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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Illuminati!

I don't usually get political but this is a true enigma.

When I was little, I read Donald Duck comic books. There was an inventor duck named Gyro Gearloose who came up with wonderful ideas in the company of his little helper. Little Helper never said anything. He was just sort of there, scampering around Gyro's feet, catching things he dropped and quietly saving things from going very very wrong. He was quiet because he had no mouth --his head was a light bulb, an incandescent light bulb.
Little Helper only had two fingers on each hand. This is where the Peace Sign came from. More importantly, Little Helper defined for me the anatomy of the Illuminati. I started thinking about the Illuminati after writing a poem about a baby last week.
As one gains in experience, one learns written history. Historically, Illuminati is most connected to Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded by Adam Weishaupt and a few friends in 1776. They opposed superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power, and supported women's education and gender equality. They held meetings, advertised, published tracts, lobbied the political system and were of course outlawed by state and church in 1785.

We learn two things. If you're going to have a secret society to enlighten the world and make it a fairer place, don't tell anybody. Just do it. Don't overthink it, just let the universe pour through your head like Little Helper or a baby does. No kidding, in hierocratic theocracies humanism is considered subversive, just as democracy is discouraged by oil-rich countries or any contentious tontine surrounding a donkey-engine chugging in a hole. Under such misrules, the Illuminati --or any proponents of egalitarianism-- are among the first folk lined up and shot.

With the more recent mystification of Illuminati came some important questions. If you could nudge reality around with your mind, even just a little, to make things better, would you tell anybody? Me neither. Babies have the unimpeachable protection of being adorable, but what about Little Helper? Sure, he's kind of cute but what happens when his bulb burns out? Already, nations around the world are banning incandescent bulb replacements in favor of less ecologically friendly ones. Could it have to do with most of the world's tungsten coming from China and Russia and, until recently, bought by America? I don't know, do you?

 

25 comments:

  1. Love your baby poem. Quiet strength and determination from the apparently helpless.
    And no, if I had the power to nudge reality for the good I would definitely do a Brer Rabbit and lie low and say nuffin'. While nudging with all my might and main.

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    1. There is a strong, quiet and determined wisdom in your plan. I believe it's holding the world together.

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  2. I love your baby poem, too. I think I would abuse the power and word would get out that there is something weird about that chicken. It wouldn't end well.

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    1. Thank you! And thanks also for reminding me Gyro Gearloose is a cartoon chicken, not a duck. I am old and get confused,

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  3. "If you're going to have a secret society to enlighten the world and make it a fairer place, don't tell anybody" - TRUE. If I had the power to change reality, I would make chocolate and pizza both calorie-free.

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    1. Keith, are you sure chocolate and pizza would be as good without calories?

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  4. I had completely forgotten about Gyro Gearloose, who - along with Donald Duck - was one of my childhood friends. Of course, nowadays I often completely forget about what I did yesterday (growing old is hell).

    Gyro Gearloose was created by the Donald Duck illustrator Carl Barks. Carl Barks' wife Gare Barks was also an artist and I own one of her oil paintings. This has nothing to do with your clever blog post, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

    By the way, Gare Barks real name was Margaret. I think she was Carl's third wife.

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    1. Thanks for Gare Barks alert, Jon. I looked up some of her works on Google images --they're wonderful!

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  5. I used to read Donald Duck comics but I don't remember Gyro Gearloose or Little Helper. How lucky the manic fowl was to have a helper who was not much more than pure thought. I'm pretty sure if I could nudge the world to a better place I'd just do it and keep my mouth shut, just like Little Helper. Actually I think I would confine my nudging to just my own little, unimportant world...who am I to think I know what is best for the planet.

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    1. Every effort to make good has a ripple effect on the whole of society that can't be measured or underestimated.

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  6. I'm glad Delores went before me, because I don't remember Gyro Gearloose or Little Helper, either. (I thought you made 'em up, number one DUDE.) I think whenever anyone does anything to benefit the world, or even does a simple kindness to benefit a single person, it's always best to keep quiet about it. The empty barrel makes the most noise, as the saying goes, and it's far better to do good than to yap about it. (Nobody likes a braggart. Especially those who don't WANT those beneficial changes to occur.)

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    1. "Number one dude". Wow, thanks!

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  7. Yes, a secret society should be done in secret! I don't recall any Donald Duck comic books from childhood, though. I would have loved those!

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    1. Donald Duck comics were really fun! Scrooge taking actual money-baths, the Beagle Boys always plotting some outrage, lovely Daisy Duck and nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. I think that's where a generation learned to read.

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  8. Dear Geo.,
    it was last week that I thought about Gyro Gearloose - didn't know his American real name, in Germany he is called "Daniel Düsentrieb", and of course he had that little helper ("Helferlein") at his side. I don't know whether they both still appear in Mickey Mouse - have lost the connection to this magazine since son left town to study :)
    In Germany we had a formidable translator for these Disney comics: the late Erika Fuchs, who really created while translating. Very funny, very powerfully eloquent. They have a museum for her now - and husband was one of the last persons to get an interview from her (they type it now at the university - it was on an audio cassette, and this woman - me - always mewled that it should be typed).
    As to the energy bulbs: I found out something outrageous, maybe I'll talk about it in one of my next posts.

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    1. Dear Brigitta,
      That Gyro Gearloose also called Daniel Düsentrieb [Jet-engine?] is news to me! Thank you for telling me about Erika Fuchs also. I look forward to learning more!

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  9. I loved the Donald Duck comic books.
    Loved that baby poem you know
    Smiles from the mountains , away for the weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Margie. Have fun in the mountains!

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  10. Regarding the light bulb issue, dunno, but I loves me a good conspiracy theory. They are wonderful; and self-fulfilling! Either somebody agrees with you, or they are part of the conspiracy!

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    1. Agreed. If there was only one path through life, think how littered with light bulbs it would be --if not worse waste.

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  11. I know there are many little helpers in this world because we could not have made it this far without those "who do" and remain unnamed.

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    1. Can't resist here: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S Truman. Thanks, Arleen!

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  12. Well, of course it's about the tungsten supply! When judging matters of world politico-economics, the most cynical assumption is probably the truth.

    (See you at the next meeting. Password: wolfram)

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    1. Hey, you got a shout out over on my blog today. Please stop by to read the nice things I said about you: http://armchairsquid.blogspot.com/2014/08/wonderful-team-member-readership-award.html

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