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14 Sitting At the Bottom of a Barrel…
…and singing a Latvian folk song:
“Strauja, strauja upe tecēj....”
(a fast, fast river flows).
Where does the fast river flow?
The barrel is too deep
for anyone at the bottom to see,
whether it is a river or whatever.
The barrel merrily bobs its way
to wherever the stream flows.”
As any Latvian will recognize, the above of course are not the words of the song. However, words to a song may change with time either wholly or in part. In the original version of the song, a horse fears the fast water, and the rider cannot cross the river. The rider urges the horse not to fear and move on. At the end of the song it is not clear however whether a crossing in fact took effect.
But the words of the song unexpectedly reveal the intentions of the rider. He has not come to the river to cross it, but to build on top of the fast flowing stream a fire. His reasons are shamanistic: he wishes to build the fire for the people who do not wish him well. If one listens to the rhythm of the melody, it indeed sounds like a shaman’s (burvis, ragana) incantation.
[It is unfortunate that the lovely melody of the song cannot be entertained here because the YouTube version incants scenes of WWII with Latvian legionnaires in German uniforms. This surely perverts the soothsayer’s magic and fast paced curse on ill wishers.]
I was encouraged to think of and reminded myself of what I knew about magic incantations when I received the following two youtube clips. The first is a political campaign ad on behalf of two of Latvia’s foremost neo-capitalist, while the second one is their victims’ response.
AŠ kvadrātā - Stendzenieka variants
AŠ kvadrātā - tautas vārds :) :)
It is obvious that the first ad is aggressive. It claims a 13% economic growth rate when the two heroes mentioned in the ad were (implicitly) riding high in government. The ad is unmistakably meant to put a curse on you who took power from us when we had ****** over the nation. We are ready to repeat the 13% growth clip squared if you elect us again.
The ad responds by making ridicule of those who put the curse against them, but aside from ridicule (deserved) offers nothing new. It presents the future as more of the same. The ad suggests no tangible way to improve on the loss (to be compared to the death) of 200,000 emigrants, the vast majority of who represent the proletariat, but contains a good number of educated people—because there is no job for them in Latvia. The ad makes no criticism of those who originated the cursing, though it they are the ones whose economic policies bankrupted the nation, and in the name of capitalism lost the nation 200,000 of some of its best.
If the world ever returns to financial health and material prosperity and Latvia's economic situation improves with it, these 200,000 absent Latvians will likely be replaced by 200,000 Chinese. The Chinese are of course very nice people, but they will hardly know anything about Latvian roots, even less than when Latvians do not know much about their roots themselves. What has happened with the minds of these shamans? Are they possessed and is their power of possession squared? And is this why no prophecy comes from their mouths?
The fashion of the world in our time is to rule by not knowing how to govern. The Commandment that rules says: Do not kill:/ but reduce to slavery. This is what human rights amount to.
have we not all survived to be among the live ones? And have not many been reduced to slavery—very much so when it comes to using our minds? There are of course ways to bring the Latvian economy back to its feet, but none of the ‘democratic’ authorities dare offer it.
Horizon which asks that people who reach the age of seventy years be given the right to decide for themselves whether they are also “at a point where they consider their lives ‘complete.’”
When the choice is between losing a nation and doing what it takes to keep it alive, then the people who believe that their lives are complete and they wish to exit [as incidentally did the now forgotten Christians (the Cathars, Bogomils, Lollards, Johns Children and others)] are right. Countryside tourism, with a meaning that reaches far beyond fishing and other forms of escape, would then return again as something real and enliven the economic scene. If it was restrained in producing the reality that now circumscribes and diminishes life with an offer of virtual life in the city, the city will shrink down to an acceptable level.
Therefore, vote by NOT-VOTING in the upcoming 2010 elections. See previous blogs for more arguments on behalf of the NOT-VOTE.
Asterisks & Other Readings
*Uz akmeņa malku cirtu,/ Strautā kūru uguntiņu. /Lai sildāsi tie ļautiņi,/Kas man labu nevēlējā.
Compulsory voting in the EU Parliamentary elections
The abstentionist elephant
On the Meaning of Voting
British Government Attempts to Bracket the Constitution
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