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Southern Cross Review

Review of fiction, education, science, current events,
essays, book reviews, poetry and Anthroposophy

Number 72, September - October 2010



李貴君 Li Gui jun (China)


Editor's Page

"A Short Refutation of Natural Selection"

  
The famous example of monkeys reproducing Shakespeare as illustration of the role played by chance in biological evolution has often been attributed to T. H. Huxley, although that is probably not true. In fact the analogy goes back at least as far as Aristotle – in a different context and without the typewriter. It goes like this: If a thousand immortal monkeys sit down at a thousand indestructible typewriters, they would eventually produce, along with a lot of nonsense of course, all the works of Shakespeare...
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"Mafalda - Living upside-down"

Felipe: We live upside down? Where did you get that stupid idea?
Mafalda: Just look at a globe. Read more

Letters to the Editor

  
Dear Mr. Smith,
Just wanted to send a note of thanks - all of the articles in this edition seem very timely. But I wanted to send a special note of thanks to Steve Talbott for his exposé - I missed it over on netfuture, so it is good you all brought it to everyone's attention. Thanks for your devoted work ... we've been watching the SCR since the earliest days ... wonderful to see how everything is progressing!
Sincerely,
Howard Pautz
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Fiction

"The Tacuino" by R. Ariel Gomez

  
I bought the notebook in Florence. One for him, and another for me. The golden band that enveloped the black leather binding announced that it was called Tacuino and was still manufactured in the same way it had been when the greats had used it, like Maupassant, Hemingway, and some of our other favorite authors...Read more

"La Tacuino" - Compré la libretita en Florencia. Una para él, y otra para mí. La faja de papel dorado que envolvía sus tapas de cuero negro, anunciaba que la libretita se llamaba Tacuino y que se la seguía manufacturando de la misma manera que cuando la usaban grandes como Maupassant, Hemingway, y algunos otros de nuestros escritores favoritos... Leer más

"The Multicolored Goddess in Anthroposophical Heaven" by Roberto Fox as told to Frank Thomas Smith

  
Chiche invited me to a lecture at the local Anthroposophical Society on Saturday evening [...] Chiche is the nickname of one of my ex-clients who became a friend. I was able to discover the fate of her husband during the military dictatorship through my contacts in the Federal Police. He had been drugged, weighted and thrown out of a helicopter into the Rio de la Plata – the updated Argentine method of New York mafia killings where boats were used to the same effect and the body is never found. It was one of the many reasons why I decamped from Argentina and sat out the “dirty war” in the U.S. I didn’t want to be one of them. The information about her husband meant the end of hope for Chiche, who was already along in years then, and now she is in her eighties. She is a wonderful, courageous, intelligent woman, a school teacher by profession, and I didn’t have the heart to refuse her invitation...Read more


Current Events

"In Bed with the U.S. Army" by Ann Jones

  
In the eight years I’ve reported on Afghanistan, I’ve “embedded” regularly with Afghan civilians, especially women.  Recently, however, with American troops “surging” and journalists getting into the swing of the military’s counterinsurgency “strategy” (better known by its acronym, COIN), I decided to get with the program as well.  Last June, I filed a request to embed with the U.S. Army...Read more


"Oil on Troubled Waters in Burma" by Kaye Thomson

  
When Pandora opened the forbidden box and let loose all the miseries of greed, despair, lies and wrath, she slammed the lid shut while it still held imprisoned hope. Today hope still remains in limbo for the people of Burma who desperately desire a democratic government and freedom from the reign of terror wielded by the totalitarian regime in power.A military coup ousted the democratically elected National League for Democracy led by 65 year old, Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, and has held her under house arrest since July, 1989. The junta also suspended the constitution, outlawed all other political parties in Burma and imprisoned over 2,000 political opponents of the regime...Read more


Features

"Carta a 'Pepe' Mujica de Oscar Arias"

  
Excelentísimo señor Presidente:
No le escribo hoy a don José Alberto Mujica Cordano, sino al "Pepe" revolucionario, a ese hombre que en medio del fango del horror, conservó siempre intacta la flor de la justicia; a ese soñador que no apagó la luz de la utopía, ni en el más oscuro rincón de su celda olvidada; a ese idealista que defendió, ante ofensas y amenazas, una fe inquebrantable en un futuro mejor para Uruguay y para América Latina. Le escribo al "Pepe" para decirle que queda todavía, en el morral del tiempo, una última utopía: la abolición del ejército uruguayo...Leer más

"Letter to 'Pepe' Mujica from Oscar Arias"

  
Dear Mr. President,

I am not writing today to Jose Alberto Mujica Cordano, but to "Pepe" revolutionary, the man who in the mud of horror, always kept intact the flower of justice, to that dreamer who did not put out the light of Utopia, not even in the darkest corner of his forgotten cell, to that idealist who defended, against insults and threats, an abiding faith in a better future for Uruguay and Latin America. I am writing to "Pepe" to say that there is still time for a final utopia: the abolition of the Uruguayan army...Read more





"God, Satan and Human" by Amos Oz

  
When I was a child in Jerusalem, our teacher at a Jewish orthodox school taught us the book of Job. All Israeli children, to this day, study the book of Job. Our teacher told us how Satan travelled all the way from that book to the New Testament, and to Goethe's Faust, and to many other works of literature. And although each writer made something new of Satan, the devil, der Teufel, he was always the very same Satan: cool, amused, sarcastic and sceptical. A deconstructor of human faith, love and hope...



A Pair of Worn Shoes by Ken Wilber

  
In his essay entitled "The Origin of the Work of Art," Heidegger interprets a painting of a pair of shoes by Van Gogh in order to suggest that art can disclose truth. And however much we might agree with that general conclusion, Heidegger's path, in this particular case, is a prime example of what can go so horribly wrong when holonic contexts are ignored. The painting to which Heidegger refers is simply of a pair of rather worn shoes, facing forward, laces undone, and that is pretty much all; there are no other discernible objects or items. Heidegger assumes they are a pair of peasant shoes, and he tells us that he can, with reference to the painting alone, penetrate to the essence of its message...Read more


Anthroposophy

"Initiation - The Rose-Cross Meditation" by Rudolf Steiner

  
The attainment of a supersensible state of consciousness can only proceed from everyday waking consciousness. In this consciousness the soul lives before its elevation. Through the training the soul acquires a means of lifting itself out of everyday consciousness. The training that is under consideration here offers among the first means those that still may be designated as functions of everyday consciousness. The most important means are just those that consist of quiet activities of the mind. They involve the opening of the mind to quite definite thoughts. These thoughts exercise, by their very nature, an awakening power upon certain hidden faculties of the human mind... Read more




Karmic Relations, Volume 1, Lectures 4 and 5 by Rudolf Steiner

Today I wish to bring before you certain broader aspects concerning the development of karma, for we shall presently enter more and more into those matters which can only be illustrated — shall we say — by particular assumptions...Read more

The Consolidation of the Anthroposophical Movement by Rudolf Steiner

Having talked about various outer circumstances as well as the more intimate aspects of modern spiritual movements, I will attempt today and tomorrow to provide an interpretation of the conditions which govern the existence of the Anthroposophical Society in particular. And I will do so by means of various events which have occurred during the third phase of the movement...Read more


Poetry

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayler

  
The Outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.
A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at that -
We'd put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat...Read more



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