Piano cover of The Persuaders theme tune by John Barry and, as it turns out, a modest tribute to actor Roger Moore who died recently.
Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/john-barry-the-persuaders-piano-cover
"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolise power and profit."Despite the convincing appearance of Passio's etymology, especially in the context of his anti-authoritarian philosophy of freedom, the word religare has been interpreted by some modern scholars and my girlfriend as signifying an idea of re-connecting, re-tying, re-binding. This conception is in part expressed by esoteric philosopher Manly P. Hall in his book Old Testament Wisdom in the following way:
"Religions, as we know them, are human restatements of eternal principles."This etymological understanding suits my girlfriend very much in so far as studying the Hebrew Bible has helped her re-connect with herself and her Jewish roots as well as bind her, as it were, closer to life.
"Notre personnalité sociale est une création de la pensée des autres." - Marcel ProustIt is sad that we feel ourselves in a position to assess a person's character and possible worth based on the minute expression of their being as evidenced by their Facebook or Twitter activity.
"In terms of psychological laws, all that is suppressed and kept buried will likely come into manifestation after a period of time and all that is present in the invisible realm will enter the visible so that, for example, hostilities and incompatibilities between two friends or partners will eventually come out into the open."In other words, it is perhaps worth paying attention to what lies beneath our purely conscious awareness, including in our relationships with other people, and try and reach into our subconscious mind by intellectual or introspective means which, as I have recently discovered, can come to save a friendship or relationship if all the unsaid, sometimes negative, chemistry is brought out in the open to a conscious, verbal level where both parties are in a position to gain in mutual understanding.
"the ability of a being to recognise patterns and meaning with respect to events taking place, both within oneself and in the external realm in which the self exists and operates."My girlfriend interpreted this definition as being one more of intelligence than consciousness per se.
"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, the only way, it does not exist."[Consider also Hölderlin's epigram The Root of All Evil
"Being at one is godlike and good, but human, too human, the mania Which insists there is only the One, one country, one truth and one way."]
"Ce qu'il me fallait c'était de posséder Mme de Stermaria."Thus a provisional observation - provisional in the sense that I need to complete the novel to reach a fuller perspective on the main character's development and life choices - is that both the narrator's infatuation with women and his creative aspirations are present in him as a young boy in the very first chapter of À La Recherche with my personal intuition telling me that in the end women will give way in importance to art.