Garden Photography

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”.
Cicero

September 30, 2018, France

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Soil Festivities (or taming)

That’s an old tale : watch inside a home, or even a bedroom, and you’ll guess a lot about the owner.

Then the contrary : hear the “judge” know-it-alling about it, and you’ll guess a lot about his mind…

  1. If it’s a mess, you too much easily could tell about a messy brain – maybe the owner’s mind is not completely orderly. Maybe he suffers, or maybe he’s a genius artist, maybe he’s silly. See? You can say everything thus nothing, in fact.
  2. If the bed’s done like a funeral one, and the pajamas are perfectly daily folded on “this” chair (and not another one), THEN you can tell…

Today with you, my reader, let’s gossip the same way about a garden.

When I think about a garden, I think about peace and silence, butterflies and dragonflies, about the grass I could walk on post commuting evenings. I think flowers, curiosity, trying to plant and take care about unknown species, watering, welcoming birds, combining these green/colored friends together for harmony, I think breathing little winds and smelling roses (and the earth, the soil).

Soil Festivities is the title of a great album of Vangelis.

Then I hear some people about their garden. All they talk about is invasion of spiders and nasty caterpillars, chaos to be contained, trimming everything around and cutting/pruning trees. Everything’s a enemy. They want order, taming, obedience, snapping scissors on short grass.

Tonight I realized they maybe want to repair, to fix, to contain nature, instead of repairing, fixing, containing events of their now life or past life, probably… right?

 

(Crummy psychology, I know. I’m sorry. I wish I had a garden to wander in. I’m jealous, that’s it!)

 

Today I took this picture. I offer it to you. Thank you for reading!

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Signs of Bad Signs III : Panurgism & Sheeple

François Rabelais (1483-1553), says Wikipedia, was a French Renaissance writer, physician, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar.

His literary legacy is such that today, the word Rabelaisian has been coined as a descriptive inspired by his work and life. Merriam-Webster defines the word as describing someone or something that is “marked by gross robust humor, extravagance of caricature, or bold naturalism”.

Who’s Panurge? He is one of the principal characters in Gargantua and Pantagruel, a series of five novels by François Rabelais.

“Suddenly, I do not know how, it happened, I did not have time to think, Panurge, without another word, threw his sheep, crying and bleating, into the sea. All the other sheep, crying and bleating in the same intonation, started to throw themselves in the sea after it, all in a line. The herd was such that once one jumped, so jumped its companions. It was not possible to stop them, as you know, with sheep, it’s natural to always follow the first one, wherever it may go”.

Francois Rabelais, Quart Livre, chapter VIII

In French, it’s a very well know idiom. People who behave like sheeps – herd behavior, herding, flock mentality.

We call them Moutons de Panurge (Sheeps of Panurge) and their behavior as Panurgism.

Of course it’s funny to see this in these fields : Fashion. Marketing (“cattle displacement”). Mainstream Medias. Consumers. Advertising.

It also leads to concepts to study : Discernment.

Wiki : Discernment is the ability to obtain sharp perceptions or to judge well (or the activity of so doing). In the case of judgment, discernment can be psychological or moral in nature. Within judgment, discernment involves going past the mere perception of something and making nuanced judgments about its properties or qualities. Considered as a virtue, a discerning individual is considered to possess wisdom, and be of good judgement; especially so with regard to subject matter often overlooked by others.

Herd Behavior the same : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_behavior

In animal behavior, panic movements, human societies, the Archetype of The Crowd, stock market bubbles, decision making, mass hysteria – there are many links to click at the bottom of this Wikipedia page.

One sure thing : if in a crowded store there’s a bargain announced, you see many people running, and you see only a few watching the consequentially disgraceful and unworthy mess.

Let’s have fun saying the one who claim they are NOT Sheeps of Panurge are herding in another way :

Asymmetric aggregation of animals under panic conditions has been observed in many species, including humans, mice, and ants. For example, when panicked individuals are confined to a room with two equal and equidistant exits, a majority will favor one exit while the minority will favor the other.

Characteristics of escape panic include:

  1. Individuals attempt to move faster than normal.
  2. Interactions between individuals become physical.
  3. Exits become arched and clogged.
  4. Escape is slowed by fallen individuals serving as obstacles.
  5. Individuals display a tendency towards mass or copied behavior.
  6. Alternative or less used exits are overlooked.

Have fun. Thanks for reading!

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Exhausted Rich or Happy Rich?

ONE

Talking yesterday with a father, about jobs & choices – high valued big jobs like doctor, lawyer or financial jobs, and workers, like electricians and plumbers. With this observation in mind : good workers make big money, yeyyyy.

Then a category split appeared with a few examples we saw :

  1. This electrician he knows, who says he never stops working, he never takes holidays, because he is “very much in demand”, all the time.
  2. This lawyer I knew who worked half a month before traveling everywhere in the world with his wife – I used to see him biking with his briefcase!

 

TWO

There, I have to put what a banker told me one day (which seams almost a law) :

most people live just a little OVER what they earn

I think it’s true!

 

THREE

Now there’s a huge difference between the US and other modern countries : health. In Europa you don’t need to have millions of dollars in bank to pay all the treatments and cares needed after an accident. Everybody pays a little, every month. It’s not made for poors and olds, but for everyone. It’s NOT socialism. It’s Left and Right. You won’t ever hear about a personal bankruptcy because of health, in France!

 

FOUR

OK let’s imagine we’re in Europa. You can :

  1. Pile up money into bank accounts. You work all the time, then you’re dead. Rich.
  2. Pile up money to buy things, cars and big houses.
  3. Pile up money to buy free time and experiences.

So we talked about this guy, who works three weeks and takes 10 days off : holidays. Every fucking month.

He could make much more money, but what for? To have much more money?

 

…most people live just a little OVER what they earn.

What’s smart, then?

Exhausted Rich or Happy Rich?

 

Thanks for reading!

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