MESSAGE TO YOU PRIME MEANISTER*
Consider the One God Universe: OGU. The spirit recoils in horror from such a deadly impasse. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. Because He can do everything, He can do nothing, since the act of doing demands opposition. He knows everything, so there is nothing for Him to learn. He can’t go anywhere, since He is already fucking everywhere, like cowshit in Calcutta.
The OGU is a pre-recorded universe of which He is the recorder. It’s a flat, thermodynamic universe, since it has no friction by definition. So He invents friction and conflict, pain, fear, sickness, famine, war, old age and Death.
His OGU is running down like an old clock. Takes more and more to make fewer and fewer Energy Units of Sek, as we call it in the trade.
The Magical Universe, MU, is a universe of many gods, often in conflict. So the paradox of an all-powerful, all-knowing God who permits suffering, evil and death, does not arise.
“What happened, Osiris? We got a famine here.”
“Well, you can’t win ‘em all. Hustling myself.”
[*Cf. Clare Short resignation speech. It wasn’t a fluff, I really think that is what she wanted to say.]
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Certain gardens are described as retreats when
they are really attacks
Garden centres must become the Jacobin Clubs
of the new Revolution
From ‘Unconnected Sentences on Gardening’
Ian Hamilton Finlay
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WILD FLOWER // A MEAN TERM BETWEEN REVOLUTION AND VIRTUE*
. . .campion · cornflower · foxglove · meadowsweet · ox-eye daisy · poppy · ragged robin · scabious · toadflax · cow parsley · wood cranesbill · germander speedwell · bluebell · windflower · sweet briar · our lady’s milk thistle · bermuda buttercup · spurge · borage · dyer’s greenweed · goat willow · daphne mezereum · wayfaring tree · spindle bush · prunus spinosa · dog rose · hop · old man’s beard · (traveller’s joy) · clustered bellflower · queen of the meadow · genet · bloody cranesbill · mourning widow · cuckoo flower · (lady’s smock) · mollyblobs · bird’s-foot trefoil · moon daisy · purple loosestrife · flag iris · snake’s-head fritillary · Solomon’s seal . . .
*Ian Hamilton Finlay, after the Calendar of the French Revolution
posted by Ian 5/12/2003 07:52:00 PM