The fourth Folding Mirror poem in the new wave, started off with the two outer lines a few days ago, then I filled the rest in this morning. I noticed mutter rhymes with clutter and fitted into the gossip theme. One of my favourite Rammstein songs is Mutter (embedded below), but I didn’t know what it meant until researching it for the poem (I’d always imagined it meaning the same as in English!). After finding out it meant mother I then paired it with father and its German translation; and mirrored it with some English-German philosophers.
Poem Philosophy Explanation
The female mother/mutter is mirrored (reflection switching sides) with Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannelore Wolf. I didn’t know any female German philosophers and looked them up on Wikipedia. Wolf was the most apt name, especially as Wollstonecraft became Wolfstonecraft in the greenYgrey world. That might seem like a supernatural coincidence, but is probably more down to my researching perseverance… although it didn’t take long… and my self-proclaimed genius connecting ability!
Nietzsche speaks for himself (not any more though), while I included Sir David Attenborough because I consider him an important modern philosopher, and his name rhymed with clear.
The poem contains a reference to my post-Folding Mirror new philosophy concept coffilosophy, and was written through another one; a pristine POP (PinkyOrangePurple) sunrise; from which arose POPilosophy.
Gossip ist Schwein, Silence is Golden
chitter chatter, creating clutter
vater zu father, mother to mutter
on streets, in workplace
myth creation, without trace
tell me no lie, false data obscures why
written books, theory paradigms
in solitude, (l)on(e)ly times
Wollstonecraft to Wolf, Neitzsche zu Attenborough
coffee coffilosophy, cleaning clear
There is some great greenYgrey artwork by Kate Charlesworth and Brian Talbot in the new graphic novel by the latter’s wife Mary M. Talbot. I was alerted to Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Larushka Ivan-Zadeh in the Metro. In this thrilling blog post, there’s also some great greenygreying by Meghan Umphres Leatherman… unbelievably while weightlifting heavy weights at nine months pregnant.
They say women are better at multitasking, but Meghan Umphres Leatherman seems to have taken this to gargantuan lengths. Leatherman not only weightlifted while nine months pregnant, but also got in some great old-fashioned Greenygreying in this Barcroft TV video reported on Yahoo… with her coach also joining in a phenomenal human-construction GGing example:
‘During my life I have encountered many reasons why women deserve
to be controlled by status, but many more for men.’
Marc Latham, 2009.
Sorry about the existential minimalist blog post for International Women’s Day yesterday, but we thought we’d leave it to the humans yesterday; and sometimes a small amount of words can have more impact… and are easier to write!
They are also be safer of course, because as soon as you start expressing opinions you open yourself up to controversy and criticism.
After writing yesterday’s phrase Women are half of humanity I thought that I might have angered transgender people, who might have thought themselves left out.
I then presumed that trangender people probably balance out between male and female, so I thought it was probably okay after all.
Latham Socialism v Galloway Socialism
The strapline for this blog was Free and Equal Green Writing last year. This was influenced by Marc Latham’s socialist background.
While Gorgeous George Galloway and supporters might consider Marc Latham a bad socialist, Marc considers himself more socialist than them, stressing the rights of all people, and freedom from religious indoctrination.
It didn’t mean that everybody should leave relationships, and lead an existential anarchist life, it just meant that people should have the freedom to choose the way they lead their lives.
While Marc thought that anarchic freedom was the way to be in youth, in adulthood and middle-age he thinks that if you’ve got a good family you should make the most of it.
If you don’t think you have a good family then you might need more external inspirations, and I hope you find ones that help you lead a better life.
The Free and Equal phrasewas inspired by the rise in forced relationships and slavery in the U.K., and around Europe and the world as far as I know.
While Marc believes that all women should have equality, he also has his own taste in women, which is the classic model-actress-musical icon long-haired slim feminine pretty woman such as Kate Moss, Tia Carrere, Debbie Harry, Kitty Zhang (Zhang Yuqi), Briggitte Bardot, Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Britt Ekland… preferably into animal welfare, non-smoker, good sense of humour and a nice feminine personality (I sense British militant feminist rage!?).
While British feminism often seems to resent those kind of women, Ukraine’s Femen movement and some other feminist movements celebrate the beauty of women.
The Greenygrey doesn’t necessarily support all their beliefs and tactics, but generally supports their cause.
That is where Marc Latham’s socialism and heterosexuality have their best fit, although some feminists will probably not accept his rationale: some feminists just seem to want to keep feminism as an all women’s club… versus men… rather than trying to be equal, and creating a better society alongside men, like I think my human inspiration Mary Wollstonecraft did.
The Marks and Spencer advert featured in Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill’s television review last week featured a Whole Lotta Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a variety of fairytale female roles. While Marks and Spencer and our Harry probably meant well in their advert and feature, I feel that some women would want a more powerful female image.
First of all, I would like to say that at the Greenygrey we totally support girly girls who like to look delicious and advertise greenygrey things, like Marloes Horst in the above DKNY advert.
However, while Rosie’s advert female role spends most of her time falling or running, I think many feminists would have wanted to see her stand and fight some of the time; taking control of her own destiny instead of relying on men and chance; showing both sides of the female psyche.
Of course sometimes it’s not always possible to find an ally wolf or real fire these days, and sometimes animals and fires can be dangerous, so it is better to keep away from them.
This was of course advised on the front page of the Greenygrey website since early in the site’s history (about dogs and humans).
I hope that I have now balanced the advert coverage on the Greenygrey, in line with Greenygrey philosophy, providing a voice for all the women out there, instead of angering them all, in line with Greenygrey critical thinking.
Hi, it’s Mary Werewolfstonecraft, new philosophy correspondent at the Greenygrey. For humans reading this, my closest parallel in the human world is Mary Wollstonecraft, who is described in Philip Stokes’s Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkersas the original feminist, but who saw ‘the rights of both men and women as mutual and inextricably linked’, and ‘that slavery and the treatment of the poor at that time were immoral.’
Right Time and Place
I think I probably got the job ahead of other great thinkers on the shortlist, Max Wolfer (Weber) and Albert Canis (Camus), because Marc Latham recently passed from the Kerouacian age to the Agnethan. That was of course explained in a recent blog here… and because I’m more a-were than them.
Talking of Marc Latham, I’ve got some of his recent thoughts and writing to report.
On Creativity in Humanity
In its On Books and Burning blog post City Jackdaw ended it by setting the question: Is it the appreciation of art, and of beauty, that sets us apart?
Marc Latham promptly answered with the comment: ‘I think all human civilisations have appreciated art, even if they burned art they didn’t agree with. I’m pretty sure most intelligent non-human life appreciates beauty, and the art of nature, judging from the way they soak up the sun and wind; and even rain and snow at times, such as after drought.’
Then after taking more time to think (having studied Latham for some years I have come to the opinion that he is more of a slow thinker than a prompt responder [I think I might have sounded like Marit Meredith’s Diary of a Would-Be-Protagonist there, which I’ve recently been reading!]), and remembering his knowledge gained and information shared over the six years of the Greenygrey, added this even more greenygrey philosophical comment; which also reminded me of ol’ Wollstonecraft’s description above, which I just re-read: