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April 05, 2015

Easter Walk

Part of my personal Easter ritual is reading out loud Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I

The Easter Walk 

Faust. Spring's warm look has unfettered the fountains,
Brooks go tinkling with silvery feet;
Hope's bright blossoms the valley greet;
Weakly and sickly up the rough mountains
Pale old Winter has made his retreat.
Thence he launches, in sheer despite,
Sleet and hail in impotent showers,
O'er the green lawn as he takes his flight;
But the sun will suffer no white,
Everywhere waking the formative powers,
Living colors he yearns to spread;
Yet, as he finds it too early for flowers,
Gayly dressed people he takes instead.
Look from this height whereon we find us
Back to the town we have left behind us,
Where from the dark and narrow door
Forth a motley multitude pour.
They sun themselves gladly and all are gay,
They celebrate Christ's resurrection to-day.
For have not they themselves arisen?
From smoky huts and hovels and stables,
From labor's bonds and traffic's prison,
From the confinement of roofs and gables,
From many a cramping street and alley,
From churches full of the old world's night,
All have come out to the day's broad light.
See, only see! how the masses sally
Streaming and swarming through gardens and fields
How the broad stream that bathes the valley
Is everywhere cut with pleasure boats' keels,
And that last skiff, so heavily laden,
Almost to sinking, puts off in the stream;
Ribbons and jewels of youngster and maiden
From the far paths of the mountain gleam.
How it hums o'er the fields and clangs from the steeple!
This is the real heaven of the people,
Both great and little are merry and gay,
I am a man, too, I can be, to-day.

As usual, some people loathe such joy

Wagner. With you, Sir Doctor, to go out walking
Is at all times honor and gain enough;
But to trust myself here alone would be shocking,
For I am a foe to all that is rough.
Fiddling and bowling and screams and laughter
To me are the hatefullest noises on earth;
They yell as if Satan himself were after,
And call it music and call it mirth.

Translation by Charles T. Brooks

Posted by b on April 5, 2015 at 11:40 UTC | Permalink


Thanks, b.

Am honored to go out walking with bun -- at all times gain enough -- but am foe to all the rest.

Posted by: Hamburger | Apr 5 2015 13:27 utc | 1

Didn't realize it was Easter, it's nearly over here. Sonkran is next week, more like the the winter solstice than the vernal equinox actually, because April is hot and dry and dead here.

The beginning of the rainy season, khoa pannsa, Tuesday, 30 June 2015, is Easter in Thailand, I suppose. Old man 'winter' makes the leaves dry and drop, and leaves the fields sere and brown, but it's green again when the rains come, and then greener than green through September.

Happy Easter, b. Thanks for Goethe's words. Wagner ... that Russian film, *White Tiger*, had music from Die Götterdämmerung throughout in the background - Russian orchestration though. Seemed fitting. Wagner always sounded like 'glorious' death and devastation to me. Easter .. uh, uh.

Posted by: jfl | Apr 5 2015 13:53 utc | 2

Coincidently, b, I was just reading the first of the leaflets distributed by the White Rose Society, and it ends with a quote from Goethe.

From Goethe's “The Awakening of Epimenides”, Act II, Scene 4:


Though he who has boldly risen from the abyss

  Through an iron will and cunning

May conquer half the world,

  Yet to the abyss he must return.

Already a terrible fear has seized him;

  In vain he will resist!

And all who still stand with him

  Must perish in his fall.


Now I find my good men

  Are gathered in the night,

To wait in silence, not to sleep.

  And the glorious word of liberty

They whisper and murmur,

  Till in unaccustomed strangeness,

On the steps of our temple

  Once again in delight they cry:



Posted by: jfl | Apr 5 2015 14:35 utc | 3

happy easter b and everyone here..

Posted by: james | Apr 5 2015 16:18 utc | 4

B, thank you so much for these words for an Easter Sunday, for Spring, for renewal.

I value your work so much, so, once again, thanks so much for what you write, for you analysis, your standing against the whimpering "free" press of many nations.

Posted by: jawbone | Apr 5 2015 16:44 utc | 5

Interestingly, Faust had just been about to commit suicide because he hadn't been able to reveal the inner workings of our world. He had the poison in his hand, and then the Easter bells started ringing.

Posted by: g_h | Apr 5 2015 18:29 utc | 6

Happy Easter for all of you with the best wishes

Thank you for your participations. all the best.

Posted by: ALAN | Apr 5 2015 18:35 utc | 7

I only lurk but I do so in profound gratitude for b's superb work and for the commenters who are as helpful as b himself in pursuing what's true about today's international scene. Also, appreciate b's attentiveness to keeping the comments as free as possible from trolls and all manner of disrupters.

What a bonus to meet Goethe today at this richly cosmopolitan blog. (Wagner? No!)

Posted by: Glorious Bach | Apr 5 2015 18:48 utc | 8

Happy Easter everyone!

In the US, it is no longer allowed to give special recognition to Easter. An example: James Fallows in the Atlantic:

Religious Weekend Special: Return of the Atlas Shrugged Guy

On this Good Friday - Passover - Easter weekend observance …
In the new, post-Christian United States, it is forbidden to even suggest that the US is in any way more Christian than Jewish. This is the case even though 78.4% of Americans are Christian, whereas only 1.7% are Jewish. (That figure of 78.4% should be 76.7% BTW, since the 1.7% of Americans who are Mormon get lumped together with Christians, even though Mormonism vehemently rejects and attacks Christianity in the same way that Islam does. Go figure.) Also, as late as the 1970s, the US was universally considered to be not just a Christian country, but specifically a Protestant country.

To get back to Faust: Easter Walk in the original (pp. 63–65).

Posted by: Demian | Apr 5 2015 19:25 utc | 9

To follow up on my previous post: America becoming post-Christian is the result of the multiculturalism which was imposed on Americans. I ran across a very interesting Russian language essay which argues that multiculturalism makes it easier for Zionists to dominate Western societies. Here is an edited Google translation of the editor's note:

EDITORIAL: As we showed earlier in the study "Hidden Meanings migration. Who is in charge of the invasion, "the origins of what is happening chaos are in a position manipulators of global processes by which the destruction of homogeneity, primarily Christian society - this allows the manipulators" to flourish ".

This confirms the Jewish author Howard Zahar in his monumental work "History of the Jews in America," in which he notes that pluralism supports the "legalization of the preservation of minority culture among the majority of the host society." So, by destroying the unity and coherence of "indigenous nations", Jews reinforce their own unity, "legitimizing the preservation of minority cultures among the majority of the host society, pluralism functions as an intellectual support for the educated Jews of the second generation, support their connectivity and their most persistent collective attempts during severe depression and revival of anti-Semitism during the shock of Nazism and the Holocaust, until the emergence of Zionism after the second world war »[H. Sachar, A History Of Jews In America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992].

Social psychologist Kevin Makkdonald in the book "The people who will settle by themselves," pointed out that "ethnic, religious pluralism is an external interests Jewry, because ... it becomes difficult or even impossible for the goyim to develop a single coherent group, united in their opposition to Judaism" [ K.B. MacDonald, A People That Shall Dwell Alone: ​​Judaism As A Group Evolutionary Strategy. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1994].

In his book, "Some People: American Jews and their lives today," Charles Silbermann wrote that: "... the Jews are safe only in a society that is represented by a large variety of attitudes and behaviors, as well as a variety of religious and ethnic groups . For example, disapproval of homosexuality leads to the fact that the majority of American Jews support the "gay rights» »[CE Silberman, A Certain people: American Jews and Their Lives Today. New York: Summit Books, 1985].

John Higham in his book, "Send them to me: immigrants in urban America," clearly shows that sponsored the Jews changes in immigration law were the defeat of "ordinary people of the south and west» [J. Higham, Send These To Me: Immigrants In Urban America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984].

Posted by: Demian | Apr 5 2015 20:08 utc | 10

Happy Easter to b, and the folks here at Moon of Alabama!

Posted by: Copeland | Apr 5 2015 20:19 utc | 11

Happy Easter, everybody

Posted by: Crest | Apr 5 2015 21:33 utc | 12

Can somebody take the chocolate eggs from Demien? He's clearly had too many...

Posted by: Cpl. Cam | Apr 5 2015 22:05 utc | 13

He's a great fan of PEGIDA and AfD. At least he's right up front with his Kulturkampf. No mistaking him for the Easter Bunny ...

Posted by: jfl | Apr 5 2015 22:25 utc | 14

Thanks for the mental community b and others. Of late, I have been exposed to Rumi and wish to share his thoughts on Spring.

Springtime — when ecstasy seems the natural to be and any other out of tune with the season of soul growth. Song, airy silence, a lively conversation between plants. No urgency about what gets said or not said. We feel part of some hilarious nub pulling up through the surface into light or lying back in a wagon going who knows where. The weather of Spring in Persia and Turkey and in the southeastern United States is all one long extravagant absorption with ground and sky, the fragrances and what unfolds from within. In lucky places such as these, Spring is not so much a metaphor for a state of attunement as it is that attunement. Or say it this way: for a mystic, the inner world is a weather that contains the universe and uses it as symbolic language.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 6 2015 0:13 utc | 15

Happy Spring to all here. Its a real pleasure to read the thoughts here day in and day out. To comiserate over ceaseless crimes and cheer over justice winning out (when it does).

Peace on Earth!

Posted by: guest77 | Apr 6 2015 2:48 utc | 16

These stories of the looting of Tikrit need to be looked at closely to see what they amount to, and see if there is not some sort of BS campaign underway. As usual, no one would benefit from this apparent bad behavior except the those.pushing the anti-Iran line in the region.

Posted by: guest77 | Apr 6 2015 3:41 utc | 17

How did this squeeze through the corporate filter?

American Odyssey

The series, created by writer director Peter Horton and writers Adam Armus and Kay Foster, is not just about a female Special Forces officer who is fighting to prove she’s alive after an attack in North Africa. It’s also about a young, truth-driven protester trying to uncover the connection between the government’s mercenary security forces and allegations of financial support going to the very groups they are supposed to be fighting, one family’s despair over the presumed loss of their wife and mother and another’s struggle to keep it together because dad is on the trail of government corruption.

Posted by: chuckvw | Apr 6 2015 6:59 utc | 18

happy easter to all

Posted by: Noirette | Apr 6 2015 12:45 utc | 19


These 'stories' are being reported by Iraqi news sources and al Abadi has called an emergency meeting to address the lawlessness in Tikrit. Even Muktada al Sader has condemned this behavior of which the looting is the minor offense with mob-murder and house burning the more serious actions.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Apr 6 2015 16:40 utc | 20

Posted by: Demian | Apr 5, 2015 4:08:29 PM | 10

Utter reactionary tripe worthy of the Far Right in the USA.

Posted by: Matt | Apr 6 2015 17:05 utc | 21

happy spring everyone!

Posted by: annie | Apr 6 2015 17:59 utc | 22

Demian @ 10

Funny 'cause it's true. If you wanna know who rules over you, find out who you cannot criticize. People poo-poo what you say here, even when what you post comes straight outta Hymie's mouth.
Some Gentiles are willing sheep and just do what they're told.

Posted by: farflungstar | Apr 6 2015 20:30 utc | 23

Demian, people who live on the East Coast of the U.S. still for the most part get Good Friday off. West Coasters do not.

Posted by: Mike Maloney | Apr 6 2015 20:51 utc | 24


Yeah don't pick up the wrong trail otherwise you're just a crazed Jew hater, knocking over tombstones and drawing swastikas.
Check out the anti-Muslim transit ads in NYC and Philadelphia that proclaims JEW HATRED: IT'S IN THE KORAN!

Posted by: farflungstar | Apr 6 2015 21:09 utc | 25

All yesterday I heard Easter music on the radio. Then there was a Passover program at 10 p.m. followed immediately by a program of more Easter music. It is absolutely untrue that it is forbidden to mention Easter or Christianity. On the other hand this is a secular republic founded on Lockean principles of toleration and there is a taboo against offending people of different faiths. The linked post states that the offensive anti-Muslim posters will not be put up.

Posted by: Harold | Apr 6 2015 21:33 utc | 26

Happy Easter, and thank you so much for the poetry, b and jfl. I think I see why Goethe receives that reverence we hold for Shakespeare.
Meanwhile, Autumn has well and truly landed here in Australia.
Keep up the good work mate, and have a good year.

Posted by: Sigil | Apr 6 2015 22:29 utc | 27

This is a lovely section of Goethe's "Faust" which is unfamiliar to me, not knowing very much German literature apart from reading some novels by Günter Grass and Hermann Hesse.

Thanks very much for this poetry.

Posted by: Jen | Apr 7 2015 1:57 utc | 28

If WayOutWest is promoting the stories then the must be a bs campaign underway.

So you're telling me that a heavily booby-trapped city is a good place for mobs to randomly enter homes and risk getting blown up for a shot at some "clothing and toiletries"?

Sorry, all I've heard about al-Abadi is that he's ordered the arrest of looters, nothing more. I've seen nothing from al Sadr, but I'm sure a raving partisan such as yourself has some "sources". In fact, Abadi seems to playing down the incidents, while the US media is surely playing them up:

"Only 67 houses and... around 85 stores were burned, and it is a very small number for a city with a population of 100,000 people," Abadi told a news conference in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Arbil.

You are such a gas bag.

You got any links for any of that? Especially the al Sadr stuff?

Posted by: guest77 | Apr 7 2015 2:11 utc | 29


I don't know if you have special needs that require you to have other people help you search for information but a simple 'Iraqi News' search will get you to the reports you demand.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Apr 7 2015 4:59 utc | 30

The Saker recently made a post about Russian folk music which included a link to a performance by a singer I had never heard of before, Pelageia. I was intrigued by that song and musical style, so I investigated a little further, and ran across another song that made an impression on me:

Рождественская (About Christmas)

An interesting thing about the song is that, as the Saker points out, this cannot be called European music – the sound is more Middle Eastern – and yet this is a Christmas song. (I found the lyrics on the Webs, but neither Google nor Yandex produces readable translations. Anyway, as the Saker noted, the main thing is grooving on the music, not understanding the lyrics.)

Posted by: Demian | Apr 7 2015 5:31 utc | 31

What does Easter have to do with eggs, bunnies or fertility rites?

It is a pagan tradition with a Christian superstructure imposed on it, not unlike Christmas. To call it them Christian holidays shows a lack of understanding of both history and religion.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Apr 7 2015 9:23 utc | 32

Disney must of loved Goethe.
On LI NY,Passover is the prime holiday,while Easter is secondary.They always give holy Thurs thru Sunday off,but Passover gets the full 8 day treatment.This year they overlap and their is no discernible difference,but when they don't Passover is prime.It's a yearly escape to Fla, trek.At least 8(Yom Kipper and Rosh Shashanna) days off a year for a minority religion,while Christianity might have 2 or 3 if Christmas is a weekday.Such is the power of Zion in America,promoting secularism while championing their own religion.

Posted by: dahoit | Apr 7 2015 14:00 utc | 33

Demian does have a point.
The jews (I have been told that it is racist to call them that, WTHeck?) would benefit more of a post-christian society than in a fervently believing one.
In which one society would they be at a disadvantage?
In which one type of society would they be able to rise without any hindrance?
It is interesting that all the rights that the progressive liberal jews promoted undermined the values of the majority chrisitan population to it's detriment where there views are looked at as funny, silly and unecessary things.
As a jewish comentator once mentioned "the truth lies somewhere in the middle".....HOW CONVENIENT!!!!!!!!!!!
In the meantime the revivalist, JEWish missionary movement Chabad continues gaining steam.
Kosher restaurants and piousness is increasing, jews are pushing for their people to become MORE conservative, while the "christians" are being convinced to become less so. Har har har har!

Ya basta...
Now about my favorite Jew....
As The Good Book says, concerning Easter........
He began to rise above the ground and he continued to do so until a cloud blocked his presence from their eyes.

Posted by: Fernando | Apr 7 2015 14:27 utc | 34

Re: getting holy days off as holidays -- My thinking is that every religions' holy days should be so treated: Every holy day a vacation day, holiday, day off work. For those who honor their religion by keeping their holy days holy, they would not have to take vacation time from the meager such days on offer at most US companies. If there are any….

That way none would be viewed as lesser -- and all the worker bees would have more time off.

What think you all?

Also, outside of the Midatlantic East Coast, few if any Jewish holidays are days off. Sure weren't here in NJ even and never in the Midwest.

Posted by: jawbone | Apr 7 2015 18:05 utc | 35

Americans get far less holidays than people of other nations, therefore, the more religious holidays the better.

Posted by: Harold | Apr 8 2015 0:26 utc | 36

Very funny but jokes aren't convincing anyone of your point. I provided links. You've provided nothing except jokes. Like the joker you are.

Posted by: guest77 | Apr 8 2015 5:37 utc | 37

Wether Demian has a point I won't speculate - but the USA is a multi-cultural state not because its been forced on the American people, but because of waves of immigration (including the slave trade) and the fact that there were people here before the whites.

What some have done with this fact is open for debate, but this: multiculturalism which was imposed on Americans is wrong.

Posted by: guest77 | Apr 8 2015 5:40 utc | 38

@guest77 #38:

So you deny that multiculturalism is an ideology of elites?

What are the main groups in America besides whites? African Americans and Latinos, I would say. Both of those are overwhelmingly Christian. I don't think that either of those is happy about the marginalizing of Christianity that has occurred in America.

Which of the many cultures that make up America decided that Christianity is just another religion among others as far as America is concerned? It wasn't white Protestants or Catholics, or blacks, or Latinos.

Posted by: Demian | Apr 8 2015 6:21 utc | 39

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