A sudden “spike” in the statistics of my blog made me wonder – fifty readers from the US on one day ? A look in the overflowing spam filter taught me that the “Oraggs” (Ugo, Adelaide and all the others) felt the urge to bring me in contact with “girls”. Oh yes, it is so bluntly boring, I miss them Nigerian princes, businessmen, and astronauts – those were the days …
Innocently enough I was reading about days of past in a book about Bavarian history, where I found the following text cited :
“Rußland kann und wird nicht ruhen, bis es entweder selbst gebrochen ist oder das Präsidium der bewohnten Erde errungen hat. Soll Europa russisch oder soll Rußland europäisch werden ?”
Roughly : “Russia can not and will not rest until it is either itself broken or the ruler of Earth. Shall Europe become Russian, or Russia European ?”
These sentences were written by Jakob Philipp FALLMERAYER (1790-1861) (Ger., Eng.) in an essay about the “oriental question” (known as the Eastern question in anglosaxon historiography) (Ger., Eng.), “Deutschland und die orientalische Frage” in 1855. No real change there in the last 170 years.
The only antidote to brutality & uglyness is beauty – as it may be found in music, and elsewhere too. Today’s Sunday Music finds beauty in a composition by Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) (Ger., Eng.): Nocturne No.3 in A-Flat Major (that’s As-Dur, Op.33 No 3), performed by Kun-Woo PAIK (Eng.). I hope you like the music.