Pity the nation…

Three paintings by Khalil Gibran: Jesus the Son of Man – On Giving – Etreinte

“Pity the nation” is one of those poems that transcends time. It was written by Khalil Gibran sometime in early 1900s but published posthumously in 1933 in “The Garden of the Prophet”.

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave,
eats a bread it does not harvest,
and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.

Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.

Pity the nation that despises a passion in its dream,
yet submits in its awakening.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice
save when it walks in a funeral,
boasts not except among its ruins,
and will rebel not save when its neck is laid
between the sword and the block.

Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.

Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.

Pity the nation divided into into fragments,
each fragment deeming itself a nation.

What brought a sad smile on my face was when I found people from USA, Pakistan and Greece relating to this poem after just 4 minutes of googling.
I guess there are still many nations to pity…

Khalil Gibran – artist, poet, writer

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John Stewart on Greek and French Elections

This video made me laugh sooooo much!!!

John Stewart at it’s best!

Enjoy 😀

The Daily Show – Greece & France elections

Socrates gets a new trial!

“The Death of Socrates”, painted by Jacques-Louis David at 1787.

After nearly 2.500 years, one of the most famous trials in history, this of Socrates will be repeated! And we’re not talking about a re-enactment, it will be based on the current legal framework supplemented with ancient Greek elements and comical theatrics.

Top American and European judges and lawyers have been called and the final decision will be made by the public which will be watching live from the ‘court room’, but also online from www.sgt.gr/dikisocrati.

The event – an initiative of Onassis Foundation – will be held on May 25, at 18:30 (GMT+2) in greek, english and french with concurrent translation.

For more information, like the names of judges and counsels click here.

For more information on the actual trial of Socrates click here.

10 reasons to ban gay marriage

I couldn’t find the original source, so 9gag it is. If you know it, please tell me, so I can change it.

Sir, your argument is invalid.
Oh, there is sooo much win in this post!

The story of your enslavement

Just made two great discoveries from Anarchy and ChAos blog

First this awesome video: The story of your enslavement.

We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement – up to and including your own.

Second, the source of the video: Freedomain Radio. Haven’t gone through it thoroughly yet, but it’s a huge community for philosophical conversations like atheism, religious & political theories, economics and anarhcism. There are also videos (like the above), free books and podcasts.

So happy web surfing – at least I’m going to enjoy it! :p