Monday, September 12, 2016

Fields of remembrance- Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion provides support to all the veterans of the Armed Forces (British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force) and their families. 

Remembrance tributes (you can write your message at the cross, see details below) are planted in the Fields of Remembrance, with a message to the soldiers who lost their lives serving in the Army.

If someone wishes to donate follow the link below, tributes must reach the Legion by Thursday 27 October:
http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/remembrance-events/fields-of-remembrance/

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dancer Nikolska in Acropolis, 1929 A.D

The dancer Lila Nikolska (Yelizaveta Nikolska, 1904-1955, born in Vladivostok according to a source, but i knew she was Hungarian) in Acropolis in 1929 A.D, photographed by Elli Seraidari (Nelly's; 1899-1998). It was the second session after Mona Paeva (Prima Ballerina of the Opera Comique) in 1927, these photographs were firstly published in the French magazine, "Illustration de Paris". Currently, the photographic archive of the Benaki Museum holds the work by Nelly, you can also buy prints from there. Τhere are some very good information websites for Nelly's and the wikipedia is not one of them... She photographed the Delphic Festival organized by Aggelos and Eve Sikelianos and she indeed worked with Leni Riefenstahl in Berlin and Olympia.






Monday, August 22, 2016

Septivium. 3+4=7 and 3*4=12

3+4=7 and 3*4=12
Seven
The 7 Sages of the ancient worl (Cleobulos of Lindos, Solon, Chilon, Bias of Priene, Thales of Miletus, Pittacus, Periander). 
The 7 Cities of the Apocalypse (Pergamos, Smyrna, Efessos, Sardeis, Laodikeia, Thyateira, Filadelphia).
The 7 Sages of the bamboo grove
The 7 virtues of Samurai (or eight)
7 against Thebes and the Seven defenders of Thebes
The Trivium (3) and the Quadrivium (4) which are grammar, rhetoric, logic & arithmetics, geometry,  music, astronomy.
The 7 Christian Virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, courage & faith, hope, love).
The 7 Deadly Sins.
7 days of the week.
7 seals of the apocalypse. 7 angelic trumpeteers. 7 judgements. 
The 7 classical planets, Sun, Moon, and Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiters, Saturn.

Twelve
12 Olympian Gods and Goddesses
12 months.
12 Apostles.
12 days of Christmas.
12 seats of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend.
12 Titans according to Hesiod.
Apocalypsis 21.10.
12 sons of Jacob and 12 Nations of Israel.
12 Aesir
12 wheels of Sonnenrad


Bodleian Library, Oxford

John Rouse, the chief librarian of Bodleian, in 1645 A.D. refused to lend to King Charles I, a book, the 'Histoire Universelle du Sieur d'Aubigné' since it was forbidden the book to leave the library. As Oxford is the first University in the English speaking world, it is an integral part of the Western science and education. In my article for the work of Alexander Boot, i added as a reference the book by David C.Lindberg. “The beginning of western science, 600 π.Χ-1450 A.D”.  I recommend it for a first introduction in the history of science in the Classic and the Western world. 
To elaborate on the writings in the doors of the Bodleian library i will add the following information. There are three divisions in the theoretical sciences as extensively discussed by Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274 A.D.) greatly influenced by Aristotle (384-322 B.C.): 
1. Natural sciences 2. Mathematics 3. Theology
Then is the quadrivium, the four subjects of arts: 
1. Arithmetics 2. Geometry 3. Music 4. Astronomy
Before them should be tought the trivium: 
1. Grammar 2. Logic 3. Rhetoric



Friday, July 29, 2016

The fall of the West and the crisis behind our crisis: the work of Alexander Boot

Μια παρουσίαση της δουλειάς του Alexander Boot για το Δίκτυο Ελλήνων Συντηρητικών.

* Η Ελληνική μετάφραση του άρθρου έχει δημοσιευθεί στο Δίκτυο Ελλήνων Συντηρητικών (link).

Alexander Boot was born in Russia (then Soviet Union). He studied in the famous Moscow State University, where he subsequently lectured on English literature. From Russia he left in 1973 pursued by KGB and he initially immigrated to USA (1973) and subsequently to the United Kingdom (1988) realising that the West he admired no longer exists.  Alexander dedicated more than 20 years studying the reasons behind the decline of the Western culture and traditon, and this lead to the writing of a series of important books (and an active blog) with the most important being the “How the West was lost” (I.B.Tauris, 2006), an essential reading for every conservative.
Alexander's work reminds me of Theodore Dalrymple (real name of the sceptical doctor: Dr Anthony Daniels), as a polemic against political correctness, and Sir Roger Scruton on aesthetics and the admiration for Western civilisation, and in general people that regularly contribute articles to the “The Salisbury Review”, a journal where Alexander has published articles in the past. [1]
His writing is sublime and he has a deep understanding of history and of the meaning of words and ideas. His positive influence are Thomas Aquinas and Augustine, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ortega y Gasset and Edmund Burke while he stands against Plato (however, he considers him one of the greatest and most influential thinkers to have ever lived, see “A footnote on Plato” at “The crisis behind our crisis”), RousseauVoltaire, Ηume, ΚantHobbesLockeHegel and of Marx-Darwin-Freud.
Alexander sees the transition from the Classical period, the Greek-Roman world (called “Hellenic man”), [2-3] to Christendom as the beginning of the Western world, (the Western man, is called“Westman”) and the birth of the Modern Man (“Modman”) as the death of the West, of its identity and civilization. While Hellenic Man, was partially transferred to the Westman, the Modman has nothing in common with both of them. 
The transition from Christendom, from an aristocratic society, to an atheist, technocractic, eqalitarian and totalitarian state is initiated before the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, a turning point in European history. [4] Αfter that, Europe was dominated by an extreme modernism (and post-modernism), the totalitarian scientist and the barbarity of modern art and the culture of spectacle. Since all these are symptoms of the same problem his chapter in the anthology The Nation that forgot God” edited by Alex Haydon Sir Edward Leigh (Gracewing Publishing, 2006) is named “PC (“political correctness”) also stands for Post-Christian. So, political correctness and glossocracy, both diverting the real meaning of words are a byproduct of the totalitarian, atheistic, modernism.
There two other, more political works by Alexander, that i would like to mention: “The crisis behind our crisis” (St.Matthew Publishing, 2010) and“Democracy as a neocon trick” (RPP, 2014). In these works, Alexander discusses not only how the “neocons”, led by George Bush, are using democracy as a manichaistic ideology and a way that enables them to start a series of wars (Iraq), and how the modern, materialistic, man caused a dead end economic crisis, two total, world wars and a cultural devastation as also a huge underclass in the western countries without the will for anything. The economic crisis is a result of the metaphysical crisis. 
From the whole work of Alexander, i will close this review with his message in the end of the narration on how "How the West was lost". Admitting that the western man is dead, and the civilisation he created as well, he does believe that they can resurrect. This resurrection is in our hands, by giving an example of dignity, decency, beauty and honour.

Further reading
1.      “The (Salisbury) Review was first published in 1982: Wrong-headed, politically incorrect, reactionary and conservative, we print what most sensible people believe but are frightened to speak of in our bullying, socialist society. Roger Scruton was the Editor for the first eighteen years.” It takes its name from Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister of Great Britain for 13 years.
    2. Kurt Weitzmann (ed). Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art & Princeton University Press, 1979
     3. David C.Lindberg. “The beginning of western science, 600 π.Χ-1450 μ.Χ”. 
4. Roger Scruton “The soul of the world” Princeton University Press, 2014


Friday, June 10, 2016

"Temple Church", London, published in Paradox Ethereal magazine #12

Many thanks to Mary Vareli for publishing the following article for Temple Church (headquarters of the Knights Templar, London) in Paradox Ethereal Magazine Issue #12 2016. 
You can download the magazine and the article following these links:

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Seven Virtues of Samurai

The photo was taken in the Ashmolean museum, Oxford, in 2013. 

The Virtues of Samurai are:

- Charity
- Rectitude
- Honesty
- Respect
- Loyalty
- Honour
- Courage





Monday, December 7, 2015

"Japan" article in: Paradox Ethereal Magazine #10

Many thanks to Mary Vareli for asking me to contribute to her magazine. The Issue #10 is available from this link:
https://paradoxethereal.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/paradox-ethereal-magazine-issue-101.pdf






Monday, November 16, 2015

On the recent tragic events in Europe and Middle East

People that support the "open border" and "no cultures" brainwash and propaganda do not understand that instinctively human beings are more attached to their closest people and to those that have more common values or experiences. These brainwash policies will badly backfire since you can't cut a tree from its routes. You might like me but it is your kids, parents, friends that you feel devastated if smt bad happens to them. Likewise if you have lived, spent long time and have memories in a place you are more attached to it even if it is humble compared to the fanciest city centre of a foreign country that you saw for 2-3 days in a tourist trip. Perhaps it shouldn't be like that, perhaps you should care for me as much as your kids but i kindly ask you not to do so. And yes it is shameful that no one knew about the other terrorist attacks recently. We have French friends, Greece and France are traditionally close, it is next to where we live. Maybe it shouldn't be like that but we can't change that.
After the devastation of WWII, Europe decided to abolish nations, borders and cultural identities for people and created meta-modern, multicultural, individualistic societies that people cared exclusively for their personal welfare as individualists and not for any values. This was slow in the beginning and accelerated towards the end of the cold war.
It also started a widespread propaganda in order to put a sense of guilt towards its citizens regarding their history. This ensured that no massive wars between big and powerful states that cause widespread destruction would occur cause no one cared for a country or their relatives.
After the fall of Soviet Union the West saw this victory as the end of history, a triumph of modernism and as a demonstration of the superiority of the individualism and that the world would now be at peace. The huge amount of resources needed to sustain a commercialised lifestyle would be found elsewhere, in poor countries, children working day and night in factories, non-existent "money" in bank transactions and stock markets, real estate booms, places with natural resources and everything would be fine.
The tragic failure of this creates a shock to some people who became blinded by the "golden" 80s-90s with their huge consumerism.
Actually the world in 2015 is more violent than before and no one can see an end in sight despite the huge number of smart phone around.
Alongside the erase of identity and personality comes the widespread persecution for people that are not politically correct or move outside the norm and the average or are older people coming from a different age (see the hate campaign against Professor Tim Hunt of UCL). (by the way for the modern "society" age is bad, being old is bad, does not sell products, youth is everything). The wisdom that comes with age and the service to the society for decades doesn't matter.
Again many people thought that this creates a more balanced life. This is not true at all, it only creates widespread corruption. Politically correctness is not courtesy or even diplomacy, these are opposite things. But in the end people will remember Immanuel Kant even in 1000 years but not the person who put this note on this book (even he had kind intentions the outcome was bad). ps. By the way i wasn't aware that modern kids nowadays are thinking day and night about reading Kant's "Critique of pure reason" instead of clubbing and buying whatever is advertised this week... Glad to hear that and hope that 18th Century German philosophy will not deviate them from the righteous path of public relationships and politically correctness
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