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In order to save time and energy evil should not even be uttered and good should only be done.

Where have all the flowers gone Lili Marlene?

Sarajevo, 28th of June 1914, Gavrilo Princip fulfills his destiny. He was the banana peel the 20th century slipped on, the most slippery trap the self-absorbed and arrogant 19th could have ever produce in its putrid and negligent superiority. What an awkward fall it was the 20th desperately trying to regain balance hanging on to the 21st. Ridiculous death dance. Meanwhile the tenant at no. 12 Spielgasse, Zürich, Volodya Ulianov (Lenin), got really drunk on Marx and Dada just down the street at Caffe Voltaire and perfected the fall to a domino effect. He said “of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important”. That can still sound really appealing to cinema lovers and cineastes. He knew what a reality-distorting, illusion-feeding medium cinema can be. That it can serve politics the way biblia paupera served religion; emotionally dominating the masses, feeding fear, annihilating reason. Cinema gained its formal independence and identity in the bloody mires of last century’s wars and totalitarian regimes but it’s content was suffocated by political propaganda. Lev Kulesov, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Sergei Eisenstein and Leni Riefenstahl were slaves in the mire feeling like heroes. Everybody, just hang on tight to freedom, reason, and memory!

Junk, out!

C’mon chums, let’s make it a new year’s resolution to stay away from junk entertainment. All the easy reachable thrills and kicks we can get from it we can find in real entertainment and arts. We don’t need to read the critics’ and historians’ books to enjoy valuable literature, music, cinema, painting, sculpture, architecture. We need to read those books in case we are so puzzled by the big delight that we feel the need for guidance.

All we need to do, actually, is to expose ourselves to value. Feed our eyes and ears with it and they will eventually learn to make the difference between junk and art. We just have to look around and further than we’re used to and treasures will pop up. We should never stop questioning our good taste, we should never settle for what we’re used to. Not in entertainment and while we’re at it, we should also stay away from junk food and junk people.

Junk entertainment, junk food and junk people are a waste of time and time is what we don’t have. Time, the only thing we’re really short on.

We are exposed to junk, we’re infested with it. It takes an effort to avoid the spread of the infection and to cure the infection. Junk entertainment, junk food and junk people – here’s the trinity that numbs the brain, the body and the soul. It renders us lazy.

It is stupid and pathetic to get lazy when it comes to enjoying what’s beautiful, healthy and good, isn’t it? That’s what junk does, numbs us and makes us too lazy to seek and enjoy the real McCoy in everything.

So, let’s do our daily brain and soul push-ups, find out what’s really entertaining, beautiful, healthy and good then take a hedonistic dive in it.

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