“I am not like others, look at me please please please!”

My friend’s post on Facebook inspired me.

He shared a link to the article http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/04/i-married-myself-wedding. Ms. Grace Gelder who decided that she is the best partner for herself for ever and ever. And she made a normal wedding ceremony with herself.

OK, I think it was really funny and cute to have such a party and so on, but I really wonder if it was worthy of writing an article in The Guardian. Thousand of people ale living as singles. The most of them (it seems to me) suppose themselves to be the best partner for themselves — that’s why they chose such way of life. But they don’t make any philosophy of their decision, they just live, discreet and happy (I hope so).

I would not have been so disgusted if Grace’s wedding had been just for her relatives and friends. It’s her business, not mine. But the article seems to me to be just a kind of showing off and — maybe — a way of self-advertisement (since the girl is a photographer).

OK, let’s treat her decision as an expression of full self-acceptance. She said: “And just because I married myself, it doesn’t mean that I’m not open to the idea of sharing a wedding with someone else one day.”. I really doubt if it’s possible. Firstly she would have to get divorced with herself, and it’s mean… but what does it mean in fact? That she would act in disagreement with herself? Is it really good and praiseworthy? And if she is still innamorata di se stessa she will be unfaithful to herself with a man — it sounds really strange, does not it?

What is more about weddings… Russian (let’s say, all post-USSR) psychologists speaks very much about psychological incest which is very popular in our society. It means that a mother (rarely father) is so deeply connected with her child that she treat it as her husband — the opposite is also true. It does not mean that they make sex, but they are co close in their hearts and minds that any boyfriend/girlfriend is not possible (well, maybe only for making sex). This phenomenon was the first thing that came to my mind while reading the article.

And the last thing. My friend commented on his sharing that we need people who break rules imposed by society. OK, maybe breaking rules can be useful sometimes — but what rule the girl broke? That we have to have a partner? Ha ha ha. It’s not a rule anymore. I think now we can do anything we want and it’s accepted by different parts of society. And if we are talking about more general social rules — if we live in society we are obliged to keep up the rules of this society. I strongly believe in it. If you don’t like them — feel free to create your own society :).

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I have got a new doll!

I have found her in Carrefour only for 30 PLN, so I have made an immediate decision — BUY!
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Steffi Love Mega Fashion от Simba

Until I have unpacked it I thought all Steffis are stupid (because of their open mouth). But at least they are better than Barbies, which look like bitches (sorry). Now I see that Steffi has a very kind and sweet face in real life, photos cannot depict it (and I am not a photographer 🙂 ):
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I tried to remove glittering eyeshades and I removed a part of the left eyebrow with them

Here is Barbie for comparison:

My Stefanie has a nice human figure – the bum, collarbones, curvy legs, which bend for two clicks (I dreamed about such doll all my life!) – and cool two-coloured hair (white and platinum blonde).
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And she can do it just like that!
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“I am flyiing!”

With her sister Evi:
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The quality of clothes is around doll standards, the style can be better, but they become Stefanie quite well. Boots are too big even if you put them on socks.

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“Jedna pani miała brylanty. I położyła je na oknie. Na parapecie. Żeby wszyscy widzieli. I, oczywiście, wszyscy jej zazdrościli. I te brylanty tak leżały i leżały… I leżały… I w końcu ktoś je ukradł. Chociaż okno było zamknięte.” (J. Chmielewska “Wielkie zasługi”)

Nevertheless, I am happy! 🙂

Klasické detektivky ve Středověku — Vlastimil Vondruška a jeho “Znamení Jidáš’

Znameni Jidas - Vlastimil Vondruska na Goodreads.comJe to má první kniha z tohle sérii (Hříšní lidé Království českého), která má asi 20 knih, a proto můj názor není úplně kompetentní. Nevím, jsou-li hrdiny ukazované  důsledně a mají-li vůbec nějaký vývoj charakteru.

Máme tu klasickou dvojku —  chytrého detektiva (Oldřich z Chlumu) a jeho věrného pomocníka (Ota), — klasickou vraždu v zamčeným pokoji, a také neméně klasický rozvrh, který nebudu vysvětlovat, aby neotrávit vám čtení. Celá akce se koná ve středověké Praze, že kdo zná Prahu dobře, bude se těšit popisy města. Já bohužel neznám, len jakž takž pamatuji Staré Město, a proto nemohla jsem si dobře představit scenérii.

Řekla bych, že kniha je dost dobře vyvážená: tajemství, intriky, láska a sex (který raději bych neměla, však mám názor, že o takových věcech mělo by se psát, jen pokud nedá se tomu vyhnout).

Ale nemohla jsem neporovnávat do Jméno růži Umberto Eco, které jsem přečetla v nádherným překladu do ruštiny. Myslím tím jazyk. V Znamení Jidáš vůbec neměla jsem pocit, že jedná se o Středověku —  všichni mluví normální, současnou češtinou. Kdyby dát hrdinům místo mečů pistole, místo koní auta, a místo dopisů emaily, tak nikdo by se nepoznal, že se nejedná o naše časy.

Utopia and dystopia

I am sure you know what utopia and dystopia are. Generally speaking, utopia is about the best life system and dystopia is about the worst one. A classical example of utopia can be that written by Thomas Moor and a typical dystopia can be presented by Ninety Eighty-Four written by George Orwell. Some time ago I was interested in such works and I have read some novels, so I could pick up main characteristics of an ideal and un-ideal world.

So, in an utopia people generally live in accordance with nature — as in Men Like Gods written by Herbert George Wells, where happy population of a parallel universe exist with full acceptance of their human entity — for example, they wear almost nothing because nudity is just natural thing.

Utopian people also have some strict rules or religion which serves their development. I liked very much a conception of an individual mutualism described by Harry Harrison in his fantasy fiction The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted. As the author says: “A basic tenet of IM is from each according to his needs, to each according to the wealth of society”. It sounds like communistic slogan, but it works if everybody is intelligent and sympathetic.

Another question is money. There were no money in all utopian fiction I have read. In that book about Steel Rat people use wirrs — work hours. They say: the wealthier society is becoming, the less people should work, so the more the wirr costs and the wealth of society is growing, people work less and so on.

Talking about dystopia, the total control is the main thing. Government wants to know even what you think. Another characteristic feature is intentional lowering of cultural level, as in well-known Fahrenheit 451, where books were burnt down. Also very often natural aspects are blamed, as in the film Equilibrium, where emotions were forbidden. People must follow very strict rules and mainly there is any kind of revolution in a dystopian fiction.

Nevertheless, sometimes utopia and dystopia is mixed up, as in modern teenager novel The Giver written by Louis Lawry. We see a typical dystopian world where everything is regulated, people have to suppress their sexual attraction, old members and unnecessary kids are killed by lethal injection and so on. But in the same time:

  • everybody respects everybody,
  • they are happy,
  • every member gets a job according to his interests and children start to learn their job at the age of 12,
  • children are given only in families which want this; they are being brought up with all possible attention and respect,
  • couples are formed up according to their personal qualities, they are in very good relationship even without having sex,
  • there are no serious crimes, everybody has everything he needs,
  • euthanasia is humanitarian and the day of death is a big holiday for old people: they remember the best moments of a life of a hero of the day, thank him for his life and are truly glad for him (he is authentically happy). I strongly believe it’s much better than crying and lamentation traditional in our society.

Sisterhood Everlasting — Ann Brashares

Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like the whole series of Sisterhood, but try as I might, I couldn’t finish this book. I am really sorry to say it seems to me be boring and sometimes flat.

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In short, I was able to identify myself with the girls in previous books and now I cannot, even I am in their age. (hide spoiler)]

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Shit happens as a universal religious concept

Taoism: Shit Happens.
Hinduism: This shit happened before.
Islam: If shit happens, take hostages.
Buddhism: If shit happens is it really shit?
Nihilism: Who gives a shit?
Protestantism: Shit happens if you work hard.
Catholicism: Shit Happens, I deserve it.
7th Day Adventist:Shit happens on Saturday.
Mormonism: Knock Knock, Shit Happens.
Judaism: Why does shit happen to me?
Krishnaism: Shit happens, ring a dingy ding.
Jehovah’s Witness:People now living will see shit happen.
Marxism: This shit is going to hit the fan.
Paganism: Each shit has its own name.
Atheism: Bullshit!
TV Evangelism: Send more shit.
Hedonism: There’s nothing like a good shit happening.
Rastafarianism: Let’s smoke this shit.