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Moving further and further away from the discernible, the song becomes surreal. On the B side Enrico Coniglio gets into a more spacious world, for the sound at times has a droning quality to it. Growing ever more potent, the cyclical nature of the sound works to his nature, as the piece unspools as it becomes emotionally affecting towards the end. Over the course of the two highly intricate pieces Enrico Coniglio allows for a great deal of sound to remain in flux. Love for the surroundings dominates for the pieces at times sound akin to be swept out to sea.

By opting for such an approach the songs gain an emotional resonance, one that speaks to the uncertainty that exists on a regular basis. Besides the exploration of the regular there are those moments where Enrico Coniglio brings moments of Gas-like elements of bliss, ones that hint at more classical pastures. Not a moment is wasted with the A side, where Enrico Coniglio introduces the piece with walls of noise.

Gradually the sound shifts towards slightly kinder territory. Around the halfway mark the song focuses merely on the gesticulations of the lower bass rumblings, as the sound almost evaporates away. Random transmissions occur a little later, with a high-pitched tone giving the song a suspenseful element. While the aural universe unfurls, it reveals almost a static transmission. Easily the highlight of the collection rests on the B side, where Enrico Coniglio utilizes a gentler touch.

Akin to the previous piece, it too includes a static sheen of sound, but unlike the A side the B side lets this static transform into something closely approximating shoegaze. One might put phonographers such as Chris Watson in this category, though his close miking technique often reveals an attention to sounds that goes beyond mere documentation. Though all the sounds occupy a similar prominence within the mix, and therefore in our attention, this anecdotal approach — in which the sounds are more or less recognizable and unobscured by processing — presented an important break with the dominant method of electroacoustic composition at the time.

Art is an appropriate domain for exploring the fantastic and the impossible, and each of these approaches embrace fantasy in their own way. Some field-recordings function best as abstractions of a place, while others are rooted in the specificity of a place or event, in which being there lends the recording some additional power. Some, like Aki Onda, may wait until enough time has passed that the specific memories of a recording have become hazy or lost, while others such as Matteo Uggeri or Kate Carr produce musical compositions which depend upon their personal relation to a space and the memories embedded in a particular recording.

Others focus on acoustics, on listening as a response to the unique vibrations of a particular space. Enrico Coniglio is a Venetian native whose work has long revolved around documenting the lagoon of Venice. Even if one has no knowledge of the city, the sounds of lagoon assert themselves very directly. Water sounds may be the most overused field-recording after bird song and church bells, and yet the sounds of water is unavoidable in a place such as Venice, where one is constantly surrounded.

Venice by boat completely transforms the experience of the city, and similarly the sound of water in this context takes on new characteristics, not just the sound of water lapping but the way its reverberations tell a story of the surrounding architecture and landscape. Venice has a very unique relationship with its history. Though one will hear outboard motors more than oars, the absence of cars has a profound effect on the soundscape of the city.

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Floating through the canals after dark or wandering the labyrinthine alleys one can easily get lost in dark fantasies, and as such time there feels much less linear. The mudflats that exist outside the city, with tall grass and little else, provide a view into the past, before the future Venetians drove wooden piles into the mud and built a great city on top of them. The means of administering the lagoon have predictably grown more complex as modern science has evolved, and these techno-mediated cycles become part of the larger ecosystem of the lagoon.

Higher frequency tones persist even as we move above the surface again. Just as the city itself survives through its constant management, here sounds are revealed through a process of technological mediation. The B-side is perhaps the strongest of the entire series. Beginning slowly with arrhythmic bumping and banging, filtered through the water, it builds into a piece of more glacial ambient noise. Gently flowing clouds of static drift into a pendulum of cries streaking across the stereo-field, culminating in the unprocessed sounds of waves. There is an occasional feedback spike, or perhaps the horn of a ship, situating the listener again on the imagined lagoon.

This return to a more documentary soundscape encourages an endless loop between the two sides. Electronic beeps and the reverberation of lapping water interact, without ever abandoning the noisiness which permeates the entire track. Recognizing the origins of the sounds here are less important than the narrative gestures. The B-side is defined by the rumbling hum of boat motors and machines, the technological sounds most a part of everyday life for Venetians.

Their rumbles come and go as perpetually dripping water serves as a constant reminder of where we are located. Near the halfway point a low melodic tone steadily rises, adding not so much a romantic grandeur to the piece but instead just another oscillating mechanical drone that is part of the soundscape.

The lagoon and the city are intertwined in such a complex way that the people who live there are as inseparable from the city as its lagoons, canals and the ecological systems which flow through it. Coniglio claims to be highlighting an inherent contradiction, and what these records make clear is that this unresolvable contradiction is a productive one, firmly at the center of what Venice means to the people who call it home. This does not mean that thought provoking and original works can no longer be produced with water as their central theme.

However, for a Venetian like Enrico Coniglio, water is strictly interwoven into the fabric of his daily life and naturally ends up serving as a source of inspiration in much of his output, particularly in his early works. Erasmo and a semi-submerged pipeline on the shore. From the outset, Enrico Coniglio makes it apparent, that neither album aims to be an prettified rendering of a pristine aural world. As his work on the label Galaverna, which he co-runs with Leandro Pisano, testifies, Coniglio, is not interested in nostalgia and is not prepared to erase human presence in order to offer an idyllic, but inevitably fake, sonic image from yesteryear.

There is as much artifice as there is nature in this diptych, labeled as the Bragos series, with an equal ratio of ebb and flow from the lagoon and mechanical sounds from boat engines and various other sonic products of manmade intervention. Notwithstanding the melodic undercurrent that runs through both works, Coniglio is not afraid of injecting occasional abrasive sonic elements into the proceedings uncovering the fragility of an aural world trapped in a liminal state.

Le barene, le velme, i canneti, le isole abbandonate, gli edifici in rovina. La breve narrazione di Enrico Coniglio su 13 riparte da qui. Suoni inclusi. Ero a bordo di una motonave, tra mare e laguna. Un battello in avvicinamento. La pioggia sul tetto e, poi, un gran baccano. La nuova stratificazione in atto diviene un complesso insieme di rumori, spesso assolutamente discordi, ma capaci di creare una sorta di ritmo alternativo. Un rumore imperioso, supportato da costanti raffiche di vento, emerge con vigore dai solchi del lato B.

Un barlume di aria e luce filtra allo scemare della tempesta. La tensione si allenta. Non resta che un flebile suono, continuo e destinato a esaurirsi. Field recording del genere sintetizzano squarci di vita. Ho pensato che fosse un tema suggestivo da sviluppare. Cecchinato e Massimo Liverani. Le prime si abbattono sulle sponde della laguna veneziana da tempi immemori. Il suo scorrere.

E un doppio suono, tanto impressionante quanto magnetico. O, semplicemente, ciclico. Materia prima ideale per field recording. Mutatis mutandis. La natura quasi senza filtri, o la proiezione sonora di un ecosistema familiare, probabilmente, soltanto a chi pratica un certo tipo di pesca costiera. Colpi vivi. Sottofondo di bollicine. Oggetti non in equilibrio. Il preludio al disordine improvviso, al caos elettronico. Non una semplice mappatura sonora, ma una riflessione profonda sullo stato di un territorio, sulle sue contraddizioni e sui suoi punti critici.

Le vaporose modulazioni della seconda parte di questo primo capitolo creano lo spazio necessario per elaborare il senso del percorso prima di tornare al punto di partenza. Si tratta di qualcosa di simile a quanto succede nel progetto di Enrico con Giovanni Lami, ribattezzato Lemures , nel quale a un certo punto si cade fuori dallo scenario ricostruito fino a un secondo prima attraverso i field recordings. Penso che questo impacchettamento di lusso sia il riflesso visivo e tattile di un punto di arrivo della ricerca di Coniglio. These records have as its backdrop the soundscapes that arise from the environment of the city of Venice.

Also appears an ambient layer with a gorgeous melody line already recorded. Plundering the Ancient World by Enrico Coniglio. Il viaggio prosegue per concludersi, senza brusche interruzioni o cambi di direzione, nella quinta e lunga traccia realizzata dal duo Under the Snow, che in circa 30 minuti racchiude una vera e propria opera musicale completa. Dialogue One — an excellent mixture of drones, ambient and music concrete, which invites for mind cinema of its best, is available as cd on Silentes.

Un progetto da seguire, dunque, e un dialogo uno da ascoltare con grande attenzione. The Italian ambient scene has been blessed with an evolving group of labels that reached cult status worldwide, valiant producers like Umbra and Glacial Movements. One of the pioneers, the Amplexus label and its spinoffs eventually became Silentes and its spinoffs, who continue to document a large spectrum of contemporary Italian electronica composers.

The most recent album on their primary label is the first in an announced series of split releases with the electroacoustic duo Under The Snow, aptly entitled Dialogue One. Here their partner is Venetian phonographer and sound artist Enrico Coniglio. But winter in Scandinavia is very different from winter in northern Italy, where the snow softens the angles of the houses, changes the contour and color of the roads, and blends the forest into a dappled white.

Breath and condensation from the inside observers fog the windows, removing another layer of focus. So also the music on this album. Transitions between material, sometimes even between tracks, can be abrupt, with textures alternating between harmonic, rolling electronic drones and more noisy organic textures. Some of the scenes include whistling winds and voices snatched from the ether, and the overall effect is a restless searching with a little touch of sinister.

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Italian composer Enrico Coniglio enhances his reputation considerably with two outstanding new releases, one a solo cassette-based affair and the other a split work with Under The Snow. Out and About, the Hypnos-released work Coniglio recently produced in collaboration with Emanuele Errante and Elisa Marzorati under the Herion name indicated that the music Coniglio was creating had advanced to a higher level of refinement, and these latest releases provide additional confirmation of same. Burbling voices, echoing bell tones, wheezing harmonicas, and grinding motor engines swim in a seething and always dense mix that experiences multiple twists and turns during its abstract journey.

The grass is growing, the flowers are blooming, the leaves are sprouting, and the women of the town are wearing shorts. What a sumptuous time is spring, when the south wind pushes the salt air from the bay to the olfactory nerves. An album inspired by cold and frost? The following statement is a compliment, although it will require an explanation. Listening to this album in mid-May feels wrong. Too many winter-themed albums claim to be about the cold, but reflect the season only through cover art. This split disc is the real deal. The latter duo Stefano Gentile and Gianluca Favaron stirred in the sound of found tapes salvaged from Italian flea markets, and all three artists added guitar and processing.

The result: a winter album that actually sounds like winter. His other tracks are more tundra-like, the sound of an aftermath more than that of an impending storm. Although it is clearly the work of a different artist, it occupies the same timbral region and helps the split to function as a whole. A sleepy wind begins to blow, carrying spectral voices in its grime. For visionary charisma, appearance matters far less than it does for other charisma styles. You could be wearing rags and still successfully convey visionary charisma.

Cabane Consider what happens when your adopt the power pose Amy Cuddy and her colleagues refer to as Wonder Woman. In just a few minutes, your personality actually changes; you become more confident and more assertive. Vishton Being personable means being a sandwich-board man for cherished attitudes and shared values subject to change, of course. As defections split Italian party PDL into two warring factions, Berlusconi -like Jesus and Ksantivadin of Buddhist lore- forgives rebel leader Alfano, formerly his second in command, because -so says Berlusconi- he loves Alfano like he would a son.

During his long harangue at the party's congress trying to control damage, Berlusconi is suddenly taken ill: what a gage of common humanity. Shortly thereafter, he's ready to harangue the crowd again: Forza Italia is reborn by unanimous consent, the old party's song plays, and attendees rise to a standing ovation Leaders have to offer undivided sympathy and endorsement to each and every individual, group or constituency, no matter how irreconcilable their claims or grievances are with those of other individuals, groups or constituencies that were The ability to adapt to a variety of social situations is characteristic of highly charismatic people.

When he moves through a room, he intentionally varies his voice and body language according to the person or people he is speaking to. In selecting leaders, he looks for people who have a similar ability to adapt in multiple ways. That's Janusian thinking, or the ability to entertain opposites as true in order to reconcile them, the hallmark of creativity:. Within five minutes, Dave had bought the painting. It seemed the natural thing to do. Dave felt comfortable just looking at the painting.

The [sales]woman had slipped in beside him, taken on the same body language as his and dropped into the same attitude. This physical rapport occurs naturally over the course of our conversations with people we like. Scientists use the term mirroring to describe what happens to the bodies of individuals who are in rapport with each other. Frank Ehrman In April , Bill Clinton was forced to abruptly resign from his Readers shall come to their own conclusion regarding the similarities between this neologism, Hegel's tripartite understanding thesis, antithesis, synthesis , and Hindu philosophy.

Of course, just because so-and-so leader, politician, mogul Bannon no page. For the bullshitter, however, all these bets are off: he is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. Frankfurt Hotelling's law proves true: competitors tend to be pulled to a common middle ground. An apt characterization surfaced recently. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ.

Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. Relevancy and familiarity are closely linked. If you are relevant to me it is because you know something about me and the more you know about me the more familiar you feel. Be quick to lend a hand when you can. Offer advice or information that is otherwise unavailable. Find out about specific personal hobbies or passions and talk about those things. Lakhani ,, emphasis added. From his fingers flow rivers of ambrosia that cool the hells and feed the hungry ghosts. This is a subtle trickster attribute.

The trickster has the ability to communicate effectively across markedly different cultures. Hansen He looks into the camera and speaks with emotional intensity and sincerity.

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However, as the Bush campaign quickly pointed out, Kerry actually made the comment in the early afternoon. CNN Politics, September 30, Chinese Communist leader Mao had already posited the dynamics of contradiction as Both Confucius and Buddha told different things to different people at different times, avowedly to get the best out of them under the present circumstances. A psychotherapist who tries to fuse Freudian and Buddhist views, Epstein recalls how he told a patient how she was the ocean as well.

Years later, he quips in a way suitable for all gnostic bromides:. Several years later, after her mother had passed away, Monica reminded me of my comment. It had had a tremendous impact, she said. I was surprised—I could have just as easily made a case for her not being the ocean—but I was glad I had been able to say something that mattered, something she remembered, something that made her think.

Epstein , emphasis added. She told you exactly what you needed to hear, that's all. Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize, just as I did, there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

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Actor Richard Gere reminisces about a meeting with the Dalai Lama in the early s. Gere claims the Tibetan Pope inquired about Gere's job, to which he tried to give a self-important, thoughtful answer: the Dalai Lama just laughed. Gere takes the monk's laughing as encouragement towards gnostic insight instead of a rude reply on the part of a clueless Tibetan who probably understood a third of what he was saying in English anyways. Because the Dalai Lama probably understood only bits and pieces of Gere's highfalutin answer, there is no way he might have addressed the actor's particular situation.

In other words, it all probably rested in Gere's mind. The Dalai Lama might have quoted from a phone book, and Gere would have found deep gnostic pointers in that, too. At 1AM, the guru threw a tantrum, woke disciples up and demanded that a certain food be served to him right away.

Days later, the guru offered the following explanation. Precisely at the time of his tantrum, a disciple of his was dying far away. This disciple had -in his last moments- a craving for the food the guru had requested. Because such inopportune craving might very well spoil the disciple's up-coming rebirth, the guru had taken the craving upon himself to spare the dying disciple. At another point in time, Ram Dass sees awesome gnostic insight in the fact that his guru shooed him away with a leg when he was showing his devotion with a prostration in front of the holy man.

But if he claims that he has faith in god, he cannot -in any like sense- specify what he means. He can identify god in fact only as a feeling: he has faith in a feeling. But since faith itself is only the worship of feelings, the man who declares to have faith in god is declaring that he has a feeling about a feeling: the feeling that his feeling is true.

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What about Krishna, who -at the Yamuna river- multiplies to dance with each of his devotees individually? Lakhani is adamant: in order to close a final sale, one has to deliver the message to each individual recipient, just as presidential debates offer candidates who look into the camera delivering their truth to each individual viewer.

Isn't father god monitoring each and every one of us at all times? One and the same. The 'personal god' item is here crucial, as it encompasses not only fuzzy definitions of ghostly almighty ones few can exactly grasp, but all the dog and pony shows each society carries as politicized cultural baggage mos and suchlike. Ancient myth ologie s are not only the province of hazy speculation by amblyopic scholars, but are circularly reenacted, staged, spoofed on a constant basis.

Prothero As Debord argued, society as ongoing spectacle is based upon autonomous images, life's concrete inversion, whereby what is non-living takes on autonomous life: a pseudo-world where liars lie to themselves In , Berlusconi surprises many, for he seemingly refuses to ride to his full electoral advantage the alleged involvement of Partito Democratico the new designation of the Communist Party in the huge financial scandal of bank MPS -another the hydra of regulatory bodies couldn't possibly prevent, resulting in about 4 billion State bail-out-.

In , MPS is once again on the verge of bankruptcy, with another possible State bail-out in order: frazzled bureaucrats are helpless as investors' savings are wiped out once more. At the end of , a third bail-out euro 20 billion targets MPS and other banks. As the present writer suggests, every epoch has its totem imagery.

Speaking in the early s, Roderick here captures a clear obsession of the s: the Videocassette Recorder VCR. What Berlusconi was tapping for prompt results was what psychologist Cialdini dubbed the fundamental principle of reciprocity. During WWI, U. S citizens were enthused to join the war effort with the imagery the USA were paying back a debt of gratitude as well. France had helped fight the English during the independence wars: Lafayette was chosen as monocratic figure to rally the U.

S horde in patriotic fusion. Alternatively, Berlusconi recurs to the image of the godly patriarch, shying away from rabid polemic for the sake of the bank's employees, whose job is on the line. Alternatively, Christian St. Many examples of the story exist. In Buddhist Javasakuna Jataka, a woodpecker dislodges a bone stuck in a lion's throat. A creature red in tooth and claw, To dare such a deed and be living still, Is token enough of my good will.

Aesop, and a Jewish tale around the I century CE, suggest identical stories where adventitious details vary. Under the elusive guidance of a power-hungry demon from another galaxy, dinosaurs emerge from the earth to destroy cities and reclaim the world for themselves. A special squad fights them with high-tech weaponry. In the Italian adaptation episode Un Dinosauro Amico , children take an harpoon off an attacking dinosaur's nose, and they become thus friends. Churchill, Busloads of soubrettes, ballerine, models and hostesses circulate within the networks of international policy making.

One such alluring woman, in Berlusconi's official retinue at the Toronto meeting in , is arrested March 13, at an Italian airport with a load of 24 kilograms of cocaine:. But we know this much: He betrayed the uniform he wore, and he contributed to the deaths of untold thousands of his comrades. He may well have been the greatest traitor in history. Gordon no page. Alternatively, such women may be 'secret agents' on a patriotic mission, for so-and-so almost brought home a multi-billionaire contract for this Italian company, thus shifting the burden upon the critic, now under the angry stare Polidori no page.

According to newspapers, some alleged a transportation service was run to bring a group of young women back and forth to follow Berlusconi as he travelled in his official capacity. Hungarian-Italian porn-star and politician Ilona Staller declared to the press in how Hungarian Iron Curtain secret services had hired her to seduce and spy upon visiting foreign politicians and businessmen:. Then, when Magruder and others were working to reelect Nixon, G. Liddy was a wild card, a James Bond wannabe. His first plan to ensure Nixon's reelection was to spend one million dollars to hire "mugging squads" that would rough up demonstrators; kidnap activists who might disrupt the Republican convention; sabotage the Democratic convention; use "high-class" prostitutes to entice and then blackmail leading Democrats; break into Democratic offices; and use electronic surveillance and wiretapping on their perceived enemies.

In the same time frame trepid viewers agonized over the plight of wartorn Georgia, the martyr State crisscrossed with lines of dispossessed refugees, the Georgian delegation seemingly partied wild in the company of eighty 80 prostitutes during a NATO meeting in Lisbon; unable to sleep, President Sarkozy alerted the security personnel The Japan Times, February 11, Naturally, foes arrange sordid encounters with 'prostitutes' King, as a biographer would have it. Still talking about M.

He told it so well that we forgave him almost everything. If an historic character has made a great contribution to country and society, and if his name and his deeds have been used over the generations to foster high ideals of character and service, what good is to be accomplished by digging out of the past and exploiting weaknesses, which perhaps a generous contemporary public forgave and subdued?

Mormon Apostle S. Richards in There is also another small return on these scandals. Despite his political and personal responsibilities, old age and health problems, foes accused Berlusconi. Parting humbugging politicians from other sybaritic entertainers might prove difficult.

Actor Michael Douglas as well toots the horn of his presumed sexual frenzies and bohemian excesses. French President Sarkozy equally tried to capitalize as much as he While policy makers and other celebrities possibly pose in the bathroom basking in the image they cultivate of themselves as irresistible he-men cavorting in the company of ballerine, Italian ballerina turned politician N.

Brazilian caudillo Getulio Vargas, who embodied the Brazilian version of paternalistic statism so popular in the s Mussolini, Hitler, Roosevelt, Salazar Characters from Japanese cartoons -in the s for example- were normalized to reproduce standardized Caucasian features. Venezuela's Chavez in recent years revamped the item: murals depicted the leader in a fatherly embrace with a child; a statue also portrays Ho Chi Minh teaching a precious child; Chairman Mao also loved children in various posters. In Italian Head of State Napolitano joined a similar scene 'embracing' juveniles from third-world immigrant groups he wished to extend citizenship to when born on Italian soil.

All those may seem -and are credited by some as being- clumsy, accidental, 'romantic' or inoffensive postures, 'gaffes', which -irrespective of any dis agreement regarding the line being followed- is highly unlikely given the 'machine' at work behind the image ghostwriters, spin doctors, cameramen, makeup artists, digital imaging specialists etc. Some wisely raise doubts about the characterization of various statesmen -such as U.

S President Bush, jr. Yale graduate , and Brazilian President Lula -as nitwits taped as they're unable to spell; Bush, jr. Deception is such a common technique for ingratiation that its lack strikes us as aberrant. Feldman , This raises the interesting possibility that, like much of their behavior, the mental processes of psychopaths are poorly regulated and not bound by conventional rules.

This issue Hare We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated. It all might be another spectacle: the personable savior-hero is one of us to a fault, including the common man's miserable shortcomings and gaucherie. After all, aren't Rocky and Forrest Gump semi-retarded? Yet, what heroes:. He was also from a quite upper-class part of Missouri. Louis enclaves from which Danforth came. Likewise on campaign stops Likewise, if you listen to tapes of John Kerry from the s, you hear a very definite Kennedy accent.

There, he came across as a Yale educated, new-class intellectual. In he came across as a semirural, basically unsophisticated politician arriving to fix a broken system. It worked beautifully: Clinton allayed fears that as a Democrat he was too leftist by communicating to Southern and midwestern voters, through his voice and body language, that he was one of them. Drout Quelqu'un a mal fait son boulot? Ou l'indice que, sachez-le, on s'en fout. Il s'agit de communiquer, pas de parler.

Cassin no page. The sooner you start telling yourself that you're excited rather than nervous, the sooner you'll be able to convince your subconscious that this is actually how you feel. And, in fact, that's really all that matters. Change your attitude, and your body language and voice tone will change to reflect your new attitude. Keep in mind that most people are as eager as you are to establish rapport. They will generously give you the benefit of the doubt. Boothman , emphasis added. Parzival and his horse are on the ground.

Parzival reaches into his quiver, takes a javelin, and sends it through the knight's visor into his eye and kills him. That's not the proper way to kill a knight, so Arthur's court is now twice shamed. As far as they know, this is the Red Knight, the great king. What a shock. But Gurnemanz knows how to judge male flesh, and he realizes this is some boy. Similarly, a number of classic psychiatric disturbances have prospective bright sides to them. For example, milder forms of bipolar spectrum illness and attention deficit disorder have been associated with creativity Abraham et al.

Both autistic individuals and their relatives sometimes possess exceptional mathematical skills Baron-Cohen , and obsessive-compulsive traits are often observed in industrious people Bradshaw and Sheppard ; Polimeni et al.

In contrast, there appears to be no silver lining associated with conventional medical disease, injury or any other form of unequivocal biological malfunction. Medical problems such as heart disease, emphysema, arthritis, diabetes, brain injury or mental retardation syndromes are never associated with symptoms or traits that can be construed as even slightly beneficial.

Because scientific discoveries are sometimes inherently logical while simultaneously contradicting convention, this study implicates the nonconforming disposition of schizophrenic patients as a potential contributor to ingenious creativity. Polimeni , This messiah entered a savage whirlwind of biblical prophecy, debauchery, eccentricity and purported ascents to heaven as proof of manifest destinies soon to unfold. S ATF forces: dozens of people -including Koresh, and several children- died in the assault. Belle Gibson, the alternative healing author and internet personality from Australia, was in April revealed to be just another hoaxer with the usual troubled childhood, teenage pregnancy and related 'man of sorrow' paraphernalia: experts in the media now label her an antisocial narcissist: the writing was all over the wall.

Her stories of miraculous recoveries thanks to alternative medicine were as fake as the non-existent illnesses she purportedly recovered from: the money Gibson made -plus engagements, endorsements, etc- sure was real. As with Koresh's equally outlandish claims, votaries were too busy putting their hands together to celebrate the providential wo man. Monti was allegedly first to appear with precious children as part of his campaign: would opponents pour all that bile over righteous Monti in the presence of such little treasures?

Berlusconi riposted being photographed with a puppy even more precious than Monti's toddlers. Naturally, wise patriarchal figure Monti knew best: he, too, pulled a puppy from his politician's hat. Resourceful Berlusconi in turn pulled children from his politician's hat, while exit polls slowly but surely rose. Pope Francis I is also involved with children: kissing the foot of a disabled child, and letting a child take his seat, for example:. Ireland's Roman Catholic Church told the order of nuns who ran the former home where a mass grave of almost children was found that it must co-operate with any inquiry into the discovery.

Ireland is considering an investigation into what the government called a "deeply disturbing" discovery of an unmarked graveyard at a former home run by the Bon Secours Sister where children died between and Reuters, June 5, Myth ologie s tend to coalesce: Pope Francis I appears with a green parrot. What's more, the parrot is the gift of a professional male stripper -soon to appear in an erotic movie- who declares to be in love with the Pontiff. The myth of Saint Francis as quintessential animal lover -akin to Orpheus, Buddha and other In May , Berlusconi on a never-ending political campaign pledges his commitment in favor of animal rights animals and children, what a favorite imagery.

Some, however, opt for more traditional appeals. After the chances of being elected with a radical left-wing list vanish, Bacchiddu promptly switches allegiances to right-wing Lega Nord of nativist vintage. Charming coincidences, or artful stage management? Readers be the judge. The message to the artificial kin member is, probably, that puppies and children are so pure at heart -whatever that means- they would never associate themselves with the awful person opponents portray so-and-so as being.

Of course, legions of toddlers and puppies are successfully associated with many things in advertisement, from cars to toilet paper and shipyards: that's ethos credibility again, irrespective of any sense this may not make:. Most young children are truly authentic—what you see is definitely what you get.

They have yet to learn how to hide, filter and manipulate their experiences to fit what others are expecting. Their motivations are out in the open Brown The baby, because his heart is pure, is an unlearned saint. The saint, because his heart is pure, is a learned baby Watarai Nobuyoshi, Aurobindo comments on the Vedas:. Yet throughout the symbol of the sacrificial Fire is maintained. It is evident that we are in the presence of a mystic symbolism to which the fire, the sacrifice, the priest are only outward figures of a deeper teaching and yet figures which it was thought necessary to maintain and to hold constantly in front.

MAISI no date:lecture note The biographer Plutarch, writing in the late first and early second Hirai translation. It can apply in both positive and negative form to any group of zealots into any kind of pursuit. He tells how the King of Alba beheld the strange sight of an erect penis that rose from his hearth fire and stayed there for several days extnote. He sought advice from the gods via an oracle, which informed him that a virgin should give herself to the phallus and the offspring produced would become a very great man.

The king, named Tarchetius extnote in this version, ordered his daughter to mate with the phallus, but she balked at this and sent her servant to do it instead. Tarchetius discovered the truth and imprisoned them both. He was held back from killing them by a dream sent by Vestaextnote, and then Romulus and Remus were born.

They were abandoned in the Tiber, suckled by a she-wolf, saved by a herdsman, and grew up to kill Tarchetius. This myth, which may be of Etruscan origin, is also reflected in a myth of the birth of one of the later kings of Rome, Servius Tullius, and has a connection to older Indo-European mythic motifs, where fire is equated with male virility and the divine spark of life.

Meineck The desire for honor and glory sets men on fire Cicero, Tusculanae Disputationes, 1. In Roman lore, even King Servius Tullius was miraculously conceived when his mother Ocresia mated with a magical phallus from the hearth, either sent by the god Vulcan or by the the lar familiaris, god of the hearth. The city of Preneste also shared a similar myth. Caeculus was deemed son of Vulcan, survived ordeal by fire to prove his divine parentage, and could control fire. Readers may note multifarious versions of the Romulus story. At times the mother is a Vestal virgin; at times a servant.

In Jesus' case, it's the the low-class woman who's also a virgin note of this writer. Within all moving beings he has become [the] Desire! Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday as the faithful are blessed with sacred ashes, a vestigial fire ordeal that commemorates Jesus' forty days in the wilderness facing Satan. Tribal ritual set aside, new age movements catering to urban white collar upper middle classes have appropriated the item as well in the name of an higher perception, the actualization of one's self, the transcendence of physical limits, positive psychology and so forth.

Results indicate that there was a relationship between New Age practices and beliefs and schizotypal personality traits, characterised by magical ideation, a cognitive disposition towards looseness of associations, and emotional hypersensitivity. Women were also more likely to be drawn to New Age practices and beliefs.

On the other hand, traditional religiosity was unrelated to all personality indices and measures from the experimental task. These findings suggest that an individual may be attracted to the New Age by virtue of its magical belief system and practices, which provide meaning to unusual ideation and experiences, and which emphasise the exploration and development of a loose cognitive style and emotional sensitivity.

Farias et alii Bundles of commingled mythologies are everywhere. Let's take W. Churchill, for example. Most -in fact- would equate the British leader with just causes and best of all ideas the 'fire' in his speeches certainly derived from. Churchill's penchant -for example in a article raised quite a few eyebrows over time, however.

The torturing embarrassment regarding Churchill's ' true ideas' could be easily solved dealing with another possibly controversial and unpublished article:. Sir Martin Gilbert, the eminent historian and Churchill biographer, He added that Churchill's instructions for the article were different in both tone and content from what Diston eventually wrote, and pointed out that Diston was a supporter of Oswald Mosley, the notorious fascist and anti-Semite. The present writer is not interested here in scoring political points, but in a simple fact.

On one hand, Churchill is eulogized as the larger-than-life figure, whose uncompromising moral assumptions warranted him a place in history. On the other, he is just another gamesman trying different strategies. He commissions his 'memorable' pieces to a cohort of ghost-writers, each one in tune with a different portion of the political spectrum, just in case: most statesmen do so anyways on a regular basis The leader of the French Fascist Vichy regime, Petain, had in his drawer a serenade to his appointed arch-enemy De Gaulle.

Illustrated Sunday Herald, 8 February Luigi Firpo's , Italian historian and politician earlier translation. Although Berlusconi's foes choose the episode to cast 'honest Firpo' against 'dishonest Berlusconi', Firpo apparently never pressed charges against Berlusconi. The private exchange between the two regarding the matter was embargoed upon Firpo's death, soon to be made public in silence has shrouded the issue ever since. Lega Nord secretary Salvini tries to project his image of highly sophisticated individual.

In January , he brags about two new books he's supposedly reading: too bad one of them was still to be released on the Italian market. Incensed votaries defend him from ridicule: he surely was reading the book in the original foreign edition. Media reported, however, that the book cover Salvini or his press agents or cronies posted online was that of the Italian edition yet to be released What he presented as his literary masterpiece was in reality his retelling of lines from the popular movie Dead. S President Johnson in an interview with German Chancellor Erhard jokingly remarked how he wasn't born in a log-cabin like Lincoln, but in a manger like Jesus.

In Richard Nixon had given the same answer In this connection, it is interesting that the mixture of religion and politics is found in stories about Nixon as well as Kennedy. An anecdote [exists] ridiculing Nixon's repeated references to his humble origins and suggesting that false modesty might conceal exalted visions of grandeur If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility Barack Obama in Contrary to the rumours you have heard, I was not born in a manger,I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-el, to save the planet Earth Barack Obama in Donald Trump on Twitter in Don't be so humble - you are not that great.

People will forgive you for murder a lot faster than they would forgive you for displaying your exhibitionistic needs Moore part 6. The same platitudes and strategies used in this example can be successfully used in a variety of situations involving different people with an equal degree of credibility: It is one thing to suggest that a hero or a patriot is a martyr, it is quite another for a community to perceive it as true.

Therefore, the metaphor inherent in associational catalysts requires that its author must maintain a degree of social legitimacy so as to invoke a believable image.


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Allgrove The reason these Christians invented martyrdom stories and saw their history as a history of persecution is because then, as now, martyrdom was a powerful tool. Early Christians respected saints as holy people with a special connection to God. As such, in later times martyrs were powerful spokespersons for the church. When early Christians wanted to prove the antiquity and orthodoxy of their own opinions, they would edit or compose a story attributing their own views to an early Christian orthodox martyr.

Moss It is the very thing for which I have been longing these several years. The ill-treatment of the mob had not daunted his spirit; neither could this sentence of death. Within him had grown such conviction of his rectitude that he had most likely worked himself up to an emotional fervour reminiscent of the state in which the early Christian martyrs walked singing to the lions.

He seemed to welcome ill usage and cruel treatment, and ecstatically he gave thanks to the almighty that he was worthy to suffer in the cause of the Buddha. Several of his disciples had died martyr's deaths while protecting him from his assailants. As his guardian had employed his prerogative, Nichiren was taken to be executed. He was humiliated by being led through the streets to be jeered at by scoffers. But not everyone along the road hated him, and his many friends came out to weep at seeing their master so treated. The scene is more than a little familiar to Christians Upon arrival at Tatsu-no- Kuchi on 17 October, where he was to be decapitated, a miracle is reported to have taken place.

Brudnoy What counts is not the case at hand, but the repository of exempla, fossilized characters, obtuse allegories and petrified mythologies. This in spite of the circular over-emphasis leadership scholars -such as Ben-Shahar- place on. Many have wondered: is Qaddafi mad? A megalomaniac? Otherwise respectable psychologists have tried to analyze him from afar. More reliable is what Qaddafi says about himself; he considers himself a visionary. While many of those around him are corrupt, Qaddafi by all accounts is not, making him the worst sort of dictator: a truebelieving one.

What Qaddafi believes is a muddled mix of Nasserist nationalism, Western anarcho-syndicalism and Bedouin desert egalitarianism. Schumacher no page, emphasis added. When it is not exemplary, an authority figure has an uncertain therapeutic effect. Rieff Social work educators Dean H. Hepworth, Ronald H. Inducing trance through storytelling shall take aesthetic sense into the picture.

Aesthetic sense brings about idealization: both Octavian Augustus and Napoleon -who were not exactly 'small fry' needing to prove themselves to anyone-. Messages on the Mormon Channel also follow this logic. Messages for youth are crafted like Disney Channel teen-oriented series plus the religious angle. To this day there is controversy regarding some pictures typically used to portray Indian thinker Aurobindo; dissidents say such pictures have been enhanced to convey a spiritual or majestic image, whereas devotees claim the allegation to be false. Joseph Stalin's pictures were retouched to cancel the scars smallpox had left on his face.

That is why most politicians wear dresses engineered to hide protruding bellies and weak shoulders, thus making them look like rugby players fit as race horses; special shoes can often be worn to camouflage height issues:. The pounding also makes him loud and scary. In human terms, we read confidence the same way: how much space people are willing to take up.

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