From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.
Monday, May 10, 2004
Moses was in a bad way. His people were getting fed up with desert living and fed up with his leadership. He needed a break. Just then, he came upon a burning bush that couldn’t be extinguished and he told his followers it was a sign from God. The rest, for better or worse, is history.
Hmmm. But didn’t the burning bush appear to Moses prior to the wandering in the desert? Y’know, when the Jews were slaves in, um, Egypt.
It’s nice to hear that there’s another form of natural gas in Egypt besides the noxious fumes spewed forth by the country’s media.
Speaking of Egypt, Dr. Mohammad T. AL-Rasheed, a columnist and occasional breath of fresh air for Arab News, recently had this to say about Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser:
We still look fondly on the memory of Egypt’s Nasser simply because he knew how to yap loudly. The man was a failure by any measure you chose to apply. He was a dictator, filled the prisons with dissenters, led the Arabs into the most disastrous war in their history in 1967, introduced socialism without understanding a word about its concepts, and died shouting.
Interestingly enough, when the article appeared in Arab News, it was worded slightly differently:
We still look fondly upon the memory of Egypt’s Nasser simply because he knew how to talk loudly. He was an authoritarian, led the Arabs into the most disastrous war in their history in 1967 and introduced socialism without understanding its concepts.