Closeted Romantic, Mr. Nietzsche
“To my friend Georg!
After you had discovered me, it was no trick to find me: the difficulty now is to lose me . . .
The Crucified” F. Nietzsche
Once my friend Theresa told me that before we were friends (we lived on the same freshman hall back then,) whenever she saw me in the hall she said it looked like I was either in a GOOD ALI or EVIL ALI mode. Bad Witch or Good Witch.
I watched Harry Potter 7 pt 2 last night. and what person who has read obssesively each HP installment doesn’t remember the classic quote (Hp and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
“I met him when I traveled around the world. A foolish young man I was then, full of ridiculous ideas about good and evil. Lord Voldemort showed me how wrong I was. There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it…” Professor Quirrell, Page 291
Whenever any college kid or college age dreamer brings up concepts of good and evil and the ULTIMATE TRUTH. OR WHATEVER. I think about Harry Potter. and Professor Quirrell’s smelly turban, dwelling place of foetal Voldemort and his rotty soul.
This 19 year old guy…wonderful artist, smart kid, sick with the travel bug and fresh off a Euro trip (Italy, France, and elsewhere and beyond) was ranting and raving to me about starting a revolution. He said it would only be possible to start and finish and nail that bitch (revolution) if it stemmed from some ultimate truth (in which he was a staunch believer.)
(REVOLUTION, after all, is a lengthened and fancier version of revolve, and this word is astronomical. meaning it comes from astronomy. in other words, its original meaning was astronomical. and then it got political in the 1800s because the French made it so. After that, the poor little word got pretty absurd. )
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˌrɛvəˈl(j)uːʃn/ , U.S. /ˌrɛvəˈluʃ(ə)n/Forms: α. ME reuolucioun, ME reuolucoun, ME reuolusioun, ME revolucyoun, ME 16 revolucion, ME–15 reuolucyon, ME–16 reuolucion, ME–16 reuolution, lME reuolucyos , 15 reuolucioune , 15 reuoluciowne, 15 reuolutione , 15 revolutione, 15–16 reuolution, 15– revolution, 16 revolutyon; N.E.D. (1908) also records a form of the ending lME -cioune. 1.Astron.a. The apparent movement of the sun, a constellation, the firmament, etc., around the earth; the movement of a planet, moon, satellite, etc., in a circular or elliptical course round another, or about a centre of mass; (now esp.) a single circuit of this kind.
“Professor Marvel: Better get under cover, Sylvester. There’s a storm blowin’ up – a whopper, to speak in the vernacular of the peasantry. Poor little kid, I hope she gets home all right.”
“Cowardly Lion: Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman: Courage!
Cowardly Lion: You can say that again!”