Under the circumstances, it’s nice to take things easy, & post from in bed, without bothering to edit, transcribe, analyse or otherwise fuss.
So here is a sound file in .mp3, with best wishes to all visitors past, present and future.
The picture above shows a former factory, now students’ residence, as seen from the bedroom window yesterday. It’s been under construction for nearly three years and work continues daily, while many of the rooms have been occupied for months already. I’ve referred to it in various posts:
“An Ordinary Valley” (October 25th, 2007, not long after we’d moved into this house)
“Lucid Waking” (April 29th 2013)>
“The Sun-dial Factory” (April 1st, 2014)
“Rebuilding from Within” (July 18th, 2014)
“Love Fallen and Redeemed” (October 10th, 2016)
My audio broadcast refers to a couple of posts in particular:
“The Denial of Death, by Ernest Becker” (October 21st, 2010)—my most popular post, I’ve no idea why
“On Fresh Air Alone” (January 5th, 2015)—one of my personal favourites, especially with these lines:
Eventually it became clear that it [smoking] hastens death, so it must (so the logic goes) be made extinct, like polio, tuberculosis, malaria, though none of these has yet. The logic must be pushed to its conclusion. One by one, every single cause of death must be eliminated, old age no exception. Every dangerous practice, such as climbing up ladders alone, must be forbidden. Only suicide, in theory, will declutter the world of surplus humanity, unless people become spontaneously murderous, for which purpose there is no shortage of weapons. And now we read:
Cancer is the best way to die and we should stop trying to cure it, says doctor
Dr Richard Smith said cancer gave sufferers time to say goodbye and pain could be endured through ‘love, morphine, and whisky’.
The opinions expressed by doctors, pundits or anyone else quoted in these 673 posts do not of course necessarily coincide with those of the author.
And as to the “Assassin” mentioned in the broadcast, he’s the brother-in-law of my ex-next-door neighbour. I’ve never learned his real name, but this post explains how the nickname came about.