Arendt: all terms of solidarity still purport the first and most basic solidarity between all humanity against nature

 

“Solidarity: all terms of solidarity still purport the first and most basic solidarity between all humanity (i.e. of “the human”) against nature. Such a solidarity of one against everything else is yet never allowed amongst humans themselves. But there is no such thing as a necessity of solidarity. The idea of us all “sitting in one boat” is an example of this wrong idea of an absolute solidarity.

The concept of a group, with its relatedness of the part-and-whole category, stems from the solidarity of the human against nature.”

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The 19th century anti-vivisectionist Martin Eduard Staudinger

The 19th century anti-vivisectionist Martin Eduard Staudinger

I have mentioned the 19th/early 20th century anti-vivisection activist Martin Eduard Staudinger before, writing:

The grave site of Martin Eduard Staudinger, German Animal Rights advocate and anti-vivisectionist. His grave is on the Hauptfriedhof in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He shares a grave site with his grandmother Dorothea Staudinger geb. Behrends.

On a memorial site for the people who lie resting on the Hauptfriedhof his grave is mentioned as: “146 Grabmal für Martin Eduard Staudinger (1842-1910), Kämpfer gegen die Vivisektion, Gewann C 59″ (http://www.bomas.de/buecher/brauchitsch-frankfurt.htm, accessed on the 24.08.13)

The inscription on his tombstone reads: Im unermüdlichen Kampfe gegen die Vivisektion und für die Rechte der Tiere = In the untiresome fight against vivisection and for the rights of animals. (http://ar-civet-cat.blogspot.de/2010/07/martin-eduard-staudinger-1842-1910.html)

However here is the exact inscription:

Dem unermüdlichen Streiter für
das Recht der Tiere, seine Freunde
im Kampfe gegen die Vivisektion

The untiresome fighter for the right of animals, his friends in the struggle against vivisection.

Below the text body, on page 5 and 6 are two photos of his gravesite.
However now we finally found some more info about him, of particular interest is one of his translation for the British National Anti-Vivisection Society in 1905.

Read more … PDF file (link opens in a new window)

Fairy tales and animals

The great thing about fairy tales is their bridge to mythologies. They both work with imagery. A language stronger than words.

It’s the 200th B-day of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, most of the tales were passed on from Dorothea Viehmann a Huguenot. A nice task for anyone into anthropology, philology, animal rights and history would be to do some research and give some insight into how animals play a role in folklore fairy tales.

In the wider context … an interesting difference between the Grimm’s version of Cinderella, the tale is called Aschenputtel in German, and the later Disney version of the tale, is, that in the Grimm version the doves inhabit the place of the miracle helpers, that is taken by a fairy later in Disney’s movie.

The Norovirus and a lack of hygiene, and the sources of getting it through food

Just two links, but they give you the big picture of how you can get it and …

Initially someone may become infected with a Norovirus after eating food that’s been exposed to sewage in some way […]

Although Noroviruses cannot grow outside the body, or in food itself, an infected person easily contaminates any food they come in contact with – as well as any other surfaces. Contaminated food can then infect several people at once.

http://www.foodsmart.govt.nz/food-safety/foodborne-illnesses/norovirus/

Hygiene and the spread of the NoroVirus – see page two here:

http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/publichealth/envhealth/norovirus_2011.pdf

BETTER HYGIENCE AND ABOVE ALL A VEGAN DIET SHOULD HELP US ALL!!!!!!!!

 

something out of the history books: desecrating a dead, Oliver Cromwell

I assume we all know more or less who Oliver Cromwell was:

“Oliver Cromwell (25 April 1599 – 3 September 1658) was an English military and political leader best known in England for his overthrow of the monarchy and temporarily turning England into a republican Commonwealth, and for his rule as Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Cromwell )

I never knew that they posthumously desecrated his body:

“On 30 January 1661, (symbolically the 12th anniversary of the execution of Charles I), Oliver Cromwell’s body was exhumed from Westminster Abbey, and was subjected to the ritual of a posthumous execution, as were the remains of John Bradshaw and Henry Ireton. (The body of Cromwell’s daughter was allowed to remain buried in the Abbey.) His body was hanged in chains at Tyburn. Finally, his disinterred body was thrown into a pit, while his severed head was displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall until 1685.”

And this guy took over and restored the monarchy:

What a creepy history that is.

The question remains open how big of a role a religious understanding plays a role in upholding monarchy and aristocratic entitlements as a “natural” yet god given hierarchical societal order, or if it’s the plain interest of a conglomerated group to hold their interests in power in one hand, with one center of power.

Prof. Marija Gimbutas on Mother Hulda

Came across this interesting finding by Prof. Marija Gimbutas on the meaning and origin of “Hulda” as in the tale “Mother Hulda”.

Marija Gimbutas names Hulda (or Holda, Holla, Holle) as having originally been an ancient Germanic supreme goddess who predates most of the German pantheon, including deities such as Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki, continuing traditions of pre-Indo-European Neolithic Europe. (Gimbutas, Marija, The Living Goddesses (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.)

What I find striking about specifically the tale “Mother Hulda” is that no princess and princesses play any role in it. Also there are no male protagonists, apart from that. The entire narrative is one happening amongst women and other entities and phenomena (the tree, the oven, the house, the snow, the well, the gold, the garden).

Anyway I checked out more info about Prof. Gimbutas and was amazed at her body of work and her approach of what she calls “archeomythology”.

Links:

http://www.marijagimbutas.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marija_Gimbutas

The titles that interest me most are:

The Language of the Goddess

The Living Goddesses

The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe: Myths and Cult Images

The Civilization of the Goddess

Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe

Gods and Goddesses of Old Europe, 7000-3500 B.C.: Myths, Legends and Cult Images

Age of the Great Goddess: Ancient Roots of the Emerging Feminine Consciousness

http://www.amazon.com/Marija-Gimbutas/e/B000AP936C/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Image: http://www.skischule-frauholle.at