People who manage to bring a smile to your face every time you see them, or talk to them, or even hear their voice from across the room.
Just when you stop expecting to meet people that wring your emotions, in that awesome way, like one of those books that leave you feeling happy, that leave you seeing life in a whole different light. Short, but ample doses of hope for humanity.
It is a terrible thing to learn as a child that one is a being separate from all the world, that no one and no thing hurts along with one’s burned tongues and skinned knees, that one’s aches and pains are all one’s own. Even more terrible, as we grow older, to learn that no person, no matter how beloved, can ever truly understand us.
“Shakespeare’s characters often suffer from delusion, or are deliberately involved in the delusion of others.” Discuss the representation of delusion and its consequences in one or more plays by Shakespeare you have studied.
For the common man, the greatest form of suffering would be a permanent entrapment in reality. It is no surprise, then, that Shakespeare would weave the theme of delusion into one of his most celebrated works, Othello. The characters in the play are engrossed in a most surreal world; not one of fairies, or of blatant displays of mysticism and magic. Rather, it is a world where the minority reigns, where the marginalized “Moor”, Othello, rises to a seat of great military power; a world where the innocent Desdemona’s compassion results in a blinded affection for those who wish her harm; and where the bitter Iago deliberately reaffirms the absurdity of an otherwise idyllic reality to the detriment of those around him. Delusion thus becomes a necessitated state of being, for where reality is embraced most thoroughly is the moment when individuals “often suffer.”
Muise et al. (2009) found that participants who spent more time on Facebook were more jealous of their partners. This is probably because they are finding out things about their partner—who they know and where they’ve been—which, in the days before social networking, could have been kept quiet.
So, don’t let your partner see your Facebook profile. Unless you want them to be jealous. In which case, carry on.
Marco Evaristti is a Danish-based artist that specializes in gory and grotesque explorations of humanity. He has been under much public scrutiny under the claims of animal cruelty, cannibalism and vandalism.
Evaristti came to international attention in 2000 when he placed goldfish in electric blenders filled with water. Visitors to the exhibition at Denmark’s Trapholt Art Museum could choose to press a button, turn on the blenders and kill the fish. In January 2007 he held a dinner party where the main course consisted of meatballs partly made with fat removed by liposuction from his own body. In June last year he was arrested while trying to paint the peak of Mont Blanc red as a protest against “environmental degradation”.
His most recent project is the freezing of convicted criminal Gene Hathorn’s body. Hathorn, who is scheduled for execution, has willingly donated his body for the purpose of art, the frozen remains of which will be transformed into fish food. The visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to feed it to goldfish.
The exhibition is part of Evaristti’s wider project against capital punishment. In August he presented a clothing collection called “The Last Fashion” to coincide with the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair. Fifteen models wore dresses designed by Evaristti. He says they are for death-row prisoners to wear on their execution day. They will be offered as mail-order items to prisoners on death row in the United States.
Étienne-Jean Georget (1795–1828) was a French psychiatrist and is often dubbed the father of social psychology. His main specialization was psychopathology, defined as the study of mental illness, mental distress and abnormal, maladaptive behavior. He elaborated the idea of monomania, identifying specific preoccupations such as “theomania” (religious obsession), “erotomania” (sexual obsession), “demonomania” (obsession with evil) and “homicidal monomania” (senseless murder.)
He acted as a patron to Theodore Gericault, commissioning him to paint a series of ten portraits with mental patients as their subject matter. Georget reasoned that this would allow his students to study the facial traits of “monomaniacs.” Between 1821 and 1823, Gericault created works portraying mental patients, including those of a kidnapper, a kleptomaniac, a gambling addict and a “woman consumed with envy.”