Indian Summer

On this wonderful early oktober Indian Summer day here in Copenhagen I had to post three personal tweets in the a.m.:

1. (10.Okt.2018) Tonite had clairvoyant vision of my book storeroom being burglarized. The front door kicked in. Saw 2 men, one with earphones and large green cap/beret (military men?). The gang left Denmark for Ukraine in 3 small aircraft + one fast driving car. Did Mossad panic on account of me telling abt. bugged photo shop?

2. (10.Okt.2018) Yesterday I told friendly photo-dealer I suspected his shop was being bugged (by Mossad – former shop assistant perchance M-stooge?). This summer I have noted a certain response to what being said in the shop. Reason for installing bugs is most likely the Secret Police (PET) wants to know if I sell recently acquired things with a profit?

3. (10.Okt.2018) Directly opposite the photoshop is Danish MOD. And this morn had clairvoyant vision of leaving the shop on dark day/evening and seeing hit-squad set up just outside the MOD from personell disguised as Danish military. Perhaps our MOD dont like my blog?
https://blocnotesimma.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/sweet-dreams-satire/

Ad.1. Seems the Ukraine has taken a keen interest in my demeanor. Perhaps not surprising, as the ubiquitous and very active Ukrainian mafia is said to be very close to Mossad and their friends? (Link 4)

Ad.2. No doubth the store is being surveilled by bugs placed in the shop. I’ve learned this from noting certain effects to what was talked about in there.

The reason for the embassy having ordered the bugging as indicated very probably is a burning desire from SKAT/PET/Mossad to catch me in buying a more or less expensive item in this generally friendly store and soon after to sell it with a profit?

Why is this desire so burning at these rouge agencies? Because (like I’ve touched upon already – link 1.) they then will roll out all of their most cheeky and reckless abuse of power and instantly

– ransack my home, accusing me of trading illegally
– steal my cash and valuables,
– steal my keys to my safe deposit box, and steal the content, and perhaps most importantly
– steal my computer files, some of which might well be quite compromising for TPTB if brought to the attention of a wider audience (link 2 og 3).

When Secret Police is illegally and maliciously harassing law abiding citicens it’s always very important to cheat or rob the targets of their assets so as to prevent them from hiring a lawyer.
So of course a bug at my favourite photo dealer is deemed very, very desirable by these rouge power abusers?

Ad 3. The reason for a hit-squad set-up on a dark (everning or) morning might well be the upcoming sale at said store. Normally is scheduled for every November 1st, and most often many of we photo nerds show up early enough for it still being dark.

A hit squad disguised as Danish military men would hardly seem suspicious even right outside the Ministry of Defence, where military men, cars, and small groups are seen all the time.

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This week has two dutch book sales running here in downtown Copenhagen. One in the Heilig Geist church house and one on the Coal Market square. Prices yesterday were 20 kr ($3) and 45 kr ($7) respectively.

In the Church House – said to be the oldest house in Copenhagen – I bought these:

4. UDVALGTE AFHANDLINGER. By A.B.Drachmann, Copenhagen, 1911, Gyldendal, 261 p. hardcover.

This nicely bound volume by one of our leading experts in the classical languages (1860-1935) contains 16 essays, among which one may note

– Prometheus
– Historien og det Overnaturlige
– Søren Kirkegaards Papirer
– Johan Nicolai Madvig
– Georg Zoëga
– Hovedtræk of Græsk Religiøsitet
– U.v. Wilamowitz-Moellendorff

The last of these essays (originally published in the Copenhagen daily Politiken on Mar.6, 1910) begins thus:

‘I den uge, vi nu gaar ind i, vil den mand, hvis navn staar over disse linier, holde et par forelæsninger ved Kjøbenhavns Universitet.

‘Det er noget af en begivenhed – af flere grunde. Siden Schleiermacher – vistnok i 1833 – holdt en række forelæsninger i Kjøbenhavn, vides ingen tysk lærd at have talt fra vort universitets katheder.

‘Til gjendjæld er den, der nu vil gjøre det, en mand, der i anseelse og betydelighed meget vel kan sammenstilles med Schleiermacher: v. Wilamowitz er ubestridt nutidens berømteste philolog, som Schleiermacher var sin tids berømteste theolog.

‘Men ganske vist staar den klassiske philologi ikke saa nær ved midpunktet for vore dages interesser, som theologien gjorde i begyndelsen af forrige aarhundrede; et par ord om den tyske videnskabsmands personlighed og livsværk vil derfor maaske ikke være uden nytte for det danske publikum’.

Quite astonishing – from 1833 to 1910 no german scholar has talked to an audience in the University of Copenhagen!

Later Mr. Drachmann continues:

‘Naar nu v. Wilamowitz om faa dage vil tale i Kjøbenhavn om et par emner af sin videnskab, saa er det ifølge sagens natur ikke netop den store fortolker af græske litteraturværker, man vil faa at høre; den art themaer egner sig ikke for et bredere publikum og enkelte timer.

‘Det er kulturhistorikeren med den uhyre viden, det omfattende syn og den aandfulde opfattelse, der vil komme til orde.’

These last lines together with the penultimate essay above leads nicely to our next titel:

5. DER GLAUBE DER HELLENEN. By Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, 2.vols, Basel/Stuttgart, Benno Schwabe & Co, 1931/1959, 405+626 pages, bound in orig. cloth.

This title is the last major work by this author. As such perhaps also his most mature? Vol. 2 was issued posthumously. Here is a couple of quite arbitrarily found samples:

(Vol. 1, p.184) ‘Waldnymphen wohnen in einem Haine; dass ihnen ein einzelner Baum geweiht wäre, ist mir nicht erinnerlich. Wohl aber steht schon im Aproditehymnus, dass die Nymphe in einem Baume lebt, mit ihm geboren wird und stirbt.

‘Die komplementaere Zusammenstellung von Laubbaum und Nadelbaum stehr hier zuerst. Dann hat also jeder Baum eine Seele, eigentlich nur der gewachsene, nicht der gepflanzte. Es ist das also ein anderer Glaube als der gewohnte an die goettlichen Nymphen, die doch nicht sterben. Die Scheu der Menschen liegt in ihm, die das Leben der schoenen Baeume doch vernichten muss, aber einzelne darum verschont und heiligt.’

(Vol. 2, p.235) ‘Aber diese Zeit war nicht mehr. Der Glaube an die Goetter war erschuettert und bestimmte das Handeln der Menschen so wenig wie die alten Ehrbegriffe, jene Gesetze, die nicht aufgeschrieben zu werden brauchten, weil sie durch den himmlichen Aether herrschen, wie Sophokles glaubte…’

(And page 342) ‘Die verwuestenden Kriege und die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung, durch die das Landvolk immer mehr in die Staedte getrieben ward, so dass die Doerfer, soweit sich in ihnen noch ein freier und sesshafter Bauernstand hielt, ihre bedeutung verloren, haben sehr viele der alten Kulte ihre Heroen und Goetter untergehen lassen…’

I have no hope to ever manage to read these two volumes from cover to cover, but they are small and compact and easy to travel with (perhaps together with an Erle Stanley Gardner detective novel – the only fiction I occasionally read now, I’m afraid) so as to maybe read a few pages once in a while. I’m sure one can have no nicer company.

6. THE JESUS CONSPIRACY. The Turin Shroud And The Truth About The Resurrection. By Holger Kersten and Elmar R. Gruber. Translated from German 1992/1994. Element Books. 373 p. Hardcover.

On the backside of the dust cover you read:

‘This thrilling and sensational exposé of the faking of the dating evidence of the Turin Shroud is pure dynamite. Its extraordinary revelations put into question the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian Church.

‘Revelation: Jesus survived the crucifixion.
‘Revelation: He could not have risen from the dead.
‘Revelation: The Shroud is real, not a medieval fake.
‘Revelation: The radiocarbon tests were a deliberate deceit.
‘Revelation: Powers in the Vatican conspired in the fraud.

‘In the face of determined resistance, Holger Kersten and Elmar Gruber embark on a breathtaking chase across Europe in the pursuit of the truth. Showing extraordinary determination and scholarship, they lay out clear evidence as proof of these revelations. As breathlessly exiting as a thriller, this controversial book will shock many in high places.’

Sounds good – but talk is easy. Perchance time will show if it’s mostly hot air or not.

Quite neat buys for $3 each at Forum Antiquariat in the Heilig Geist Church House, me think.

At Vangsgaard’s at the Coal Market square I bought these two volumes yesterday at $7 each:

7. DAS RELIGIÔSE BEWUSSTSEIN DER MENSCHHEIT – Im Stufengang Seiner Entwicklung. Von Eduard von Hartmann. Berlin, 1882, Carl Duncker, 627p.

My ‘Lexicon der parapsychologie und ihrer Grenzgebiete’ (v. Werner F. Bonin, 1981) says this of E.v.Hartmann (1842-1906):

‘Deutscher Philosoph. In seinem Versuch einer Synthese der Lehren Hegels, Schellings und Schopenhauers erklaerte H. das Unbewusste als den letzten Grund der Welt: Das Absolute ist der einheitliche unbewusste Geist.

‘Seine ‘Philosophie des Unbewussten’ (1869) beeinflusste wesentlich die Tiefenpshchologie und deren Aufnahme beim Publikum. Das postulierte Unbewusste machte es H. nicht moeglich, an eine individuelle Unsterblichkeit zu glauben; folgerichtig wandte er sich in mehreren Arbeiten gegen den Spiritismus. Die psychokinetischen Phaenomene mancher spiritistischen Medien betrachtete er als Betrug oder Taeuschung.

‘Aussersinnliche Warnehmung hielt er jedoch als ‘Telefonanschluss im Absoluten’ (dem Unbewussten) fuer moeglich. Gegen h.s Kritik am Spiritismus schrieb Aksakow ein erfolgreiches Werk ‘Animismus und Spiritismus’ (1898).’

This massive, original edition of one of the major works of a pioneering thinker in his field – preceding both Freud and Jung – is somewhat worn on the outside but still holding tidily together. It’s obviously a fortunate and interesting buy to a moderate price.

8. EFTERLADTE SKRIFTER. Af Poul M(artin) Møller. 3rd vol. Kjøbenhavn, 1843, C.A.Reitzel. 369 p. Contemporary paper hard cover.

This (outwardly – the inside is rather foxed throughout) very well preserved volume from one of the great names in Danish litterature and philosophy is twice interesting. Firstly because it’s an original edition, issued a few years after the authors premature death in 1838, 44 years old.

Secondly because this 3rd volume (of a 3 volume set) contains his ‘Strøtanker’ (aphorisms), which are particularly enticing and amusing and generally quite clever. Here are a few specimens:

‘Paa den vulgære tænknings standpunct bliver verden betragtet som summen af alle enkelte ting.’

‘En philosoph, der er meget nymodens, bliver snart meget gammeldags.’

‘Et philosophisk værk, hvori der slet ingen sætninger findes, som udrevne af deres sammenhæng, kunde gjøres latterlige for menigmand, kan ikke have nogen videnskabelig betydenhed.’

‘De bedste hoveder ere langtfra de, om hvem deres lærere sige, at de strax forstaae alt, hvad der foredrages for dem. De bedste hoveder ville tænke dem de mange muelige maader, hvorpaa en aphoristisk sætning kan integreres.’

‘Det er yderst mærkeligt, at kun de sande philosophiske genier holde sig i philosophiens annaler. Deres samtid, som forfølger dem, har ogsaa en hemmelig respect for dem.’

‘Selvbehaget yttrer sig undertiden deri, at man under sin tales pauser lade sin tunge slikke læben lidt om den røde rand, for ligesom at smage på sine egne honningsøde ord.’

‘Det gaar med det gode, som med det skjønne – det maa umiddelbart erkjendes, kan ei skildres ved farveløse begreber.’

‘Som enkeltvæsen opfylder mennesket sin bestemmelse ved at være borger; som den, i hvem noget universelt lever, er han et led af menneskehedens totalitet i alle tider og alle egne.’

That’s it for today. Next time I would like to tell a litte bit about a bag of 5 kr’s books (75cents books) I acquired one of the last days of September.

Link 1. https://blocnotesimma.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/le-marechal-soult-and-other-fatalities/

Link 2. http://www.gamleboeger.dk/2017/08/06/old-books-in-august/

Link 3. https://blocnotesimma.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/smaating-og-bagateller-2/

Link 4. http://aanirfan.blogspot.dk/2017/07/gert-pederson.html

(10./20.Oktober.2018)

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