me+ME: On the human predicament
we believe absurdities,
we shall commit atrocities."
As it happens, I am not well and was also otherwise
occupied so for today there are just the texts for two possible sermons,
also in view of my title. As it happens, both writers were of German
and egoism are the roots of all vice.
Against stupidity even the Gods do
battle in vain.
-- Friedrich Schiller.
The banality of
evil: failing to think.
-- Hannah Arendt (and "banality" means "ordinaryness" as in "ordinary
Most men are as fit to think as they are
fit to fly.
-- Jonathan Swift
- History is little else but the register of the
crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
I am looking for a human being.
And for the
offended Dutch here
are - by common consent and acclaim - the greatest Dutch writer,
Multatuli, whose 7 volumes of Ideas are all on my site with my full
and extensive comments
Kranke, Volk, Mensheid... sta op
naar den geest! Ruk af den halsband die u hindert. Weg met dat gewicht
op uw hart. Ge zyt niet ziek, ge zoudt niet ziek wezen
althans wanneer ge slechts den moed hadt uzelf te zyn.
wees mensch !
De roeping van den mensch
is mensch te zijn.
Multatuli's Idee 136
In Nederland regeert de leugen
In The Netherlands the lie rules
-- Her Royal Higness, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands
And now my readers - surely! - can write their
own sermons on anyone of these inspiring, thoughtful well
expressed ideas, or any of their own conceit, or else consult some
masterly help that I - respectfully! - suggest may offer some
readers some useful ideas about some things:
P.S. And for those who love writing sermons on the
Audi alteram partem, here is field for exercises, in the trail of
Heidegger and David
Did I write one single disrespectful word?! Did I
now? Well... here is the theme I mean to be discussing RESPECTFULLY, also
in the light of how much evidence there is, objective fact, from the
mouths of people who knew the evidence, as gathered e.g. by
Leon Goldensohn, in The Nuremberg
Interviews, that - objectively, respectfully - a lot can and could be
said for healthy camps where the merits of
graduated exercise therapy and
cognitive behavourial therapy and such things were practised quite
effectively, really (objectively) quite humanely (relatively speaking,
with appropriate respect of course, and putting these things in their own
time and place, where and when values were, respectfully, so much better judged by
the more leaderly folks who, respectfully, ruled those camps, that did -
objectively! - much good to the soap industry, a purefying and
cleansing highly respectable value and article that
should be, respectfully now, seen from both sides, next to the
enormous benefits such camps turn out to have for bio-medical science and
the health of young children also:
And here is The Objective Evidence from alteram partem,
VERY respectfully also
"Let not theories and 'ideas' be the
rule of your being. The
himself and he alone is the present and future German reality and its
law. Learn ever deeper to know: that from now on each and every thing
demands decision, and every action, responsibility. Heil Hitler!
-- Martin Heidegger
O, and as I am trying to indicate what can be done, in
principle, about the human predicament that is (I say it with great
respect: odi profanum vulgus et arceo)
the average human stupidity:
Also, if I may
respectfully say so, it does help some if one has some ideas and some
knowledge about the topics one wants to argue about, including when
Audi alteram partem ...
... thank you kindly
P.P.S. Well... that got longer than I thought. And
had I mentioned
... yes, so I did:
Yodeling for Beginners
(<- page 25 - presently at ->
(latest issue - one: ME humor - The Laughter
Process (tm) CoFIBS at work).
And some of the evidence that Herr Professor & Frau Doctor Wessely vom
Weasel zum Weisel are mentally
sane if and only if (iff) I am not - as they wholly agree, miraculously
But see here which of the two logical alternatives a true iff comprehends
1. Ten reasons why ME is a real disease by a professor
of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about
maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter
of one's beliefs:
is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!"
- (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound")
"It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the
Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
(*) An actual Valid Scientific Hypothesis for what
happened to me and 17 million others, and especially to patients with
ME/CFS in England, the United States and The Netherlands:
ME: Unsere Doktoren - Ohne Wörter - P.S. 1: English
you'll find doctors Strangelove,
Bleijenberg and Van der Meer,
all equals, as
I've been taught in the
University of Amsterdam.
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