"Meanwhile, the preparations go on, the dreamlike rituals are rehearsed, and the whole earth is being set up as an altar for a brunt offering, a monstrous human sacrifice to an imagined god with averted eyes."
"The Unforgettable Fire," Lewis Thomas, Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony
" It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot."
"We have tried to make clear to [the workers] that they must continue to go on learning, that they will go on learning all their lives...."
Rosa Luxemburg, (qtd. In JP Nettl, Rosa Luxemburg )
"Gone is the first mad delirium." The "patriotic street demonstrations," the persecuting of women, the "atmosphere of ritual murder"--all gone. "The show is over," and the "curtain has fallen" and those soldiers returning on trains are no longer laughing. No longer cheerful. "Quietly they trot through the streets, with their sacks upon their shoulders. And the public, with a fretful face, goes about its daily tasks."
And the cannon fodder that was loaded upon the trains in August and September is rotting on the battlefields...while profits are springing, like weeds, from the fields of the dead.
1907-08 Balkon Whng
1907-08 Balkon Whng by rosalux-stiftung
While cities are in shambles and whole villages turned into cemeteries and whole nations into beggars, and while there is "misery and desperation" everywhere, "business is flourishing upon the ruins."
Shamed, dishonored, wading in blood and dripping with filth, thus capitalist society stands. Not as we usually see it, playing the roles of peace and righteousness, of order, of philosophy, of ethics--but as a roasting beast, as an orgy of anarchy, as a pestilential breath, devastating culture and humanity--so it appears in all its hideous nakedness.