Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Disobedient? Sometimes. Civil? Always.

Penned upon the 11th of June, 2006

“For the recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses.  It has led Individualism entirely astray.  It has made gain not growth its aim.  So that man thought that the important thing was to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be.  The true perfection of man lies, not in what man has, but in what man is.”
Oscar Wilde
The Soul of Man under Socialism

“EVERY HUMAN BEING IS AN ARTIST who – from his state of freedom – the position of freedom that he experiences at first-hand – learns to determine the other positions in the TOTAL ART WORK OF THE FUTURE SOCIAL ORDER. Self-determination and participation in the cultural sphere (freedom); in the structuring of laws (democracy); and in the sphere of economics (socialism). Self-administration and decentralisation (three-fold structure) occurs: FREE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM.”
Joseph Beuys
I Am Searching for Field Character

“As a Romantic Scientist, I would suggest that a move toward greater refinement in society all but necessitates a move toward a greater equality of means. With the abolition of the insecurities born from poverty comes the ability to pursue art and beauty.
[…] I believe, and there is a certain irrational faith in humanity here, that the future will bring a progression away from the servitude and fundamental dishonesty of mass capitalist methods of production, in favour of artisans, skilled individuals outside of any heirarchy. Toward this end I believe – as Beuys saw the artist and Mr Bill Hicks saw the comedian – the dandy and dandizette, the cabarettist, the tailor and dressmaker, the wordsmith and the scholar all serve as shaman.”
Sir Frederick Chook
Collected notes and speeches

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