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OFFTOPIC: gernikako arbola

From:Chris Bates <chris.maths_student@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 11:51
I was just reading about this... I've never heard of any government
apart from this one (the old Basque system) which actually held its
meetings under a tree... its a very romantic image, along the lines of
the tree of gondor in the Lord of the Rings, and it think its really sad
that the Nazis blew it up at the behest of General Franco. :( My opinion
of him has sunk even lower if that's possible... There's a word in
german that I can't quite remember (someone told it me once), but it
means... "the feel of a time/age/century/etc" and I think the feel of
this century and the one before is loss. :( The more we discover about
the world, the more we plot it and map it and explain it, the more I
just get this feeling of loss, like there's nothing left in the
spiritual realm any more, nothing left except what is and what we know
and its not fascinating anymore because we can explain it all. :( And
its even worse when peices of the past, pieces that feel worth saving,
have been destroyed for one reason or another (like the Tree of Guernica).
 I'd emigrate if there was anywhere to go... but unfortunately we're all
stuck on planet Earth lol, and we've pretty much moulded everywhere in
the image of our industrial and scientific pursuits. I suppose I could
go live in the middle of the amazon or something, but I suppose I
wouldn't enjoy that either... being isolated from all the information
and analysis and knowledge that makes me despair sometimes, I think it
would be like a drug user without his or her fix. Maybe despair is the
feel of the last two centuries, or perhaps addiction to "progress". I
don't know. :)


Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>
Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>