Prepare for what you want, not its opposite

1 ₪ Prepare for Peace  Let us start our odyssey by looking at language.

Instead of opposing war and fighting against war (also a war), we can pave the way for peace by removing obstacles to it. This first one in Latin.

Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war.

This is such a sad case of idiocy. I think Latin is a glorious language. I once tried to learn it but my active disinterest in and aversion to grammar stopped me.

However, Latin conveys an automatic aura of profundity to words. Said in Latin, nonsense gets away with being nonsense.

Si vis pacem… this sentence has a nice paradoxical ring to it. People love to quote it. The paradox + the Latin makes this a hip meme; mouths feels intelligent when mouthing it.

But what is really being said? That if you want peace, prepare for its opposite. In some instances where certain values are to be defended, it is relevant. But it’s a lousy truth. For if you want war, you will of course prepare for war, too. Whatever your goal, you will prepare for war.

Gosh, how the military-industrial complex loves that logic!

Don't disturb. We are preparing for peace!
Don’t disturb. We are preparing for peace!

So, prepare for war in all cases and what do you get? WAR!

“Prepare” is an interesting word. When we prepare a dinner we are going to eat what we prepared.

We don’t think that we can prepare tomato soup and then eat Wiener-schnitzel. But that’s exactly what we imagine when we prepare for war and expect peace.

Let’s rewrite this. If you want peace, prepare to think hard. Cause the war impulse is so ingrained with us, so sneaky, so manipulative, that it will find all kinds of excuses for itself.

Some of them in fancy Latin.

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3 ₪ Mindfulosophy / Slow Thought

3 ₪ Mindfulosophy or Slow thought is my contribution to the art of dialogue.

It grew out of two things: A seemingly reckless impulse to start an old school philosophical school, à la Plato or Socrates. And secondly the meeting in the 90s with Cafe Philo, which I visited many times, pondered, and made into something different. (Coffee, philosophy and conversation is a good combination.)

Mindfulosophy is not a method or system or course, but rather an informal philosophical toolbox with a few directions for using it.

Right now everything in Mindfulosophy turns on me, which is regrettable. My aim is to, as fast as possible, train others to be able to guide Mindfulosophy sessions.

But were are not there quite yet, so let’s explore the toolbox. What are the tools, how do we use them, and to what advantage? As will be seen they connect with the larger goal of the Venusian Peace Project, namely creating peace, exploring and entering the peace room.

The tools can, and should, be used on a collective level as well as an individual. It is much easier for an individual to change than for a country or political party. But change often starts with a single person. As Barry Manilow sang in “One voice”:

Joining with your one voice
Each and every note another octave

Coming very soon: The tools and their application.

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Who am I?

On the Internet nobody knows whether you are a dog or a god — or a robot!

Well, I am neither. I started my activity in classical music: as pianist, musical coach, composer. Then I took up philosophy and tried to join music with deep thinking. Wrote the book “Offensiv Nostalgi” in 1993, which is relevant to the Zeitgeist Research here. Fooled around with futurist inspired happening when I stopped a high speed train as a protest against the Sacred Cow of Speed (of course the Futurists loved speed).

A great interest of mine is entertaining with finesse. I arrange musical salons and have also written about the salon. Experiments with philosophical cafes have turned into what I now call Mindfulosophy. Have also made a couple of political explorations — 4 parties to date — trying to understand what makes politics tick (and often explode).

There’s a CV for you. There are more links to the right if you want to see other things I am doing.

But what matters here, and what is the best I can offer the world, are my insights about how music (more specifically music making) holds answers to some of our greatest questions. Questions like “How can we dissolve dissonance?”, “What is a harmonious tempo for life?” and “How can we create harmony that is peaceful, interesting and exiting at the same time?”.

Here you can see that I am not a dog.

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