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Nietzsche and COVID-19: We’re all struggling in our own way – Johns Hopkins News-Letter

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COURTESY OF RUDY MALCOM Phillip Yoon discusses how perspectives of tragedy are different for everyone during the pandemic.

University officials announced that Commencement will most likely be online. Although there is a possibility that the modality will change, it seems unlikely given the current severity of COVID-19. The virus has taken away many of our college experiences, but the one Ill miss the most is being able to walk on stage at graduation in front of my friends, parents and professors.

While its true that it is sad that we cannot walk on stage, I wondered, do we deserve to be sad about a mere ceremony when people are getting sick and dying because of the virus? Friedrich Nietzsche would tell us that we absolutely can.

In The Gay Science, when discussing his idea that there exists no objective world, Nietzsche writes, This mountain makes the landscape it dominates charming and significant in every way... Suddenly the mountain itself and the whole landscape around us, below us, have lost their magic. We have forgotten that some greatness, like some goodness, wants to be beheld only from a distance and by all means only from below, not from above; otherwise it makes no impression.

Nietzsche thought that the same object, such as the mountain, can be seen differently based on different viewpoints. He asserted that there is no objective world that exists without our perception of it. The world must have a layer of appearance or interpretation, a human contribution, in order to be seen and studied by human beings.

In other words, the world must be interpreted by humans to be seen by humans. This view is usually referred to as perspectivism, as our perspectives or the interpretation of the world are what drive our view of the world.

Lets apply this to our own beloved building Gilman Hall. We can look at it from many different places: in front of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, from the Levering Quad, etc. Although we would be looking at the same building from all these places, we would be seeing the same building differently. There does not exist one objective view of what the building is like.

There is another dimension to this which is important in understanding our COVID-19 struggles. Lets compare my experience and a newly admitted freshmans experience when looking at Gilman Hall. As I am finishing up my final year at Hopkins, I have spent many hours in Gilman Hall, so when I look at the building, Im reminded of the fond memories of attending lectures, interacting with professors and even the stressful memories of working on an essay right before its due.

When a newly admitted freshman looks at Gilman, however, they will not be reminded of these experiences. There does not exist one objective view of what to feel or be reminded of when we look at the building, as every single one of us would have different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

In the past year, we have seen many people lose jobs, lose homes, become sick, be hospitalized or even die. When you see media reports of people in dire situations and if you are able-bodied, have a home, have enough food, have a job and so forth, you may feel that your struggles are insignificant. After all, how can you struggle when other people have it worse?

Nietzsche would tell you that you actually can struggle. It is tragic that people are becoming sick and dying because of the virus, but that does not invalidate your struggles. Those people have their own struggles, and yet again come from their own backgrounds, experiences and perspectives so do you.

Yes, maybe it isnt objectively the worst thing that this milestone will be online. It is nonetheless still sad as I will never get any kind of concrete closure for my hard work and effort put into getting my Hopkins diploma. This is my experience.

To those who may say that there is no way that my struggles are as valid as the struggles who may be in a worse situation than me because of COVID-19, Nietzsche would say this: There is no reality for us not for you either, my sober friends.

Phillip Yoon is a senior majoring in Philosophy and Mathematics from Charlotte, N.C.

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Devendra Banharts First Solo Exhibition in Los Angeles Opens – GalleristNY

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The concepts of grief and loss are well-explored through art history. Take Picassos Guernica for example, where he channeled the grief and anger he felt over the bombing and virtual obliteration by the Nazis in 1937 of the small Spanish village for which the painting is named. It comes as little surprise then that an artist producing work in the middle of a global pandemic might be grappling with mortality. Devendra Banhart, an internationally renowned musician and painter, is one such artist.

The Grief I Have Caused You, open at Nicodim Upstairs until March 20th, is Banharts first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. This is something he says is a really big deal for him personally, after gaining more recognition as a musical artist. Music and art have run parallel throughout my career but the only time theyd meet was when I would paint an album cover, he told Observer. I havent really managed to have the art career that I always kind of wished I had in that, although Ive been doing them both for a similar length of time.

After losing two friends to COVID, Banhart found himself in a pattern of lengthy phone calls with others in his community looking for support. He would put these on speakerphone and started drawing portraits which then turned to paintings. I was turning to paint to work through the fear and work through the grief that I could process, he explained. Since I couldnt process it in some of the concrete ways that I would normally, like being able to go to a memorial. I saw how important it is for us to mourn collectively.

During this time Banhart, like many of us, started to feel guilty for finding enjoyment in painting while theres so much suffering. He worked to discover its okay to have fun, depersonalize his grief, and see beyond the grief to analyze the ways in which people have hurt him and the ways in which he has hurt others. The thing is there always is tremendous suffering and tremendous uncertainty but its never been so collective and so global, he says. Suddenly there are only so many things to distract yourself with. Banhart began painting the show at the beginning of lockdown last year and has just finished recently.

The result of this highly self-reflective and personal healing work takes shape as abstracted forms and shapes that are completely at peace in their absurdism. Eyes float in a non-hierarchical structure and objects like shoes and balls are woven within curved shapes and deep blues and purples. For an exhibition exploring grief during a time of despair, the work is joyously balanced, embracing grotesque figurations of comedy and tragedy. The Grief I Have Caused You captures the internal push-and-pull between grief and ecstasy, while deeply personal its universal.

Nietzsche says the snake which cannot cast its skin has to die and this shedding is uncomfortable and awful, Banhart explains. Art can be the vehicle towards that shedding. He hopes viewers will walk away from the exhibition with just the slightest cracking up, as humor can be a counterpoint turning grief into joy. Maybe its [the work] not a funny joke but its a joke and thats always nice.

As for Banharts own personal joy, hes looking forward to focusing more on music in the near future, as painting inspires him to explore that medium and vice versa. He also says he wants to be the person who talks to trees and plants more and always remembers the suffering of others. Forever changed by this still ongoing period of collective grief, The Grief I Have Caused You is his gut-wrenching and life-altering processing on canvas, currently open to the Los Angeles public by appointment.

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How spending time in the mountains is good for the body and mind – Monaco Tribune

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Amongst the thick forests and snowy summits, mountainous regions are proven to boost both physical and mental well-being. Altitude has known health benefits and the stunning scenery helps with decision-making and creativity. Here are just some of the reasons to go and reach great heights

At the foot of the Swiss Alps, Grgoire Millet, a physiologist at the Institute of Sports Science at the University of Lausanne (ISSUL), has devoted the last twelve years to studying the benefits of living in the mountains. After conducting extensive research on the positive effects of altitude training, this former triathlete has developed a new method of endurance training.

In 2015, during their preparations for the World Cup, the Welsh Rugby team tried out this new type of training developed in Switzerland. Whether athletes actually climb mountains or simply simulate the altitude from the ground, there is a definite benefit to their training.

Altitude stimulates the production of red blood cells in our body.

It stimulates the production of red blood cells in our body. As a result, more oxygen can be transported in our blood to tissues, muscles and even our brain. Grgoire Millet goes on to explain how living in the mountains or regularly climbing will boost physical well-being.

According to Millet, spending time at higher altitudes has a particular benefit for people who are ageing, obese or who suffer from circulatory problems. If they regularly stayed between 800 and 1800 metres they could significantly improve their health.

Living above 1300 metres massively reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers.

Living above 1300 metres massively reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers. Altitude is know to improve blood flow, but it can also help combat obesity. It has a positive impact on reducing hunger, due to its effect on the hormones responsible for controlling appetite and determining how full we feel.

Just like Nietzsche, I think the greatest ideas come to us whilst out walking! Taking inspiration from the German philosopher, often known to wander along the Cte dAzur, Thierry Malleret also does some of his best thinking in the great outdoors. For the past ten years the economist has swapped the hustle and bustle of big city life in London and New York, for the tranquility of South-Eastern France. Setting up his consulting agency in Haute-Savoie he finds hiking in Charmonix or skiing down mountains some of the best places to work.

In Japan, spending time in forests is actually prescribed to people as a form of preventative medicine. It is a type of therapy known as shinrin-yoku.

Thierry Malleret describes feeling so much more productive when I am outside. He believes we think better when we allow our mind to wander, whilst admiring the mountainous views.

Thierry Malleret is convinced: getting outside, either climbing mountains or simply being in nature, helps us make decisions and unleashes are creativity. In fact, he has even incorporated this belief into his business model. When business owners or members of multinational corporations come to me for advice, I recommend we take a walk through the mountains together.

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Climbing a mountain is a symbol of progress, moving onwards and upwards. In doing so we feel much more positive, something Thierry Malleret stressed about the influence of the outdoors on human beings. Nature is calming and it improves our mental health. In Japan, spending time in forests is actually prescribed to people as a form of preventative medicine. It is a type of therapy known as shinrin-yoku.

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Whether you love him or hate him, Golf Channels Brandel Chamblee makes good TV with his sharp opinions and willingness to criticize the best players in golf. In Part I of our latest Q&A, Chamblee discussed the struggles of Rickie Fowler and the winless drought of Tony Finau and we did a deep dive into the U.S. Ryder Cup and future options for the captaincy. You can read it here.

In Part II, Chamblee explains how hed change course setups, dishes on the distance debate and being on the other end of criticism, and why hes not afraid to take the contrarian view.

Golfweek: If you were Commissioner of the PGA Tour for the day, what would you change?

Brandel Chamblee: The first thing Id do is get rid of the top-50 exemption and then Id get rid of the top-25 exemption. Theres no place for safety nets in sports. Those take up spots. However many it is, its too many. It should be a merit-based sport.

Every time someone new pops up on our radar, like Will Zalatoris, everyone says it is great to see a new young player come along that seems to be fearless and, yes, I agree. But every time that happens, I think someone just lost their job. If Will Zalatoris comes along and you cant compete with him, you should lose your job. There should be no guarantees. Why does golf provide safety nets? No other sport does. You can go down to the minor leagues like the rest of the world does and fight your way back.

GWK: Thats your thing? You wouldnt change course setup or pick different courses?

BC: That would be the day after I take away those exemptions. Actually, itd be the same day because it would take me two minutes to say, Im sorry, those exemptions are over. That would be more difficult to do because youd have to go to a board and that board would have to present these and if I had autonomy, and I dont think the commissioner position works that way, but I might take a detour down to the course setup guys and say, the fairways have to be wider, the rough has to be thicker, but only in a certain number of events.

There are events where long tee balls and recovery shots from the rough is exciting. I get it. If I were running a Tour event 20 years ago, I wouldve cut the rough too. I would want Tiger and Phil to be in contention on Sunday and the best way to ensure that is to cut the rough because they drove it all over the place. I understand why they did it. But to identify the best player and for the best future of the game is to restore the value of finding fairways.

To do that you cant do what the USGA did at the U.S. Open. You cant do that with 1980s-width fairways and 1980s-height rough. Thats stuck in thinking from 40 years ago. You have to extrapolate to dispersion cones with 310 yard drives, which means the fairways need to be 5-6-7-8 yards wider but the rough has to also be 2-3-4 inches taller. You cant have the same width and height rough as you did in 1984 because guys didnt swing as hard and didnt come in as steep. The rough has to have a penalty to have a penalty of .5 as opposed to .2 or .3. You have to get the rough up to 4-5 inches and it needs to be thick and if it is 5-6 inches all the better.

But the fairways need to be wide enough to where the straightest drivers of the ball can find them so they can offset their disadvantage. That seems pretty straightforward to me. What else are you going to do?

GWK: Do you believe everything you say on air?

BC: (Laughs) Yeah. There are times when I change my mind, when I will think about it or come across information, but Ive sat in meetings before where someone has said if someone is going to say this can we get someone to speak to the other side of it, and on issues where Im sort of ambivalent Ill say, yeah, Ill take the other side. Happy to do it.

More often than not it, it doesnt work out that way. You want to speak to an issue 360 degrees. By the time I say something on the air, Ive thought about it, Ive researched it and thought of counters to it, but yeah, Ive certainly changed my opinion. Ive done it on the distance debate. I think you should constantly take your opinions out, kick em around, beat em with a broom, and see if they stand up to scrutiny. Ive tried to do that as often as I can. Ive done that with teaching, the golf swing, the putting stroke. Ive changed my view on a lot of things where Ive come across information that proved me to be wrong, informed me in a better way. Yeah, Ive said things on the air that I wouldnt say now, that I disagree with now, that I wish Id never said, but for the most part I try to be very, very careful about the words I use and the opinions I have.

GWK: What does your mailbox of feedback look like from viewers? What do you learn from it and whats the general pros and cons?

BC: We live in a very critical world now. Im not oblivious to criticism. Ive always said you should be able to be criticized and complimented and never feel any way about either of them. When criticism comes from the right people and the right sources, when its valid or there is a grain of truth to it and you can learn from it and I take it to heart. I certainly pay attention to critics whose opinions I value and dont have an ax to grind with my position on things. Its amazing, Ive gotten along with so many people in this game forever but the fact that I differ with them on the distance report, its almost like within the golf world youre voting for Trump or Biden.

People feel that passionately about the distance issue with the USGA and R&A. Im not sure I feel as adamantly against the rollback as people think I do. I just think that it seems that all the people that are in the architecture industry are for a rollback and I think the more difficult argument is why the game is better left alone.

I enjoy the more difficult argument. I enjoy trying to get to the bottom and to the truth of things but I tend to think that the most popular view doesnt have a great record on a lot of things. Its quite often wrong. So, I think, how is it wrong? I go and do research to discover if it is right or wrong, and try to figure a way to counter. Thats fun. Ive always said we make progress by disputation and argument. Thats why the First Amendment is so important and the cancel culture is so bad. When you make arguments, they are never perfectly formed. Ever. They are imperfectly formed. You state an opinion and inevitably someone will know something that you dont or think about it in a way that you dont and will point out the errors in your opinion and so you reconvene and you try to make a better opinion, a more informed opinion and you stumble towards your better self and your better ideas.

The Cancel Culture is so ready to hold people accountable for arguments that are not perfectly formed and not perfectly stated. Listen, theres no place in the world for racism and bigotry but in a world where people are preaching tolerance they should have some tolerance for people who make a mistake here or there for their phrasing of an argument. Thats why the First Amendment is so important. We should all take a deep breath.

Theres the idea of the straw man. The opposite should be the case. You should make a steel man out of your opponents arguments and ideas. You should try to formulate the most perfect idea of what someone is saying in the most perfectly stated verbiage to hold up their idea in its best essence and say I get what youre trying to say and how is it assailable, how is it wrong? Thats how you get better at everything.

GWK: If you could require every player on Tour to read one book, what would it be?

BC: I think the most important book Ive read in informing me is Guns, Germs and Steel written by Jared Diamond. If school kids were made to read it in school, ignorance, bigotry and prejudice would be gone. I can hardly think of a more important book to read. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, every American should read that book. Those books right there just inform you about why man is the way he is, keep you on guard for the malevolence in men and gives you a great philosophical foundation to go learn, study or think about or talk about whatever you want to talk about.

Ive never come across anyone smarter than Friedrich Nietzsche. If I can get on a soap box for a minute, I think this generation feels entitled to be happy. I think thats a very dangerous thought. Friedrich Nietzsche has a great line that he who has a why to live can bear almost any how. If you have meaning in your life then you can deal with adversity and stumble towards your better self. Its a marvelous philosophical precept. No one deserves to be happy. If youre lucky, you can find something that gives meaning to your life, which will then allow you to be happy. Its not happiness. Its meaning, which allows you to deal with adversity. Adversity is everywhere. You deal with it every day in large and small capacities. Those are books that mean a lot to me.

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Arknights Lore: The Birth of Tragedy and Requiem – GamePress

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The full name of The Birth of Tragedy is The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music (German: Die Geburt der Tragdie aus dem Geiste der Musik). It was reissued in 1886 as The Birth of Tragedy, Or: Hellenism and Pessimism (German: Die Geburt der Tragdie, Oder: Griechentum und Pessimismus).

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Note the music mention in the title. I will be discussing on the music later. After all, Hypergryph also uses music heavily in their story telling.

The Birth of Tragedy examines the origins and development of poetry, specifically Greek tragedy. Nietzsche argues that Greek tragedy arose out of the fusion of what he termed Apollonian and Dionysian elementsthe former representing measure, restraint, and harmony and the latter unbridled passionand that Socratic rationalism and optimism spelled the death of Greek tragedy. The final part of the book is a rhapsody on the rebirth of tragedy from the spirit of Richard Wagners music.

Despite the clash of the Apollonian and Dionysian, neither side ever prevails due to each containing the other in an eternal, natural check or balance. Nietzsche argues that the tragedy of Ancient Greece was the highest form of art due to its mixture of both Apollonian and Dionysian elements into one seamless whole, allowing the spectator to experience the full spectrum of the human condition. The Dionysian element was to be found in the music of the chorus, while the Apollonian element was found in the dialogue which gave a concrete symbolism that balanced the Dionysian revelry. Basically, the Apollonian spirit was able to give form to the abstract Dionysian.

Nietzsche emphasizes that in real tragic art, the elements of Dionysus and Apollo were inextricably entwined. As words could never hope to delve into the depths of the Dionysian essence, music was the life of the tragic art form. Music exists in the realm beyond language, and so allows us to rise beyond consciousness and experience our connection to the Primordial Unity. Music is superior to all other arts in that it does not represent a phenomenon, but rather the "world will" itself.

In contrast to the typical Enlightenment view of ancient Greek culture as noble, simple, elegant and grandiose, Nietzsche believed the Greeks were grappling with pessimism. The universe in which we live is the product of great interacting forces; but we neither observe nor know these as such. What we put together as our conceptions of the world, Nietzsche thought, never actually addresses the underlying realities.

He argues that we are still living in the Alexandrian age of culture, which is now on its last legs. Science cannot explain the mysteries of the universe, he writes, and thanks to the work of Kant and Schopenhauer, we must now recognize this fact. The time is ripe for a rebirth of tragedy that will sweep away the dusty remains of Socratic culture. Nietzsche sees German music, Wagner in particular, as the beginning of this transformation. While German culture is decrepit, the German character is going strong, for it has an inkling of the primordial vitality flowing in its veins. Nietzsche has great hope for the coming age and has written this book to prepare us for it.

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Want to improve focus and productivity? Do one thing at a time – The Guardian

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The urge to do too many things at once is nothing new: as long ago as 1887, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was bemoaning the way one thinks with a watch in ones hand, even as one eats ones midday meal while reading the latest news of the stock market. But for a variety of reasons overwork, digital distraction, plus the boundary-blurring consequences of the pandemic its probably never been worse. At new year, it often takes an additional form: the desire to implement a total life makeover, sorting out your work backlog and your relationship issues, your health and your home repairs all at once. The urge should be resisted, though. The single most effective ingredient for a happier and more meaningful 2021 is the exact opposite: to improve your capacity for doing only one thing at a time.

One main reason this is harder than it looks is that doing several things at once is usually a way of assuaging anxiety. When youre drowning in to-dos, its calming to feel that youre addressing lots of them simultaneously. And when you think your lifes a mess you should be exercising more, sorting out your finances, improving your relationship with your kids, and on and on its similarly reassuring to feel youre tackling all those critical issues, not just one.

But the feeling is deceptive. For a start, plenty of research testifies to the costs of task-switching: when you flit between activities, you waste time and energy regaining a state of focus again and again. Worse, each activity becomes a way of avoiding every other activity. So when a task feels difficult or scary as tasks that matter often do you can just bounce off to another one instead. The result isnt merely that you make a smaller amount of progress on a larger number of fronts; its that you make less progress overall.

Nobody likes being told that they should shelve (say) their fitness goals for a few months while they work on their marriage, or resign themselves to an overfilled inbox while they complete an important piece of writing; when everythings urgent, postponement feels like a luxury you cant afford. But thats the anxiety talking. The fact is that you cant afford not to postpone almost everything, at any given moment, if you want to make progress on anything. So a big part of the skill of doing one thing at a time is learning to handle the discomfort associated with knowing what youre not getting done.

Success is built sequentially. Its one thing at a time, the management experts Gary Keller and Jay Papasan point out in their book The One Thing, which does little but hammer home this simple yet somehow endlessly elusive truth. There are limits, of course: you cant put your job on hold while you work on your poetry collection, or press pause on parenting while you work on getting fit. But you can constantly seek to move your life in the direction of having as few projects as possible on your plate at any one time.

And this is more than an admonition against, say, checking your email while watching a presentation on Zoom. (Although you shouldnt do that and indeed you cant, since whats really happening is that your attention is alternating, rapidly and exhaustingly, between the two.) One thing at a time is a whole philosophy of life, one that treats your goals as important enough to be worth bringing into being, while not pretending your reserves of time or energy are infinite. It represents a commitment to actually achieving a few of your ambitions, rather than wallowing in comforting fantasies of one day achieving them all.

Use a personal kanban Divide a whiteboard into three columns ready to do, doing, and done then write your tasks on sticky notes, and move them across the columns as you make your way through them. (Or use one of many kanban-inspired apps, such as Trello.) By limiting the number of notes you allow in the doing column to just one or two, youll ensure you bring tasks to completion, rather than starting too many at once.

Batch your tasks Reduce the psychological costs of task-switching by grouping to-dos by type wherever possible. In one unbroken hour spent processing your email, youll get through far more messages than if that same hour were scattered in smaller chunks through the day.

Cultivate deliberate imbalance Instead of a life makeover, pick one area to focus on each month or each quarter, and consciously postpone the rest. Youre better off abandoning all hope of (say) decluttering your house while you get started on an exercise routine than trying to do both at once. Then relax about the clutter, safe in the knowledge that itll get its turn in the spotlight later on.

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The grossly apocryphal reportage on the death of actor Anil P Nedumangad once again revealed the deep chasm that exists between cinema and other art forms and the undue hegemony it maintains over them. A few roles that Anil portrayed impressively in films were enough to bracket him as a promising actor, which in cinema lingo is an artful term for an upstart talent. What followed his untimely death in the glimmering green waters of Malankara Dam on Christmas Day was a deluge of reportage that not just lifted him out of the wavy, vile waters of the mundane world, but placed him up above the cycloramic sky, among the diminutive stars who suddenly lost their shimmering lights.

In fact, no one can be blamed for such excesses given that news media and cinema knew little about the trained actor, his potentials, and the person whom his friends and colleagues recall as a naive and hyperactive man with a notoriously acerbic tongue and a moonlit heart.

Anil is incomplete without his greed for acting, love for friends, and devotion to the works of Albert Camus, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Dostoyevsky. Far from being a novice, he was a veteran actor who made an indelible imprint in modern theatre. I had an opportunity to co-organize and watch his stunning performance in a play adaptation of Willian Goldings Lord of the Flies, if not mistaken, in 1996. Anil was second to none as a source of intense energy on the stage.

He played major roles in almost all plays directed by his bosom friend, guide, and classmate Jyothish M G besides appearing in dramas directed by Surjith and Deepan Sivaraman. He also acted with seasoned theatre actors like D Raghoothaman, Jose P Raphael, Gopalan, Rajan, and James Elia ..(the list is incomplete) Of course, cinema enthused Anil. He was not among those artists who declared stage as the only world from where they get the right kick. He joined the School of Drama and Fine Arts in Thrissur to chisel his acting talents and ready himself for the world of motion pictures.

But it was not fame and money that he was looking for. He got his kicks out of acting. His huge success as a trained theatre actor for over the past 25 years had made him an acting addict. The actor in him tormented him when he was out of action. The love and concern for those close to him is evident in a recent message he sent to a former school of drama student: In the time of corona you cant make plays, I know. You write a poem, instead. Im itching to pay you.

On another occasion, he sent a voice clip to Jyothish, the head of the acting department at K R Narayanan Film Institute: If I do something great in cinema, it could happen only in your film. My liver wont start giving trouble till then, Im sure.

But, mediums other than theatre got to see very little of his talent. There is no point in blaming those who know him only for his role in Ayyappanum Koshiyum when the refreshing talent vanished abruptly from the screen. However, it points at the intimidating level of authority that cinema as a medium has managed to establish over other art forms. For all his new admirers, he was the one whom they saw on screen. Nothing more, nothing less.

Media works in currency. What is most important for the news media is the immediate present. They connect only with it. The coverage is bound to be incomplete and is directly proportional to the fame, not merit. Look at the difference between the news coverages on the deaths of lyricist Anil Panachooran and poet Neelamperoor Madhusoodanan Nair. Celebration of the present and adoration of the larger-than-life-size image projected on screen outshine everything else, says film critic C S Venkiteswaran.

The challenge faced by obit writers in newsrooms is such that it wholly hinges on the immediately available information. A couple of unsolicited quotes from film stars and political leaders make the newsroom exercise relieving, if not gratifying. But to assess an actor only on the basis of his association with the silver screen is nauseating, if not loathsome. Given a chance, Anil would have repeated what Mark Twain had said about the reports on his death: The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated, adding in a derisive tone, I dont see myself in those reports.

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Editors note: The following, second in a three-part series, is adapted from an essay inNational Reviewand is republished here with permission. ProfessorAeschlimanis the author ofThe Restoration of Man: C.S. Lewis and the Continuing Case Against Scientism(Discovery Institute Press). Find the full series here.

Oscar Wilde (18541900), a witty Dublin Protestant-atheist Irishman like GeorgeBernardShaw, but of a very different class, stamp, and implication, wrote that natural science, by revealing to us the absolute mechanism of all action, [frees] us from the self-imposed and trammeling burden of moral responsibility. Wildes resultant, post-Christian aesthetic immoralism shocked and mocked the earnestness of late Victorian Britain in witty prose and plays, including the satirical wit (and homosexual implication) ofThe Importance of Being Earnest(1895). Both Shaw and G. K. Chesterton had an intimation that Wildes witty persiflage actually disguised deep decadence, an argument made brilliantly several decades later by the American Jewish moralists Philip Rieff (The Impossible Culture: Wilde as a Modern Prophet, 198283, reprinted inThe Feeling Intellect, 1990) and Daniel Bell (The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, 1976; Beyond Modernism, Beyond Self, 1977). From Wilde came the Bloomsbury aesthetes and, we may say, nearly the whole world of the modern arts.

Yet both Shaw and Chesterton were themselves noted wits (both sometimes even accused of being paradox-mongering buffoons), and in fact Shaw shared much of the iconoclasm of his countryman Wilde, becoming a self-described feminist, Nietzschean, Ibsenite, and Wagnerite. But for Chesterton one of Shaws great achievements was his deep, abiding hatred of aestheticism Shaw even insisted that the Puritan evangelist John Bunyan (The Pilgrims Progress) was a greater writer than Shakespeare, and frequently, unaccountably, made orthodox statements, such as There is a soul hidden in every dogma and Conscience is the most powerful of the instincts, and the love of God the most powerful of all passions. Along with T. S. EliotsMurder in the Cathedral(1935) and Robert BoltsA Man for All Seasons(1960), Shaws playSt. Joan(1924) is one of the wisest, wittiest, and most sympathetic dramatic depictions of Christian religious belief in the last hundred years.

Both Shaw and Chesterton believed that the root problem of modernity was Darwinism, the acceptance of which made it impossible to resist its moral corollary, social Darwinism, and therefore plutocracy, amoral capitalism, imperialism, racialism, and militarism. Shaw wrote in the preface toMan and Superman(1903): If the wicked flourish and the fittest survive, Nature must be the god of rascals.

Though Shaw was a small-p protestant religious heretic (he argued that Joan of Arc was an early Protestant, like Hus and Wycliffe), Chesterton asserted that he was a true if eccentric Puritan moralist. Shaws critique of Darwinism was profound, especially in the long preface to his mammoth playBack to Methuselah(1921): The literary critic R. C. Churchill has called this preface the wittiest summary of the Darwinian controversy ever written (see especially the sections from Three Blind Mice onward). In his own 1944 postscript to the play, Shaw, while still insisting on the need to give up the Protestant creed (and all other Jewish and Christian creeds) of his youth in the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy in Dublin, held that Darwins exclusion of mind and purpose from nature was wrong and destructive: Unless we can reclaim mind, will, and purpose as realities in some kind of non-Darwinian, creative evolution, we fall into the bottomless pit of an utterly discouraging pessimism.

Shaws predecessor Samuel Butler (18351902), and his Franco-American successor and admirer Jacques Barzun (19072012), have made similar arguments, arguments given renewed strength more recently by the American philosopher Thomas Nagel (see my Rationality vs. Darwinism,National Review, 2012). Shaws resistance to determinism, and his insistence on the irreducible reality of human consciousness and will in nature and history, elicited Chestertons profound respect and admiration. In his final, 1935 chapter on Shaw, written in the last year of Chestertons own life, he said of the older mans achievements in drama over the previous 40 years: He has improved philosophic discussions by making them more popular. But he has also improved popular amusements by making them more philosophic. He added that Shaw was one of the most genial and generous men in the world.

Yet Chestertons admiration and approval were shadowed by a sense that Shaw had great deficiencies and that his influence was ambiguous and in some cases malignant. Born 18 years earlier than Chesterton, Shaw outlived him by another 16, his life encompassing both world wars, unprecedented destruction, and the fundamental disproof of his early progressivism and cosmopolitanism. His early Fabian socialism led him to become an influential communist fellow traveler. The famously exuberant, energetic Shaw told his biographer Hesketh Pearson, a close friend of Malcolm Muggeridge, that, in the postWorld War II world, he wished when he went to bed that he would never wake again.

Like H. G. Wells, he was threatened with an utterly discouraging pessimism when his political hopes came to seem almost completely vain. Commenting on the significance of Aldous Huxleys satirical dystopiaBrave New World(1932), even before George Orwells1984, an English writer quoted by Chesterton in his 1935 chapter said, Progress is dead; andBrave New Worldis its epitaph. Beyond the world of fiction, in the world of actual human tragedy, works such as Elie WieselsNightand SolzhenitsynsGulag Archipelagomay be said to have proved the point unanswerably: Human progress may be possible, based on willed choices, but there is certainly no mystical, progressive, propulsive purpose immanent within history.

Chestertons argument about Shaw from the beginning was that he was in three ways an outsider, ways that gave him a unique perspective and insight but that also prevented his understanding what Chesterton thought of as a fundamental piety that had been characteristic of Western civilization and Western societies at their best: Shaw was a Protestant Anglo-Irishman who disdained his own country and left it permanently for London; he was emotionally, intellectually, and politically a fastidious Puritan moralist who could not, however, believe any longer in the Puritan God; and he was a Nietzschean-socialist futurist whose disgust with the human past and its traditions made him an ultimate outsider to any particular historical community or continuity.

Free from what Chesterton called the vile aesthetic philosophy of his also-cosmopolitan Irish countryman Wilde, a philosophy of ease, of acceptance, and luxurious illusion, Shaw read and was deeply affected by Nietzsche after having committed himself, in mind, action, and loyalty, to the Fabian-socialist cause, making lifelong friends and allies of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, whom he was instrumental in getting buried with full honors in Westminster Abbey in 1947. But reconciling Nietzsche with socialism was a lifelong conundrum, and it should be no surprise that Shaw came to admire strong men beyond the bourgeois-democratic tradition and temper such as Mussolini, Stalin, and the British fascist Sir Oswald Mosley. Stalin has delivered the goods, the celebrity Shaw wrote in 1931, the year of his state-conducted tour of Russia with his friend Lady Astor. A photo of the two of them in a chauffeured car on Red Square in Moscow is on the cover of David Cautes indispensable bookThe Fellow Travellers: A Postscript to the Enlightenment(1973), a brilliant documentation of the lamentable credulity of Western intellectuals in confronting Lenin, Stalin, and what the Webbs called the new civilization of the Soviet Union. Shaw died in his English country house in 1950 with a signed photograph of Stalin on his mantelpiece.

Chestertons brief study of 1909 and its even briefer 1935 sequel were thus profoundly apt in assessing Shaws greatness and his folly. He saw that Shaw was really no democrat, that his admirable public spirit had in it something cold, abstract, theoretical, and even Platonist in the sense of Plato as an elitist authoritarian; whereas Chesterton himself was truly a kind of democrat, actually liking the common man and assuming that human beings across time had come to certain conventions, traditions, and sentiments that usually had in them some important truth. (This idea profoundly influenced the Chestertonian William F. Buckley Jr.)

Tomorrow, Shaw, Scientism, and Darwinism.

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People speak sometimes about the bestial

cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and

offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so

cruel as a man, so artfully, so

artistically cruel.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born on November 11, 1821, in Moscow, Russia. Hes among the Russian writers who are called the Russian Masters by critics and bibliophiles alike. What makes Dostoyevsky unique is the fact that when the world was in the grips of Enlightenment that was betting all its chips on rationality, he was one of the first few modern thinkers who were suspicious of the message of the enlightened philosophes.

Pankaj Mishra argues, Dostoevsky defined a style of thought that was later elaborated by Nietzsche, Freud, Max Weber and others who mounted a full-blown intellectual revolt against the oppressive certainties of rationalist ideologies, whether left, right or centre.

The political message and prophecies in his masterpiece, Crime and Punishment, are more relevant today than ever. For instance, Luzhin, the wealthy businessman and the most negative character of the novel represents liberalism. We find him arguing the case for what would now be called trickle-down economics in the novel.

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