Monday, October 20, 2014

Addito Salis Grano, or: Who Do You Love, Who Do You Hate?

Recent comments by Frank Freeman, one of my UNC-Chapel Hill classmates, led me to some thinking, resulting in this little flow chart of sorts. Active reference to this may help clarify how you or anyone feels about anybody, ranging from the president of the United States of America to a next door neighbor.

Frank pointed out that a person in general support of President Obama would support a certain specific action by him, but if President G. W. Bush had done more or less the same action, they'd have stood in opposition; likewise, political enemies of President Obama would not and will not support his actions no matter what they were or are or could be, precisely because they are opposed to him. Seeing this, Frank said he was more or less "on the fence," and took a more neutral position in many matters.
To play the game, imagine various different names as Person A.  What if Person A was Abraham Lincoln? Frederick Douglass? Angela Davis? Try Ted Cruz. Dick Cheney. Sarah Palin. Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton. And so on.

Figuring out your attitude by using one of the columns may help clarify where you stand on just about anybody and anything.  

Some attitudes shift with the passage of time. A person may hate a certain boss only while said boss holds any direct power over said person. All power is temporary, if only though mortality or external change in circumstance. 

Another person may unconditionally love a spouse for a while, and later unconditionally hate that same spouse, perhaps as s/he changes status to become an ex-spouse. And so on. 

What do you think?

In conclusion, people on either end of the spectrum will probably never be able to get through to each other. To a person in love, the object of love can do no wrong. To a person in hate, the object of hate can do no right. Neither side will ever convince the other of anything, at least for the time being.

Today's Rune: Fertility. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Journey to Sevilla / Seville: Part V (2014)

Some parting images from Sevilla / Seville, Spain, right now (at the time of this posting) being used as a working film set for HBO's Game of Thrones -- for the next season, to be aired in 2015. Here, snakes slither around columns, or pillars if you prefer.
Lush green pergola on the grounds of the Alcázar at what looks like a Dutch angle.
Yes, Virginia -- palm trees. From the Alcázar. 
A touch of blue and red for transition -- ceramic tiles.   
Parque de María Luisa (Palacio de San Telmo) by horse-drawn carriage.
Gustavo Bacarisas' poster for the Exposición Iberoamericana de Sevilla of 1929-1930. 
Plaza de España, built for the Exposición Iberoamericana de Sevilla of 1929-1930.  

Today's Rune: The Mystery Rune.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Journey to Sevilla / Seville: Part IV (2014)

Sevilla / Seville: An interior courtyard in broad daylight, El Real Alcázar de Sevilla -- the Alcázar. 
Within the intricate architectural ecosystem of the Alcázar.
Another angle from within the Alcázar complex.
Within the Alcázar: more living green flourishes.
Alcázar: interior archway looking on a sunlit courtyard.

Today's Rune: Fertility. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Journey to Sevilla / Seville: Part III (2014)

In Sevilla / Seville: a tradition of upkeep that goes back many centuries.
Sevilla: another doorway. Or as William Blake put it in The MARRIAGE of HEAVEN and HELL (1790/93):
"If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern."
Sevilla: Dig the Moorish style. Knock and be received. 

Blake: "In the fifth chamber were Unnam'd forms, which cast the metals into the expanse."
Sevilla: Upper right quarter of another entrance. 

Blake: "There they were receiv'd by Men who occupied the sixth chamber, and took the forms of books & were arranged in libraries".

Sevilla: streetscape.

Blake: "Golden Spain burst the barriers of old Rome."

Today's Rune: Fertility. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Journey to Sevilla / Seville: Part II (2014)

Orange trees and Gothic - La Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla. Click on an orange for a larger image -- if you wish. 
La Giralda, la Catedral and little people plus horse at base for scale.
Weird reflections -- Cristo del Perdón (The Forgiving Christ), Catedral Sevilla. 
You tell me: what do you see here? David Lynch country -- Catholicised and Almodóvar-esque.
Another angle: La Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla. If you click on this image, you may see a living person to the right. Right?

Today's Rune: The Mystery Rune. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Journey to Sevilla / Seville: Part I (2014)

From Madrid, you can take an AVE train (Alta Velocidad Española) to Sevilla / Seville -- a distance of about 500 kilometers / 300 miles -- in two hours and twenty minutes, via the Nuevo Acceso Ferroviario an Andalucía line. You climb aboard at Atocha Station, disembark at Santa Justa station, and from there trudge to the Cathedral and Alcázar area on foot -- or take a short taxi ride.
Spanish train stations tend to have interesting features. Here at Santa Justa, the slanted elevators make a lot of sense when you're carrying luggage. 
If you want to walk around the older parts of Sevilla, some of the streets are wiggly and zigzag. Here, an upslope way goes by the Hostel Picasso.
One of the main points of visitation on this journey was La Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla. The Catholic architecture dates from the 1400s onward; Islamic vestiges (including La Giradla, with minaret-tower core) go back to around 1200 A.D.    

The remains of Cristóbal Colón / Christopher Columbus (circa 1450-1505 A.D,) reside here -- moved from Cuba to this location after the Spanish-American War of 1898.  
El Real Alcázar de Sevilla -- the Alcázar -- is stunning in its beauty and intricacy. Parts of this glorious Islamic-style complex date to the 700s A.D., with additional tweaking and maze-like construction continuing for many centuries. Fortunately for the universal legacy of the human spirit, Catholic leaders who inherited the site (through conquest) chose to maintain it. (This -- as we should know well even in 2014 A.D. -- is not always the case).

Today's Rune: Warrior.   

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Madrid: Doors, Signs and Wonders (2014)

Interior connecting courtyard, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (The Sofía). Look at the little people -- the scale is fantastic! Click on "the approaching thing" for larger image.
Sofia -- interior stairway.
Doorway to mystery.
Cozy entrance to Central de Cine. Link to website here
Door, signs and wonders. There are many cool doors, signs, entranceways, stairways and courtyards in Madrid and throughout Spain -- and there's always more to see.  

Today's Rune: Harvest.