Toscani’s Morandi breakdown

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About collapsing bridges, campaigns and governments. (A part of “collapsology”)

Note: I am interested in “collapsology”. I don’t see why it should be restricted as a term to mere “survival” attitude and research of a possible end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it. Saying that such an end might be a creeping, slow process, what I guess it might very well be, one has to consider also intellectual, moral and spritiual collapses as well. Part of this “END OF PROGRESS and the penultimate man” (see my larger project on this. Coming.) indeed are examples where human beings are just mere “content” for postings to fuel excitment and in consequence “visibility” and “reach” /”coverage” of the content providers or networks. The a-social networks have no moral at all. Now, read on…
First week of February, 2020, I am travelling back from Italy. Reading national newspapers featuring the incident of Benetton art-director-photographer Oliviero Toscani at Un giorno da pecora radio program. Toscani is snoringly audible on a telephone connection, often interrupted or overvoiced by the journalist. The conversation is about a photo depicting activists from “le Sardine” who are a political anti-Salvini group, Luciano Benetton, and Toscani in front of a cultural center sponsored by Benetton. Will Benetton be going to sponsor financially the “Sardine” group? Then the conversation moves on about Benettons financial engagement, not only the mentioned cultural center, but his share in the Italian highway company which is responsible for not maintaining the Genova bridge (Viadotto Polcevera, built 1967) of architect Morandi, which eventually collapsed on August 14, 2018, killing 48 people. This tragedy was widely broadcasted and discussed.
In my personal view, the following Toscani MIGHT HAVE WANTED TO SAY (but didn’t in this way, which caused the meltdown of his whole career!):
Is a shareholder of a motorway-managing-agency to be held responsible for the neglect of maintaining?
Not easy a question. A shareholder is
not “interested” in the collapse of a bridge, as she is only interested in here dividends. Right?
I am not talking about morality here, which might have go come in at some point. But: This isn’t so obvious at all.
What Toscani really said was: “Ma a chi interessa se casca un ponte?”
Corriere della Sera (Fr., 7 Feb 2020, p.23) 
The whole sentence is barely audible, while the radio speaker interrupts on top of Toscanis voics.
Corriere del Veneto (Fr., 7 Feb 2020, p.5) which is a sub-page of Corriere della Sera writes: “Ma a chi volete che interessi se casca un ponte?”
Maybe other citations are around in the medias.
Whatever the true words were, as I said before, Toscani created in my view an “ellipse”. What he might has left out was
But who [at the shareholders] are interested if a bridge collapses [as long as they get their share]”
Easily a stupid argument of Toscani could change into an accusation of immoral attitude of shareholders, not caring about they companies they have a share in.
Toscani was fired immideatly after his remark. He confirmed to be devastated about his remark himself when he apologized for it. No way back.
Curiously I was just reading Walter Michel’s “The Marshmallow Test” at the same time, when I hit the chapter: “Why do smart people act stupidly?”
I thought this Toscani-incident might have been an example for Michel’s findings. Now I don’t think it is. On one hand a sort of “set-up” by the radio journalist to drive Toscani in that path, on the other hand a simple, barely audible remark, even misunderstood, runs like an atomic bomb through all medias, ruining this iconic figure of Italian photography’s career.
Maybe Toscani was astonishingly too naive in his attitude to behave like a Trump who fucks around with his malformed Tweets and stupid, inappropriate remarks and behavior – without any consequences so far. Anyone else besides crazy dictators including the president of the USA is shot down im-media-tly, so to say. Blame the media. Yes. Maybe blame people who have “good intentions”. (They are the worst, I guess.) Combine those two, you get the mess we are in now.
Trump is another story, obviously, and the downfall of democracy in the USA and its downfall morally, politically, and in other hinsights too.
Regarding the “Marshmallow Test” maybe there is more to find in the even more recent incident about Benjamin Griveau and an alledged “Sex Tape” on the net, spilled by Russian “artist” P.
What ever truth lies behind these media-shit-story isn’t very clear (appearantly the video doesn’t prove Griveau’s presence), besides the fact that it bombed the REM candidate to Paris major Griveau out of space.
And then, remember the DSK New York incidents. Many questions never answered.
And, of course, above many others, the “IBIZA” video with Austrian ex-vice-chancellor H.C. Strache. The Austrian government collapsed at that time.
Sources: You might want to search the net yourself using the mentioned keywords. 
The original sound is heard here: 
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Beethovens Therapeut

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… ist nicht unbekannt. Es gab keinen. Und dabei hätte der angebliche “Rebel” (NY Times, heute) dringend einen gebraucht. Dann hätte er vielleicht auch nicht so sehr eines Arztes bedurft.

Mit einem Wort: das Wunder Beethovens und seiner WUT (Leberzirrhose!) ist wohl nur das Ergebnis mentalen Leides eine sehr unglücklichen Kindheit. Macht die Kinder glücklich, dann brauchen wir nicht Musik wie die von Beethoven zu hören. Logisch. Leider wahr. Symptomatisch für die europäische Kultur und Kunst insgesamt.

Changing habits

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To words that seem to have little to say, as banal s they seem. It occurs to me to understand that on one hand it works not be exaggerated to say that we are habits, we are layered habits, multitude of habits, seamlessly glued together to what we believe to be our free will. And, secondly, to change such habits, is a daunting, difficult task. So these two words: changing habits, encompass our whole existential drama, nearly as in the famous phrase: to be or not to be.

Self Discipline?

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Self Discipline, time Management? Great! But what if you have a family? What does it take to cut out the time for you and you alone?

They need you, you need them. Working alone means alone, no-one interfering.

It’s a discipline inside the discipline, to stay easy and smooth: your habit becomes their habit. And in exchange, at times their habit become yours.

You have to learn to switch off reacting to every and each single input, question, comment. As if you were not there: focus on your task. If they don’t believe it, make it clear. Shut off, it’s the only possible pathway to work alone.


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Arriving on the bar of the re-re-vived Café Drechsler, one gets the feeling that the four girls behind the bar are having a good time, but working for themselves. Feeling completely ignored as a customer for a time span of minutes which seem an eternity, I start talking on my mind about what is going on.

I hate these situations, but they occur. Finally I employ a slightly raised volume, still in friendly words to order an espresso.

It works, and at a sudden all four are taking notice of my presence. Funny because I give a shit about their show -off coolness displayed. This is just yet another ordinary neo Café and no fancy Ibiza bar.

The word responsibility comes to my mind. Those girls are in their mid- twenties, and floating on a world view of hyper individualism, which comes with a proportional loss of caring and responsibility for others outside of their prefabricated perception.

Yes it is generational, yes it is also a question of age, and yes it’s a question of not knowing, a lack of true culture: Italian barista culture.

I have to ask the girl to wipe off the café she spilled when hitting the cups in front of me on the counter, jerking into my direction. no words of sorry or excuse, just a stupid face.

Responsibility hurts the individualist’s world view. This is true apokalypse: starting in the ego bubble.

More qi

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Great to have things in this world nobody knows to explain. Recently I was posting the question in knowledge forums about what happens I’d travel to a far distant star at light speed and would catch up with local time at that star. Most people actually didn’t get the question, and the others came up with unconvincing theories. My own and only answer is it that this case will never occur in my life. It’s irrelevant to have an answer. Fullstop.

The question about “what is qi?” sounds similar to the other question above. The answer however is relevant to me, and let me muse about my idea.

Qi, at least is not ONE thingy. The magic of it I compare to something like the following. If I ‘d say, “what does your symphony sound like?”, you might start to explain something about other people’s symphonies, like Beethoven’s fifth, but your own, future symphony is rather an idea in the making. And this is exactly my approach: the qi is your personal qi, an idea in the making by you. Do it yourself!

communication and silence in partnership

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We all agree that communication is crucial. Especially in relationships. Silence between partners at most times is regarded as negative: something is wrong, when nobody reaches out to the other. Communication fails come early of dramatic fails of partnership.

Why is silence on one side regarded as negative and as a high rhetoric skill to steer conversation on another?

How much communication is necessary, and when does it become tiresome to the other? Redundancy or repetitiveness is tiring, and many a relation even breaks on those repetitions of dumb nonsense.

Silence is verbal silence, semantic silence, and we should know that there is more than semantics. Even more crucial than a politically correct conversation is the truth behind the words. Words are used to lie. It’s harder and more unlikely to lie without words.

Obviously silence can be a denial of communication, but maybe a denial of carrying on repetitive bullshit or lies. Denial of semantics IS also communication without words, but honest. It’s a truth that is hard to accept, though nevertheless a truth.

Communication without words, in silence, requests special skills to be conducted. Receive and decode and understand and respond to a wordless message demands active emphatic thinking, thinking without words.

The advantage is to have more options to understand deeper layers of our being, without being nailed down to words, maybe improperly or hastily chosen.

To communicate in silence is a result of a long partnership and requests not only life experience but a special way of “listening” into the other person and the whole situation. It’s a holistic way of communicating, in other words.

A German Computer Keyboard

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It has been a long time I was working this keyboard layout. Now this is what it looks like.

Maybe I find some time to describe the features and reasoning soon. There are many layouts out there, but only one of visibility for the German language, the “neo” layout. The strange result of my experience is that every gain in accessibility has its price. If you have better positions for some letter combinations, others become more akward. However, it is hard to judge, when one is so much used to the normal layouts QWERTZ/QWERTY.