Sunday, January 27, 2008

Another haiku

A second self, I
feel strands between us, stretching...
Hope they will not break.

De l’Avatar

(English version)

Faisant suite à l'intéressant article de mon amie Arm (on a toujours besoin de revoir ses sources) voici quelques pistes de réflexion:

-On ne nait pas avatar : on le devient (Sofian de Beauvoir)*
-L'avatar nous ressemble, trop.
-J'aime mon avatar, est-ce de l'inceste Dr Freud?
-Quand mon avatar me regarde dans les yeux, j'ai presque envie de les baisser.
-l'Homme a créé les dieux à son image, et il fait la même erreur avec son avatar.
-Dis-moi quel est ton avatar, peut-être pourrais-je te dire ce que tu n'es pas.

*pour les incultes, extrait de « Le deuxième sexe » de Simone de Beauvoir (On ne naît pas femme : on le devient)

Le mensonge, le silence, la dissimulation sont des avatars nécessaires de l'union conjugale ; ils assurent la durée et la stabilité de la double infranchissable solitude. (Michèle Mailhot)
Extrait de Veuillez agréer...


English version
Following the interesting post of my friend Arm (we still need to review our sources) here are some lines of thought:

-One is not born an avatar: one becomes one (Sofian de Beauvoir)*
-The avatar looks like us, too much.
-I like my avatar, is that incest Dr. Freud?
-When my avatar looks at me in the eyes, I nearly want to look down.
-Man created gods in his own image, and he made the same mistake with his avatar.
-Tell me what's your avatar, perhaps I might tell you what you are not.

* For the uneducated, excerpt from “The Second Sex” by Simone de Beauvoir ( One is not born a woman: one becomes one)

PHYSIOGNOMY, n. The art of determining the character of another by the resemblances and differences between his face and our own, which is the standard of excellence.

"There is no art," says Shakespeare, foolish man,
"To read the mind's construction in the face."
The physiognomists his portrait scan,
And say: "How little wisdom here we trace!
He knew his face disclosed his mind and heart,
So, in his own defence, denied our art."
Lavatar Shunk
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)


"Avatar", one definition

"Avatar. In Hinduism, an incarnation of Vishnu. Used more generally by occultists and theosophists to denote any divine incarnation".

"Vishnu. In Hinduism, one of the three major gods of the trimurti, the other two being Brahma and Shiva. Vishnu was originally a Vedic god who acquired prominence as a peaceful sky-god, protector of the universe. As a guide and friend of humankind, Vishnu was belived to have incarnated on several occasions (the number of incarnations varies from ten to thirtynine) in order to save the world in times of chrises. Among Vishnu's most famous incarnations were Rama (described in the Ramayana) and Krishna (described in the Bhagavad Gita). Many devotees also considered Gautama Buddha as an incarnation. Vishnu's final appearance as Kalki, at the end of the world, is still to come".

From "Dictionary of mysticism and the occult" by Nevill Drury, (1985).