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Zynismus und Leichtgläubigkeit

 

 

 

 

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1/5 Wahrheit ∞ 4/5 Unwahrheit

Nur etwa ein Fünftel der Weltbevölkerung erfüllt den Standard von Wahrheit und Integrität. Das Wahrheitsverständnis von Zynikern, Skeptikern, Atheisten, Attackenreitern, New-Agern, Politisch Korrekten und Gutmenschen ist irrelevant, da es im Rahmen des Zwangs, der Negativität, der Unwahrheit und Lieblosigkeit zum Ausdruck gebracht wird.
Sarkasmus and Zynismus mangelt es an Respekt vor sich selbst und dem anderen.

 

Neutralisiert und geheilt wird Zynismus durch nichtlineare Qualitäten wie:

Wo Angriffe verpuffen

Ein angrifflslustiger Skeptiker
fordert den Meister heraus:
Nenne mir einen praktischen,
brauchbaren Nutzen der Spiritualität.
Antwort des Meisters: Damit kann ich dienen.
Wenn dich jemand angreift, kannst du
deinen Geist in eine Zone erheben,
wo Beleidigungen nicht hinreichen.
Quelle: ► Anthony de Mello SJ (1931-1987) indischer katholischer Jesuitenpriester,
Psychotherapeut, geistiger Führer, One Minute Nonsense, S. 80, 1992

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Zitate zum Thema Zynismus und Leichtgläubigkeit / Cynicism and gullibility

Zitate allgemein – Naivität

Empfehlung

  • Hüte dich vor Naivität und Leichtgläubigkeit. Sie ist eine der größten Fallen auf dem geistigen Weg. Dr. David Hawkins, Quelle unbekannt

 


 

  • Naivität ist die Schattenseite der spirituellen Strebenden. Viele Menschen schwelgen ausschließlich in ihren Fantasien über die spirituelle Entwicklung. Dr. David Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Emotions and Sensations, 3 DVD-Set, 17. April 2004

Zitate allgemein – Zynismus (gespiegelte Naivität)

Empfehlungen

  • Naivität und Zynismus sind der Widerpart bei der Abwehr von Schwierigkeiten. Sie sind Schachzüge, welche die Seele verleugnen.
    Naivität verleugnet, dass sich die Seele zu Widrigkeiten hingezogen fühlt und den Tod erkundet.
    Zynismus täuscht Tiefgründigkeit vor, wobei er allerdings die entscheidende Bedeutung der Seele missachtet. Michael Meade Mosaicvoices.org, US-amerikanischer Geschichtenerzähler, Mythologe, Ritualist, Männerbeweger, Autor, Audiovortrag The Light Inside Dark Times, 2 CD-Set, Mosaic Audio, Erstauflage 15. Juli 2009

 

  • Zynismus ist das aufgeklärte falsche Bewusstsein, an dem Aufklärung zugleich erfolgreich und vergeblich gearbeitet hat. Peter Sloterdijk (*1947) deutscher Kulturwissenschaftler, Professor für Philosophie, Universität Karlsruhe, Fernsehmoderator, Essayist, Kritik der zynischen Vernunft, 2 Bände, Band I, S. 37f., Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 17. Auflage Januar 1983

 

  • Zyniker sind enttäuschte Romantiker. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) irischer Dramatiker, Dichter, Romanschriftsteller

 

  • Was ist ein Zyniker? Ein Mann, der den Preis von allem und den Wert von nichts kennt. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) irischer Dramatiker, Dichter, Romanschriftsteller, Figur Lord Darlington in: Lady Windermeres Fächer, 3. Akt

 

  • Ein Zyniker ist ein Mensch, der nach dem Sarg Ausschau hält, wenn er Blumen sieht. H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Journalist, Literaturkritiker, Kolumnist, Satiriker

Zitate von David R. Hawkins

⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

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Skepsis gegenüber Annehmen

  • [Man] kann sagen, dass es in der Welt zwei Klassen von Menschen gibt: die Gläubigen und die Ungläubigen. Für die Ungläubigen ist alles unwahr, solange es nicht bewiesen ist; für die Gläubigen ist alles, was in gutem Glauben gesagt wird, wahrscheinlich wahr, es sei denn, es erwiese sich als falsch. Der pessimistische Standpunkt des zynischen Skeptizismus entstammt der Angst. Die optimistischere Haltung des Annehmens von Informationen entsteht aus Selbstvertrauen. Beide Stile funktionieren, und jeder hat seine Vor- und Nachteile. Dr. David Hawkins, Die Ebenen des Bewusstseins. Von der Kraft, die wir ausstrahlen, S. ?, VAK Verlags GmbH, Kirchzarten bei Freiburg, 1997

 

Quotes on naivety

Jesus: I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10, 16 (NT)

 

Personal avowal

 

Insights

  • One becomes addicted to the ego and preoccupied with its contents. It attracts all of one's attention so that one becomes obsessed with the mind and its feelings. If the person believes that the mind and its contents are the real 'me', then the focus is certainly understandable. Basically, this error is due to naivete. The mind is an amusement park, full of thrills and spills and curiosities. It is also the theatre of the absurd for the drama of feelings and social identifications. It is an 'act' in that it is a personal characterization, dramatization, and display Dr. David R. Hawkins, I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 309, 2003

 

  • To safely do spiritual work and avoid crises, it is necessary to reaffirm, look within, and discover one's own innocence. It really is not safe to do spiritual work unless one has a glimpse of that innate naive innocence and keeps one eye on it at all times, because that innocence is the gateway back to the Truth so one does not get lost in the swamp. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Healing and Recovery, S. 166, 2009

 

  • Be forewarned that that which is theatrical and ritualistic and mystical is after your naivete. That which comes from absolute Truth has no need for trappings. There is no gain or no loss. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self: Final Moments, 3 DVD set, 14. December 2002

Quotes on cynicism – mirrored in naivety

Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10, 16 (NT)

 

Personal avowals

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Paul Ekman's conclusions:

In the course of his prolonged discussions with H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama (*1935) Paul Ekman, Ph.D., a highly esteemed US American anthropologist and psychologist, has changed his formerly held position on the function of hatred and ridicule.

  1. In my book Emotions revealed, I argue that hatred could in some circumstances motivate positive acts that were of benefit to the person and to society. And I've come to believe that, although that's true in the short run, in the long run hatred is corrosive and maybe it actually has a long-term harmful impact on the person.
  2. And the other thing I think I've become most sensitive to is the dangers of humor that involve any form of ridicule – which can be very funny, but I think has a very negative impact on the person who's enjoying that type of humor.
Audio interview with Paul Ekman, Ph.D. paulekman.com (*1934) US American professor of psychology, anthropologist, pioneer in the study of emotions and facial expressions, UCSF, author, Emotional Expression, presented by Wise Counsel Podcasts, Mentalhelp.net, host David Van Nuys, Ph.D., US American professor emeritus of psychology Sonoma State University, California, minute 35:48-36:51, 46:42 minutes duration, Downloadable on Itunes – # 10, aired 19. October

 

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Narrated in:

Video interview What Is God?, sponsored by Book Passage, presented by ForaTV, minute 29:40-37:30, chapter 10 Balancing Spirituality and Practicality, chapter 11 The Emptiness of Logic, 1:13:27 duration, aired 11. January 2010

  • If we lose all contact with this inner God element [the vibration of the soul] in ourselves, the wordless yearning to serve the good and know the truth, our thoughts and our actions will lead us nowhere. Our thoughts will lead us either to cynicism or to an absurd overestimation of our own mental powers. [...]
    When that special yearning and vibration for a moment surfaced in my heart and body, even faintly, I experienced a despair about all my clever ideas. [...] My conscience brought me the pain of remorse which for years I reacted to with fits of depression in order to cover it over with self pity [...]. I saw in many of my valued friends and teachers the same heartless brilliance and cleverness. It served to increase my despair and cynicism about truth and the good. [...] This heartless way of thinking about God and Ultimate Reality dominates the mind of the contemporary world. Video interview with Jacob Needleman, Ph.D. jacobneedleman.com (*1934) US American professor of philosophy and religion, UCSF, author, What Is God?, Tarcher, 24. December 2009

 

  • I don't consider myself cynical. When I was in my twenties I was a very cynical person. [...] I realized in retrospect when I was being cynical | was being exactly what the system of power wanted me to be which was to be cynical and therefore politically inactive and stuck in this place where I thought nothing could change. This is the complexity of dealing with a complex world. Video presentation Robert Jensen, Ph.D. (*1958) US American professor of journalism, University of Austin, Texas, on All My Bones Shake, part 6 of 6, sponsored by and at bookstore Book People, YouTube film, minute 1:42-4:12, 8:35 minutes duration, posted 31. July 2009

 

  • I think cynicism is a self-indulgent sophomoric reaction to the reality of the fact that human beings are nasty creatures. We are nasty creatures, but we are more than just nasty creatures. Most people who are cynical are relatively privileged. Being cynical is only available for people with a certain amount of comfort in the world. People who are under the boot of power don't really have the luxury of being cynical. Video presentation Robert Jensen, Ph.D. (*1958) US American professor of journalism, University of Austin, Texas, All My Bones Shake, part 6 of 6, sponsored by and at bookstore Book People, YouTube film, minute 1:42-4:12, 8:35 minutes duration, posted 31. July 2009

 

  • I certainly do [feel a certain vulnerability]. My sensitivity would'nt be there if I didnt feel it. I have to stay close to the ground. I have to get hurt. You don't get hurt, if you’re calloused, you become more cynical. Cynicism is my enemy, it always has been. It’s predominant in our culture. It's killing us, that negativity. […] I don't want to be dishonest, because there is something about it that bothers me. It makes me callous. [...] Cynicism would breed in me. I don't want cynicism to come, because it will be the end of me. Video interview with Oliver Stone (*1946) US American film director, producer, screenwriter, author, Oliver Stone interview on Charlie Rose (1997), presented by US American TV station PBS, interview show Charlie Rose, YouTube film, minute 21:28 and 24:45, 31:17 minutes duration, posted 21. July 2016

 

  • I am one man among seven billion others. For the past 40 years, I have been photographing our planet and its human diversity, and I have the feeling that humanity is not making any progress. We can’t always manage to live together.
    Why is that? I didn’t look for an answer in statistics or analysis, but in man himself. Yann Arthus-Bertrand (*1946) French environmentalist, photographer, reporter journalist, Human. The Movie, 2015, also cited in: Filmed afterthoughts HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand – Genesis of the film, YouTube film, 3:58 minutes duration, posted 12. August 2015

 

Appeal

  • Don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes. Stephen Colbert (*1964) US American satirist, comedian on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, starting in 2005, actor, writer, Knox College commencement address, 3. June 2006

 

Recommendation

 

Warning

  • We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion just as effectively as by bombs. Kenneth Clark (1903-1983) British historian, museum director, broadcaster (BBC Television series Civilisation), author, source unknown

 

Insights

  • We look at it as them and they as opposed to us. We don't engage because we are still too cynical.
    We are still a nation that is too guided by fear. It cuts us off.
    Things have become progressively worse.
    We have to fix our souls.
    Change is hard. Change will always be hard.

    We can change the world. – Yes, we can...
    Michelle Obama (*1964) US American wife of the 44th US president, first African-American first lady, election campaign speech at UCLA, Los Angeles, Michelle Obama speaks of Barack's values, YouTube film, minute 2:22+ 7:47 minutes duration, posted February 2008

 

  • When we attempt to motivate, we are not usually intending to serve others in their best interests. At its best, motivation is an attempt to serve others in our best interests. It is this transparently selfish intent that causes cynicism instead of inspiration. Lance Secretan (*1939) British economic visionary, expert on leadership, business consultant, theorist on inspiring teams, speaker, author, Inspire! What Great Leaders Do, Introduction, S. xxx, 2004

 

  • Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear – it's active disengagement. Ken Burns (*1953) US American film director, producer of documentary films, source unknown
  • The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) US American longshoreman philosopher, social writer, aphorism

 

  • Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) US American longshoreman philosopher, social writer, aphorism

 

  • Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays, Notes from the Underground [Letters from the Underworld], Vintage, reprint 1864

 

  • Naiveté and cynicism are opposite ends of a defense against difficulty. They are moves that deny the soul.
    ⚑ Naiveté denies the soul's intrigue with trouble, its wonder about death.
    ⚑ And cynicism pretends to be deep but it misses the soul's centrality.
Michael Meade Mosaicvoices.org US American storyteller, mythologist, ritualist, spokesman in the Men's Movement, author, 2 CD audio set The Light Inside Dark Times, Mosaic Audio, 1st edition 15. July 2009

 


Opiummohnblüte
  • The two enemies of finding help are gullibility and cynicism. They are the two sides of one coin.
    ⚑ The cynic doesn't believe anything is possible, anything is good.
    ⚑ The gullible one believes everything it hears.
    Video interview with Jacob Needleman, Ph.D. jacobneedleman.com (*1934) US American professor of philosophy and religion, UCSF, author, Time and the Soul, Vimeo video, minute 55:31, 56:26 minutes duration, posted 25. August 2009

 

  • The derision of the cynic comes from a wound of crushed idealism and betrayed hopes. We received it on a cultural level when the Age of Aquarius morphed into the age of Ronald Reagan, and on an individual level as well when our youthful idealism that knew a more beautiful world is possible, that believed in our own individual destiny to contribute something meaningful to the world, that would never sell out under any circumstances and would never become like our parents gave way to an adulthood of deferred dreams and lowered expectations. Anything that exposes this wound will trigger us to protect it. One such protection is cynicism, which rejects and derides as foolish, naïve, or irrational all of the expressions of reunion. Charles Eisenstein, Ph.D., US American graduate in mathematics and philosophy, scholar on Eastern spiritual traditions, Chinese translator, associate professor, Penn State University, author, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. The Vision and Practice of Interbeing (Sacred Activism), North Atlantic Books, 5. November 2013

 

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Present-day cynics

  • Psychologically, present-day cynics can be understood as borderline melancholics, who can keep their symptoms of depression under control and can remain more or less able to work. […] Their psychic apparatus has become elastic enough to incorporate as a survival factor a permanent doubt about their own activities. They know what they are doing, but they do it because, in the short run, the force of circumstances and the instinct for self-preservation are speaking the same language, and they are telling them that it has to be so. Peter Sloterdijk (*1947) German cultural scientist, professor of philosophy, Universität Karlsruhe, TV host, essayist, Critique of Cynical Reason, two volumes, [1983] University of Minnesota Press, 1987, 1989

 

  • Faith is not supposed to bring us easy certainty but deeper reflection, not to bring us triumphalism but rather humility, not to bring us cynicism about the world but hope that in fact even the big things can in fact and have been changed. Video interview with Rev. Jim Wallis (*1948) US American evangelical Christian writer, political activist, editor-in-chief Sojourners, How do we address the rise of religious fundamentalism?, presented by Big Think, 1:40 minutes duration, posted 4. February 2008

 

 

  • Cynicism is a protection against being hurt. [...] The antidote of cynicism is self-loving. When you feel cynical you're afraid of getting hurt. Find out which is the wound that is making you afraid. If you are cynical you are protecting yourself against shame, against abandonment, or against betrayal. Video presentation by Mario Martinez, PsyD, Uruguaian clinical neuropsychologist, contemplative psychologist, psycho-neuroimmunologist, author, Embodying The Four Immeasurables, YouTube film, minute 1:45:21, 1:48:40 duration, posted 22. July 2011

 

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Elevation ♦ reverence ♦ awe:

 


The Cruxifixion of Christ, Detail
Hieronymus Bosch (~1450-1516) Netherlandish painter
  • Of the myriad social degradations of contemporary American life, cynicism is the most insidious. Not too long ago, cynicism was seen as a character flaw: among politicians, it was a grievous slur. But as popular culture has forsaken any muse but commerce, the media has lost credibility as a zone of ideas; and fewer and fewer systems of public accounting remain to represent and support us as ordinary citizens. People begin to feel powerless, and then they get cynical. Cynicism is no longer merely an affectation of critics and teenagers. It has become normative. Jessica Murray (*1951) US American astrologer, psychologist, Jungian analyst, linguist, cultural commentor, writer, Pluto and the Media, February 2005

 

  • The average child gets 432 negative messages to 32 positive messages every single day.
    We are buffeted with that kind of violence – the negative messages.
    Once you become vulnerable truly you become very potent, very powerful because you don't have anything to hide.
    We are programmed not to feel good about ourselves. We generally don't [...] love ourselves because we are programmed not to.
    Cynicism is a way to protect ourselves. [...] It is almost like we have become warriors and have an armor.
    Audio interview with Dr. Stan Dale opost.com/standale/ (1929-2007) US American teacher, sex, love and intimacy [i.e. "into me you see"] expert, founder of Human Awareness Institute, radio broadcaster, writer, 2003

 

  • The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes – openly bad and secretly bad. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) Congregationalist US American clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, speaker, Lectures to Young Men. On Various Important Subjects, Lecture IV "Portrait Gallery", 1856

 

  • Most cynics are really crushed romantics: they've been hurt, they're sensitive, and their cynicism is a shell that's protecting this tiny, dear part in them that's still alive. Jeff Bridges (*1949) US American actor, musician, singer, Academy Award winner for best actor for his role in the movie Crazy Heart, 2009, aphorism

 

  • A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US American critic of American life and culture, journalist, magazine editor, satirist, essayist, aphorism

 

  • The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics and cynics. [...] We need people who can dream things that never were, and ask why not. It matters not how small a nation is that seeks world peace and freedom, for, to paraphrase a citizen of my country, "the humblest nation of all the world, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error." John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) assassinated 35th US American president (1917-1963), address to the Irish Parliament, June 1963

 

  • What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. Barack Obama, 44th US American president, inaugural address, 20. January 2009

 

  • Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed. Michelle Obama (*1964) US American wife of the 44th US president, first African-American first lady, election campaign speech at UCLA, Los Angeles, Barack Will Require You to Work., 18. February 2008, YouTube flim, 1:44 minutes duration, posted 25. March 2009

 

  • No matter the official line, true transparency is rare. Many organizations pay lip service to values of openness and candor, even writing their commitment into mission statements. Too often these are hollow, if not Orwellian, documents that fail to describe the organization's real mission and inspire frustration, even cynicism, in followers all too aware of a very different organizational reality. Warren Bennis (1925-2014) US American scholar, professor of business administration, organizational consultant, pioneer of contemporary leadership studies, author, Daniel Goleman (*1946) US American psychologist, science journalist, James O'Toole, US American journalist, Patricia Ward Biederman, US American writer, Creating a Transparent Culture, presented by Leader To Leader, No. 50, Fall 2008

 

 

Cynicism quotes

Quotes by David R. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

 

Quotes on idealism (standing up for what's good and true) / Idealismus

  • Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the life of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples, crossing each other from a million different centers of energy, build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Speech by Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US American justice minister, Democratic senator from New York, civil rights activist, younger brother of the 35th US president John F. Kennedy, University of Cape Town, 1966

Englische Texte – English section on Cynicism

Etymology of sarcasm

Sarcasm is "a taunting or caustic remark, generally ironical."1
The word sarcasm is a derivative of the Greek word "sarkazein", which meant "to tear flesh."
A sarcast is sneering (cutting or biting remarks to poke fun at someone else's vice or folly).

Transformation of a cynical old miser after a series of visitations


Ghost of Christmas representing the Present
Painted by John Leech, 1843

In the middle decades of the 19th century the English novelist Charles Dickens was keenly touched by the appalling conditions of poor children working in tin mines. In a fund-raising speech on 5 October 1843 at the Manchester Athenæum Dickens campaigned with workers and employers to donate for children's rights and educational and social reforms.

 

In December 1843 Dickens' published his novel A Christmas Carol. Its main character Ebenezer Scrooge said the infamous line scorning the holiday of love:

"Bah …Humbug."

He repeatedly turned down a couple of businessmen who were engaged to collect money from him for the poor at Christmas. Scrooge pointed out that the poor were undeserving of any more than the prisons and workhouses provided at the time.

 

That same night Scrooge was visited by four entitities. The first ghost that appeared before him was his former colleague. The other three represented the archetypes of the past, present and future.

 

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Marley's Ghost, John Leech, 1843
EntityFocusLegend
1st GhostGhost of Jacob MarleyScrooge's late business partner, warned him of continuing in miserly ways.
"But you were always a good man of business, Jacob," faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.
"Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!"
2nd GhostGhost of Christmas PastHe showed Scrooge how he used to be warm and generous and how he has changed into a cynical old man.
3rd GhostGhost of Christmas PresentHe showed Scrooge that most people in the homes of Bob Cratchit and Scrooge's nephew Fred toasted him affectionately. He explained to him how need and ignorance will destroy society if people do not learn to care for each other.
4th GhostGhost of Christmas Yet to ComeHe took Scrooge to a vision of how he will die.
Scrooge was a changed man after this last visitation.
♦◊♦ His meanness was dissolved. ♦◊♦

 

See also: ► Schatten – Shadow and ► Archetypen – Archetypes and ► Sterben – Dying
and ► Fourfold nature of the psyche and various fourfold constellations

Diogenes and Alexander


Engraving of Alexander visiting Diogenes in Corinth
Diogenes asks him to stand out of his sun

Diogenes and Alexander – The cynic and the king

 

Alexander the Great came to visit Corinth. Thereupon many statesmen and philosophers came to greet Alexander and extend their congratulations. Alexander expected that Diogenes of Sinope also, who was tarrying in Corinth, would do likewise.

 

Yet this Greek philosopher, who was living in barrel, took not the slightest notice of Alexander. A kind of Socrates gone mad, he continued to enjoy his leisure in the suburb Craneion.

 

Intrigued, Alexander went in person to see Diogenes and found him lying in the sun in front of his barrel. Diogenes raised himself up a little when he saw so many people coming towards him, and fixed his eyes upon Alexander. The monarch addressed him with greetings, and asked him whether he desired any wish fulfilled from him. Famously, Diogenes replied,

"Yes, stand a little out of my sun."

 

Struck by this unexpected reply, Alexander admired so much the haughtiness and grandeur of the man who had nothing but scorn for him. In leaving the scene Alexander's followers were laughing and jesting about Diogenes. The king, turned reflective, confided to them

"Truly, if I were not Alexander the Great, I would like to be Diogenes."

Sketching a cynical comedian – George Carlin

George Carlin used to have a mainstream American Dream up to his thirties. He wanted to be like Danny Kaye, but he didn't like the bunny numbers. He found out that he was an outlaw and a revolutionary.
Carlin was a dropout at school and the military, a criminal, a drug consumer, whereby he had his "doors of perception" opened.
He thought his work of 40 years to be realistic and skeptical. Convinced one should "be highly skeptical of cynical behavior", he knew full well that he had a cynical attitude. Comedian he was, he made people think – with word plays. He "believed in people over property rights." Hugely disappointed by the human race, he had a generous heart. A complicated human being and pretty flawed, he admitted his weaknesses.


George Carlin at a book signing
Barnes and Noble, New York City

At age 67 Carlin went to a rehab facility to deal with his alcohol-and-drug addiction. His suggestion for warning labels on booze bottles was: "Alcohol will turn you into the same asshole your father was." Note: His Irish father was an alcoholic.
He believed in the non attached "The Big Electron" and prayed to the choleric, violent nose breaker Joe Pesci who delivered a 50% fulfillment rate for his pleas (by the use of a baseball bat).
During his heavy drug phase he woke up his 10 year old daughter Kelly – still under the influence of cocaine – to tell her that the sun had exploded. Later – when it became clear that the sun hadn't exploded – he decided to worship the sun. Why? It can be seen.

 

Carlin fit himself into these schemes:

Eat fast food on the slow lane.
Be a nonbeliever and an overachiever.
Be an alpha male on beta blockers.
Be a raging alcoholic and a working rageoholic.
Be out of rehab and in the Nile (aka denial).
Be a rude dude, a lean mean, a real deal.
Be hard to bluff, tireless and wireless.
Be a high tech low life and have a glide in his stride.
Be hanging in and hanging tough.
Now that he is gone it’s "over and out".

 

At age 71 George Carlin died of his fourth heart attack at 5:55 pm on June 22, 2008.

 

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Musings on the state of affairs
"The status quo sucks."
Musings on the meaning of life
"Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it."

Musings on possible engravements on his gravestone
1st choice: "He was here just a minute ago." [1]
2nd choice: "Too hip for the room."

Musings on women
"If there is a God it has to be a man. No woman could or would fuck things up like this." [2]

Musings on men
"All the problems in the world, repeat, all the problems in the world, can be traced to what fathers do to their sons." [3]

"There are five deadly male subcultures and they all overlap.
➤ the car and machinery culture,
➤ the police and military culture,
➤ the outdoors and gun culture,
➤ the sports and competition culture,
➤ and the drug and alcohol culture, and there is a bonus,
➤ the Let’s-go-get-some-pussy-and-beat-the-shit-out-of-queers culture.
The combustible chemical formula of this male universe is gasoline, gunpowder, alcohol and adrenalin … and the delightful testosterone, the most lethal substance on earth."
[4]

Musings on the beginning of life
"All human fetuses begin as females. The brain itself is basically female until hormones act on it to make it structurally male. So, in reality, all men are modified females. … Females create life, males end it. War, crime, violence are primarily men franchises, men shit. Deep in the womb men start out as the good thing and end up as the crappy thing. Not all men, just enough to fuck things up." [5]

Musings on men and women
"Men are stupid and women are crazy. And the reason women are so crazy is because men are so [...] stupid." [6]

Musings on atheism
"Atheism is a belief. I am not an atheist. […] I don't believe in religion." [7]

Musings on the climate
"There is nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine, the people are fucked." [8]

Musings on voting
"I don't vote. […] If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote, who in fact did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created that I had nothing to do with." [9]

Musings on nihilism
"When you are born in this world you're getting a ticket to a freak show, and when you are born in America you're given a front row seat. And some of us get to sit there with notebooks. I am a notebook guy." [10]

Musings on politicians
"Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. – They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them." [11]

 

Sources featuring George Carlin (1937-2008) controversial US American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor, author, YouTube films
[1] Video interview George Carlin on what will be on his gravestone, 0:29 minutes duration, posted 27. June 2008
[2] Text George Carlin On Religion, presented by rense.com, 1999
[3] Video presentation The Male Disease, excerpt from "When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?", minute 1:22, 6:31 minutes duration, posted 17. November 2009
[4] Video presentation The Male Disease, excerpt from "When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?", 2:37, minute 6:31 minutes duration, posted 17. November 2009
[5] Video presentation The Male Disease, excerpt from "When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?",  6:31 minutes duration, posted 17. November 2009
► [6] Video/audio presentation Men and Women, excerpt from "When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?", YouTube film, 2:00 minutes duration, posted 3. September 2009
[7] Video interview Bill Maher remembers George Carlin, part 1, presented by US American TV channel CNN, program Larry King Live, host Larry King, aired June 2001, YouTube film, minute 2:40 and 8:32, posted 3. July 2008
[8] Video presentation On The Environment, Jammin in New York, 24. April 1992, minute 2:30, 7:39 minutes duration, posted 22. April 2009
[9] Video presentation George Carlin – Why I Don't Vote, "Back In Town", 1996, YouTube film, 3:23 minutes duration, posted 12. March 2010
[10] Video testimonial I Gave Up On My Species, YouTube film, YouTube film, 4:07 minutes duration, posted 15. May 2011
[11] Life Is Worth Losing, 18th album and thirteenth HBO special, recorded at Beacon Theater, New York City, New York, 5. November 2005

 

Links zum Thema Zynismus und Leichtgläubigkeit / Cynicism and gullibility

Literatur

Literature (engl.)

Externe Weblinks


External web links (engl.)


  • Video presentation by Lance Secretan (*1939) British economic visionary, expert on leadership, business consultant, theorist on inspiring teams, speaker, author, Spirit At Work. Hope vs Cynicism, presented by IndustryWeek, recorded 6. November 2000, retrieved 25. July 2006

Audio- und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

  • Video presentation by Martin Seligman, US American founder of positive psychologist, happiness researcher, What do you say to cynics and critics?, YouTube film, 0:55 minutes duration, posted 19. November 2009
  • Video presentation Robert Jensen, US American professor of journalism, university of Austin, Texas, All My Bones Shake, part 6 of 6, sponsored by and at bookstore Book People, YouTube film, minute 1:42-4:12, 8:35 minutes duration, posted 31. July 2009
  • Video presentation by Mario Martinez, PsyD, Uruguaian clinical neuropsychologist, contemplative psychologist, psycho-neuroimmunologist, author, Embodying The Four Immeasurables, YouTube film, 1:48:40 duration, posted 22. July 2011

 

Interne Links

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