No new pictures at the moment. Today we came into first close contact with original British-Indian bureaucrazy. For registring with a mobile phone company, we had not only to fill out a long carbon copied papers – delivering absurd data as the names of our parents – but also deliver passportcopies and visa-copies. In addition we had to provide one letter from the embassy stating that we are known to them, plus an additional letter confirming our given home address. Any of these papers had to be signed by us separately – adding up to 7-8 signatures for each of us.
The process goes on: We will be test-called over the new phone numbers during the next hours. And – still not over – a person of Airtel will unanaouncedly show up during the next days at Sonya‘s workplace to ask whether we really work there and really are registered there. To really really be sure, we again need to deposit cross-signed photocopies of passport and visa at the reception.
Well, there seems to be much mistrust! „No, not at all“, said the senior salesman of Airtel, who visited us in the office, „it is all the government … there is soo much terrorism now in India“.
How strangely this is fitting to a nice infotainment movie on google-video, which I was watching today during lunch and workbreaks. Actually my workbreaks are long, since I had finished watching the documentary by late evening – maybe I get adapted to the climate.
Somehow I like this Alex Jones. He is of course a bit more a „Christian“ than we Europeans use to be; and of course he is utterly declamatory (my German genes jubilate); of course he projects a negative worldview.
BUT – let us just see this as infotainment. This film has the same right to exaggerate and sort facts as every other propaganda-movie or „scientific study“. Therefore, Alex might be quite a positive-thinker during his private time (if he has one). But, if what he has to say is 20% true, I admit that he rather speaks it out loudly.
Coming back to bureaucrazy (even writing this word knots my brains): Actually the film has something to do with bureaucrazy – with bureau and with crazy. Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World is mentioned in this opus – together with the implications of a scientific dictatorship. The faces, the masks have always changed; the people too.
It reminds me very much of Dostoijewski‘s figures – especially in The Possessed (also called The Demons) – where also he line between light and darkness never had been a clear cut and – even for the reader – was strikingly unclear and ever-changing. In The Possessed, as well as in the excursus on the „Great Inquisitor“ in The Brothers Karamazov, This shadowy borderline was widened into an undefined foggy mist by the power of thinking – by dogmatic philosophy in the first instance and by it‘s adequate heir ,science, in a second act. Dostoijewski already foresaw and described well the monstruous being, which Nietzsche – addicted to rhyme and enchanted by his own daimon – later postulated as the „Übermensch“.
Despite the critics about methods and overstatements, Alex Jones draws a very clear picture of the new adaptions of this undying beast – which just named differently, „the Elite“. Take your time to watch the movie & don‘t get depressed! This is just giving an idea of the worst case scenario and points out only the dark side. However this might be necessary for consciously enjoying a world that is hopefully slightly better – since for now we only have the best of all worlds at our disposal.
Expect the unexpected – and a hail to Texas!
Film on Google-Video: Alex Jones – Endgame
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