History is there for us to reflect on and remember that the past is only the day before today. Unfortunately, humans repeat history in all of its inglorious absurdity, and too often its brutality is aimed at the weak, the different and the ones around the corner—who must be the cause of all our troubles and miseries.
This repetitious cycle of history is not the cosmos inflicting endless loops of conflict and misery on unsuspecting humans on a small blue dot in the vastness. Humans choose to forget or are uninformed of the lessons of the past as they blunder helplessly into tomorrow.
This constant feeling of déjà vu as we witness the unfolding events on the 24/7 media is distinctly overwhelming. The onslaught of sound bites and images vivid and horrific in their scope anesthetizes the mind.
Like an endless game of Space Invaders (the addictive old arcade game) one can sit for hours feeding coins into the metaphorical slot of the 24/7 media. As the alien ships descend from the top of the screen in an eternal array, we desperately attempt to survive the apparent pogrom which these marauders from somewhere planned for us.
In 2016 we begin each day with a sense that some tragic occurrence will happen somewhere in the world or perhaps just down the street. In these times of perplexity we tend to forget that these cycles have given rise to some of the most heinous acts of barbarism by regimes in which millions of innocents (children, women and men) have suffered and perished.
Regimes cannot be created by a handful. It takes the majority of people in a geopolitical region to acquiesce to the rising of demagogues and despots.
Individual freedoms are given as oblations to the charismatic images with their gilded oratories and promises of bread and circuses. Unfortunately, their promissory notes of economic and personal security are the baseless fabric of dreams which dissolve as the acid of tyranny sweeps away “the cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples” of reality.
The ruins of myriad kingdoms are buried on the blood-soaked soils of time. The cries of the blood of the innocents are drowned out by the rush of those seeking the messianic pied pipers of their Hamelin to rid them of their problems and fears.
I’m very good with rats
And sneaky wicked vampire bats
Snakes and lakes and dragons breathing fire
And if you have this problem
I very soon can solve ’em
For I have one remedy for all complaints
So lean easy and close your eye
Lean easy and take a sign
Open up your ears, my daring dears
My music is the balm
My music makes you calm
Melodious medicinal charm
Donovan’s People Call Me Pied Piper
G. D. Williams © 2016
“in the Greco-Roman world, an autocratic form of rule in which one individual exercised power without any legal restraint. In antiquity the word tyrant was not necessarily pejorative and signified the holder of absolute political power. In its modern usage the word tyranny is usually pejorative and connotes the illegitimate possession or use of such power.”
Astronomical Clock in Prague
The medieval astronomical clock adorns the southern wall of the Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square. It announces every hour with 12 apostles passing by the window above the astronomical dial and with symbolic sculptures moving aside. That makes it a popular tourist attraction.
Tower of the Old Town Hall gives visitor magnificent views on Old Town and Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) which is the most important square of the oldest part of the royal town of Prague and the centre of its history, which included royal weddings, the election of the king and executions. Coronation processions used to pass through the square. The Tower is 69,5 meters high and was attached to a corner house in the 14th century. In 1410, the astronomical clock was mounted.
Donovan’s People Call Me Pied Piper