by Tarek Ali Hassan
Sunday, May 04, 2003
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A new disease called life and living human consciousness is defined and diagnosed as Prometheus in a dramatic stream of consciousness unfolds to us how he finds himself a marginalised suspect in our Brave New World!
PROMETHEUS MANFREDISED AS OEDIPUS CRIMINALISED AND OSIRIS CHEATED MOZART HATED AND GHANDI DENIED
this work-written 1978- is a vision of a new multimedia theatre and is to be recreated from collations of
Video and moving picture documentaries news reels
newspaper headlines and photos
"candid camera" , "man alive" and TV nation clips and similar documents
wild life and nature films and videos
living theatre scenes in which the full gamut of expressive human potential is used; verbal, non-verbal communication, music, dance, mime, color, silence and every other expressive potential being born out of the succession of dramatic sequences
it is an affirmation of the inherent value of the creative in humans and the possibility of peace and security through interactive interdependent pluralism between US and OTHER instead of an inevitable collision course between US and THEM! A constructive critique of Fukuyama and Huntington even before they presented their famous ideas. Predicting in a wonderous way the tragic turn of events at and after September, 2001
I- purple hair
II- mirror image
III- Prometheus denatured
IV- US US US
V- ENCOUTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
VI- HAT COLLECTION FOR PROMETHEUS
VII- AR'NT WE MARVELLOUS REALLY?
VIII- AT THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS PURPLE HAIR
IX- MANFRED UPDATE
X- EXHIBIT A PROMETHEUS SINGS
I- PURPLE HAIR PROMETHEUS MANFREDISED
the material world has made immaterial rocks the material world has perfected immaterial chains
invisible chains ...
imperceptible chains ...
and the vultures gnawing at the liver
gnaw secretly at psychological livers
gnaw secretly ... ... under anaesthesia
solitary confinement is enforced within the crowd torture is implemented with a smile
poor Prometheus is manfredised
with a very polite smile
what fire ?
all this is unwanted
too many toys
too many decoys
modern anaesthesia works
modern amnesia prevails
the toys are too attractive
psychiatry kills medicine expropriates
politicians multinationals military unnaturals politicians multinationals military unnaturals and TV
occupy all space
there is no place for you no place .. under the sun for you ...
or you ... or you ... or who?
but since you are so highfalutin and lofty ...we prefer to see you roast alive
you can have your place in the sun ! Do the Icarus thing;roast or drown we don't mind ! (aren't we gentle and generous ?)
no place under the sun !
you can have your place in the sun !
take the divine fire to bed with you ! (didn't you say it was your love and commitment)
be committed to the divine fire then
we have much more important business to do !
we are busy doing business
everybody is too busy for promethean wisdoms and whoever said they WERE wisdoms !?
whoever said Prometheus wisdoms ARE wisdoms ? last message on the VDU
Promethean activities suspecteverybody is too involved to scrutinise to analyse
how did it all happen
how did it all take place ?
how did it all begin ?
no one has a chance to trace the source, let alone undo the steps !
wait for the instructions ! that's the general recourse !
(it's all become too complicated ... too technical ..
no one understands --who understands- WAIT FOR INSTRUCTIONS)
MUST listen MUST obey !
the pace is so fast
the stakes so highthe risk too great too fast too high
the message flashed on the VDU screen Prometheus suspect
Promethean activities culpable ...
the message flashed in a flash ...
and please note ! THE RISE OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM HAS MADE ALL UNUSUAL BEHAVIOUR SUSPECT ...
THE RISE OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM IS THE GOD GIVEN GIFT FOR POLITICIANS MULTINATIONALS AND MILITARY UNNATURALS TO RULE ...
AND RULE AND RULE ... FOR TO RULE OUT OF EXISTENCE ALL ECHO OF DEMO-CRATHIA ...
FLASH RULE MULTINATIONALS MILITARY AND PARAMILITARY UNNATURALS AND THEIR EXUDED POLITICIANS RULE AND OVER-RULE ALL THESE SILLY CONVENTIONS ANACHRONISMS ECHOES OF THE AWFUL HEATHEN POLYTHEISTIC DAYS WHEN --AMONG OTHER GODS-- PROMETHEUS WAS WORSHIPPED AND REVERED WHEN --AMONGST OTHER THINGS-- MAN THE LIVING UNPREDICTABLE UNATTACHED UNLABELABLE HAD RIGHTS !
VDU message "man is dangerous"
"standby for further message"
"the son of man is more dangerous still"
"... as for the mother wife sister daughter ..." FLASH
"standby for information to counteract dangers" FLASH
"get ready for instructions"
HAIL TO THE ABSOLUTE POWER OF POWER !
(hail to the absolute safety of power ?)COMPUTERS DON'T MAKE MISTAKES "...anybody who glimpses man or son-of-man must keep off .. run for your life.." FLASH
... report to the nearest authority ..
... do not touch ...
... they are dangerous ...
... possibly violent ...
.. to touch is deadly ...
.. don't touch ...
... report to the nearest authority ...
... don't touch ...
THE PROPER AUTHORITIES ARE ALWAYS RIGHT (the proper authorities will show you the way ..) ......
do not touch
"wife mother sister daughter touchable under certain conditions only"
"standby for instructions"
"apply for permission"
"standby ... " COMPUTERS DO NOT MAKE MISTAKES "standby for permit and instructions to make a nuclear family for nuclear protection"
"NUCLEAR FAMILY FOR NUCLEAR PROTECTION"
DISSIDENTS ARE ALWAYS BAD ... THEY ARE ALWAYS ... DISSIDENTS
DISSENSION MISAPPREHENSION MALADROITNESS
THE AWFUL DAYS ARE LONG GONE NOW WHEN PROMETHEUS HAD RIGHTS TO BE RESPECTED AND THEREBY WAS ALLOWED --HE AND HIS LIKES-- AS A MATTER OF RIGHT THE CHANCE TO DISTURB AND FRIGHTEN EVERYONE ELSE ... ALL THIS DAMAGING WASTE OF TIME ..WASTE OF ENERGY TO RESTORE ... ALL THIS DAMAGING INTRUSION ON OUR SPACE.. ALL THIS REPEATED DISTURBANCE OF THE PEACE ...
THE AWFUL DAYS HAVE GONE --forever?-- WHEN PROMETHEUS MAN
WAS WORSHIPPED ON EARTH AND REVERED
AND OCCASIONALLY EVEN LOVED ... (this was sheer uncivilised madness ...savagery...
backwardness of Godless heathens...)
(it is possibly our duty to make the like of them burn eternally in hell-fire or in atomic fire --simulated hell fire--
... poor us with the civilised man's burden to make all these malefactors and pollutants burn eternally in hell fire .. or at least freeze in the cold ...)
(stack the arsenals for our work is undone !)
since the rise of international terrorism --God's gift to ... -- ::::
EVERYBODY WHO BEHAVES IN AN UNUSUAL WAY IS SUSPECT ALL STRANGENESS IS SUSPECT !
EVERYBODY MUST BEHAVE AS EXPECTED OR BE APPREHENDED DETAINED
DESTROYED AND/OR AMENDED !
"send them to the amendors to make amends and be amended"
WHAT A GIFT TO THE POWERS THAT RULE AND OVER-RULE
WHAT A GOD SEND
WHAT A GIFT
good-bye Mr. Chips ! good-bye demo-crathia ... !
GOOD-BYE HUMAN RIGHTS TA TA .... TA TAAAAAA ...
good-bye Mr. Prometheus ... ta ta taaaaa ...... Stack the arsenals our work is undone our civilised man's burden is incompletely discharged
load the rockets prepare the silos we must discharge our burden
we must concentrate and elaborate more tools
more tools to finish the job
our burden is great
our burden is incompletely discharged ...
our civilised man's burden is incompletely discharged ...
to the trees to the seas to the rivers to the birds
to the dolphins to the whales to the children to the seals
to the savages out there and in the east and to the very earth itself
our civilised man's burden is incompletely discharged
to the savages out there and in the east !
STACK THE ARSENALS OUR WORK IS UNDONE ... GO TO HOMEPAGE
II- MIRROR IMAGE
"we are so powerful .. all powerful .. what need do we have of these peculiar strangers" in addition we now KNOW they are positively dangerous
could be very harmful
yes yes COULD BE VERY HARMFUL ...
KEEP THE CHILDREN AWAY
SEGREGATE AND PROTECT THEM
KEEP THE CHILDREN AWAY !
THEY COULD BE VERY HARMFUL ... (echo ad infinitum ... in many languages ... with variations on the rhythm of the last two sentences ! )
III- PROMETHEUS DENATURED
Prometheus stranger Prometheus outcast encased
Prometheus incavate incastellate without caste
Prometheus messenger to the deaf
Prometheus messenger of doom
Prometheus de Sade
Prometheus actor sailor tinker tailor soldier beggerman thief
Prometheus double agent
Prometheus blue Prometheus governor
Prometheus governor Hall of Bermuda in Bermuda shorts
Prometheus reported to the authorities
Prometheus getting drunk
Prometheus getting stoned
Prometheus role playing tap dancing tip toeing
Prometheus out of synch out of alignment out of proportion Prometheus disintegrate
Prometheus clockwork Prometheus
oh Prometheus intruder
Prometheus drowned in noise
in lazy drumming in spastic drumming
in emotional rust
in ticker ticker machines
in hysterical enthusiasm over emptiness
in ticker tokker machines
Prometheus drowned in machine language
where is the Promethean song ? does any one know ?
listen ... ?
"report anything unusual to the authorities ..."
"if you hear any unusual sounds report at once !"
IV- US US US
US THE ALL-PREVAILING
US THE GREAT
US US US
aren't we lovely
what need have we of this blabbering idiot of this conceited maniac
of this megalomaniac hypomaniac mesomaniac maniac
this egocentric eccentric ! US US US
SWEET US MODEST US
we are all powerful we are gods of the earth ... masters of the earth ... masters of nature, earth and life ...
defended by ? wisdom ... consciousness ...
that was a Freudian slip ...
Sarastro defended his world with wisdom and consciousness and love and all that ...
but that was in the backward days of superstition and mythology ...
Ghandi defended his world with wisdom consciousness and love but he was just a backward fakir and he was murdered ...
he is long dead ... )
WE are defended by power we are defended by modern arms
we are defended by arsenals of fission/fusion devices
overkill ... yes we are defended by over kill
we are defended by the powerful who know what is best
we are defended by walls so high
we NUCLEAR WE, nuclear family we, nuclear arsenal we
nuclear privilege we, WE are defended by nuclear overkill!
and by walls .. impenetrable barriers ..
(isn't this marvellous isn't this lovely ?)
overkill potential for everybody is the only thing that makes us safe ... we have overkill for everybody ... else!
for anybody, anything that dares cross the barriers
we have overkill potential
for everything !
and for ourselves !
(isn't it safe ? don't you feel safe ?)
we are the Lords of the earth
we are the lords of the moon
we are the lords of the skies
we are the lords beneath the seas and up in space (for US the only inroad to peace is unspeakable violence can't you see ? we do not speak of IT !? we do it! behind closed doors, sound proofed walls... so as not to disturb the peace .. the lovely peace.. ) aren't we lucky ... don't you feel safe ?
we are Lords of the peace
the lovely peace
oh what a lovely peace
we are the lords everywhere we are lords of everything !any contradictions ? any challenges ? (SILENCE)
any contradictions ? any challenges ? (SILENCE)
ANY CONTRADICTIONS ? ANY CHALLENGES ?
A N Y CONTRADICTIONS ?? A N Y CHALLENGES ??
( petrol bomb ... terrorist attack .... highjack in the sky or on the road ... nightmare scenarios come true city held to ransom ...
NEEDLESS TO REMIND YOU AGAIN THAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM --and suspect local groups ... etc. etc. etc. ...)
FLASH Please do not worry
a few indicators of rising violence
please do not worry
we have McDonald's and ice-cream
we have the great American dream !
we have the great Marxist utopia
a haven for revolutionaries and for mankind (properly brought up)
we (had) the great Marxist utopia
we have justice freedom and liberation by the book
we are RIGHT ! we are the right and righteous !
and our right is supported by unparalleled MIGHT !
our lovely peace is supported by unspeakable ... violence, unparalleled barricades, unparalleled policing and surveillance of all suspects .. all suspects ..
all .. all ... all ...
who needs mythology !?
who dares contradict ?
what need have we for deformed mythological figures
Tiresias was blind Oedipus blinder still and as for Prometheus ...
he was mad quite quite mad
blabbering incomprehensible nonsensities a pyromaniac spreading dangerous fires disturbing the peace
Prometheus ... he must have been a terrorist ...
... and can you imagine the putrefaction that came from his liver so perpetually torn at by the vultures ? he ought to have been locked up much much earlier for ever ...
a sensation of power, of achievement, of omnipotence
prevails us ... (magnificent US)
permeates our being ...
all important us!
us us us
us the great !
us the just
us the righteous !
us the civilised !
us the peace loving and peaceful
we are us the great
mark you that ... mythological figures and all that
oh my giddy hat ...
the pomposity the criminality of intruding this Promethean nonsense on US the great! positively preposterous
!V- ENCOUNTERS --OF THE 3RD KIND-- WITH MYTHOLOGY ! (SUITABLE CASES FOR COMPENSATION)
stories of far fetched dialogues with Gods and mysterious forces ... encounters ... between heaven and earth !
what morbid imagination? the heavens are already conquered ... (by us magnificent us)
the earth has long ago been conquered with science and industry ...
and with dedicated mastery ...(us)..
dedicated to conquer !
what need of silly ... mythology ...
what need of silly Prometheus ? Prometheuses ?
get off silly mythological figures
out with you away! you sound so heavy and out of sync out out
out quick away !
we have no mysterious forces we have full knowledge of everything!
we have conquered everything
(yet our priests of the new knowledge mystify everything to keep control)
what need of men to journey to the eternal fire ?
Columbia will get there faster ...
we are now far more advanced than these backward days of old ...
and --by the way--when Columbia got there, there was no eternal fire ...
that Prometheus must have been a liar … and a cheat
I think someone should sue Prometheus
and his confederates ...
don't you ?
wont you ?
as a matter of principle ?
respectable and civilised people must not leave issues of principle like that ? must they ?
This is a clear case for compensation
VI- HAT COLLECTION FOR PROMETHEUS
poor Prometheus angered gods, angered men, are after your blood !
your hypothetical blood !
(we are too kind to shed REAL blood at least NEVER directly for it is a very uncivilised act ...)
(in these civilised times direct encounters with blood are looked upon as savage bestial unworthy ... besides the forces available to us i.e. all these civilised very polite and sweet peoples --are so great that when they --we/us-- shed blood they --we/us-- shed the blood of thousands ... tens of thousands ... hundreds of thousands ... millions.. away from our sensitive beings.. where would all this blood go if it were shed directly and/or personally !? how will it be drained ? and where to ? how will the stains be washed off ? Lady MACBETH had enough problems with ONE stain ...)
IT DOES NOT BECOME US IN OUR CIVILISED STATE TO SHED THE BLOOD OF ONE SPECIFIC PERSON --THAT IS CRIMINAL-- BUT IT BECOMES US TO SHED THE BLOOD OF MILLIONS, OUT THERE, at a safe and suitable distance ....
FLASH VDU . . .
the men are drunk --with joy-- over their epoch's achievements ...their exploits ...
and the Gods will never forgive your knowledge !
your divine fire act !
has brought you nothing but rejection and condemnation on all sides!
that very act that consumes you to exhaustion so profound that you pray for healing, for sustenance or for to die ... and rest ...
WHERE CAN YOU GO NOW ???
Prometheus hated Prometheus
REFUGE ....WHERE ?
MUCH NEEDED REFUGE WHERE ?
MUCH NEEDED SOLACE WHERE ?
FOOD WHERE ?
WHO WILL WATER YOU PROMETHEUS ?
the men are drunk or indifferent and the gods give no quarter ?
who will answer your prayers ?
who will answer your song ?
(the Dolphins perhaps ? the Whales before we kill them all?)
(the "savages" perhaps ?)
(..E.T. ...? )
WHERE IS THE REFUGE ?
lost in both worlds
who will answer your prayers ?
who will hear the song ?
poor Prometheus !
condemned without being condemned !
outcasted without being outcasted !
poor Prometheus !
perfect clinical polite efficient automated mechanised destruction
with ice-cream and sugar fruit garni .. and McDonald's
(isn't that the time when you wished with Albert Camus for some violence
to be practised on you !!?? validation for your VALID perceptions of the unutterable violence of this "civilised" age of propriety ... morality ...
of this "kindness"
of this "loving"
of this "care"
how you wished for physical violence --practised on you-- to redress the psychotic balance to put some validity into the psychotic act !
to make the psychological shredding and blood shedding a little healthier with real blood !
torture is cruel enough
but to torture politely is the cruellest rack of all ......
your situation is real bad ... ?
may be we should have a hat collection for you ?
sign a petition ...
ask for a pardon
reform your ways
render unto Caesar ... what belongs to Caesar
render unto Prometheus ...
render what? unto Prometheus ...?
what belongs to Prometheus ... ?
a hat collection ?
" ... my dear green-grocer friend and fellow free citizen, I write this to beg you, to beg of you, in short to beg, please please please, could you spare me a few florins ... anything would do ... anything even one florin, half a florin ... I promise to write three more symphonies --taken directly from the divine fire-- and sell them as scrap paper to repay you ... perhaps you would graciously accept them to wrap your groceries with as partial repayment ... ?"
Signed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Prometheus
VII- AR'NT WE MARVELLOUS REALLY ?
in the good days before TV industrie and impersonal killing ...
sorry ... another Freudian slip
let us start again :
in the BAD days ...
before the West took over ..(the industrial west the illustrious west)...
before the East took over ..
before the east and west were taken over overtaken took over before civil civilisations of civility and non-humility sterility imbecility silent civil war impersonal intrapersonal suprapersonal interpersonal destruction glorified violence violation sanctified extermination amputation in clinical operations theatres according to instructions supervised by matrons impeccably uniformed with starched aprons and masks and amputative skills and surgeons and anaesthesia and amnesia and medics and physics and orlando gibbons and baboons and orang outans in cages under sterile experimentation conditions for operation civilisation sterilisation extermination purification exaltation in eternal liberation generalisation of ...
HELP ! what was that !!?? Freudian slip diarrhoea .....
multinational military paramilitary parliamentary conglemeratory condominiatory idolatry glorificatory goldatory gladiatory predatory silver diamonds tiaras electronics supernumerary exemplary
supernormal superpower superMac civilisation of US ... US !
US US US US US US US
gold and silver US
guilded us !
but we got lost ...
I must find my place ! my control ! composure !! the right lines ...
yes yes ... (continuation) in the bad old days Prometheus was worshipped and revered --by the heathens of course--
can you believe it --Prometheus the mad
was worshipped and revered ... but that was before the enlightened US took control ...
Michael Jones whatever happened to baby Jane ... ?
Michael Moore wharever happend to TV nation
civilisations of gold and silver
now reign ! with no Promethean nonsense allowed !
whatever happened to baby Jane ?
Michael Jackson whatever happened to baby Jane ?
exalt you all all tutti tutti tuttissimi tuttissimissimi
in the civilisations of impersonal war
have you ever --but ever-- thought of killing 10 million humans you have never even met
in a stroke ...
one single stroke ..
isn't that lovely ?
what a thrill
the height of civilisation
committed to polite communication
what a polite fission good morning that would be !
excellent for kicks !
I mean to while away the time
the boring time
the repetitive routines
some change some excitement ?
what a way to communicate
to say Hello ! good day ... Hi !
excellent for kicks
small scale petty civilisations of Auswitz, the annihilation of the Aztecs, Hiroshima and the bombing of Dresden refugees the Lebanon massacres ... are just not good enough for the present advance ... the highly civilised state ... OUR highly civilised state ...
this time we are truly great
pollute ad lib
ON A COSMIC SCALE !
this time we wipe out the whole race to win the race ...
(to what ?)
this time we rape the world with atomics electronics lasers and TV
and sell deadly weapons to the primitives so that they can kill our boys so we can punish them so they can high jack our planes so we can kill more boys --and girls-- and try new weapons so they can kill their boys and girls so we can treat them --out of our overpowering humanity-- with organ transplants so they can destroy and destroy and destroy so we can develop better instruments of destruction --always impersonal destruction because we are so civilised we can not bear one drop of direct blood shed (we faint) -- so we have more contracts more overpowering technology raping defenceless cultures so develops more poverty and inequality and injustice and dependency masquerading as development and progress and economic growth and the hungry are made to buy F 16s and exocets so develops our pet babies and multinationals and international terror and terrorism so we have tighter and tighter political controls and excuses to escape the challenge of democracy and justice and progress and development and human rights for all men and all that nonsense and Prometheus and all that so that a great profit comes over every body --us-- everybody --thats US-- profits from the profit ... no no not Prometheus prophet stupid Prometheus the prophet no no ! ... how stupid can you get Pee aR O eF I eye Tee = P R O F I T ... Profit motive .. free profit ...
so we can profit and devise more civilisation for the world
exalt yea millions ...
rejoice thee millionen ..
exultate jubilate ...
we are determined to aid the whole world to become like us US US or die !!
US or starve !!
US or be destroyed
aren't we marvellous really ??
VIII- HALF WAY TO THE ABYSS CRAVE FOR RECOGNITION TILL YOU ARE BLUE IN THE FACE
DYE YOUR HAIR PURPLE OR BLUE
DYE YOUR SKIN GREEN
(craving for recognition)
poor Prometheus what place for you ? when men were not yet stupefied
before the stupefaction of Homo sapiens with "have"
and/or the dream of have when do not have !
BEFORE THE FINAL TRAGEDY OF TV MULTINATIONALS MILITARY PARAMILITARY UNNATURALS AND THEIR POLITICAL EXUDATES
and before Homo sapiens was led to the path of such exalted civilisation !
before TV commercials and electronic games and space invaders
before Columbia space shuttle
before space wars --for real-- and mass poisoning and bacteria and viruses made especially malignant so as to free the enemy from its eneminess so as to become civilised like us and become liberated by being paralysed with nerve gas and burnt with tear gas and infected with virulent warfare bacteria and mutationed with irradiation and wiped out with antipersonnel devices and burnt again with napalm and defoliation chemicals and hallucinogenic drugs poisoning the very heart of air and water space ...
before our age of enlightenment
(note how much neon lights more than at any time in history)
(note the magnificent many colored lights of fission and fusion devices with a little cobalt and iridescent phosphorous thrown in)
before our enlightened age when men were primitive and backward and superstitious
men made you ... Prometheus ...
men thought you --their living fellow -- a God!
you were men's greatest hero
once upon a time
in a night full of strange knowledge
you were men's love
you were men's dream
how you suffer great soul
how you suffered
to grab the holy fire
and then again to grab more
(that's what THEY said ..)
men understood then (at these dark and backward times)
your suffering was worthy of your stature
your acknowledged stature
great was your pain
your holy pain
your stature great Prometheus in those times --condemned (quite rightly)now-- was known
in the minds and hearts of men and women you were known
you were known in the bodies of men and women and that knowledge fed you
and watered you and you were reborn by the miracle of love and that knowledge nurtured you strengthened you
supported you led you
your song was the song
your loneliness tempered with understanding was not unbearable
your loneliness was not a disease it was an achievement
and the understanding of men and women made it so ...
you were an aspiration ...
the gnawing in the liver ...
was not ... the deserved punishment of those who dare
but the magnificent/awful price of being ...
of being ... alive of being human ...
how many times have men before the ages of automated stupefaction applauded Prometheuses for to encourage them
for to help them stay alive
how many times and in how many ways have men and women supported encouraged fed nurtured healed warmed watered tended tendered the great one (before the age of amnesia) ...
the great soul the great body the loved one ...
for to enrich their lives with more fire from the Gods??
for to enrich and enlarge their lives
their living lives
their lived lives
their lives in being their lives to be
how many times before the general amnesia ?
how many times before the general anaesthesia ?
"please note the above manifestations belong to the bygone times of darkness, backwardness and superstition"
FLASH OF MEMORY (forbidden memory)
how many times have the stupefied men and women shunned away from the dying breed of promtheuses and apologised politely : because they had more important work to do !
How many times have they extinguished the fire, just delivered, with ice cold water from a Hilton Hotel fount?
How many times have they doctored the eternal flames from the lap of infinity to suit their dinner table as meek castrated weepy plastic simulated candles ...
How many times have they tailored your eternal flames to suit the conference table and the board of directors meeting
How many times have the children of your cataclysmic journey been ravaged savaged destroyed disintegrated raped ...
How many times ...
How many times have your symphonies been used as scrap paper ...
How many times have your symphonies been unused at all ?
Prometheus blue in the face
Prometheus blue in the skin and hair
Prometheus blue in the heart
little murders big murders little torments big tortures all in perfect form all in good taste all in perfect harmony with utter stupefaction where all men are there for but one thing : to serve the existing order
one one one
one thing and one thing only to serve !
THE EXISTING ORDER ! YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO SERVE THE ORDER !
the existing order serve the existing order and ...
serve the existing order
serve the existing order
serve the existing order
(repeat ad infinitum = for a lifetime)
look forward ... for the reward ...go to the authorities for the reward ... do not forget to claim the reward..from the authorities.. WHO DO YOU SERVE ? not god ? not a god ? not any god ? not man ?
the existing order ! the made ! safety in the existing order .. the made order ..
GENERAL VDU MESSAGE :
" DON'T FORGET TO COLLECT YOUR BLOOD MONEY "
AN ORDER IS HEREBY SERVED UPON YOU TO SERVE THE EXISTING ORDER ...
Prometheus get bluer in the face
develop a twitch
a tremor or a tic !
Prometheus Manfredised !
Sophocles made neurotic !
the genius of man turned into a neurosis
genius delivered into the hands of the ignorant to cure !
"Please Mr. Curator will you cure this thing !
it has an illness
We have invented a new illness: free alive human consciousness!
a most peculiar illness .. to be cured until deemed cured "
(until deemed cured by the curators, the authorities or the VDU message ... )
IX- MANFRED UPDATE
Manfred roving the civil and polite world Manfred roving the hills invaded with pylons and barbed wire
roving the lifeless rivers polluted out of biological existence
speaking to the threatened whales and the murdered dolphins
and the starving millions and the decimated millions and the hopeless millions and the threatened billions
tormented with loneliness amongst friends
loneliness in the crowd
torn with tortures over polite afternoon teas with conversation
over magnificent cult rituals of loving communion and kindness
tormented with loneliness
loneliness in the crowd
the Prometheus curse modernised !
the new curse streamlined civilised !
mysterious guilts mysterious doubts
Manfred all over !
visions of unspeakable horrors
visions of doom
the chest split into two
the heart torn out
the nerves frayed
the sinews screaming
no one listens
no one L I S T E N S
the noise is too great
viva machine language
--nothing human soft and disgusting--
viva machine language
.. and Manfred is not eloquent anymore !
aquisitionomania the ultimate cure for all emptiness !
depression depression depression
hypomania hypermania minimania macro micro mini-micro megalo
WHENEVER WAS PROMETHEUS DEPRESSED ???
whenever was Prometheus confused ?
Manfredisation Balkanisation Epistemologically not feasible
when Prometheus was known
Prometheus was Prometheus
he never thought to be eloquent he was eloquence !
but alas Prometheus is now born again Manfred !
born into the made world of neurosis
delivered to the curers to cure him ...
"cure this bit of leather for me will you ?"
mysterious intimations of the thousand and one ills which the flesh is heir to
(the flesh must be cured ... in acids and salts ... and bitter mixtures ... and dried ... and hardened ... cured !)
liver degeneration decimation pulverisation
AIDS from men women and haemophiliacs
sores viruses fungi pests
chronic intractable incurable terrible plagues
tetanus from horses and dogs and rats
arterial tares and obstructions breakdowns
amnesias aphasias concussions
haemorrhages fevers carbuncles
insidious horrors subtle insidious terrifying unidentifiable
poisoning betrayals denials robberies deceptions
punishments for myriad crimes
mountains of guilt for the primordial crime of breathing of dreaming
betrayals mistakes misconceptions arrests deprivations preventions privations apprehensions detentions
delivered into the hands of sadists for cure
no no, silly, for curing YOU not for curing them !!
(curing --after all-- is a sadistic process)
delivered into the hands of the ignorant for education
... and re-education
what does your passport say ?
Promethean passport non-operative
what does your passport say ?
what does your passport say ?
no release before confession
what does your pass say ?
"all natives must not appear in the respectable areas of the Cities of the rich and powerful after working hours"
Prometheus wishes to make known ...
"what how dare he/you make a wish ... wishy washy outcast infracaste ... sat on a tuffet eating a muffit without butter paste ... it was only out of the goodness of our hearts that the likes of you were given any rights at all and now you misuse what we have granted you ... cut off his arms pull out his tongue gouge his eyes blow his brains ... yes that 'll teach you !"
it taught him alright !
he was taught to the point of unconsciousness !
promethean heights are unscaled
the key to the language is in the heights that are unscaled
won't scale the heights
therefore wont understand the language
wont understand the language
therefore wont scale the heights !
"how do you like that !!" the key is in the window in the sunshine in the window at the window .. who knows where the sunshine is ... ?
Prometheus the great
the heights are unscaled
OBEY VDU INSTRUCTIONS !
(VDU appears better in a darkened room ... close the window ... switch on the conditioning ... the air-conditioning ... switch on the air-conditioning for some mind-conditioning by VDU)
and you are being cross examined
Prometheus you must answer !
Prometheus put to task held to account (what language to account in ... to tell?)
gruelled minced savaged ravaged
expect to be hindered delayed obstructed
incomprehensible wrong !
behaviour wrong aspect wrong posture wrong color wrong breathing wrong reactions wrong dreams wrong
ALL wrong !
expect stupidity from the stupefied !
arrogance from the all-powerful amnesiacs
(how come all-powerful ??)
cruelty blindness madness
expect the worst
expect to be misunderstood
ununderstood !! never understood cross talk double talk
the ultimate in brutality indirectly
impersonally politely decisively
expect the worst and more until you learn!
the ways! the pathways! of the brave new world of US
great Prometheus forget your song
and learn anew to speak the language of the brave new World and the stupefied
learn to make the movements of the stupefied
learn to act
learn the language of anaesthesia and amnesia
learn or else ...
you have been duly warned ... !
X- EXHIBIT "A"
Prometheus bound ? Prometheus unbound ?
who cares !!!
nobody cares to bind you or unbind you
even if by miraculous fluke you survived
you are not relevant any more
you are not a danger to any one
you are no use to any one ...
no body hears you
even when you sing
(the noise is too loud )
everyone busy (with far more important things)
no body cares --any more--
the gods don't bother much about securing you on the rock
and the vultures are busy with their own private affairs
(since humans are doing the job themselves
there is no need for the vultures to interrupt their computer games)
humans are doing the job full well
automatically unconsciously with perfect efficiency they are ... gnawing at each others livers and hearts till death do us part .. till death supervenes ...
they ensure loneliness, isolation and fixation to the hypothetical rock
they generate loneliness and isolations according to the orders of the existing order ...
exactly as decreed in the myth ...
the amnesiacs are serving amnesia what is more natural than this?
and all this marvellous work till death do us part !
till death supervenes
no need anymore to bother the vultures
or search for the lonely rock and chain ...
Prometheus bound unbound
Prometheus is manfredised !
and is on the road to complete cure ...
the genius of man is moulded to be born an illness !
the genius of man is delivered to the curators to be cured !
then stored as an interesting curiosity to be sampled and used as necessary for the good of our brave new world :
"Exhibit A" in the museum of priceless objects
"Exhibit A" "Exhibit A"
on the second shelf from the left or the right ...
"do pass this way please ..."
approaches to "Exhibit A" are designed to guarantee access from the left or from the right
from the dark passage or the lit passage from the black passage or the white passage or the yellow passage
perfect approach also from the corridors of power
or from the corridors in the basement
"do pass this way please ... "
PROMETHEUS SINGS !