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the irony of being a saint

Written by Romeo Anghelache no comments

An ancient holy Chinese guy said, once: One is not a saint if one leaves any worldly trace after his own death. This quote being one of the worldly traces he left, it slowly follows that defining what a saint means is either worldly unimportant or self-contradictory.

oil forecast

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crude-oil is now around 120USD/barrel, and is forecasted at 160USD/barrel in a year, that means it will almost double in two years, that means the high cost of using cars is finally getting visible for the ignorant too. Pittsburgh needs a subway network, now.

costume and tie

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Did you notice how deeply moronic looks somebody in a suit and a tie? Why do they keep wearing these horrible pieces of clothing? I find this habit atrocious. The elderly have the excuse of the '50s: factory workers had a work-suit, and their bosses a visibly different one. But the youngsters have none, unless they have to wear a uniform at school. I once heard a justification that, in a meeting, having a suit help protecting the participants from distraction. Well, if a participant has problems focusing on the meeting's subjects because of somebody else's clothing, then that one shouldn't be allowed to participate in such meetings in the first place.

My guesses on the reasons why we still tolerate this plain ugliness: 1. This is the new empire's soldiers uniform. 2. The mass production of costumes and ties is cheap(est). It's for drones, after all. 3. Most of us are morons still interpreting a suit as a sign of respectability, but this is part of point 1. 4. The tie usually helps at masking a huge belly, but why are some of those slimmer ones wearing it still? It's due to lack of taste or imagination, perhaps.

Wondering what the new empire is? Well, take a train and step down in Frankfurt Am Main. Walk towards the centre about 500 metres. Look on the right side: the obsolete centres of the empire of ignorance: the old churches; their uniform is now out-of-fashion. Look on the left side: the shiny sky-scrapers simbolizing the force of the new empire: the money exchangers. Their uniform is the suit and tie.

None of these two errors of humanity have anything to do with bridges, electric light or hard-drives. Whenever somebody in a suit approaches me, I ask myself if I am in the right place, then I think about what that person does for a living; in most of the cases it does make me puke, as listening to a fat intellectual otherwise in good health does.

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