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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

interacting with

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

contents:
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
CODETTA
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
the vultures

gnaw secretly ... ... under anaesthesia

modern anaesthesia

modern amnesia

solitary confinement is enforced within the crowd torture is implemented with a smile

poor Prometheus is manfredised

with a very polite smile

the fire

what fire ?

all this is unwanted

irrelevant

who cares

too many toys

super toys

too many decoys

modern anaesthesia works

modern amnesia prevails
the toys are too attractive

psychiatry kills medicine expropriates

remembrance alienates

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)

VDU message

FLASHES





(digital voice)

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

Prometheus wanted

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 ...



FLASH FLASH

FLASH

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"

FLASH

"standby for further message"

FLASH

"the son of man is more dangerous still"

FLASH

"... as for the mother wife sister daughter ..." FLASH

"standby for information to counteract dangers" FLASH

"get ready for instructions"

"standby"

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 ..

FLASH

... do not touch ...

... they are dangerous ...

... possibly violent ...

FLASH

.. 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...

OBSCENITY...

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

SEPARATE 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 alien

Prometheus straggler

Prometheus exile

Prometheus refugee

Prometheus convict

Prometheus imbecile

Prometheus imbecilised

Prometheus invalidised

Prometheus patient

Prometheus hungry

Prometheus mad

Prometheus Pentheus

Prometheus Dionyseus

Prometheus sad

Prometheus messenger to the deaf

Prometheus messenger of doom

Prometheus monotone

Prometheus bore

Prometheus tolerated

Prometheus denied

Prometheus educated

Prometheus castigated

Prometheus reformed

Prometheus misinformed

Prometheus improved

Prometheus reshaped

Prometheus used

Prometheus tramp

Prometheus professor

Prometheus de Sade

Prometheus polite

Prometheus punk

Prometheus primate

Prometheus convict

Prometheus pontiff

Prometheus violent

Prometheus destruction

Prometheus priest

Prometheus judge

Prometheus thief

Prometheus cheat

Prometheus actor sailor tinker tailor soldier beggerman thief

Prometheus double agent

Prometheus blue Prometheus governor

Prometheus governor Hall of Bermuda in Bermuda shorts

Prometheus crucified

Prometheus glorified

Prometheus celebrated

Prometheus denied

Prometheus unknown

Prometheus untouched

Prometheus reported to the authorities

Prometheus compensating

attitudinising

philosophising

acting

hedging

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 irrelevant

Prometheus drowned in noise

in hum

in hubbub

in lazy drumming in spastic drumming

in hysteria

in emotional rust

in ticker ticker machines

in apathy

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

LOVELY 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 ...

(no no

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 ?

(SILENCE)

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 nerve

the effrontery

the pomposity the criminality of intruding this Promethean nonsense on US the great! positively preposterous

monstrous !

MONSTROUS


!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 out

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 ...)

FLASH

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 . . .

poor Prometheus

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 ?

SUSTENANCE ...

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 ?

where ??

........

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

a reprieve

declare repentance

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

personal injury

exultate jubilate

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 !

GREAT !

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

we poison

infect

destroy

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

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

and 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 ?

FLASH

VDU MESSAGE

"please note the above manifestations belong to the bygone times of darkness, backwardness and superstition"

FLASH FLASH

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

Prometheus blues

who cares

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 !

Genius !

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

Genius

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

poor Manfred

poor Prometheus

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

lusts

incestuous yearnings

ravings

Manfred all over !

visions of unspeakable horrors

visions of doom

hatred

angst

the chest split into two

the heart torn out

the nerves frayed

the sinews screaming

falling out

raw

inflamed

reaction

abreaction

stupefaction

terror

aggression

depression

submission

rebellion

rejection

suspicion

rendition

sedition

micturition

rarefaction



suicide



no one listens

no one L I S T E N S

the noise is too great

machine language

viva machine language

--nothing human soft and disgusting--

viva machine language

.. and Manfred is not eloquent anymore !

addiction

mania

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 !

Prometheus was

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 !)

sicknesses

diseases

encephalites

meningites

yellow fevers

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

rabies

leukaemias

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

endless crimes

awful sins

mountains of guilt for the primordial crime of breathing of dreaming

TREASON

betrayals mistakes misconceptions arrests deprivations preventions privations apprehensions detentions

betrayals

betrayals

merciless betrayals

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

submission

admission

repentance

repentition !

what does your pass say ?

VDU

"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 !


CODETTA PRE-CODA

Prometheus Prometheus

language non-communicative

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

forgotten

denied

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

language wrong

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

cross purposes

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 ... !

amnesia

amnesia

amnesia

restful amnesia

ambrosia amnesia

amnesia anaesthesia

am .........



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

without chains

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 !

unto death

till death supervenes

imperceptibly

or perceptibly

no need anymore to bother the vultures

or search for the lonely rock and chain ...

Prometheus bound unbound

why bother

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 !

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