Tuesday, January 18, 2011


"Hatred is the fool's revenge for being intimidated."
George Bernard Shaw


  1. A rich man should never publicly dispraise wealth and only who has experienced conditions which pushed him to and into hatred should teach how to avoid or escape those conditions without hatred. Shaw is kind of an Evangelist of a snobby God. (by the way, note how useful the idea of "god" is! Like the idea of "zero" the idea of "god" is acting in our minds independently of the question whether it exists or not)

    Well, the issue wasn't easy even for his Highness Jesus himself and leads to the question if and how domestication is really possible. In Geneva one has tried to forbid war, and the german Grundgesetz forbids even insurgent revolutions. Both interdictions were superfluous - at least in Germany - since in most public areas of Germany it is anyway forbidden to tread the lawns.

  2. Bingo!

    Shaw was very interested in domestication



  3. Babies and young children don´t hate. But there is a point when they begin hating (like fools) as a consequence of intimidation. It is our duty to postpone this behaviour and disclose this causal connection.

  4. @ epitimaios:
    Sorry, help me, where is the coherence between your comments and Shaw´s note? Isn´t his remark nothing more than a well known psychological phenomenon?

    Please, a first aid…..

  5. His remark sounds exactly like the well known psychological phenomenon that hatred can only becloud our minds.

    But only if one has sat at the table of people who have good reasons to hate someone, looking into their eyes, listening to their words and tasting their bitterness, only then one has the right to call them fools. But then one feeles that sometimes hatred can be necessary to prevent DEPRESSION and so one hesitates to pronounce those words which are pronounced by someone leaning back in an arm-chair smoking his pipe. Hatred, anger and rage can be necessary to keep us sane and vital and to remain capable of reaction and action.

    I have very late in my life experienced how necessary hatred can be, and perhaps I wish I hadn't for my whole life always tried not to have feelings of hatred. The cristian mentality is very beautiful. But one can also be too cristian and believe too much in love. Even love is a question of the right measure.

    Shaw's mother left the family and therefore one might suppose he himself has experienced bitterness and therefore never speakes with too much easyness. But I confess Shaw sounds in my ears always like someone who pretends he would have created a much better world if only he was God.

    I should really love him, since he in some way is corrisponding to exactly what would be my ideal: a Nobel awardist who tried to get an Oscar and got it. I am trying to understand for 40 years how the show busyness should be organized in order to create these synergies.

    Nevertheless I do not like Shaw very much.

  6. Μῆνις

    This is the first word of the Ilias.

    Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" is quoted by Daniel Goleman in his book "Emotional Intelligence" in order to promote "the rare skill to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way."

  7. Thank you for your attentive reading, dear cs!

    Another aspect of love is obviously important in this context. An artist certainly wants to express "himself", search for himself, recognize himself, and self-actualize, but he should for instance have always in mind to create something as a labour of love for his audience. This is why I am thankful to Michael Kunze for his attitude, and it distinguishes Shaws work either I suppose.