June 25, 2018

Pity the Nation (by Lawrence Ferlinghetti)


1. Summary
Pity the Nation (by Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

This is a Nederlog of Monday, June 25, 2018. There is a crisis file of today and this is just the quotation of a brief poem that I first read some weeks ago.
1. Summary

This is a crisis log but it is a bit different from how it was until 2013:

I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch, but since 2010 in English) and about the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I will continue with it.

On the moment and since more than two years (!!!!) I have problems with the company that is supposed to take care that my site is visible [1] and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and I shall continue.

2. Pity the Nation (by Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

In fact, I don't usually like poetry that doesn't rhyme, but there are exceptions, and this is one of them. I quote a poem I like from an interview identified below - and I suppose Ferlinghetti still wants to get this out:
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI: You know, I’d like to read one poem that I just wrote. I really want to get this out. (..)

    Pity the Nation

    Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
    and whose shepherds mislead them.
    Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
    and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
    Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
    except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
    and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
    Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
    and no other culture but its own.
    Pity the nation whose breath is money
    and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
    Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
    and their freedoms to be washed away.
    My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.
This is quoted from ¨Legendary Beat Generation Bookseller and Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books on the 50th Anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” and Poetry as Insurgent Art¨ with Amy Goodman and from Dec 24, 2007, when Ferlinghetti had just written it.

I am not an American, but I do like it, for it seems just.


[1] I have now been saying since the end of 2015 that is systematically ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds, as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.

They have claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie. They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.

And they just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my ideas. They have behaved now for 2 years as if they are the eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I will from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).

The only two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any other Dutch provider is any better (!!).
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