial chamber received a decoration. Unfortunately, many scenes of KV 23 were damaged, sometimes since Antiquity, by anxious Egyptians to erase all evidence of the Amarna period – the cartridges and the faces of the sovereign were almost all mutilated – but also by thieves and vandals “.
When he became the 14th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty, Aÿ was in his sixties. “Flabellifère on the right of the king, director of all the horses of His Majesty, his true scribe, his beloved, Ay”, or even “Divine Father”: these titles testify to his long career, military and political, in the service of the sovereigns previous ones. Strongly linked to the “Amarnian episode”, he had a vital role in the confused and troubled time that followed the decline of Akhenaten and the “return” to the cult of Amun. Succeeding Tutankhamun, who died prematurely, he married his young widow Ankhesenamon …
His mummy was not found, and the question arises whether this grave was really meant for him and whether he was really buried there …
Tomb of Aÿ (KV-WV 23): One of the twelve baboons depicted on the north wall
For Kent Weeks: “There is no doubt that the last occupant was Aÿ, the successor of Tutankhamun and Smenkhkarê. Nevertheless, Egyptologists convinced that the tomb could have been dug first for AmenophisIV / Akhenaton, Tutankhamun, Smenkhkârê “…
For Marc Gabolde: “It appears that Aÿ most likely buried in grave WV 23 but that the grave was desecrated shortly after the burial. In fact, knowing the sponsor’s identity of this desecration could help to know who the funeral’s real organizer was. Some logic would say that it was Horemheb. But since equally convincing arguments allow us to believe that Horemheb is the author of the mutilations of royal names and images in the tomb … it is hard to imagine that the same character initially piously organized the funeral of his predecessor. Subsequently, had the tomb reopened to expurgate the names and representation … “
Part of the story, therefore, remains to be written … This is what the Egyptian teams are working on, who regularly carry out excavations in this area, to try to find the tomb of Ankhesenamon there … Its discovery would, most certainly, bring many answers and clarifications on this “pivotal” period which still retains large grey areas …
Quantum is the Latin word for Amount“how much” and, in modern understanding, means the smallest possible discrete unit of any physical property, such as energy or matter. The energy contained in a quantum field comes in integer multiples of some fundamental energy.
In physics, it is a discrete quantity of energy proportional in magnitude to the frequency of the radiation it represents. Quantum theory is the theoretical basis of modern physics that explains the nature and behaviour of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic levels. The nature and behaviour of matter and energy at that level is sometimes referred to as quantum physics and quantum mechanics.
Actually, I am not the “one” in physic, but since I have seen the TV series; Star Trek (oh yes, I am a Treky!) and especially one of them: Quantum Realities, my interests have become wide awakened!
I will try to explain what I mean: I believe It is fascinating indeed. Look! There are many ways to start or continue the day in our lives, and it belongs to the decisions we make, which one comes to life. Just imagine that on one of your ordinary days, you will not do something, which you do every day and plan on another option, because you have more opportunity to do it, and with every decision you make, you cause another story in your life with different outcomes. And each one is reality itself.
Is it a vast ocean of energy that appears and disappears in milliseconds, over and over again? Then, the question will remain: what or which is reality? Is there any reality at all? We might try to see the universe in a different way. We will see when we read this article by our loving and intelligent friends, with thanks.
Nobel Prize-winning physicists have proven beyond any doubt that the physical world is a vast ocean of energy that appears and disappears in milliseconds, over and over again…
Nothing is compact. This is the world of Quantum Physics…
They have also shown that thoughts are what create and sustain this constantly changing energy field, making the “objects” we see…
So why do we see a person instead of a radiant energy?
Think of the film as a movie. The movie is a collection of 24 frames per second. Each frame is separated from its neighbors by a gap. However, due to the speed with which each frame replaces the previous one, our eyes are deceived and we think we are watching a continuous, moving movie…
The TV screen is a surface on which piles of electrons strike in a specific way, creating the illusion of shapes and motion.
This is how things are. You have five physical senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste). Each of these senses has a specific spectrum (eg a dog hears a different range of sounds from you, a snake sees in a different spectrum of light from you, etc.)…
In other words, your set of senses perceives this ocean of energy from a specific point of view and creates an image based on it. This image is neither complete nor accurate. It’s just an interpretation…
All our interpretations are based only on the “inner map” of our reality and not on the real truth. Our “map” is the result of our accumulated life experiences…
Our thoughts are connected with this invisible energy and determine what shape this energy will take. Your thoughts essentially change the Universe particle-particle to create your physical life…
Look around you…
Everything you see in your physical world started as an idea, an idea that grew as it was shared and expressed, until it grew big enough to become a physical object through a series of steps…
You basically became what you thought most…
Your life becomes what you imagined and believed the most…
The world is essentially the mirror that allows you to experience the physical level of what you perceive as your truth… until you change it…
Quantum Physics shows us that the world is not the hard and unchanging thing it seems to be. On the contrary, it is a very fluid place that is constantly changing through our individual and collective thoughts.
What we think of as truth is in fact an illusion, almost like a magic trick…
Fortunately we have begun to reveal the illusion and most importantly, how to change it…
What does your body consist of?
Nine systems make up the human body: The circulatory, the digestive, the endocrine, the muscular, the nervous, the reproductive, the respiratory, the skeletal and the urinary…
What do these systems consist of?
. From tissues and organs
What do tissues and organs consist of?
. From cells
What do cells make up?
. From molecules
What do molecules consist of?
. From individuals
What do atoms consist of?
. From sub-atomic particles
What are sub-atomic particles made of?
. From energy !!!
You and I are pure energy in the most beautiful and intelligent formation. The energy beneath the surface is constantly changing and you control it with your mighty mind…
You are a stellar and mighty Human Being…
If you could see yourself under an electron microscope and do various experiments with it, you would see that you are made up of clusters of constantly changing energy in the form of electrons, neutrons, photons and so on. …
The same thing happens with everything around you. Quantum Physics tells us that the observation of an object results in it being in the position it is in so that we can observe it…
No object exists without its observer! So, as you can see, your observation, your attention to something and your intention actually create the specific object…
This is a proven science…
Your world is made up of spirit, mind and body…
Each of these three, the spirit, the mind and the body, has a unique function that it does not share with the other two. What you see with your eyes and experience with your body is the physical world, what we will call the Body. House is a result, created by a cause…
The cause is Thought…
The House cannot create. He can only experience and be experienced… this is his own unique function…
Thought can not experience; it can only create and interpret. It needs a world of relativity (the physical world, the Body) to experience itself…
The Spirit is the All That Is, that which gives Life to the Thought and the Body…
The House does not have the power to create, although it does give the impression that it has that power.
This illusion is the cause of such great frustration. The House is simply the result and has absolutely no power to cause or create…
The key to all this information is how you learn to see the Universe in a different way than you do today and be able to do whatever you really want.
I suppose I have no need to interview Ingmar Bergman to you, at least to you, who is an art-cinema fan and gladly watching the classy old movies made by great directors, and Bergman belongs to them for sure. I have once posted an article about one of his Masterworks: Wild Strawberries, in which he shows the deep lines of the life of an old man and its injuries. ( If one is interested: here )
This time here is another masterwork of him: Persona, again about the inner soul, and this one about the woman’s soul, or female identities: Elisabeth, Alma, or even Elektra. The Persona.
Let’s take a look at the story and its making-of:
Ingmar Bergman had always been a master of the intense chamber drama. But, having abandoned his search for God in the early 1960s, his growing despondency with the state of the world and the condition of cinema prompted him to move towards a new subjectivity and fascination with the metaphysical.
In 1965, he was hospitalised with double pneumonia and penicillin poisoning. To occupy his time, he composed a ‘sonata for two instruments’ around Nurse Alma and her patient, Elisabet Vogler, a famous actor who becomes mute during a stage performance of Elektra. However, as Alma (played in the film by Bibi Andersson) tries to coax Elisabet (Liv Ullmann) into the conversation, she confides long-held secrets and feels betrayed when they are exposed in a letter.
Characterized by elements of psychological horror, Persona has been the subject of much critical analysis, interpretation and debate. Taking cues from August Strindberg’s 1889 play The Stronger, Bergman chose the title Persona as this was both the Greek word for ‘mask. The film’s exploration of duality, insanity and personal identity has been interpreted as reflecting the Jungian theory of persona and dealing with issues related to filmmaking, vampirism, homosexuality, motherhood, abortion and other subjects.
(Persona’s title reflects the Latin word for “mask” and Carl Jung‘s theory of persona, an external identity separate from the soul (“alma“). Jung believed that people project public images to protect themselves, and can come to identify with their personae. An interviewer asked Bergman about the Jungian connotations of the film’s title, acknowledging an alternative interpretation that it references persona masks worn by actors in ancient drama, but saying that Jung’s concept “admirably” matched the film. Bergman agreed, saying that Jung’s theory “fits well in this case”. Coates also connected masks to themes of identity and duality: “The mask is Janus-faced”.)
He also picked Elisabet’s surname carefully, as Albert Emanuel Vogler had sapped the energy of others for his artistic endeavours in his earlier film, The Magician (1958).
The experimental style of its prologue and storytelling has also been noted. The enigmatic film has been called the Mount Everest of cinematic analysis; according to film historian Peter Cowie, “Everything one says about Persona may be contradicted; the opposite will also be true”. More here
Persona is a 1966 Swedish psychological drama film, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann. The story revolves around a young nurse named Alma (Andersson) and her patient, well-known stage actress Elisabet Vogler (Ullmann), who has suddenly stopped speaking. They move to a cottage, where Alma cares for Elisabet, confides in her and begins having trouble distinguishing herself from her patient.
I will come on him (Bergman) again in a later post, as I adore him a lot. 🤗🙏💖
Today, I am exhausted from a stressful week behind me. Therefore, let me steal my own contribution from my Facebook page, which I shared some days ago. It might even be interesting for some friends who’d missed it.
I had to go to the shopping district to get the book (the Booted Cat, by Brother Grimm), which my wife had ordered for Mila, our granddaughter because she slept with us last night. That was an occasion for me to take a walk in the woods in the neighbourhood.
The weather was excellent. On my way back home, It occurs to me to take a pic or two, like to keep a memory from this beautiful day. And with inspiration from a friend of mine: Deborah Gregory, I chose a poem from the great Persian poet, Hafiz, to decorate my recordings.
I wanna just to add a nice little thing to this: When I finished taking photos, I saw some people in the distance were standing and talking. When I came nearer, I noticed two dogs were in companion, and one of them, standing in the front watching at me intensively. When I got closer, the dog ran towards me and barked once loudly! I immediately knelt because I had experiences in such a situation. The best way to avoid being attacked by an unfamiliar dog is kneeling. He ran past me and stopped, turned back and looked at me. I told him: come here, buddy! He jumped up to me and started licking my face. The people were all thrilled. I believe that they have not expected such a reaction from a stranger-looking man and not even such a loving utterance from their dog to me. Anyway, the owner of the dog told me that the dog’s been just nine months old and apologized for the dirt on my sweater from the dog’s paws. I told him there’s no problem, that is all soil and not dirt! How I love dogs, they already know themself.
The sad news I have got newly, that Graeme Edge, Drummer and Co-Founder of the Moody Blues, Died at 80. As you know, I loved and grew up with them. Therefore, I share this song as a remembrance of him. Thank you, Graeme, for these all fascinating rhythms.
How is it we are here, on this path we walk, In this world of pointless fear, filled with empty talk, Descending from the apes as scientist-priests all think, Will they save us in the end, we’re trembling on the brink.
Men’s mighty mine-machines digging in the ground, Stealing rare minerals where they can be found. Concrete caves with iron doors, bury it again, While a starving frightened world fills the sea with grain.
Her love is like a fire burning inside, Her love is so much higher it can’t be denied, She sends us her glory, it’s always been there, Her love’s all around us, it’s there for you and me to share.
Men’s mighty mine-machines digging in the ground, Stealing rare minerals where they can be found. Concrete caves with iron doors, bury it again, While a starving frightened world fills the sea with grain.
How is it we are here How is it we are here How is it we are here
Howard Carter, (born May 9, 1874, Swaffham, Norfolk, England—died March 2, 1939, London), is a British archaeologist, a genius at the point of locating and making discoveries in the history of ancient Egypt. He made one of the richest and most-celebrated contributions to Egyptology: the discovery (1922) of the largely intact tomb of King Tutankhamen. Howard Carter made the discovery of a lifetime, but it was also the decades he spent excavating in Egypt that changed the field — and the world — forever.
“By 1922, Lord Carnarvon had become dissatisfied with the lack of results after several years of finding little. After considering withdrawing his funding, Carnarvon agreed, after a discussion with Carter, that he would fund one more season of work in the Valley of the Kings. Carter returned to the Valley of Kings and investigated a line of huts that he had abandoned a few seasons earlier. The crew cleared the huts and rock debris beneath. On 4 November 1922, their young water boy accidentally stumbled on a stone that turned out to be the top of a flight of steps cut into the bedrock. Carter had the steps partially dugout until the top of a mud-plastered doorway was found. The doorway was stamped with indistinct cartouches (oval seals with hieroglyphic writing). Carter ordered the staircase to be refilled and sent a telegram to Carnarvon, who arrived from England two-and-a-half weeks later on 23 November, accompanied by his daughter Lady Evelyn Herbert…” Wikipedia
Let’s find out more about this “D” day, by Marie Grillot, in her description of this great find. With Thanks! 🙏💖
For this new mission, which was to begin in the Valley of the Kings, on November 1, 1922, Howard Carter had left London on October 5. After having crossed France, the next day, he had embarked, in Marseilles, on the S.S. “China”.
Arrived at Port Said on the 11th in the early morning, he reached Cairo in the afternoon. He will spend more than two weeks there, the necessary time to honour a few appointments, and especially, to “hunt” at antique dealers! He will get his supplies, in particular, at Robert Nahman and at Nicolas Tano, where among his acquisitions are a small earthenware hedgehog. Ans also an aragonite flask made of two ducks, a mirror, a Harpocratic bronze. These pieces are, for the most part, intended to enrich the collection of Lord Carnarvon.
On the 27th, he left for Louqsor by night train and, on his arrival, took a connection for Erment. He indeed wishes to find his old friend, Arthur Callender, who lives there. They certainly have a lot to say to each other. Howard Carter will not reach the west bank of Luxor, by boat, until the 29th.
He then finds the home built by Lord Carnarvon: Carter House – Castle Carter. It rises proudly on the hill of Elwat-el-Diban in the north of the Assassif: at the crossroads of the road, which leads to the Valley of the Kings.
In “The Path to Tutankhamun”, it is related that he arrives there with an acquisition of a completely different nature: a canary in a golden cage… “His servant Abdel followed him carrying the canary, the guards and the reis greeted him immediately, and at the sight of the golden bird, they said to him: ‘Mabrouk – it is a golden bird that will bring good luck. This year we will find, inshallah, a tomb full of gold. . Where is the part of the truth? Where is the part of the legend?
We can imagine the joy that Howard Carter must feel in being at his home …But this feeling is certainly tarnished by the memory of the previous mission of February, not very fruitful, that carried out near the grave of Siptah …Added to this are the events of the summer, which had failed to jeopardize the continuation of its collaboration with his patron and friend …
“In the summer of 1922, Carter and Carnarvon had a long and important discussion in the magnificent library of Highclere Castle. The patron had decided to stop funding the work in the Valley of the Kings. Too few results had led him to the conclusion that these excavations were futile, expensive and tiring. Carter, who could take over the concession, informed the Lord that he was determined to continue exploring the valley, even if it meant doing it alone with the help of his own money. Carnarvon knew that Carter had no fortune and, faced with so much pugnacity on the part of the latter and impressed by his conviction, the aristocrat, affected, resolved to finance a final campaign. How accurate is this somewhat melodramatic relationship of the interview conveyed by Sir Alan Gardiner? No one, without a doubt, will never know “relates with relevance and sensitivity”. Marc Gabolde in his excellent” Tutankhamun “…
Howard Carter is aware of the pressure weighing on his shoulders: this new mission must bear fruit… and, for that, he must search in the right place!
In “Under the Gaze of the Gods”, Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt mentions that he (Carter) went to Deir el-Medineh to obtain advice from Bernard Bruyère for better targeting the sector to prospect. Bruyère welcomed and comforted him: “Do not forget that at the foot of the tomb of Ramses VI, there are walls of raw earth which are the remains of the huts. Where the workers who were digging the tomb of the Pharaoh stored their instruments at night. You picked them up and photographed them. That’s good! Now, blow them up and look at what’s underneath. ‘ Carter refused, but Bruyère insisted a lot “.
Omission on the part of one, modesty on the part of the other? Carter does not mention this interview in his diary… And, in his article entitled “The extraordinary treasure hunt” published in the “Nouvelles Littéraires – Spécial Toutankhamon”, of February 1967, Bernard Bruyère does not make any reference to it either, expressing, on the contrary, his surprise: “We were a little surprised to see him, at dawn on November 4, place his team at the foot of the Ghafir hut and start digging in front of the entrance from the tomb of Ramses VI “.
He also shares the memory of a lunch he attended at the Winter Palace in April 1922. At the end of the 1921-1922 excavation campaign, Lord Carnarvon had invited, in the presence of Pierre Lacau, director of the Service of Antiquities, the main Egyptologists present in Thebes… The speech the Lord gave then seemed to augur the end of his excavations in the Valley of the Kings…However, at the end of lunch, as an aside, after a discussion, visibly animated and passionate with their Reis, Carter and Carnarvon would have spoken with Pierre Lacau. The latter apparently admitted, “that the ten-year concession, from 1913 to 1923 granted to Carnarvon and Carter could, at a pinch, include a final campaign of excavations and that consequently works, would resume at the beginning of autumn “…
If we become aware of these waltzes-hesitations that reigned then, we can only realize that it was very near that the tomb of the young king would never be discovered at that time …
But fate was on… Howard Carter will note in his diary; the first three days of November: “Beginning of operations in the Valley of the Kings. I started by continuing the old excavation, where it left off at the NE angle of the entrance to the tomb of Ramses VI, and digging trenches to the south. In this place, there were old stone huts of the workers of the Necropolis, built a little less than a meter above the bedrock…When we cleared them, they turned out to continue under the front of the entrance to the tomb of Ramses VI, in a southerly direction, and connected to other similar huts… These old huts were soon cleared of the rubbish that covered them.
After I noted the plan, they were destroyed to be able to prospect underneath, a job that took us until November 4th… “…
“The extraordinary treasure hunt” by Bernard Bruyère, published in the “Nouvelles Littéraires – Spécial Toutankhamon” of February 1967 (my most sincere thanks to M. Gabolde who so obligingly brought this document to my knowledge)
Under the gaze of the gods, Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, Albin Michel, 2003
Life and Death of a Pharaoh, Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, Hachette, 1963
The fabulous discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Howard Carter
The tomb of Tutankhamun, Howard Carter
Tutankhamun, Life, Death and Discovery of a Pharaoh, Nicholas Reeves, 1990, Thames
Tutankhamun, Jean Capart, 1923
Discover Tutankhamun, Zahi Hawass, Editions du Rocher, 2015
The Golden-Times within The Golden-Age of Hollywood.
Mother, oh mother! She was a hungry person for books and the movies. As I mentioned here and there in my memories, she was a dreamer, full of feelings, emotions, touch and delicateness. Al and I have taken all her loving things in us. She has taught us how to love and live in a book or a movie. She’d always known which movie was currently on screen, but after our father died, she couldn’t go alone to the cinemas. Back then, anyway, and still now, in Iran, women couldn’t go to the cinema alone. Therefore, she was sad to miss them, although she was lucky sometimes to have us as her companion.
Our father, at the beginning of our educations, sent us to a private school. He became very famous those days and wanted that his sons to benefit from it. It wasn’t that special, though, as I can remember. But we were two special students there, for sure!
Every early in the morning, a bus came to pick us up to bring to the school. We both were not such “running for the school” boys. Of course, later I began to like it, but Al never. Once, after Father’ death, I remember we went up the street to catch the bus, and it had a delay. Al was happy and suggested going back home. Then hurry! I gave it back to him because when we’d walked back, I saw the bus’s come around.
Anyway, Mum was at home. We told her that the bus hadn’t come and to our surprise not only did she not get angry, she asked us if we wanted to go to the cinema with her! And the movie was the famous “The Sound of Music”, and I fell in love with Brigitta von Trapp(Angela Cartwright)!
And here is the song for the freedom lovers.
Another one was the famous Dr Dolittle, which we have a companion of the whole family; uncles and aunts, cousins and cousins. An amusing musical.
These films, which we watched together, all have an extra length. This one, of course, was special: We three, Mum, Al and me, were invited, as a family of a famous writer (my father), to a premiere screening of this admirable musical: My Fair Lady. There was even in so-called “Interact” (in such extra-long movies, there was a pause about ten to fifteen minutes), some champagne! Of course, Al and I got some juice…
Oh Eliza, Oh Eliza! Of course, we are Men, but nothing without you…
Of course, we have kept watching movies and dreaming along, as Mum would do, after her leaving. I have still many video cassettes from all these times, in which Al and I recorded them. Honestly, when I watch them, I live in them, as I have learned from Mum; Live on and let the music play.
Right now, I have to be prepared to go to a disco, after an age! Once, when I came to Germany, I became a dancer as I let my energy free to run. Therefore I’ve become a famous dancer in all discos in this area! But am I, after so many times? What? You say I can? OK, you mean well. I can hear you! But I got old, and unfortunately, that’s the way it is. Have a lovely weekend, dear friends.
I saved this painting by Klimt from my previous post. It says a lot about what we’re really missing these days.
Please don’t be upset if I get back on this, somehow unpleasant, subject. I know that quite a few of my friends don’t even like to think about it. But I believe it is an essential factor in our current time and to handle it is unavoidable.
I don’t really know how to begin to talk about my thoughts all about this issue. Why should I have doubt? What is happening to us? We are becoming more and more alienated.
Lately, I have to work more often as a retired for earn money because the expense of living is going up, and my pension isn’t enough. I think it’s general affected! Of course, this is not a surprise. What I want to say is the behaviour and reflection of the people in these days.
The elders are cool! They don’t worry about what the news from the government is clamour every day about the measures. When I want to pick up the passengers, I tell them that they have a free choice to take front-seat or backseat. The older ones take the front seat gladly. They mean that in front-seat it is more space. Of course, until recently, the young people also Have had no problem sitting in the front seat.
But last time, I had a guest, a young woman in my taxi from a hospital, who sat in the backseat and wanted to the city. She wore such a thick (FFC) mask, and in the whole trip (about ten minutes), she coughed! Every few seconds: oh, oh, oh! I didn’t say anything until we reached the point where she wanted to get off. When she wanted to pay me, I turned to her and saw her young beautiful face behind this huge mask. At this moment, I couldn’t stop my feeling of compassion and said: when you go out, please take off this horrible mask, you can take a breath in the fresh air then.
Her answer was quick: I don’t do that! I am a nurse, and I believe in this virus!! I was not just surprised but even shocked. It sounded to me like we’re talking about the existence of God, And I expect a nun to gainsay her beliefs. I mentioned that I heard her coughing all the time, and I just wanted her well being. But she didn’t need my advice, she said and repeated: she’s a nurse and believe in it.
I am sad and terrified. It seems that we’re diverging tremendously. What a pity! I wish we’d remember our trust and need for each other. I do hug every loving buddy of my own. There are no inhibitions for me. I hope you’ll do it as well.
Here is a research about how important is Hugging. I give a big HUG to you all until the good days come back again! 🤗🤗💖
RESEARCH: The importance of embracing in the digital age
In a world where hugs are shrinking, scientists point to the benefits of touching the body and soul MARIANINA PATSA
Non-touch epidemic. The hugs we give are diminishing as we communicate more and more through the internet. Adults in big cities limit the time they spend with their loved ones. The seniors of the metropolises spend a partial 5 days a week without seeing or touching the “soul” that the speech says. But being hugged is essential for our quality of life, mental and physical health.
A hug protects, says a similar study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and confirms the fact that the more we hug, the less likely we are to get sick. “Touch increases the number of cells in the first line of the immune system. Serotonin (ie the body’s natural – antidepressant hormone) is also increased. So those who receive more hugs are more protected from inflammation and infections that threaten the health of our bodies.
Tiffany Field, the founder of the Touch Research Institute at Miami Medical School, is studying neglected touch and its effects on health. “We know from science what happens under the skin when pressure receptors are stimulated. “Heart rate slows down, blood pressure drops and stress hormone decreases, cortisol, ” he told the Guardian.
But the benefits do not end there as ” another person’s touch soothes the effects of social exclusion,” according to new UCL research. “We have shown for the first time that a gentle touch from a stranger can reduce feelings of social exclusion following a social rejection,” said study lead author Mariana von Mohr (UCL Clinical, Education & Health Psychology). The discovery follows recent findings that emotional social contact can be encoded by a special physiological system that connects the skin to the brain. Only three other studies have directly examined the effects of touch encouragement on social interactions.
But not all touches are the same: Researchers have found that those who received a faster and more “neutral” touch had reduced feelings of social exclusion compared with those who received a hug or a touch that was the result of real emotion. Of course, neither of them managed to completely eliminate the negative consequences of social exclusion, but one has to start somewhere.