” vegetarianism by robert eisler -:- philosophical anthropology “

In reality, there is no ‘absolute necessity’ for a carnivorous diet. Vegetarians never tires of asserting that it is a wasteful process to pass vegetable food through animal bodies and then to absorb the meat thus produced, and that the earth could support a larger population of strict vegetarians than of omnivorous meat-eaters.

Of the total weight of 1.60 lb. of an average Englishman’s pre-war diet 0.80 consisted of beet, 0.30 of veal and mutton, 0.20 of pig products. At Brighton meeting of the British Association of 9 Sept. 1948 Professor A. Fleisch of Lausanne, President of the Swiss Federal Commission for Nutrition, spoke of six years’ experience of war rationing and its results on the 4 million inhabitants of Switzerland. Statistics had shown tha large amount of calories, proteins and fats, formerly considered as the optimum, and attained in such countries as America, Britain, and Switzerland, to be utterly unnecessary.

Mr Henry Bailey Stevens of the University of New Hampshire sent me in 1947 a typewritten summary of a book. The recovery of culture trying to demstrate that a return to a frugivorous diet is entirely possible:
‘The shift in food demands would reduce by at least 80 per cent. the amount of land plowed for food purpose. In modern orchads under the sod-mulch system no plowing is required, but the cuttings of grass are spread each year under the branches. To remove the hay is to rob the trees. many growers even add materials such as refuse, manure, seaweed, sawdust or finely chopped bushes in order to mantain a ggod supply of organic matter.

‘ Several million farmers would be relieved of their present confining routine of service to animals 365 days a year. Agriculture would tend to shift back to a way of life in which families had their own gardens, small orchads and ornamental plants. The unhealthy concentration of people in large cities would be greatly reduced. With the disappearance of livestock the total human population would be greatly increased, but more important, it would spred out over the land.’.

 

The magazine Time of 6 Sept. 1948 reports that the american Vegetarians are running a candidate of their own for that year’s Presidential election, one John Maxwell, an eighty-four-year-ald Chicago doctor of ‘naturophaty’. The party advocates extermination of all cattle and conversion of their grazing lands to food production.’ This vegeratian party is apparently non animated by ethical motives and Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s respect for the sanctity of all life, but by purely pratical motives. Far from being impossible, the advocated ‘exyermination of all cattle’ was very nearly achieved in Soviet Russia when the muzhiks slaughtered and devoured the live stock they did not want to see nationalized. The consequences were not such as to recommend the procedure as exemplary.

I am not a hunder of any kind. I have, as a boy, shot a roebuck but, having looked into the beautiful eyes of the dead animal, gave up this sport for ever. But I also know that that over-preservation of wild life and not shooting any of the lovable creatures of the wild is absolutely impossible. It would ruin not only agricolture and orchardry, even if fields and gardens were fenced, but the forest themselves. There was in my country a great forest-owner, Cont Überacker, who enclosed a large deer-forest and stopped alla shooting. A completely ruined forest with the bark rubbed off the ghostly white, dead trunks of the finest trees used to stand there as a monument of well-meaning human folly. I do not know what became of it after the Nazi invasion of Austria. Nor are sacred cows in India, dying a ‘natural death’ with carrion crows and vultures feeding on their emaciated bodies while they are still alive but too weak to defend themselves a very edifying spectacle.
If the killing of animals – in the ‘humanest’ possible way, of course – is apparently unavoidable, meat-eating would seem to be at least excusable. Anyhow this note is concerned with ‘description not prescription.’

 

(Robert Eisler, MAN INTO WOLF an anthropological interpretation of sadism, masochism, and lycantropy, a lecture delivered at the meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine – 1949)

Robert Eisler had a distinguished and tragic life. He was born in Vienna in 1904, educated there in leipzig, and gained his degrees and doctorates summa cum laude on each occasion. He was a fellow of the Austrian Historical Institute, travelled widely and studied the excavations at Ephesus, Miletus and Cnossos. From 1915-1931 he was in Paris working at the League of Nations, and lectured at the Sorbonne 19127-1928, on Christian Origins. He devoted the next six years, living in Upper Austria, to research work, and 1938 was appointed Wilde Reader in Natural and Comparative Religion at Oxford, but the Anschluss prevented him from assuming this appointment. He was arrested by the Gestapo and endured fifteeen months in the concentration camps of Buchenwald and Dachau. he was released, came to England, lectured at Oxford in the following year and subsequently, but the terrible results of his treatment in Germany made themselves felt more and more, and he died in 1949. His mind worked to the end with unfaltering energy. He was the author of many works in German.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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” philosophical anthropology : the origin of übermensch “

 

The Mind as Concept is divided in two parts : a true Reason and an irrational way of Reason. The inner moments of this fraction are understood by a simple Mind. The depth of the Spirit must be pushed up to the Conscience of the Representation. Initially it seems an ignorant conscience, a naive conscience that matches the analogy of the organ of piss and the organ of generation in the same human organ. The Conscience of the Infinity is like the accomplishment of life by the alternate use of piss organ while instead the usual behavior of conscience is like the piss organ in the itself only used as piss organ.

(Mine translation of some lines by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The Phenomenology Of Spirit).

 

 

These short lines from one of the most famous book of the Western Thought are really astonishing because them are at the beginning of the so called vitalism and perhaps male-oriented Culture along the Modern Times (two centuries since french revolution). In short it outlines a male oriented society of patriarcalism.

 

The joke-like by Hegel is connected with the critic of the phrenology science (cranium-logy) that assumes the shape of cranium (perhaps also visage) as a representative of spirit of a human being. 

 

But it is badly supported by the analogy chosed by Hegel.

A long discussion matter about racism (e.g. color of skin stands for low Spirit etc. etc.) I assume the glow of humoristic intent of Hegel in these lines. Anyway I disapprove the way of expression that seems to exclude the woman from the Spirit, at least from the Absolute Spirit.

 

Really a smashing philosopher…

 

 

Here for the Hegelians the german text :
Aber sich so als sich selbst und als ihr Gegenteil darbietend, und festgehalten in dem ganz einzelnen Momente dieses Auseinandertretens, ist sie unvernünftig aufgefaßt; und je reiner die Momente desselben sind, desto greller ist die Erscheinung dieses Inhalts, der allein entweder für das Bewußtsein ist, oder von ihm unbefangen allein ausgesprochen wird. – Das Tiefe, das der Geist von innen heraus, aber nur bis in sein vorstellendes Bewußtsein treibt und es in diesem stehen läßt, – und die Unwissenheit dieses Bewußtseins, was das ist, was es sagt, ist dieselbe Verknüpfung des Hohen und Niedrigen, welche an dem Lebendigen die Natur in der Verknüpfung des Organs seiner höchsten Vollendung, des Organs der Zeugung, – und des Organs des Pissens naiv ausdrückt. – Das unendliche Urteil als unendliches wäre die Vollendung des sich selbst erfassenden Lebens, das in der Vorstellung bleibende Bewußtsein desselben aber verhält sich als Pissen.

 

 


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” why a wolf can not drive a car “

 

I am talking about the conscience : a pack of wolves is not a pack of idiots because each member of the group must make previsions about the behavior of the other members.

 

We must admit that conscience is a discontinuos system, not the important tool that usual we are telling ourselves. In short the conscience is used by the human kind ( and also by the wolves ) only if it is strictly necessary.

 

But we use conscience less than the wolves especially when driving a car we are going straight to the point without thinking it.

 

 

 

 

 


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vampires in new england ( tommaso braccini )

The usual diet of a vampire (in greek or balkan area) is vegetarianism only in more recent times at a literary level becomes a blood eater (or devoted to hematophagy). In the ancient times (medieval age)  the witches were drinking the blood of children, then the ematophagy was conferred to vampires. Times ago the vampire was not specific blood eater, he was a monster not specialized, he was accused to bring the plague into the villages and waking up the corpses.

 

It is interesting the development of vampirism in New England (United states) in late Nineteenth century. This was really the last time when vapires (or presumed vampire) were burned, at least in the Western culture. In 1883 a mother of family, Mary Eliza Brown, died in a village named  Exeter (Rhode Island). He died of consumption. Five years later her daughter, Mary Olive died of the same disease. In 1892 died also her daughter Mercy. The father, George Brown, upset by these events, remembered the ancient tradition of that if blood remains in the body of a corpse it will be the cause of the death of the whole survived family. George wasn’t really sure of the tradition but the social pressure made over him brought him to calm the comunity of Exeter. He exhumed the corpses of Mary Eliza and Mary Olive in order to look at the conservation of dead bodies. The corpse of Mercy was relatively well conserved then from the corpse were eradicated the heart and liver then burned in an impromptu bonfire in the cemetery. With the ashes of Mercy put into a glass of water for Edwin the survived son of Mr Brown. But Edwin died anyway.

 

The same episode happened a century before. In Exeter the six children of Stukely Tillinghast died one after another. The first dead was Sarah, then she was accused by her brothers to wake up during the night she was sit on their chest hence all frightened being suffocated. The corpse of Sarah was exhumed and from the body was extraced the heart and burned. This credulity was spread not only in Rhode Island but also in Vermont and Connecticut. None of the inhabitants of these areas were informed of the tradition of vampires. They do not know the existence of vampires of eastern Europe neither the existence of the word “vampire”. This necrophilia was original of New England.

 

The truth about the deaths was of course a natural cause. It was an epidemic of tubercolosis. This disease was wide spread in the urban areas (but also in the rural areas of New England) because of the scarce hygiene and overcrowding. It was called “white plague” and it was very contagious able to exterminate in little time the whole familiy. Such a velocity of spreading disease causes the credulity of dead come back from the tomb to eat the living human beings. It is not the usual movie form of the vampire sucking blood with teeth on the neck of the victim. The dead were supposed to fed the living, so the little Mercy Brown was living on the living tissue and blood of Edwin.

 

The case of vampirism in New England seems an interpretation of the turbecolosis as the origin of the credulity in hematophagy like that in Eastern Europe. But in the greek tradition the treatment of tubercolosis was a collective lunch with the heart of the victims of vampirism.

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(text  abridged and translated by rinaldo rasa)

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Friday March 17 2017