Today is the 114th birthday of mystical philosopher Simone Weil who wrote: “Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers’ enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”
In one week, on February 10th, court proceedings, criminal charges, will begin against me, a 65 year old man with no criminal record, for refusing to stop attempting to stand up for an aboriginal or First Nations man who wanted to enter a church and was threatened with arrest.
The Orwellian stupidity and callousness of government and the injustice system in Australia seems to know no bounds.
I take solace in these facts:
A. The best people in churches in Australia know that this sort of thing is wrong. They are a light in what is now for me a very dark life.
B. I can still normally at peace in places of worship and with people devoted to truth and to God.
C. Gazing on the glorious mystique and attractive power of beautiful women is not yet a crime.
Like Anita Ekberg (pictured above and below) whose breakout role as an unattainable star was in la Dolce Vita, which was released 63 years ago on this date in Italy. When Ekberg had earlier played Helene in “War and Peace”, she was billed as “Paramount’s Marilyn Monroe.”
Anita Ekberg got into men’s heads. Because she could. That’s freedom.
Geoff Fox, 3rd February, 2023, Down Under