Jul

17

 There is something about all the resolutions of tension that occurred at the end of week– the settlement of the flexionic self dealing for 1/100 of the benefits devolved from the flexions in charge, the news that the metals company down 80% from its high had beat earnings forecasts along with the 19th century dow standard with the silos also beating, the 10 year bond yields well below 3%. And the 30 year bond at a high, the reversing from peak to trough of bonds and stocks each week, the emphasis on lines other than earnings in the income statements, like expenses for Google and revenues for GE, the likely passage of the financial regulation book (certainly without the ability of the customer to take recourse beyond the exchange appointed arbiters or members themselves), the random numbers relating to consumer confidence which always follow the stock market move the previous month– that's sort of like the revulsion after romance that they say one experiences, or post partum depression that is deeply unsettling for the period before the service rates jump 100 % at the beginning of the next year, I think.


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  1. vic on July 17, 2010 9:36 pm

    "there is something about a … war … that's divine" Sondheim , Assassins, his favorite musical. vic

  2. douglas roberts dimick on July 24, 2010 10:12 pm

    The Market is not a Separate Being

    A fellow contributor to this site sent me the following excerpt and synopsis…

    “Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman).” — Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia… The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), by Milan Kundera, is a philosophical novel about a man and two women, and their lives in the Prague Spring of the Czechoslovak Communist period in 1968. Although written in 1982, the novel was not published until two years later in France. The Czech: Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí and French: l’Insoutenable légèreté d’être titles are more common worldwide.

    Synopsis
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being takes place in Prague in 1968. It explores the artistic and intellectual life of Czech society during the Communist period, from the Prague Spring to theSoviet Union’s August 1968 invasion and its aftermath. The characters are Tomáš, a successful surgeon; his wife Tereza, a photographer anguished by her husband’s infidelities; Tomáš’s lover Sabina, a free-spirited artist; and the secondary characters Franz, the Swiss university professor and lover of Sabina; and Simon, Tomáš’s estranged son from an earlier marriage.

    Challenging Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of eternal recurrence (the idea that the universe and its events have already occurred and will recur ad infinitum), the story’s thematic meditations posit the alternative; that each person has only one life to live, and that which occurs in life occurs only once and shall never occur again — thus the “lightness” of being. In contrast, the concept of eternal recurrence imposes a “heaviness” on our lives and on the decisions we make (to borrow from Nietzsche’s metaphor, it gives them “weight”). Nietzsche believed this heaviness could be either a tremendous burden or great benefit depending on one’s perspective.

    The German expression Einmal ist keinmal encapsulates “lightness,” the concept of which is well expressed in the quote: “what happens but once, might as well not have happened at all. If we have only one life to live, we might as well not have lived at all.” Following this logic, life is insignificant, and decisions do not matter, and are thus rendered light, because they do not cause personal suffering. Yet the insignificance of decisions — our being — causes us great suffering, perceived as the unbearable lightness of being consequent to one’s awareness of life occurring once and never again; thus no one person’s actions are universally significant. This insignificance is existentially unbearable when it is considered that people want their lives to have transcendent meaning. As literary art, The Unbearable Lightness of Being is considered a modernist humanist novel and a post-modern novel of high narrative craft.

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