M. Vincent van Mechelen
NOTES OF THE METRIC MONTHS
FROM 76 ASWW
first note of the year
UNMOORED FROM THE RELEVANT FOUNDATION
When people are distinguished on the basis of their being (fully)
vaccinated or not against COVID-19, some immediately object to this
vaccination (or, perhaps, any vaccination) being a criterion for
admittance, for instance.
They claim that they are being discriminated against, suggesting that the
distinction drawn, which might be relevant, is irrelevant by definition.
"We've become completely unmoored from our moral foundation," they may
However, there is no adequate morality without the recognition of
relevancy, that is, of the irrelevance, but also of the relevance, of a
distinction made or to be made.
For also this coin has two sides in that a distinction must not be drawn
because it is irrelevant and in that a distinction may, ought to or even
must be drawn because it is relevant.
Those who argue that a distinction is discriminatory only because it is
to their disadvantage, even regardless of their own behavior, are
unmoored from the relevant foundation.
76.ESE-76th Late Southeast
OF THE STOLEN STATE OF EGYPT
In trying to justify their theft of state religionists in Egypt call the
Abraham religions that profit from this theft "Abrahamic religions",
which is correct.
They may also call them "the monotheistic religions".
However, this term covers more than is meant, not only because of
religions which are or were clearly monotheistic as well without being
Abrahamic, but also because of religions which are or were polytheistic
on the surface and of which (the) followers may take all divine
manifestations together and speak of a relation with (only) one god.
Yet, let us forget about this Abrahamic appropriation of the term
monotheist and concentrate on something really serious:
the appropriation of the state, which belongs to all of us, by a part of
society (majority or minority) which distinguishes itself on ideological
grounds, particularly on (religious or irreligious) denominational, rather
than on political or politico-economic, grounds.
The attempt at sanctifying the religionist act of stealing the Egyptian
state from the diversified Egyptian society to which it belongs goes a
good deal further than the relatively objective labels Abrahamic and
monotheistic lead one to suspect.
In order to 'better' distinguish them from all other religions, those
considered to be inferior or alleged to be nonexistent, the thieves of
state continue to call their own beliefs "revealed religions", "divine
religions" or "heavenly religions".
You would say that revealed, divine and heavenly
suffice to set the Abraham religions conveniently apart from those
religions to which these labels are not allowed to apply.
But, no, according to the Egyptian thieves of state the Abrahamic
religions are also divinely revealed religions!
As if this were not enough, a further distinction must be drawn, because
—it has been said before and elsewhere— 'some animals are
more equal than others'.
The followers of what is implicitly embraced by the stolen state as the
'superior religion' of Islam cannot be mixed up with the followers of
those two 'inferior superior religions', Judaism and Christianity, either.
Only in the peace of submission are the latter granted their privileges.
At least, Judaists and Christianists are treated as second-class citizens
in Egypt: those who believe in the primacy of norms and values, instead
of that of God/Allah and Devil or demons, are not respected as fellow
citizens at all in the stolen state of Egypt.
Monarchists in the
(Northern) Netherlands publicly admit to
having a principle of discretionary powers —in Dutch
opportuniteitsbeginsel, that is, 'principle of
opportunity'— at their disposal.
This contradictio in terminis —especially in Dutch—
functions as an ermine cloak for their total lack of (democratic)
principles in this matter.
What it amounts to is that the monarchist elite (Crown and cronies
together) will be allowed to flout any and every legal principle in order
to remain in power and/or to keep their privileges forever.
In this way the Orangeist motto Je maintiendrai (I shall
maintain) in the coat of arms of the country does indeed acquire a
very nasty taste.
Not only is not everyone equal before the law of the Kingdom, where
the monarch can do no wrong officially, but in practice legal action never
need be taken either against close relatives of the monarch for
something that really matters.
70.ENE-76th Early Southeast
FIRST BASKING IN THE SUNSHINE
Everywhere in the world you find public areas and private properties where
men and/or women are first basking in the sunshine, and then in mutual
76.MNE-76th Central Month
CELEBRATE AND PREPARE
Christianists and their fellow travelers have had their Second
Millennium celebrations and now they should prepare for the advent of
an era with a new culture or civilization.
76.MNW-76th Late Northwest
VINCENT DIES/DIED AT TOMUPU
If i die in this year of my life (that is, at my present age), it will be
nice if people tell one another, this year or later, that i died at
tomupu (a more informal and practical term without segment weight
indicators) or even nicer that i died at to suten pu suman (a more
formal and literary term with all segment weight indicators).
(A factual or praising but not a eulogistic or, for that matter,
dyslogistic apposition, or longer comment, could be added too.)
It will also be nice if people are just speaking of 'die', because this
suggests a natural death implying that the person concerned has not been
assassinated or murdered.
Impotence is a little hardship, where much hardness is the desire of men.
69.LNE-76th Early Northwest
"Reading ten thousand books (or fascicles) cannot compare with
traveling ten thousand miles", as a Chinese saying has it.
Yet, traveling one mile can equally likely not compare with reading
even one book.
76.MNE-76th Late Northeast
"ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE FUCKING ATHEISTS?"
A None box checking American soldier in Vietnam was asked by an
angry commanding officer whether 'he' (sex being made 'relevant' here)
was "one of those fucking atheists", and politely answered, "Yes, sir,
I am an atheist."
Afterwards, and not being dependent (anymore) on such an ill-mannered
sourpuss, it is usually so much easier to think of a better answer.
I suggest: "If you insist on it, because i'm definitely not one of
those fucking theists, or rather theodemonists, who believe in gods
and/or demons in the plural or the singular, and who deny the primacy
of norms and values, which could have cured them of their sexual
inhibitions and obsessions, and which might have restrained them from
fuckingly overpopulating this planet with even more fucking
theodemonists who believe in gods and demons, and who could not care
less about fundamental norms and values, and so on and so forth."
MICHAEL THE DYSLECTIC WAY
Native anglophones who are so helpful as to change the written form of my
Dutch first name Machiel into Michael without asking me seem
to think that i (not a God or something else of that Ilk) am one of those
dyslexics who cannot even spell their own name.
(It is pronounced
|mah-GHEEL|, with short
|ah| and guttural |GH|, as in one pronunciation of the Scottish word
I myself prefer the assumption that it is they who are the dyslexics.
But then, of course, both variants derive from the original
Michael, pronounced something like |meeghah-EL| (in which neither
h represents the sound |H|).
Come to think of it, it may have been the entire Dutch speech community
that was so dyslectic as to turn the classic Michael into not
only Michiel, but also Machiel, in the first place.
75.LNE-76th Early Northeast
of the Metric Months in other four-year