Stages of how men explained the world

For no reason, here are some chronological stages of how men explained the world

  1. Animism : The belief that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence.
  2. Totemism : The tendency of definite social units to become associated with objects and symbols of emotional value.
  3. Religion : A cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, world views, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements.
  4. Mythology : A folklore genre consisting of narratives or stories that play a fundamental role in a society, such as foundational tales or origin myths. The main characters in myths are usually gods, demigods or supernatural humans.
  5. Science : A systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.

 

Then we can have fun to extract the structure of these stairs, just to apply it on another field.

Or pick up a theme, for example : “Animals”. Totems and first gods (or Egyptian myths) are often animals, then they become human-like, but have natural assets (Zeus and thunder) or sidekick animals.

Or you can fight this, telling that it’s nested and layered, that science uses mythology’s names, for example, or that one comes before the other.

Or you can watch the concept of stories : in religion, most people believe the stories, some think it’s parables. In early centuries, myths were already seen has stories which contains a knowledge.

Have fun!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Blessed Holy Mother(s)

Some religions forbid to represent their god. Christianity has no problem, as it seems. I found many Marys this Braderie day, c’est formidable! Well, I’m not even sure it’s her, on some…

So, I took pictures. They are “on sale”, in the streets. But I am aware each one has her little story inside. Maybe this one helped someone a lot, for years, who knows…

2 Goddesses for the world : Chronicle 17

What if the world was ruled by two sisters Goddesses that nobody on Earth know or pray? Imagine their loneliness or their anger, their boredom, their wisdom…

 

Rilke writes that there are three ways for a passion to die :

  1. Exhaustion
  2. Transformation
  3. Substitution

 

Seeds to think about and with :

  • “When you don’t examine Belzebuth’s proposition”
  • “Dramatize tensions for lack of solving them”
  • “Something happening for itself, and not as a preparation for something to come”
  • “An obscure text, even for the author”
  • “To take an interest in what’s left on the side
  • “Something is said, showed. Something isn’t, is hidden. What if you lean on the frontier between both?”
  • “Change down a gear”. When? Where? How? Why?

 

Moon rays catchers. Who are they?

 

What kind of inner silence do you feel when someone accuses you of things you haven’t done since a long time?

 

Here are some Eluard poems translated in English :

http://poetsofmodernity.xyz/POMBR/French/Eluard.htm

 

 

 

…the fear of being forgotten

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#Pray for “insert place here”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer

I recognize it : I’m a miscreant, an unbeliever. There’s no hell, but well, if there’s a bloody one, I probably already have my ticket!

War horrors, terrorist attacks, earthquakes and alphabetical hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia) are killing people and children, it’s a real mess.

Therefore there’s a constant flood, in social medias, of “Pray for Mexico”, “Pray for Paris”, “Pray for Houston”… “Pray for – insert place here“.

As an atheist, it’s a bit strange, of course. I respect prayers, but I do wonder…

  • Do people really pray, or is it just a way of saying “I think of you”?
  • If you really pray, do you think you’re heard?
  • If there’s a God, does He “need” your prayers to act?
  • Is there a quota, a number of prayers needed to reach Him?
  • If God hears prayers, what does he do, THEN?
  • Has someone already got an answer? Maybe a sign?
  • If it gets worse – as usual – is it because He didn’t hear the prayers?
  • Why wouldn’t He?
  • Or is it a punishment? Like “I did hear your prayer, but… Nope”.
  • Is He confused by contradictory prayers? If He is not, how does He chose His camp?
  • Which God do you pray according you’re in this or this country? The local One?
  • What is a prayer? Is there a typical one, or do you just “ask”?
  • Is a prayer a monolog? Is it listened immediately, or later?
  • If you don’t believe, can you pray? Thus, what can happen?
  • Is this gesture necessary to pray?
  • Is it better to pray in silence or voice?
  • Could we imagine preventive prayers, like “Please God don’t hurricane Miami, my granma lives there”?
  • If yes, does God have a power on meteorological events, earthquakes (really?) or bombing terrorist brains?
  • Do you need emojis to add to your social media prayers?
  • What if this emoji was a high five instead of praying hands?

 

 

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“God will give it back to you”

This Sunday morning I was so… under, that I took my bag to – guess what – run some errands. You knowww… it keeps your mind and body a little busy. I’m aware it’s a low form of comfort, but we all do what we can, right?

I bought a bottle of Chardonnay, among little things I need home : tuna fish, tomatoes, coffee.

Was walking back home in the very quiet streets of La Madeleine when I overtook a VERY old lady, walking at snailspeed with the help of a metallic medical walker.

– “Hey mister?”, she asked. I stopped and of course answered her : “Do you need some help?”.

She showed me her untied shoe.

“Can you help me with that?”. Of course I agreed and we small talked while I was fixing it. Like : “I’m sorry to annoy you with that/Well, one day I’ll need it maybe too from someone else!”.

She was probably in her nineties. I felt her great and fast intelligence, completely slowed down by the age of her body. Sparkles in her eyes, in her smile. VERY smart, very old.

I imagined her at 17, vivacious and beautiful. I imagined her at 40, gorgeous and seeking the sense of love and life. She told me (with a winking smile) : “Dieu vous le rendra!” – “God will reward you”. The kind of phrase you get from a person who doesn’t believe in any God, but knows the deep meaning of that situation.

“Thank you”

She knew that I knew. I saw it in her eyes. We “clicked”.

 

I have a little tool for that :

Life IS short. Let’s find a way.

 

PS : “Dieu vous le rendra” is your “God will reward you”, so, OK. But if I rawtranslate it, you get “God will give it back to you”. It’s a bit different, right?

Oh, my, this needs a conversation. Again.

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Local Gods

OK I’m french. My english is a frenglish, it’s rusty and wobbly, et voilà. Try me, though. I’ll do my best. I promise. If sometimes it’s too bad, just laugh at me or roll you eyes.

If we talk literature – et j’adore la littérature américaine – I think we all agree to say that we try to find the best writers… according to our tastes, opinions, style, and so on. Criterias.

Well, I love to read Faulkner and Jünger. I was amazed by Giono and Bouvier, and Chekhov makes me cry. Etc.

I think we live our tastes the same way. Painters. Architects. Photographs. Musicians,  whatever. I love Royksopp and Blonde Redhead because of their sound, and the way they compose music. I am fascinated by Puccini and Brahms. And I know exactly why.

I noticed that for sports, it’s different. In baseball, or football, people don’t like teams according to criterias, like style, energy or intelligence, or strategy.

People like the LOCAL team.

If you live in Boston, you support the Red Sox. I you live in Lille, like me, you support Le Losc, which is the local football team.

And I don’t understand why.

Lalo is a composer born in Lille. I should love his music, maybe, then ? Nope, sorry. I prefer Prokofiev.

I supppose that if I watched football I would watch closely the way they play, and THEN choose (criterias !) my best choice, the team I love, and I’ll buy tee-shirts, and flags to put here and there. Voilà !

Evidently, I suppose, in this case, that there’s another element. We like the local sports teams because… Efff… I don’t know. To make friends ? Nope. OK, I give up.

What about religion ?

There are many Gods to love, and many different specific religions. This is a bit complicated. But mainly, people act like in sports. They pray the local one. Why ? Wouldn’t it be more…

OK, I stop. Cheers !

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