May 10, 2010


 me+ME+Multatuli:  How respect came into the world


   "If we believe absurdities,         
     we shall commit atrocities."           



I am not well and shall today only do some translating of Multatuli's idea 107, that dates from ca. 1860 and is in the first of seven volumes of his Ideas, all on my site with my extensive notes, all in Dutch except the introductory page that sketches what manner of a man Multatuli was (Wikipedia)

Eduard Douwes Dekker (2 March 1820 – 19 February 1887), better known by his pen name Multatuli (from Latin multa tuli, "I have suffered much"), was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel, Max Havelaar (1860) in which he denounced the abuses of colonialism in the colony of the Dutch East Indies (today's Indonesia).

 - a former Colonial Administrator who opposed the Dutch exploitation of the Javanese, wrote a classic book about it, Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company (Dutch: Max Havelaar, of de koffij-veilingen der Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij), translated into at least 27 languages, and a great writer, social philosopher, activist, atheist, satirist and opponent of incompetent authorities, of the suppression of women, of exploitation of workers and by general acclaim the greatest writer in Dutch.

He is neither well liked, nor well read nor well understood by the vast majority of the Dutch ever since he wrote and lived, because they soon find he was very satirical and critical of very many Dutch abuses, stupidities, postures, hypocrisies and other human weaknesses, and he wrote an extra-ordinarily beautiful Dutch (that these days has been declared "too difficult to read for the Dutch", for which reason Dutch very minor lights "retranslate" him, so as to have this "retranslations", with their copyright shoved upon the Dutch schoolsystem as forced reading for 15 year olds, with Learned Notes By The (Re-)Translator) ...

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... lets not talk about this least gifted and most hypocritical of all nations, with most born conformists and collaborators, and turn to Multatuli's idea 107:

Idea 107. I will tell you how respect(1) came in the world.

Pygmee was of small stature and loved seeing others from above.
Which he rarely succeeded in doing because he was so bitterly small.

He went voyaging looking for people that were smaller than him but found them not. And his desire to look down upon others became more and more strong and fiery.

He came in Patagonia where the people are so tall that a child, immediately after birth, looks down upon his father.

This did not please Pygmee... in someone else. But in his desperation to find human beings smaller than him, he thought of a means. He invented a virtue that prescribed as first principle : whoever is greater than Pygmee, must bow down till below the line of sight of Pygmee, and this new value found acclaim. All Patagonians became virtuous. If anyone sinned against these "first principles" by standing straight, he was punished in a peculiar manner. Everyone bowed down and virtuous jumped the sinner around the neck and pulled him down, until his head had reached the level of Patagonian correctness. And who carried all of Patagonia on his shoulders without becoming virtuous, was put on view with a sign around his neck on which was written a Patagonian word that really means: this man stood in the way of Pygmee.

This word is translated into English(2) with: selfrespect(3).

(1) a.k.a. humility a.k.a. respectfulness
(2) or Dutch or Doubledutch
(3) a.k.a. highmindedness a.k.a. arrogance a.k.a. pride

Human degenerates - the majority of the conformist stupid and ignorant - are so vain of their own conformist excellency that they look down upon all form of pride and selfrespect that do not derive from being a chauvinist conformer:

One must be much advanced in the study of morality to be able to distinguish between pride and vanity. The former is lofty, calm, highminded, tranquil, unshakable; the latter is base, unsure, shifty, restless and changeable. The one makes men great, the other inflates them. The former is the source of a thousand virtues, the latter gives rise to nearly all vices and every form of deceit. There is a kind of pride that comprises  all the commandments of God, and there is a kind of vanity that comprises the seven deadly sins.
   -- Chamfort

The only "pride" such naturally low born - the conformist stupid and ignorant - approve of is the vanity of group chauvinism as in "gay pride", "black pride":

Then suddenly mock humans who have handed in their personal guts and balls to the local authorities as heartfelt honest proof and pledge of their loyalty to Our Leaders are publicly applauded for doing a group performance for bland conformist onlookers that generally stresses precisely those charicatureistically denigrating features attributed to the group that insists on public chauvinistic displays of group chauvinism and correctness falsely called "pride". (American example: Al Jolson and his corksooted crew). (*)

Idee 107. Ik zal u vertellen hoe de nederigheid into de wereld is gekomen.

Pygmee was klein van statuur en hield er van heen te zien over anderen. Dat zelden lukte omdat-i zo bitter klein was.

Hy ging op reis en zocht mensen die kleiner waren dan hy maar hy vond ze niet. En z'n begeerte om heentekyken over anderen, werd al heviger en vuriger.

Hy kwam in Patagonië waar de mensen zoo groot zyn dat 'n kind, terstond na de geboorte, heenziet over z'n vader.

Dit beviel Pygmee niet... in 'n ander. Maar uit wanhoop om menschen te vinden, kleiner dan hy, bedacht hy een middel. Hy vond 'n deugd uit, die voorschreef als eerste beginsel : wie grooter is dan Pygmee, moet zich bukken tot onder de gezichtslyn van Pygmee, en de nieuwigheid vond ingang. Alle Patagoniërs werden deugdzaam. Als iemand zondigde door rechtopgaan tegen de "eerste beginselen" van Pygmee's deugd, werd hy op eigenaardige wyze gestraft . Al wat gebogen was en deugdzaam, sprong den hardnekkige om den hals, en trok hem naar beneden, tot z'n hoofd het peil bereikte van patagonische braafheid. En wie heel Patagonië op z'n schouders droeg zonder deugdzaam te worden, werd te pronk gesteld met 'n bordje waarop 'n patagonisch woord geschreven stond, dat eigenlyk betekent: deze man stond Pygmee in den weg.

Dit woord vertaalt men in 't hollandsch met: hoogmoed.

How to become respectable and rich in Holland

The citizen's version:

Learn Dutch. Look Dutch. Behave as a hooligan. Think as a Neanderthalian. ALWAYS, ALWAYS AND ALWAYS CONFORM TO ANY DUTCH MAJORITY WITH RESPECT. Respect anything that speaks Dutch, looks Dutch, behaves as a hooligan and thinks as a Neanderthalian.

In case of failure (non-Dutch non-elastic spine: rare cases occur): Vomit and shit upon anybody who is not like everybody Dutch, with a great show of enormous respect, while chanting "We all have a right to any ideas whatsoever: We Are All Equal! We Are All Individuals!".

The academic version:

For the readers of Dutch here is your instruction leaflet how to make it in Holland in case you lack the balls to be a drugsdealer:

Be a real lying corrupt sadistic lying bastard and you'll be mayor, alderman, parliamentarian or minister real soon, even without having worked one serious day of your life, while knowing nothing than bullshit and formulating it brokenly and idiotically like a neurotic ass (our present PM Balkenende excells in this), and having no talents or tastes or real knowledge or abilities whatsoever except for getting rich by deceiving and hurting others:

There are no civilised Dutchmen who can make it to any position of any real power, for the control to all position of any real power is carefully guarded by the bastards who have fought their way to the top already, and only allow true and tested bastards of their own kind on their own level of governance:

P.S. The more intelligent reader may have surmised a certain likeness here as regards a similar man, with a simular manner of treatment, and similar ideas and values: It is the human history of all time.

For context, background and hints for explanations and diagnoses see:

For Multatuli, in case one reads Dutch, apart from the Ideën

See also

  • Yodeling for Beginners (<- page 25 - presently at -> 31)
    (latest issue - one: ME humor - The Laughter Process (tm) CoFIBS  at work).

And some of the evidence that Herr Professor & Frau Doctor Wessely vom Weasel zum Weisel are mentally sane if and only if (iff) I am not - as they wholly agree, miraculously almost!

But see here which of the two logical alternatives a true iff comprehends applies:

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

"Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)

Supplements on ME

(*) Or in other words

If the cruel truths, the painful discoveries, the secrets of society that make up the science of a man of the world who has reached the age of forty, became known to the same man at the age of twenty, he would have fallen into despair, or he would have corrupted himself; even so, one sees a small number of wise men, who have reached that age, who are versed in all these matters, who are quite enlightened, and who have not become corrupted nor unhappy. It is prudence that directs their virtues through public corruption, and it is the strength of their characters, joined to the light of their cultivated intelligence, that elevates them beyond the bitterness that inspires the perversity of men.
   -- Chamfort

If at the age of 60, one hasn't seen deep into the truth that

Quand on a pris le parti de ne voir que ceux qui sont capables de traiter avec vous aux termes de la morale, de la vertu, de la raison, de la vérité, en ne regardant les conventions, les vanités, les étiquettes, que comme les supports de la société civile; quand, dis-je, on a pris ce parti (et il faut bien le prendre, sous peine d'être sot, faible ou vil), il arrive qu'on vit à peu près solitaire.
   -- Chamfort

it is because one belongs to that large majority of half men half beasts that has become the human norm in these postmodern times where one's publicy personal civilisation is approximately equal to the time one has spend in front of a TV and the great majority of nobodies drowns anyone outstanding in their public vomit and shit because the few outstanding individuals are an ever rankling taunt and satire upon their base beastliness:

"It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. It took an upheaval like the Cultural Revolution to bring out these characteristics in people (..)"
   (Jung Chang)

.. except for the fact that human history shows that, so far at least, these are the beastly characteristics of the majority of men, that strange half beastly half divinely gifted creature that in large historical and native majority was more beast than (half-)god - which explains this diagnosis that is also Bayle's, Chamfort's, Mill's, Nietzsche's, Russell's, Ramsey's and mine - and anyone who has read history with at least half a mind and half a heart

“Man is wicked and unhappy; everywhere prisons, hospitals, gibbets and beggars; history, properly speaking, is nothing but a collection of the crimes and misfortunes of mankind.”

"History is little else but the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind"

"Presque toute l'Histoire n'est qu'une suite d'horreurs."

This is mostly because the great mass of mankind is far more stupidly, cowardly, egoistically and conformistically inclined than not, and live their lifes hypocritically posturing, lying, falsifying, levelling and demeaning, in the name of universal respect for the majority of half beasts like themselves:

"They do but flatter with their lips, and dissemble in their double heart."
   (Bible - Psalms)

"They have mouths but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not. They have ears, but they hear not; noses have they, but they smell not."
   (Bible - Psalms)

But if they can crucify or behead someone better or taller than them, they will do so almost without fail, from native malice and horde instincts.

May I also kindly insist that nothing I've said upon the nature of man in the average - that is: the ordinary men that perpertrate and fight the wars, do the colonial exploitations, live on slavery of others if possible, and conform everywhere and always to the socalled Silent Majority from a firm grasp of their own smallness - in any way contradicts any of the main teachings about mankind of any of the wellknown religious prophets?

Man on average is an ill and evil creature that behaves humanely mostly towards loyal conformist group members within the groups he is a member of but not to other human beings: As the Heidelberger Cathechism has it, and this atheist lives in a nation of "Calvinist" hypocrites who got the main part of their enormous riches by piracy, slavery, colonialism and trading opium, slaves and coffee, here is for the right sort of estimate of the average moral and intellectual character of most men:

Question 8. Are we then so corrupt that we are wholly incapable of doing any good, and inclined to all wickedness?

Answer: Indeed we are; (a) except we are regenerated by the Spirit of God. (b) (^)

(a) Gen.8:21 The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Gen.6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water? Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit. Isa.53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (b) John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 1 Cor.12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor.3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;


Question 10. Will God suffer such disobedience and rebellion to go unpunished?

Answer: By no means; but is terribly displeased (a) with our original as well as actual sins; and will punish them in his just judgment temporally and eternally, (b) as he has declared, "Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things, which are written in the book of the law, to do them."

(^) Or personally speaking: "except we are regenerated by the" love of logic and rational science

Maarten Maartensz

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