Saturday, 30 December 2017

Time........


Everything became faster so there would be more time. But there is always less and less time.


The degree of definiteness in news keeps changing 
according to the way it’s transmitted. 
A messenger came running, 
his excitement infected the receiver. 


They had to act instantly. 
The excitement became the faith in the message. 



A letter is calm, 
if for no other reason than because it was secret during it’s transmission. 
One believes it, 
but with reservations,
 and one doesn’t feel impelled to act. 


The telegram combines certain features of the letter
 and with those of the old oral messenger.
 It is secret, unknown to the deliverer,
 but one is served alone with it;


 It is even more sudden than the messenger,
 it has something of death and therefore inspires more fear. 


We believe a telegram. 
Nothing is more disconcerting than to learn that a telegram lied.


One cannot breathe, 
everything is full of victory.


He imagines how people would have stood their own against an evil God.
 They would have become good against him.


 They would never have expected anything of him or prayed for anything to him,
 they would always have fought against him.



 Some would have hidden from him cave artists;


others would have hunted him down bold sports-men.


Their faith that they could once succeed in improving God......
......Elias Canetti


Crowds and shouting.

Crowds and shouting. 
A significant function of the crowd is to out shout dangers: 
whether earthquakes or enemies. 


People get together in order to shout louder. 


When the other,
 the earthquake or the enemy, has gone silent, 
then the crowd has won.


 It is important to bear in mind that the ocean will not be outshouted. 


For even if a strong crowd succeeded in being louder than the sea for an instant,
 it would none the less never silence the sea. 


Hence, in the minds of those who know it,


 the sea has remained the greatest crowd, 


which no one can ever equal....Elias Canetti



Friday, 29 December 2017

Movement Of knowledge


The peculiar movement of knowledge.
 It keeps still for a long time, 
like rock or seemingly dead life. 


Then all at once it gets an unexpectedly plant like character. 
You happen to glance at it: 


It hasn’t moved from the spot, 
but it’s grown. 


A great moment, but not yet a miracle. 
For one day, you look somewhere else, 
and that knowledge is there, where it certainly wasn’t until then, 


it has changed places, it has leaped. 
Everyone waits for this leaping knowledge. 


In the night, which fills us, 


we listen to the snarling of new predators,
 and their eyes glow in the dark, dangerous and greedy....Elias Canetti





Tuesday, 19 December 2017

All knowledge has something puritanical about it;


 it gives words a morality.


There is no end for the creative thinking of humankind. 
This curse contains the only hope.


The thing that puts our minds 
at ease about history is its falseness. 


It is a story about history, 
for what if we knew the truth!
                                                                                                                      Elias Canetti

Thursday, 14 December 2017

......Victory

One cannot breathe, 


everything is full of victory....



The first will flatter the last, 


and it will be delightful to hear what they have to think up.


....Elias Canetti




Tuesday, 12 December 2017

In reality, the imagination in the dark

The sun dethroned, the last valid myth destroyed.The earth has come of age;


on its own now, what will it do with itself? 


Until now, it was the unchallenged child of the sun, totally dependent on it, unable to live without it, lost without it. But light is dethroned;


the atomic bomb has become the measure of all things.


The tiniest thing has won: a paradox of power.

Elias Canetti