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Hans Dunckel: I just watched Gattaca again, and I had forgotten how sad it was, so there is no wonder I wiped it from memory.
I kind of wish it had a different ending, where Jude Law lives.
And maybe Vincent realizes his vanity is destroying everything around him.
Otherwise, "eugenics and discrimination is bad mkay" is.... pretty basic.
Or "There is no gene for the human spirit"... does not excuse all the pain and suffering throughout the movie. Vincent did everything to prove that he's capable, including destroying those around him, or not caring about them, only about himself. Truly, the path of a narcissistic psychopath, and not a shining example of the human spirit's furthermost capabilities.
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Hans Dunckel: "For a hero's strength is measured by his heart". It takes a real man to have mercy, love, and patience. The film is dystopian through and through, because it's completely broken. Vincent doesn't feel anything substantial for the friends he made. And he saves his brother twice not out of love, just to put the nail on the coffin, that he, in fact, is superior. Where a dichotomy is created, a third way is the real answer, not one of the two. Upon reading more about the context and message of the movie, it really is dated or married to the possibility or the rise of eugenics again, making it less about humans as a whole but about special people. (Godchildren, they're even called, in the movie. It sounds like something else to me. Cabal, anyone?)
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Hans Dunckel: Or worse, Hollywood's fondness of Theosophy.
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Hans Dunckel: Greece needs to cease monopoly on ancient history and archeology (or even exclusive expertise). As modern egyptians speak arabick, which is nowhere close to ancient egyptian that was used until Alexander conquered the land, so like many other nations and cultures the people in the region of Macedon developed the slavic language (as recorded around the Thessalonike region) which has a mixture of influence from latin, koine (what they dub "greek" ) , ancient macedonian, and ancient slavic (for which there is no source of knowing what it was). So the excuse that "if throughout Alexander's empire and the Diadochi Kingdoms they used and spoke koine (which was dubbed "graeca" by the latins or the later medieval scribes) then they were greek!" is simplistic modern propaganda. Hellas, what the ancient hellens identified, stretched from the Peloponnese to the borders of Epirus and Thessalia.and the many colonies on the islands, Cyprus, eastern shores of Anatolia, the shores south of Thrace and Macedon such as Chalcidice, and southern Italy. The latins called the hellens in southern Italy "graecian", and by that later everyone who spoke a related language, such as Koine that was put in use by the Macedonian kings on the territory of the Alexandrian or Macedonian Empire, which was divided into Kingdoms afterwards. Ancient Macedonian, as scholars note, like many other languages around these regions of different people, was hypothesized to be partially related to the hellenic languages (which does not make it "greek" , it just means they were in a pseudo similar group of languages later called "hellenic" or "greek" and by that monopolised by the modern state that named itself Greece), judging by words that were recorded as Macedonian and translated into koine by some ancient writers. The modern language in Greece is not pure demotic/naturally developed from Koine. There was put into use a created pseudo-resurrected or Attic-ized version of the folkish koine that developed among the people in various now lost dialects of those territories (as the ancient languages and dialects were either lost or retained some pieces in their koine dialects), which was named Katharevousa, and it was a fake language. Because this was in the early 1800s, it gradually influenced the folk language. It was removed as official language only in 1977, and a new "demotic" was made official instead, which was no longer entirely a naturally developed language but one heavily influenced by a false forced language. Hence you will find a similarity here and there to ancient attic (what they dub "ancient greek" words. ) This development does not give the right to those people to claim everything ancient that has something written in a similar language to theirs, automatically "greek" . I suppose that the Egyptians have no right to their ancient past, the Iranians to theirs, the Germans to theirs, the British to theirs, or the Italians to theirs, because the ancient language differs from theirs?

Sometimes I feel like I have no voice or the scholarly truth is snuffed, so I have to write somewhere.
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Hans Dunckel: "On Imagination

BY PHILLIS WHEATLEY

Thy various works, imperial queen, we see,
How bright their forms! how deck'd with pomp by thee!
Thy wond'rous acts in beauteous order stand,
And all attest how potent is thine hand.

From Helicon's refulgent heights attend,
Ye sacred choir, and my attempts befriend:
To tell her glories with a faithful tongue,
Ye blooming graces, triumph in my song.

Now here, now there, the roving Fancy flies,
Till some lov'd object strikes her wand'ring eyes,
Whose silken fetters all the senses bind,
And soft captivity involves the mind.

Imagination! who can sing thy force?
Or who describe the swiftness of thy course?
Soaring through air to find the bright abode,
Th' empyreal palace of the thund'ring God,
We on thy pinions can surpass the wind,
And leave the rolling universe behind:
From star to star the mental optics rove,
Measure the skies, and range the realms above.
There in one view we grasp the mighty whole,
Or with new worlds amaze th' unbounded soul.

Though Winter frowns to Fancy's raptur'd eyes
The fields may flourish, and gay scenes arise;
The frozen deeps may break their iron bands,
And bid their waters murmur o'er the sands.
Fair Flora may resume her fragrant reign,
And with her flow'ry riches deck the plain;
Sylvanus may diffuse his honours round,
And all the forest may with leaves be crown'd:
Show'rs may descend, and dews their gems disclose,
And nectar sparkle on the blooming rose.

Such is thy pow'r, nor are thine orders vain,
O thou the leader of the mental train:
In full perfection all thy works are wrought,
And thine the sceptre o'er the realms of thought.
Before thy throne the subject-passions bow,
Of subject-passions sov'reign ruler thou;
At thy command joy rushes on the heart,
And through the glowing veins the spirits dart.

Fancy might now her silken pinions try
To rise from earth, and sweep th' expanse on high:
From Tithon's bed now might Aurora rise,
Her cheeks all glowing with celestial dies,
While a pure stream of light o'erflows the skies.
The monarch of the day I might behold,
And all the mountains tipt with radiant gold,
But I reluctant leave the pleasing views,
Which Fancy dresses to delight the Muse;
Winter austere forbids me to aspire,
And northern tempests damp the rising fire;
They chill the tides of Fancy's flowing sea,
Cease then, my song, cease the unequal lay."
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Hans Dunckel: Published 1773. Phillis Wheatley was an african-american poet. This poem gave me chills. And yet, she was called "not a great poet" and reduced to "important for the black community as the first published poet", when clearly she is pretty good and not mediocre. Thomas Jefferson had no taste clearly, 20th century writers were degenerates, and the black community was too obsessed with the unfortunate circumstances and conditions of black slavery, and do not take into account that she was raised more privileged than a lot of them. And it is clear how she felt about herself in the following poems, and the message her and the family that raised her wanted to present to the world that believing people of a different race to be genetically inferior and incapable of higher culture of the time was simply racist and bigoted. I also prefer neoclassical literature, so any modernist who hates and critiques it and finds no value in it is biased, morally depraved, and is probably not Christian or hasn't read the Bible for personal growth.
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Hans Dunckel: "On Being Brought from Africa to America
BY PHILLIS WHEATLEY

'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train."
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Hans Dunckel: "But how presumptuous shall we hope to find
Divine acceptance with the Almighty mind
While yet o deed ungenerous they disgrace
And hold in bondage Afric: blameless race
Let virtue reign and then accord our prayers
Be victory ours and generous freedom theirs."
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Hans Dunckel: Note to self: make a challenge to watch a movie a day from a movie list.
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Hans Dunckel: "...individuals with BPD can have positive outcomes, such as exceptional enthusiasm, idealism, and capacity for joy and love, it also predisposes them to be overwhelmed by negative emotions. This includes experiencing profound grief instead of mere sadness, intense shame instead of mild embarrassment, rage rather than annoyance, and panic over nervousness."
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