Ze French Coronavirus Chronicles, 7
Again, funny to see the whole planet becoming “more balanced”, and massively. Super rich sportsmen or business bosses giving up indecent money, people getting sick pay, health and other important workers being paid more… With…
…positive consequences, less noise, less pollution, less tourists, people thinking and having time, instead of running everywhere like fools.
Serendipity lead me to listen to Mozart‘s 14th piano concerto, played Maria Joao Pires.
I’m a Brahms & Schubert lover, and my tendency is to walk along time, exploring other XIXth and XXth century composers. Therefore, I need to make an effort to listen to Beethoven, and even more to Mozart. I hear the clichés, I often guess “what will happen” in the music, etc.
But my experience, my love and constant exploration of Schubert today (instead of, for example, Bartok), I’m now capable of hearing some magic in the weave…
Watched a Blu-ray : The Leopard (1963).
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860’s Sicily.
So cleverly done that it lets you in turmoil and ecstasy. Such finer points in the dialogs and acting… Masterpiece!
After All the President’s Men (with Jason Robards) and The Leopard (with Claudia Cardinale), the next movie will be Once Upon a Time in the West (with both). I love to create chains with movies… (and it’s, like The Leopard, directed by an Italian).
Some analysts imagine that this epidemic will change society, in these terms :
- De-globalization. Some things have to be decided and producted inside the country (medicine, for example).
- Rise of public expenses to help employment and companies.
- Understanding that the whole population has to have healthcare and that a country’s health system should… heal people instead of making profit.
…like some plans after WWWars, for example. Well we’ll see.
I found this name : Rita Streich; here she is in the Musetta’s Waltz Song. A fascinating voice, new to me. Like coming from an old time…
One can’t stop wondering WHY are there so many cruise boats in activity, knowing that “The World Health Organization declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020“.
“Any port in a storm”, it’s an easy-to-understand idiom, but it’s very new to me. It contains some philosophy, right?
Maybe “might makes right”, or nécessité fait loi (necessity make law, or rules) for… what must be done must be done…
Here’s a quote from Paul Valéry :
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
And this one :
En matière de discussion, j’appelle adversaires honorables, ceux qui ne tiennent pas tant à “avoir raison” qu’à améliorer leur organisation d’esprit, qui preferent leur esprit à leur amour-propre.
In terms of discussion, I call honorable adversaries, those who are not so much interested in “being right” as in improving their organization of mind, who prefer their mind to their self-esteem.
Thanks for reading! Stay safe!