Do you know the history of this painting? Stańczyk is pensive and melancholic because of the looming destruction of Poland in 1700, and the foolishness and decadence of his higher ups. There is a map showing lost battles, and moved borders, on the table next to him, and there is a falling star seen in the sky outside the window. Behind him we can see rich Polish nobles celebrating at a ball, like there would have been no losses and nothing urgent to do instead. All symbols of how decadence and folly ultimately brought the doom and annihilation of Poland for 200 years...
Thank you very much Kasia! I did not know the painting so far. Wonderful work. Ηere in Greece many fools we feel like Stańczyk!...I'm sorry for my poor english... Thank you again!
I tried to become a follower of your blog, but I failed ...
If you wish to follow my blog you can do it when you open the main Blogger Dashboard, and scroll down the page :) There is a big button on the left side, for adding blogs you want to follow.But maybe you would prefer to follow me on Twitter, since I often post in English, and there are news about Greece mixed in :) My Twitter account is here: https://twitter.com/KasiaBajka
Thank you very much Kasia.I welcome your support to the Greek EEZ petition on Twitter. I don't have a Twitter account:) Thank you anyway!
I hope that Greece will stand up again, the same as Poland was able to after the fall of communism. If the people work together all becomes possible. Poland was broken and crushed, and yet 10 years later my home country is now one of the European leaders in growth and prosperity. I am sure the people of Greece can stand up again, the essential thing is that everyone works together, that the Greeks do not fight each other... That foolish fanatic movements, nazis and communists, do not gain the power at any time...We had big painful troubles in Poland due to decadence and foolishness, and due to many other human blunders, the clue is to make people understand that everyone sits in the same boat, and that all should work together and not against each other.The hard working people of Greece do not deserve any of the horrific treatment they are subjected to in the recent years, just because the ruling caste decayed and became decadent. We had the same case in Poland, and now we are standing again. It is important to let those who committed crimes pay for their wrongs, and let everyone who is eager and honest work together. You can be always sure of my support :)
Thanks for your thoughts Kasia! My opinion is that both communists and fascists are part (and problem) of European history. The conflict between them is still a source of exploitation by others, worse than the communists and fascists. (Divide and conquer!!).The hard work (without moral background) does not solve any problem. At the time of the Nazis, the Germans worked very hard together to enforce the Aryan race. The result of this hard work was a disaster. On the other hand, the growth and prosperity of the western lifestyle may be based on the poverty and hunger that exists in other parts of the world. Humanism has triumphed so far only in rhetorical level. Let's work together humanists, to allow humanity to dominate in practice (without economic benefits for "saviors").Thank you for your support!!:)
"The conflict between them is still a source of exploitation by others, worse than the communists and fascists. (Divide and conquer!!)"Whoa, that sounds like a very complex problem :/"The hard work (without moral background) does not solve any problem."Very very true. The hard working little people are often exploited, if they never had access to proper education, and the society as a whole little supports human moral values..."On the other hand, the growth and prosperity of the western lifestyle may be based on the poverty and hunger that exists in other parts of the world. Humanism has triumphed so far only in rhetorical level. "But in other parts of the world "humanism" is many times just a sort of "fairy tale", considered unsuitable or even plain wrong. People seem to adapt only what suits their momentary fancy, without any background knowledge as to why it is essential to believe in human values, and support all human rights. They seem to think certain things, like women's rights or protection of children, are "inventions of the West". And later on they wonder deeply why their societies are marred by myriads of avoidable blunders, that children are routinely abused and grow up to be terrorists and war criminals, that women are cruel, and provide the background and base to ruthless crimes committed by all citizens, that violence and inhumanity rule on all levels of society, even if it may appear as "economically successful". The world may easily end in decay, when all that counts is "get rich quick" or "gain more and more and more power", when everyone just thinks of crushing his or her fellow humans :/"Let's work together humanists, to allow humanity to dominate in practice (without economic benefits for "saviors")"With "saviors" you probably mean certain types of exploitation of the poor in the name of "charity", that in reality has only (hidden) economical goals? The benefits should go to those who need them the most, it should be worldwide illegal for anyone to earn millions with so called "charity". Real charity should always involve all the money that is not needed to pay the current bills to go back into the projects...Btw. I think your English is excellent. But I am sorry forcing you to use it if you would likely prefer to write in Greek. Despite having a Greek husband I am an idiot, and still did not learn much of this beautiful language. He seems patient with me, but is probably really disappointed :/
I agree with all of your comments! ..You are not forcing me because I could not have responded to you :) Instead, it is an opportunity for me to practice in English language. (The truth is that I practice to use the Google translator! ...But I do not know if my choices are suitable.)..They say that the Greek language is difficult. But when you hear the language as it is spoken by the modern Greeks, this is really disappointing!..I don’t think that you are an idiot, as you say… Maybe you are a “wise fool”!
"I agree with all of your comments!":) :) :) :)"Instead, it is an opportunity for me to practice in English language."Fine, I can talk a lot when the subject is interesting :o)"But when you hear the language as it is spoken by the modern Greeks, this is really disappointing!"Do you mean that the young people in Greece do not know how to speak Greek properly??"Maybe you are a “wise fool”!"I hear that a lot :P :( ...probably a kind way to say "despite being an idiot you are at least nice" :o)
I refer rather to a broad range regardless of age
The wisdom of the fool occupies a place in opposition to that of learned knowledgeLove can be fool also, but is still love
Please cheer up :) I am sorry for going overboard with commenting.."Love can be fool also, but is still love"But it depends on if you see it as a "wise fool" - or mourn it as "the opposite of wisdom" :)