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The Morals of London 2012/LA MORAL DE LONDRES 2012

The Morals of London 2012

by Oscar Wilde

The 1948 London Olympics was a celebration of democracy and modesty with a picture of Parliament in black and white as its poster. Modesty is not today’s slogan. Below: The Bullingdon Club for aristocrats and snobs at Oxford one year after the Barcelona Olympics. Far left, snob George Osborne, looking like the perfect creep he is. The mayor of London Boris Johnson was also a member as was aristocrat David Cameron. The exclusive club was dedicated to drunkenness and idiotic behaviour. Little has changed since they all moved to London.

London celebrates the Olympics twenty years after Barcelona. The Catalan capital was a celebration of democracy. London, unlike its modest post-war Olympics today celebrates excess. Oscar Wilde portrayed in The Picture of Dorian Gray the morals of excess in London (See The Morals of Banksters):

“In London people are so prejudiced. Here, one should never make one’s debut with a scandal. You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away. There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live -undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet. They neither bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Society -civilized society, at least- is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating. It feels instinctively that manners are of more importance than morals. For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it. It should have the dignity of a ceremony, as well as its unreality. Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities. Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there. That is the reason why people who live out of town are so absolutely uncivilized. Civilization is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt.”

La moral de Londres 2012

per Oscar Wilde

El Bullingdon Club per aristòcrates i esnobs d’Oxford un any després dels Jocs Olímpics de Barcelona. Extrema esquerra, l’esnob George Osborne, amb posat de perfecte imbècil. L’alcalde de Londres Boris Johnson també era soci així com l’aristòcrata David Cameron. El club elitista es dedicava a beure i fer l’idiota. Poc ha canviat des que han anat a Londres. Primera foto: Els Jocs Olímpics de Londres de 1948 celebraven la democràcia i la modèstia com mostra el seu cartell amb la imatge del Parlament en blanc i negre. Poca modèstia queda avui.

Londres celebra les olimpíades vint anys després de Barcelona. La capital catalana va celebrar la democràcia. Londres, a diferència de la seva modesta olimpíada de postguerra, avui celebra l’excés. Oscar Wilde va pintar al Retrat de Dorian Gray la moral de l’excés a Londres (Veure search La moral dels bancsters):

 

“A Londres la gent està carregada de prejudicis. Aquí no pots mai de la vida donar-te a conèixer amb un escàndol. Fas qualsevol cosa possible per guanyar-te una reputació i tan aviat com la tens sembla que vols llençar-la a les escombraries. Només hi ha una cosa al món pitjor de que parlin malament de tu i és que no parlin de tu. Els lletjos i estúpids viuen el millor dels móns. Poden seure al seu aire i mirar el que passa. Potser no sabran res de triomfar, però no corren el perill de conèixer cap derrota. Viuen com tots hauríem de viure: tranquils, indiferents i sense inquietuds. Ni portaran mai ningú a la ruïna ni la patiran mai a mans d’estranys. La societat, almenys la societat civilitzada, mai està predisposada a creure res contra els que són alhora rics i fascinants. Creu instintivament que els modals són més importants que la moral. Els cànons de la bona societat són, o haurien de ser, iguals que els cànons de l’art on la forma és absolutament essencial. Cal mantenir la dignitat d’una cerimònia, així com la seva irrealitat. La manca de sinceritat és una cosa tan terrible? Jo no ho crec. Es tracta simplement d’un mètode pel qual podem multiplicar les nostres personalitats. Qualsevol pot ser bo al camp. No hi ha temptacions allà. Aquesta és la raó per la qual les persones que viuen fora de ciutat són tan absolutament incivilitzades. La civilització no resulta de cap manera una cosa fàcil d’aconseguir. Només hi ha dues maneres per les quals l’home pot assolir-la. Una d’elles és sent culte i l’altre sent corrupte.”

24 July 2012 - Posted by | Culture/Cultura, Politics/Política, Sport/Esports | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Good piece. Oscar is always timelessly on the mark because he had few illusions about what humans and especially the brood at the top are all about -infantile overindulged scum whose evolutionary niche is endogamic self-abasement and a dedication to humiliation through the impoverishment of others. One serious look at Boris Johnson and his “chums” as pieces of English iconography, in another set of circumstances, should cause one to double up with derisive laughter. But in the odd troubling circumstances of today’s world, one takes pause, knits one’s brow, and then begins to break out in a cold sweat of anxiety. How are these talentless, tacky, tasteless and greedy morons able to maintain themselves at the top? And be believable to voters! One supposes it is because, as Ortega mused in the Rebellion of the Masses long ago, many voters think themselves as being the wealthier classes but without the disposable income and several generations of mirror-neuroned social hard wiring. Identification well advertised has an irresistible pull for most mortals. But they are unaware that they are chiral images not to be so easily superimposed. One needs the right set of tics to flesh out the assigned roles. Lacking those, all the Luis Vuitton accessories and charm schools won’t help the effort. There are a myriad of almost undetectable nuances and minutiae hermetic to all outsiders. Those silly hats that blossom annually at Henley are indeed memes for those who wear them. Most others, fortunately, aren’t able to. It seems that the present karmic wheel will just not break a spoke and overturn the golden chariot our “betters” are riding in. So they go on and on…. Olympic torch in hand.

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    Comment by Barry | 25 July 2012 | Reply


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