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Thursday, September 06, 2012
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THE TRUTH
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For ever opinion, theory, ideology, and belief system there is another that contradicts it. Communism versus capitalism. Theism versus atheism. Imperialism versus nationalism. Which is right? *We tend to think in terms of generalities, abstractions, and carefully selected facts – and that’s where we go wrong: in our selection of evidence. *What are the arguments for imperialism? For 600 years the Middle East lived in relative harmony. But after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire there followed a long series of internecine wars with no end in sight. Something similar happened after the collapse of the Soviet Union. *What are the arguments against nationalism? Divisions tend to generate more divisions and internecine conflicts can be as bloody as imperialist wars (Syria being a present-day case in point). *What is the difference between communism and capitalism? As the old joke has it: Under capitalism man exploits man. Under communism it’s the other way around. Or, as they used to say in Poland: “Once upon a time we were slaves. We are now slaves of former slaves.” *The truth is, there is no Truth, only Big lies and dupes.
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Friday, September 07, 2012
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RECAPITULATING
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The reason why I like to make the truth as unpalatable as I can is that only then our dupes may decide to emerge from the cesspool in which they have been swimming. *Very early in my career as a writer I realized the only way to survive in this business is to kiss ass and say it smells like roses. *I know now why as a child I was lied to about Armenians: the truth is too unspeakable. *As an adult I was promised minimum wage (actually less) provided I wrote and translated what I was told by mediocrities that operated on the assumption it is a writer’s duty to emphasize the positive and cover up the negative, that is to say, to lie and deceive. *When I finally decided to speak the truth, I was silenced and became an enemy of the people. On more than one occasion I have been accused of being a hireling of foreign powers including the regime in Ankara. *We are so addicted to lies that anything that does not flatter our collective ego is rejected as enemy action. *May the Lord have mercy on our soul – if there is a Lord and we have a soul
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Saturday, September 08, 2012
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CHAUVINIST SLOGANS
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Chauvinists are not born but made, and what makes them is systematic indoctrination at a vulnerable age. *What is the difference between an Armenian and a Turkish chauvinist? Only the identity of their brainwashers. In all other respects they might as well be Siamese. *Where there is chauvinism there will be deportations, wars and massacres. *“All men by nature desire to know” Aristotle tells us.He should have added, except chauvinists who prefer to wallow in their own cliches ignorance. *A chauvinist’s most important ideas revolve around slogans and recycled propaganda and his favorite two words are “Yes, sir!”*“My country, right or wrong!” “My love of my country is good. My enemy’s love for his country is bad.” “If you don’t have Ararat in your heart you are no better than a piece of sh*t," (or so I was informed the other day by one of my gentle readers). “Forget your mother but do not forget your mother tongue.”And to think that there are actually self-assessed smart people who take this kind of nonsense seriously.*The Jesuits --masters of indoctrination--had a slogan of their own: “Give me a child and I will raise him to believe anything!” And so it is. *To speak truth to stupid is to dig your own grave.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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IF
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What do you gain
if in your effort to be positive
you cover up the negative?
*
What do you gain
if you replace greed for money (capitalism)
with greed for power (communism)
if the number of victims
(the poor and the powerless)
remains constant?
*
History does not repeat itself;
it’s human nature that stays the same.
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Propaganda makes a critic’s job easy
by telling him where the bodies are buried.
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First nation to adopt Christianity in the 4th century;
first nation to adopt atheism in the 20th.
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A man’s wisdom may also be judged
by the number of fools he counts as his enemies.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
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ON IDEOLOGIES & RELIGIONS
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Sooner or later all ideologies and religions
develop a power structure;
and where power enters murder is sure to follow –
not to say war and massacre.
*
Religions may benefit individuals
here and there, now and then
but societies, never!
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Religions have been and continue to be
as dangerous as biological and nuclear weapons.
*
Freedom of religion means
license to brainwash.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
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FROM MY NOTEBOOKS
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There are two ways of being popular
in an environment dominated
by charlatans and dupes:
by inventing new lies and
by recycling old ones.
*
I don’t write for dupes.
I write for readers who almost think as I do.
*
Who takes Armenian writers seriously?
Not even Armenian writers.
Speaking for myself,
I have nothing but contempt for writers
who write about many things –
from the Middle Ages to massacres –
but carefully avoid our present problems.
*
If everybody loved to play the same instrument
we wouldn’t have an orchestra.
*
An Armenian reader may agree with me
on one or two points, but three points? –
that would be like a minor miracle.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
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GUILTY AS CHARGED
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Benefactors write checks, build schools and community centers;
bishops sermonized in the name God;
bosses speechify in the name of Country and Mount Ararat;
and after leading a more or less comfortable life
they die in bed.
By contrast, successive generations of our writers
have been reduced to the status of beggars,
silenced, exiled, and murdered.
Why?
Simply because they refused to engage in deception
and to mislead the community into thinking
they never had it so good
because they are in the best of hands.
And because I write as I do
I have been called a Turk, an enemy of the people, and a ****.
*
When in his eighties Zarian died in Yerevan
after sustaining injuries in a fall,
he was sure he had been pushed and murdered
by agents of the State.
*
When Baruir Massikian,
a brilliant playwright, short story write and essayist,
who was also a successful lawyer,
was visited in his deathbed by a delegation of Panchoonies
parading as concerned community leaders
asked him to leave his wealth
to the Armenian Educational Foundation,
he said he’d much rather leave it
to whores in a Cairo bordello.
*
You may see me as a pessimist
and a dealer in gloom and doom.
I see myself as an honest witness
who refuses to commit perjury.
If that’s a crime,
I am more than willing to plead guilty as charged,
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Sunday, September 16, 2012************************************ SUNDAY SERMON***************************** Empires are not born but made, and what makes them is vision, without which, the Bible tells us, “the people perish.” *We have perished not because the land allotted to us was stony, the climate harsh, and our neighbors bloodthirsty,but because our leadership was without vision. *Empires have risen from the most unlikely places – even from deserts and islands. I am not an imperialist. I say these things to point out the fact that our nationalist historians are first and foremost propagandists whose sole aim in life is to mislead us into thinking we have nothing to worry about because our “betters” are noble and selfless specimens of humanity as opposed to being the scum of the earth. *You don’t believe me? Listen to Zarian: “Our political parties have been of no political use to us. Their greatest enemy is free speech.” And even more to the point: “Armenians survive by cannibalizing one another.” *Like empires, cannibals are not born but made and what makes them are leaders who place their own powers and privileges above the interests of the community and the nation.#Monday, September 17, 2012****************************************** A READER WRITES****************************** “You repeat yourself. You write too much. You have too many opinions. You are on too many forums.” *That’s because I have about a dozen readers half of whom either believe nothing I say or do not trust my judgment even when I say the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.To the rest I am old news because I say nothing that is new or original; I simply repeat, quote, or paraphrase better men than myself (to which charge I plead guilty as charged). *It follows I may or may not have one reader who may profit from what I say. My ambition in life is to have at least two readers before I die. On the day that happens I may consider making myself more useful in some other line of work, such as planting potatoes or bird-watching.#Tuesday, September 18, 2012************************************ WRONG QUESTIONS****************************** Do I have more enemies than friends? Wrong question. The right question is: Am I saying what must be said? *Do our fanatics outnumber our moderates? What about our dupes? Do they outnumber those who can think for themselves? Corrupt, incompetent or dishonest leaders: do they outnumber the honest ones? Do our dividers outnumber those who are of the opposite disposition? *If the alienated and assimilated outnumber those who “have Ararat in their hearts,” who is to blame? Speaking as an alienated Armenian who stays away from community centers, churches, and political parties: I hate all propagandists regardless of nationality so much so that I’d much rather deal with an honest Turk than a dishonest Armenian. I will go further and say I consider all honest men my brothers and all charlatans and crooks as my enemies. *Do our brainwashed dupes outnumber those who refuse to surrender their hearts and minds to partisans and panchoonies? To ask the right questions is the beginning of all wisdom.#Wednesday, September 19, 2012**************************************** ON BEING WRONG****************************** So what if I am wrong? Far better men than myself have been wrong. Think of Zohrab who saved Talaat’s life by risking his own. Think of our revolutionaries who on the eve of the Genocide challenged the Turks to massacre us. Think of Charents who allowed himself to be brainwashed by the Bolsheviks. Consider the case of Sylva Gaboudikyan of “Forget your mother” fame, who after the collapse of the Soviet Union declared “I am proud to have been a member of the Communist Party!” *If I am wrong I can be corrected. And I have been, many times. I am corrected even when I am right. When was the last time anyone dared to correct any one of our bosses, bishops, and benefactors? *You have nothing to fear from someone willing to admit his fallibility, and everything to fear from someone who speaks in the name of God, Country, and the eternal snows of Mt. Ararat.#
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Saturday, September 22, 2012
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OBSERVATIONS
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After telling us the Bible is the word of God
and “a house divided against itself cannot stand,”
they divide a house that is already divided
between believers and non-believers.
*
You say it’s impossible
and I say doing what must be done
creates its own energy and cunning.
*
Even as they blabber endlessly
about Turks and massacres
they tell me I am being negative.
*
Romney’s problem:
a big mouth and a bigger foot.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012
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ON POSTERITY
& RELATED ATROCITIES
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Posterity?
I am not sure about posterity.
You and I may well be our only posterity.
*
Depression?
I have been depressed most of my life
and I consider it an integral part of the human condition.
Unlike most Americans
I don’t think happiness or well-being to be a patriotic duty.
I have never been near a shrink,
nor taken a single pill.
Only the occasional drink.
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Homeland?
I can’t imagine anyone not loving
its mountains and rivers, lakes, valleys, and forests.
Neither can I imagine anyone
not hating the former KGB agents and commissars
who are now in charge of it.
Call it treason if you like.
I call it rejection of all crypto-fascist propaganda.
I call it refusal to be the dupe of thieving charlatans,
and in that I am with the majority – namely
all those who have voted with their feet and live abroad
or they define homeland as anywhere on earth
where they are allowed to work and provide for their families.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012
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ON STUPIDITY
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Be aware of stupidity
for it is the source of all evil.
*
The problem with hatred is that
it tends to metastasize.
Hatred of the enemy
turns brother against brother.
*
More often than not
our choice is not between good and evil
but between the lesser of two evils.
*
Details are important
especially the ones you miss
or refuse to see.
*
“In the name of Allah
the Compassionate, the Merciful,
Owner of the Day of Judgment.”
I quote from memory.
I paraphrase. If wrong ascribe it to Alzheimer’s,
not to blasphemy.
*
It is hatred of the infidel
that turns Shia against Sunni
and Assad against his ownpeople.
*
From the lyrics of a popular Armenian song:
“An Armenian loves to eat (oudel)
and he eats to hate (adel).”
*
He who is blinded by hatred
believes he has 20/20 vision
and God is on his side.
*
“I am not here to bring peace but a sword.
If you don’t have a sword,
sell your cloak and buy one.”
If you can’t guess who said that,
I suggest you read the Scriptures.
*
And now let us pray!
“Our Father Who art in Heaven…”
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Sunday, September 23, 2012
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DECEPTION (IV)
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For 600 years we hated the Turks
and we had every right to do so
for what they did and kept doing to us,
but we deceived them into thinking
we loved them and we did such a good job of it
that they named us their most loyal millet (ethnic minority).
*
For 60 years we also hated
the “onion-head” Russians
but again we pretended to love them
by calling them our “big brothers.”
We went further. Much further.
We betrayed and surrendered our ablest men
to their murderers.
*
And now that we have no one to deceive
we deceive one another
and we do such an excellent job of it
that most Armenians in the Diaspora
believe when native Armenians call them “aghber”
they don’t mean “white trash,”
but “brother.”
*
We have become such habitual and expert liars that
we believe in our own lies.
Now you know why our 1% divides the 99%
and gets away with it.
They say they divide us
because they are men of principle
and gentlemen do not compromise on principles.
The fact is they divide us out of fear.
Fear of what we might do to them
when we uncover the truth.
After all, far more civilized and progressive nations than us
have beheaded, executed, and assassinated their kings.
The only reason we have done nothing of the kind so far is that
we have been duped into thinking
our leaders are not our enemies
but our heroes and saviors.
*
Armenians of the world unite.
You have nothing to lose
but your dividers and gravediggers..
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Monday, September 24, 2012
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CHEZOKS
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One of our elder statesmen
(may God have mercy on his soul,
if there is a God and he had a soul)
once wrote a book in which he blamed all our problems
on chezoks (non-partisan Armenians).
“They are neither hot nor cold,” said he.
“They are neither for nor against anything.
They don’t care.
They are useless, aimless, and purposeless.
They exist but they do not live…
they are a dead weight…”
and so on and so forth.
You may have noticed that
when our speechifiers get going,
nothing can stopping them.
Zarian knew what he was talking about when he said
“An Armenian’s tongue is sharper than a Turk’s yataghan.”
*
In my review of the book I said something to the effect that
our dividers were the real source
of all our problems, not chezoks.
In his angry telephone call
our statesman said, among other things:
“I thought you were on our side.”
“I am on nobody’s side,” was my answer,
“if only because I have done no harm.”
*
My father was a chezok
not because he didn’t care
but because he lost everything twice
and I mean that literally:
first time in 1915 during World War I in Turkey,
second time in 1941 during World War II in Greece.
As a result he spent all his time
trying to make a living and provide for his family
in alien and hostile environments.
He died in his fifties and he looked ninety.
He may not have been a great Armenian
but he was an honest man.
I wish I could say the same of our
Ottomanized, Levantinized, Americanized, and Sovietized
fellow countrymen who parade as first-class Armenians
and expect the rest of us to look up to them
as role models.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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BROTHERS
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There are truth-seekers and there are propagandists.
The aim of propagandists is power.
The aim of truth-seekers is exposing lies.
*
Propaganda has produced such monsters as
the Nazi who believed to belong to a superior race;
the Jew who believed to be God’s Chosen;
the English sahib who saw himself as a civilizing agent;
the child-molesting Catholic priest;
and closer to home, the Armenian patriot
with “Ararat in his heart”
who views a fraction of his fellow Armenians as “white trash.”
In America propaganda has produced the KKK
and legitimized racism;
in Russia the Big Brother (in the Orwellian sense of the words)
and the commissar.
By contrast truth-seekers have been solitary underdogs
and victims of propagandists.
Gandhi in India,
Martin Luther King in America (both assassinated),
Solzhenitsyn in Russia,
Socrates in 5th-century BC Greece and
Jesus in 1st-century Palestine.
*
How to identify a propagandist?
Easy! A propagandist is a member of an organized group
with a clearly defined agenda
which pretends to be on the side of truth
but on closer inspection reveals itself to be Big Lie.
If you are a member of such a group,
look out brother, you may well be on your way to the Devil.
*
I read the following quotation in my morning paper today:
“He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.” Lao Tzu.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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WHY I WRITE THE WAY I WRITE
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Do you really want to know
why I write the way I write?
I will tell you.
I write the way I write in defense of all Armenians
who were insulted and abused in the name
of this or that brand of patriotism
of which there are as many as there are Armenians.
*
A Bolshevik’s patriotism, for instance,
means not only love of homeland
but also loyalty to the memory of Stalin.
A nationalist’s patriotism bears all the earmarks
of racism and fascism.
*
I write in defense of all writers
who were betrayed, silenced, exiled, butchered, or shot.
I write to remind our Turcocentric ghazetajis and their dupes
that it is wrong to gauge an Armenian’s patriotism
by the degree of hatred he harbors against Turks.
I write to say that I have nothing but contempt
for the kind of Armenian who after perpetuating our problems
tells me, “We need solutions, not critics.”
My message to them is:
“If you really need solutions, hang yourself!”
*
I have no illusions about myself and my fellow Armenians.
I am fully aware of the fact that
I have as much influence on Armenian affairs
as a grain of sand on the Saharan desert.
But I write to set the record straight.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012
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THEOLOGY
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If God exists,
why does He go out of His way
to make Himself inaccessible and incomprehensible?
If Truth is One,
what is it that drives us to invent ten thousand lies?
If the Kingdom of God is within us,
where is the Empire of the Devil?
*
“If I cannot answer the most important question,
am I not fooling the reader?” Chekhov said.
I suspect if we ever have the Answer –
which may or may not happen in our lifetime –
we will say,
But of course!
What else?
I should have guessed.
I had eyes but couldn’t see,
ears but couldn’t hear,
and a brain but couldn’t think.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012
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EASY QUESTIONS / OBVIOUS ANSWERS
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With religious leaders like popes, imams, and rabbis,
who needs religion?
With Scriptures like the Bible and the Koran
that legitimize divisions, intolerance, the persecution of heretics,
and the murder of infidels, who needs Scriptures?
With monarchs like the Romanovs in Russia,
the VIII Henrys in England,
and the French Louis who came by the dozen,
who needs kings?
With bloodthirsty dictators like Hitler and Stalin,
who needs dictators?
*
Speaking of blood:
In the Ottoman Empire it was a capital offense
to spill the blood of a present or future sultan,
so they adopted a different method to eliminate the competition:
they strangled all potential usurpers with a silk cord.
(And they say Turks are dumb!)
*
With scary presidential candidates like Romney and Ryan
who needs presidents?
Gore Vidal may have been right when he said
America will be better off without its politicians.
To the question, who will run the country, he replied:
“Swiss hotel managers.”
With historians who cover up the criminal conduct
and incompetence of the regime in power,
who needs schoolteachers who recycle propaganda?
*
I am not just asking question:
I am predicting the shape of things to come.
Neither am I a prophet:
I just use my common sense and the lessons of the past.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012
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IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
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Let’s cut the crap, shall we?
Let’s leave rhetoric to our speechifiers
infatuated with the sound of their own voice;
and let’s leave pious sentiments to our sermonizers
whose favorite mode of communication
is to say the opposite of what
they really think and feel.
*
I see Armenians as perennial losers and victims
whose secret ambition in life is to victimize,
and since they can’t victimize others,
they victimize their own.
As dupes they can’t stand anyone
who refuses to be a dupe.
As products of millennial oppression
by bloodthirsty tyrants
they see nothing morally questionable
in brainwashing the weak,
oppressing the defenseless,
and in deceiving the ignorant and the naïve.
That’s as far as their conception of patriotism goes.
*
I know what I am saying.
I have been in the belly of the beast
and I have dealt with some of our best and brightest.
I am not here to flatter our collective colossal ego
or to pretend to love you as a brother.
Neither am I here to assert my superior brand of Armenianism,
whatever the hell that may mean.
I leave that to our bosses, bishops, benefactors
and their dupes, flunkeys, and hirelings.
*
Whenever I am told to be kinder to my readers, I reply:
A nation that managed to survive the Turk’s yataghan
can survive the opinions of a minor scribbler
who is here today and will be gone tomorrow.
*
Abraham Lincoln once said:
“Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?”
I have tried that method not once or twice
but many times.
It doesn’t work.
I have had better luck with Turks.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012************************************** 1001******************* We are a nation of a thousand and one Watergates and we are engaged in a collective and almost unanimous effort to cover them up in the name of patriotism. What follows is only one of them.*For a hundred years now we, Armenians of the Diaspora, have been demanding an apology from the Turks who not only have been stonewalling us but also calling us liars. Has anyone ever asked an apology from our former Bolsheviks in the Homeland who terrorized, oppressed, betrayed, exiled, and murdered fellow Armenians who refused to say “Yes, sir!” to the Kremlin? To add insult to injury, role models like Sylva Kaputikian openly declared to have been proud members of the Communist Party. And to think that these “authentic” Armenians call us, Armenians of the Diaspora, “trash.” If that’s what it takes to be an authentic or patriotic Armenian, I want no part of it. If that’s what living in the shadow of Mt Ararat does to Armenians, I say I will never set foot there. *So what if I will never qualify as a first-class citizen? So what if, in the words of a gentle reader from the Homeland, I am not better than “a piece of ****!” All I can say in my defense is that I have done my utmost to qualify as a human being. Can our patriotic brothers and sisters in the Homeland say as much? *To those who try to be authentic Armenians like the natives, I say: Get yourself another hobby because you will never make it. You will never rise above the status of “white niggers,” “trash,” and “****s.” Far better men than yourself have tried and failed miserably. For more on this subject read Zarian’s posthumously published NOTEBOOKS and DIARIES.#Monday, October 01, 2012************************************** IT TAKES ALL KINDS********************************** Patriotism and prostitution: in our environment they might as well be synonymous. I suspect the integrity of our patriots as I suspect the virginity of a bordello madam. *Speaking of madams: I remember to have read somewhere that the wealthiest woman in Turkey was a bordello madam by the name of Manoogian – an easy name to remember. *I once met an Armenian who knew everybody who was somebody in our communities. Privately he was full of venom about our “great” men; publicly he led an anonymous existence. What did he do for a living? I am not sure. But between the lines I gathered he was dependent on the charity of swine. *My father knew nobody and nobody was interested in what he thought. He too led an anonymous existence. His last job was that of a dishwasher in a Greek restaurant. *Once, when asked to deliver a speech, I said: “Writing is hard. Speaking is harder.” That’s when I did nothing but recycle chauvinist crapola in whatever I wrote. On another occasion when asked in the presence of an audience why I was not interested in encouraging the next generation of writes, I said: “We need readers, not writers.” You might say I belong to the haiku school of speechifying. *If I ever write another book – which I doubt I ever will – I have two tentative titles: “The Swan Song of a Jackass,” and “The Memoirs of an Anonymous Nobody.”#Wednesday, October 03, 2012************************************ BROTHERS********************************* A few years ago I lost several Armenian friends from Syria because I dared to disagree with them when they said Arabs are friendly people and they love Armenians.*Patriotism: not one of my favorite words perhaps because every Armenian has his own definition of the word whose aim is to divide the community into friends and enemies,The hidden source of this aberration Seems to be less political and more biological.*The world may be divided into friends and enemies and if you want to survive, you must kill. If you don’t kill you will be killed. Timing is of the essence. Do not procrastinate. Kill him as soon as you can. Kill him even if you don’t have a good enough reason to hate him. Kill him even if he is your brother.*I learn something every day, that’s how ignorant I am.#Wednesday, October 03, 2012******************************************* THE BEST REVENGE********************************** A French writer once said that if your wife runs away with a man, the best revenge is to let him keep her. You may call this turning the other cheek. I call it employing a lethal weapon with which to inflict maximum damage.*BIG LIES********************* No matter how big the lie, it will be believed by some. Kennedy was assassinated by the Mafia. Hitler was a Jew. Obama is a Muslim. The Russians are our big Brothers. The Serpent in the Garden of Eden was a CIA agent in disguise. There are superior and inferior races. God’s Chosen. Seventy-three virgins. Armenians are smart.*SHADES OF GRAY**************************** Our problems are as clear as black and white. If they seem more as shades of gray it’s because an entire class of academics, bureaucrats, hirelings, hangers-on, partisans and panchoonies have been brainwashed to believe their survival depends on convincing the 99% into thinking patriotism consists in being a dupe and thinking for oneself is pro-Turkish.#
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Thursday, October 4, 2012************************************** OPEN SECRETS**************************** On the day good Turks and good Armenians are allowed to form an alliance, all their differences will be resolved amicably and to their mutual advantage. *As for bad Turks and Armenians: all I can say about them is that they deserve one another. *Did I say good Turks and good Armenians? Make it, good half-Armenians and good half-Turks. Pure-blooded Armenians and Turks are a fiction of nationalist propaganda. They don’t exist. Very much like Americans, both Turks and Armenians have been thoroughly bastardized. Nothing wrong in that. On the contrary. Very much on the contrary! Bastardization promotes co-existence, peace, and prosperity. That’s an open secret. You want proof? Everybody wants to immigrate to America. Who in his right mind would want to move in the opposite direction?*Both good Turks and Armenians are today at the mercy of bad men who owe their position of eminence to big lies (the deification of Kemal) and fear (constant and endless talk of massacres). Nothing good can come from lies and fear. That’s another open secret.#Friday, October 05, 2012************************************* ECONOMICS 101****************************** Who understand economics? Not even economists. For every economist who says one thing there is another who says the opposite. Truman once said he would like to meet an economist with only one hand, because after each statement they make, they add “on the other hand.” *The favorite word of my professor of economics was “interdependence.” He used it in every other assertion he made. That’s because every factor in economics is dependent on another. *Corporations prosper only when the middle and lower classes can afford to buy their goods and services. The state is not a corporation whose priority is to balance books, show a profit, and to trim the fat by eliminating programs and decreasing spending. *Economics cannot be divorced from history. They are interdependent. FDR, like Obama, had to deal with depression and war. He increased the number of government programs. And it worked. Under Eisenhower (a Republican) the tax rate for the wealthy went up 91%. America survived as well as prospered. So did Europe with American help (the Marshall Plan). *Bush (II) was right when he said the wealthy don’t pay taxes because they have smart accountants who take advantage of loopholes and when they run out of them they hide their savings in offshore banks. (Does that ring a bell?)By contrast the middle and lower classes spend what they make and whenever money moves, a fraction of it goes to creating jobs and taxes. *Who understand economics? The answer is those who in the past confronted and were successful in solving the same problems that we confront today.#Saturday, October 06, 2012***************************************** WHAT’S IN A NAME?****************************** Iraklis (Greek), Hercules (English), Hercule (French), Ercole (Italian), Hergele (Turkish). Moral: One nation’s hero is another’s hoodlum.*In a book on Azerbaijan, I remember to have read once that General Antranik’s name is as well known to Azeris as Talaat is to us.*PRIDE AND PREJUDICE********************************* For everyone who brags “I am proud to have been a member of the Communist Party,” I should like to hear at least two who say “I am thoroughly ashamed to have been a member of a criminal gang.”* A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH**************************************** I once received the manuscript of a short story with a note that said: “Do you think I should encourage my son’s literary ambitions?” In my reply I said: "If your son is in need of encouragement, he cannot be a writer.” I had another hidden reason for saying that. Only a sadist would condemn an innocent boy to the fate of a perennial loser forever dependent on the charity of swine.#
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
**************************************
DESTINY
***********************
Who is in charge of our destiny?
Surely not the regime in Yerevan
which is a puppet of the Kremlin;
and surely not our political parties in the Diaspora
that (in the words of a friend)
cannot even lead a dog to the nearest hydrant
or catch a cold in a flu epidemic.
Perhaps the right question in this context is not
who is in charge of our destiny
but do we have one?
*
We are taught to brag about our genius for survival.
What we are not told is that
the greatest challenge isn't surviving our enemies
but our own leadership.
*
I quoted a friend above.
I should have said a former friend.
My former friends outnumber my present friends
a hundred to one.
*
Last week I made a new friend.
This week he made it abundantly clear that
I will make him very happy
on the day I drop dead.
Easy come, easy go.
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Sunday, October 14, 2012
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OBSERVASTIONS
***********************************
When everything works as planned
something is bound to go wrong.
*
My conscience is clear only when I speak
against my own interests.
*
We have many answers but not the Answer,
and all our answers add up to no more than 1% of reality.
*
Our understanding of god is based
on hearsay evidence.
*
Subservience and freedom are mutually exclusive concepts.
*
After Socrates and Jesus the world doesn’t need new ideas,
only reminders.
*
Hell is an invention of bullies.
*
Capitalism: What’s mine is mine
even if most of it I stole from you.
*
Where there are innocent victims
there will also be a mafia.
#
Monday, October 15, 2012
*********************************************
MO YAN SPEAKS
***********************************
Speaking of his fellow Chinese,
Mo Yan (this year’s Nobel Prize winner in literature)
says somewhere (I am quoting from memory):
“Once upon a time they were innocent,
then they became fanatics,
after which they were afraid of their own shadows,
finally they settled on being evil.”
And I reflect on the celebrated words of Confucius:
“When you see a good man, emulate him.
When you see a bad man, examine your own heart.”
*
“Is democracy possible in Syria?”
asks a pundit in my morning paper.
His answer: “It seems improbable.”
*
Is democracy possible in Armenia?
Next question: Is democracy possible in the Diaspora?
What have we learned after a century of life in America?
Our political and cultural institutions function
as if all talk of human rights and free speech
were utopian or anti-Armenian concepts.
Sultanism is so ingrained in our collective existence that
we see nothing questionable or suspect
in being at the mercy of bosses, bishops, and benefactors
who behave as if they had never heard of democracy.
Mart bidi ch’ellank!
#
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
****************************************
J.S. BACH & THE BEATLES
*************************************
In their own time the Beatles were more popular than Bach.
They may still be for all I know.
It is unbelievable to what extent most men live and die
with total unawareness of their own possibilities.
*
LOSERS
**************
My defeats outnumber my victories 99 to 1,
perhaps even 999 to a fraction of 1.
In that sense I represent my nation more faithfully
than our great men most of whom, if not all,
achieved their greatness by eliminating the competition.
*
KILLERS
***********************
A serial killer is a serial killer
even if a jury renders a verdict of not guilty.
And if you say human justice may not be perfect but it works,
may I remind you that for a good number of years, even decades,
men like Mao, Stalin, and Hitler enjoyed the reputation
of great statesmen and not as dangerous serial killers or psychopaths.
In the eyes of his fellow countrymen
even Genghis Khan is seen to this day as a titan among men.
#
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
***************************************** Sunday, October 14, 2012
**************************************
OBSERVASTIONS
***********************************
When everything works as planned
something is bound to go wrong.
*
My conscience is clear only when I speak
against my own interests.
*
We have many answers but not the Answer,
and all our answers add up to no more than 1% of reality.
*
Our understanding of god is based
on hearsay evidence.
*
Subservience and freedom are mutually exclusive concepts.
*
After Socrates and Jesus the world doesn’t need new ideas,
only reminders.
*
Hell is an invention of bullies.
*
Capitalism: What’s mine is mine
even if most of it I stole from you.
*
Where there are innocent victims
there will also be a mafia.
#
Monday, October 15, 2012
*********************************************
MO YAN SPEAKS
***********************************
Speaking of his fellow Chinese,
Mo Yan (this year’s Nobel Prize winner in literature)
says somewhere (I am quoting from memory):
“Once upon a time they were innocent,
then they became fanatics,
after which they were afraid of their own shadows,
finally they settled on being evil.”
And I reflect on the celebrated words of Confucius:
“When you see a good man, emulate him.
When you see a bad man, examine your own heart.”
*
“Is democracy possible in Syria?”
asks a pundit in my morning paper.
His answer: “It seems improbable.”
*
Is democracy possible in Armenia?
Next question: Is democracy possible in the Diaspora?
What have we learned after a century of life in America?
Our political and cultural institutions function
as if all talk of human rights and free speech
were utopian or anti-Armenian concepts.
Sultanism is so ingrained in our collective existence that
we see nothing questionable or suspect
in being at the mercy of bosses, bishops, and benefactors
who behave as if they had never heard of democracy.
Mart bidi ch’ellank!
#
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
****************************************
J.S. BACH & THE BEATLES
*************************************
In their own time the Beatles were more popular than Bach.
They may still be for all I know.
It is unbelievable to what extent most men live and die
with total unawareness of their own possibilities.
*
LOSERS
**************
My defeats outnumber my victories 99 to 1,
perhaps even 999 to a fraction of 1.
In that sense I represent my nation more faithfully
than our great men most of whom, if not all,
achieved their greatness by eliminating the competition.
*
KILLERS
***********************
A serial killer is a serial killer
even if a jury renders a verdict of not guilty.
And if you say human justice may not be perfect but it works,
may I remind you that for a good number of years, even decades,
men like Mao, Stalin, and Hitler enjoyed the reputation
of great statesmen and not as dangerous serial killers or psychopaths.
In the eyes of his fellow countrymen
even Genghis Khan is seen to this day as a titan among men.
#
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
*****************************************
LET US REASON TOGETHER
**************************************
A Canadian prime minister (Jean Chretien)
is quoted as having said:
“I like to stand up to Americans.
It’s popular.”
We like to hate Turks.
That’s popular too.
But it’s wrong!
What have we accomplished after a hundred years of hatred?
We can’t even convince Americans to support our side.
Hating is a waste of time,
Hating nations is worse!
We should hate not nations but murderers and liars
regardless of nationality.
There are honest Turks
as surely as there are dishonest Armenians.
It is wrong to confuse a nation with its regime.
Regimes are ephemeral and transitory stages
in a nation’s life.
Neither should we confuse loyalty
or subservience to a regime
with patriotism.
Hatred may take us from A to B
but it is understand
that can go all the way to XYZ.
Hating is easy;
understanding much harder.
When it comes to politics
or any other discipline for that matter,
the easy answer is not always the right one.
In the writings of our Turcocentric ghazetajis
and readers who enjoy reading them
I see nothing but militant malice.
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LITERATURE AND POLITICS
**************************************
There are several giants in our literature;
only midgets in politics.
As for Byzantine emperors of Armenian descent
one of whom achieved “Napoleonic” stature
(according to Edward Gibbon in his
DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE)
they served exclusively Greek interests
even when it meant adopting and implementing
an anti-Armenian foreign policy.
*
And if you were to drop names like
Gulbenkian, Saroyan, Mamoulian, Khachatourian and Mikoyan:
I will say that all these gentlemen were born, raised, and operated
in non-Armenian environments.
*
If so far this aspect of our collective existence
has been carefully covered up
it may be because
we continue to be at the mercy of
unprincipled and ruthless mediocrities
whose greatest enemy is excellence.
#
A QUESTION
IN THE SEARCH OF AN ANSWER
********************************************
What have we learned from our millennial history?
To say or imply that our history,
including our genocide (both “red” and “white”),
is a result of conditions and forces beyond our control
is nothing but a transparent effort
to place ourselves outside history;
to say in effect:
we had nothing to do with our blunders and misfortunes.
It was all someone else’s fault.
*
Who profits by this line of reasoning?
Who else but our own leadership
whose sole aim in life is to cover up the fact that
far from being our "betters,"
they are our worst.
*
To say or imply that
we have no control over our destiny as a nation
is to advocate a passive stance,
and worse, much worse:
it is to say that the only way to survive
in the kind of world we live in is to say “Yes, sir!”
to those in power even when they happen to be
the lowest scum on earth.
Isn’t that what we did for 600 years in the Ottoman Empire
and for more than 60 years in the Soviet Union –
two of the worst criminal power structures
in the history of mankind?
*
The real horror is not in men like Talaat and Stalin;
the real horror is in the millions who trusted them.
Zohrab, one of the smartest Armenians that ever lived,
trusting his life into the hands of his future murderers.
Mikoyan carrying out all orders faithfully
always in fear of his own life,
sleeping with a revolver under his pillow.
*
I ask again:
What have we learned from history
except to assume a passive stance
not only to alien tyrants
but also our own scumbags.
#
IF I WERE A DICTATOR
*****************************************
If I were a dictator
(which will never happen
because I don’t have a single politically ambitious bone in my body)
I would begin by saying the days of “1001 churches”
in the same city are over
as surely as horses and sabers in modern warfare.
*
I am all for a single community center
(make it, shish-kebab and pilaf joint)
instead of two, if only because our different
religious, political and cultural factions
would have a better chance to discover that
they are not much different from one another
and Armenian solidarity may not be
as utopian a concept as it is generally thought to be
by our dividers
(make it, diggers of our collective grave).
*
Why two archbishops and two cathedrals in New York City
if one will save us millions in salaries alone
(one of these cathedrals, I am told by an insider,
employs as many as 83 individuals).
*
A church is called "a house of God”
and as far as I know God has at no time demanded
that we provide Him with four of them
(Anteliassagan, Etchmiadznagan, Catholic, and Protestant)
in the same city .
*
Something similar could be said of our press.
Instead of a dozen trashy weeklies,
we could have a single professionally managed
and edited publication.
*
Instead of a hundred charitable institutions
we could have one supervised by a non-partisan
and preferably odar auditing firm…
*
But why go on with this exercise in futility
if none of these reforms will ever be implemented
by our partisans and panchoonies?
#
THE RICH & THE SUPER-RICH
*******************************************
OBAMA & ROMNEY
********************************
HONEST MEN & CROOKS
****************************************
Honest men will employ only honest means to get rich.
By contrast, crooks will employ both honest
as well as dishonest means.
That is why, Plato tells us,
crooks will always be richer than honest men.
#
ON BEING POSITIVE
**********************************
When not urged to be positive
I am accused of being consistently negative.
How do we define positive and negative?
Is speaking the truth positive or negative?
Is being objective negative?
Is flattering the ego of contemptible men
with money or power positive?
Is saying “Yes, sir!” out of fear positive?
These are not easy questions to answer
for individuals whose collective existence
has been at the mercy of bloodthirsty and ruthless tyrants
for more than a thousand years.
*
When Zarian said
“Our political parties have been of no political use to us,”
was he being negative?
When speaking of one of our national benefactors
an archbishop once said to me:
“The only reason he likes building schools and community centers
is to see his name on walls,”
was he being negative?
*
Our history, the history I was taught as a child
and the history we teach our children today
is more fiction than fact.
As recently as yesterday when I said
“Our greatest writers from Abovian to Zarian
were shabbily treated and silenced
by our own wheeler-dealers,”
a reader pointed out to me that
times have changed and we now have more freedom
than at any other time in history.
If true, the question we must ask is,
what the hell happened to our literature?
Why is it that we no longer have writers
of Abovian’s and Zarian’s stature and character?
Why is it that today even the Turks
are ahead of us in literature?
Have we finally come to realize that
no one in his right mind would adopt
Armenian literature as a career?
A final question:
Is exposing stupidity, ignorance, and filth
positive or negative?
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
******************************************
DEGREES OF AWARENESS
*************************************
We may see many things
but we cannot see everything
and more often than not
what we don’t see is
what we should have seen.
*
If you want to know more about someone,
ask his enemies.
The same applies to nations.
*
Truth is nobody’s friends
and everyone’s enemy.
*
When dissidents ascribe criminal conduct
to the leadership alone, they lie.
They lie in so far as they reduce the people
to the status of automata programmed to behave
with the same degree of awareness
as ants, sheep, or a pack of wolves.
*
Even the most backward and primitive man
cannot be said to be on the same level as a beast
whose conduct is dictated by instinct alone.
*
Our dividers are as guilty as hell.
No doubt about that.
But so are their dupes,
whose IQ operates on two levels:
when it comes to judging their enemies,
they behave as if they had 20/20 vision.
But when it comes to examining their conscience,
they become deaf, dumb and stupid.
*
A headline in my morning paper reads:
“Women hold just 20% of world’s power.”
I have every reason to suspect in our case
it’s less than 0, 0001%.
#
ON THE ART OF WRITING
************************************
The less art the better.
*
Editing consists in deleting.
If you provide the key,
no need to describe the contents of a room.
*
Unless you are another Tolstoyevsky,
be more like Chekhov.
Stick to writing short stories.
The shorter the better.
*
When asked about the tempo of a song,
a French composer (may have been Gabriel Fauré)
is quoted as having said:
“If the singer is bad, the faster the better.”
*
So many mediocrities achieve celebrity these days
that the challenge is to remain anonymous.
*
Don’t make the mistake of adopting a single pseudonym
like Oshagan and Siamanto
because your readers (assuming you have any)
will forget you even when you are alive and kicking ass.
*
Leave preaching to preachers – they get paid for it.
To be an Armenian writer in this day and age
means to be an unemployed and unemployable misfit
in a land devoid of all benefits and entitlements.
*
Never underestimate your readers’ ignorance
and contempt for knowledge.
I have met elder statesmen who in a sane environment
would be classified as inbred morons.
*
Be prepared to be insulted and dismissed
as a bull****ter by bull****ters like Romney and Ryan.
*
A nation needs dupes more than it needs dissidents.
This is as true of Turks, Russians, and Yanks
as it is of Armenians – especially Armenians.
*
And now let us pray!
#
Saturday, October 27, 2012
****************************************
BROTHERS
************************
The other day a gentle reader pointed out to me that
Armenians who have were born, raised, and
lived in alien environments
for more than a century and a half
could hardly qualify as Armenian.
Some truth in that.
*
In America we have been Americanized in less than a century,
in France Frenchified, in the Balkans Balkanized,
in many other countries assimilated to the point of extinction,
and last but not least,
in the Ottoman Empire we were Ottomanized.
(on occasion I am myself been called “Baliozoghlu”
and identified as “a piece of ****”
by my brothers in the Homeland).
*
Who is an authentic Armenian?
Does he exist?
Not an easy question to answer.
If you say, surely Armenians born and raised
in the shadow of Mt. Ararat may indeed qualify
as authentic Armenians, may I be allowed to point out
they too have been to some extent
Russified, Sovietized, alienated, and dehumanized
as thoroughly as the rest of us.
*
And now, let us rise from abstractions to facts
(as our Marxist brothers used to say).
Let us consider their authenticity
in the light of historic reality.
Whereas in the Ottoman Empire in 1915
our intellectuals were betrayed by a single Armenian,
in the USSR two generations of our ablest men
in all fields of human endeavor
were betrayed and shot by our own Stalinist leadership –
the very same characters, may I add,
who are now in charge of our destiny as a nation.
*
When post-World War II Armenians immigrated to Armenia,
they were called “aghber” (trash) by these very same
authentic Armenians, and lived
(very much like themselves)
in constant fear of betrayal.
*
Which is why I feel justified in saying
nothing can be as misleading as judging a man
by his birthplace?
A man should be judged
not by his country of origin
but, in the words of a wise American,
by “the content of his character.”
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
********************************************
ON POLITICIANS
*****************************
If you trust them,
you deserve them.
*
ON HISTORIANS
****************************
There are two kinds:
those who deal in facts
and those who deal in fiction;
and of the two,
those who deal in fiction
are the most widely read and taught in schools.
*
WHAT WE SHARE
******************************
As children we have all been brainwashed,
but as adults to remain brainwashed
is a decision we make freely and on our own.
*
IF
************
If you speak the truth to fools and liars,
they will all you a criminal
guilty of a capital offense.
Two familiar cases from the past:
Socrates and Jesus.
And if you say things like that don’t happen any more,
I will have no choice but to remind you
that persecution and injustice have been
and continue to be
routine occurrences in history.
To be an Armenian among Turks during World War I;
a Jew in Europe during World War II;
a dissident in the USSR;
a Sunni among Shias and vice versa;
a Hindu among Muslims and vice versa
after Partition in India;
a Black man in America;
and last but far from least,
to be Armenian among Armenians.
I rest my case.
Nothing further Your Honor!
#
Monday, October 29, 2012
***************************************
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER
***************************************
Fools and dupes (but I repeat myself)
outnumber those who can think for themselves
a thousand to one.
It is they (fools and dupes) who make wars possible,
revolutions a necessity,
and collateral damage
(meaning the death of countless innocent civilians)
an inevitable fact of life
like tsunamis, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
*
If I speak about dupes and fools
with some degree of authority
it’s because I have been one most of my life
and to some degree I continue to be one
because I think I can reason with them
and convince them being subservient to authority
and believing in their lies
is an aberration, a crime against humanity,
and an insult to God;
and when I speak of God I don’t mean
the God of priests, imams, and rabbis,
but as a point of reference,
an abstraction like infinity and eternity,
and an unknown and unknowable entity or power
that has endowed us with a brain
with which to think for ourselves
as opposed to parroting the propaganda line
of a sultan, king, emperor, and commissar –
compulsive and habitual liars all
and as such the source of all evil.
*
You want solutions to our problems?
Begin by believing nothing you are told,
including what you just read.
#
DEFINITIONS
*****************************
Prejudice: infatuation with one’s own ignorance.
*
Wisdom: awareness of one’s own limitations.
*
Patriotism: collective narcissism.
*
Barbarism: a room without a single book in it.
#
INTERVIEW
**************************
Q: How would you define a man?
A: A man is he who views reality on its own terms
as opposed through the filter of an organized religion or ideology.
Q: What’s wrong with religions and ideologies?
A: They are the source of all lies and violence – that is to say, evil.
Q: Are you saying Christianity is evil?
A: In so far it has justified, legitimized, and promoted
intolerance, prejudice, persecution, war and massacre, yes.
Q: I am a Christian and I have persecuted or killed no one.
A: That’s because you have lived on the margins of history –
a privileged position that allows you to assert moral superiority;
and to assert moral superiority is almost to justify war and massacre,
which amounts to saying, if the morally superior kills the morally inferior
he does so in the name of God or justice.
There is no greater liar than he who speaks in the name of God.
Q: Do you believe in God?
A: I believe in the Unknown and the Unknowable,
the source of all good and evil. Historically speaking
that’s what all men believed before the invention of gods,
which happens to be an extremely recent development.
Q: Am I right in assuming you don’t believe in progress?
A: Technological progress, yes; moral progress, no!
The last century has been the most morally degenerate century of mankind –
more wars, massacres, and genocides
than in all other centuries combined.
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(To be continued.)
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Thursday, November 01, 2012******************************************** INTERVIEW (II)*********************************** Q: Is nationalism an ideology?A: One of the worst.Q: As bad as fascism?A: Nationalism and fascism might as well be as synonymous as job-provider and blood-****er.Q: What have you got against Romney?A: He is a hollow man. He’ll say and do anything to be president. He is as greedy about money as he is about power. Such men are the least qualified to be leaders – I am now paraphrasing Plato. He says in one of his dialogues: The more power a man wants the least qualified he is to handle it.Q: Do you believe in good and bad nations or in just and unjust wars?A: I believe in neither nations nor wars. They are fictions created by propagandists. Like Homer’s ILIAD.Q: Was Homer a propagandist?A: One of the greatest. He wrote about a war fought in defense of a floozy’s honor.Q: What about World War II?A: World War II was a direct result of World War I and to portray the Allies as the good guys is to cover up what went on in the 19th century -- imperialism, racism, slavery, the ruthless exploitation of natives and workers in general. Gandhi was right when he described the British in India as “a satanic force" -- a reminder of the fact that it was the Devil who created the 1% in his own image.# INTERVIEW (III)*************************************** Q: Let’s speak of books, beginning with your favorite writers.A: Too many to list here and I doubt if I can readily remember all of them.Q: Let’s begin with your first favorite writer.A: Dostoevky.Q: Which one of his books you read first?A: THE GAMBLER.Q: After THE GMABLER?A: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD, THE IDIOT, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV…I read everything I could lay my hands on.I read them all with the impetuous greed of a teenager.Q: Have you reread them recently?A: I have tried…without much success.Q: How come?A: I first read them in Italian and Greek. In English they sound…less authentic, alien, depersonalized…Q: What impressed you most about Dostoevsky?A: His penetration of the human psyche. He humanized even ax-murderers of defenceless old ladies and child-molesters not by diminishing their responsibility but by emphasizing the forces that drove them to commit these horrible crimes.Q: Speaking of child-molesters: Do yoou think Nabokov’s LOLITA is an autobiographical work?A: Yes, of course, but only in the sense that Nabokov experienced the same feelings and thoughts as his central character. And it is to be noted that it is not Humbert Humbert who seduces Lolita but the other war around. Most readers miss that detail as I did when I first read it. Humbert is not a child-molester; it is Lolita who is a seducer of adults. Another point that is often missed: It is Humbert Humbert who pays dearly for his crimes, not Lolita.Q: Have you reread the book recently?A: Yes, several times and each time with an enhanced awareness of its many secret and subtle complexities and allusions.#INTERVIEW (IV)*************************************** Q: I know what you think about Romney – A: Wrong word!Q: Which one?A: "Think." He is not worth thinking about.Q: Could you expand on that?A: The man is so desperate that he is now promising “change” or rather the “hope” for change. Sounds familiar? He figures if it worked for the opposition four years ago it may work for him. A clear-cut case of transparent plagiarism. And he is promising not only seventeen million jobs, but “good” jobs, beginning with his own of course.Q: What about his policy on taxes.A: It’s not “if” but “when” he raises them he will call them “fees” or he will explain by saying the figures of the previous administration were doctored or cooked (figures always are) and that to balance the budget more drastic measures are required.Q: What do you think – sorry, wrong word again – about Ryan?A: A devout Catholic who owes his intellectual development (make it paralysis) to Ayn Rand -- a notorious atheist charlatan. Q: Is there anything we Armenians can learn from Americans?A: Learn from them? We could teach them.Q: Teach them? What exactly?A: Until very recently (in my own lifetime, as a matter of fact) American politics was dominated by WASPs: Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt – they were all White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. Not any more! We were in the same place from the beginning -- with our Mamikonians and Bagratunis (Chinese and Jews respectively). One way to describe our politics is to say that it is a farce titled not ABEL AND CAIN, but CAIN AND CAIN.#
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