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The Age of Tele-man


mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>The word is the ancient Greek word "tele" ["te" pronounced: "tea", as in 'tea-party", and "le" pronounced as in "Lexington", with the accent on "tea"]. It is an adverb which means: "far off" or "at a distance". The word is at least 3,000 years old, as it is found in the works of Homer. As an adverb, it is not used by the modern Greeks. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Here is the beginning of the trajectory of the word through these centuries:

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Tele-scope [tele + scopein (to watch, in Greek). Year 1609, Galileo.]

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Tele-graph [tele + graphein (to write, in Greek). Year 1792 in France.]

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Tele-phone [tele + phoni (voice, in Greek). Year 1796.]

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Tele-gram [tele + graphema (written text, in Greek). Year 1852.]

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- and so on , and on. [There are more than 70 entries in the dictionaries for the word "tele", as a prefix].

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Tele-vision [tele + vision. Year 1907] and Tele-x, being the last ones, alphabetically.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>{Note: The most "amusing" entry is: tel(e)-evangelist [tele + euaggelion (good tiding, in Greek. Year 1973). For example, the "good tiding" that Obama, Cameron, et al, rabid opponents of chemical weapons, did not (yet) add a few more thousand corpses in Syria to those amassed by them in Afghanistan, Africa, etc.} 

Most of the above words, in the dictionary, are terms coined to describe a human invention. It seems that man has always had the passion (or need) to strive to communicate or to act from a distance. Hence, the above long list for "tele", as a prefix. However, the "tele" prefix did not make it in the family of inventions lately; the internet, the mobile, the drone, etc. 

So, is the successful inventions by "sapiens", that enable him to communicate or to act from a distance, good or bad? 

As with all matters of technology, it can have positive or a negative aspects, depending on who uses it. 

To linger on the negative aspects of the internet, the mobile telephones, the drones, etc. is redundant. However, it is not far-fetched to say that by now there is a new species on this planet; the "tele-man"!

 

 

Teleman 

Georg Philipp Telemann was born in 1681, four years before the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach and of Georg Friedrich Handel, both born in 1685. By coincidence (?) all three have bequeathed us the ultimate musical offerings in human history. 

In 1700 the 19-year-old Telemann, on his way to law school, "having renounced a musical career by maternal command" (wife of a clergyman), passing through the hometown of the then 15-year-old Handel, "who was already famous", struck up a friendship with the boy and later admitted that Handel "... nearly overthrew all my resolutions". [Herbert Weinstock, "Handel", Greenwood Press, 1959, p.16]. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>That was a very brief portrait of a "Telemann" of three centuries ago. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial"> It seems "blasphemous", at least, to write about music while in Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria, Palestine, etc blood is shed, or while in Greece people are in extremely deep misery.

 

Here are two reasons for committing this "sin": 

1. The folk music of all peoples, has tremendous quality and beauty, due to a musical history of thousands of years behind it. However, from a certain point in the cultural evolutionary process the "production" of music turned into an "art". So, a few centuries ago Bach and Handel, using the tools of this art, composed music that is a treasure in the history of humanity. This treasure was usurped by the world elites and was used as an instrument to separate the highbrow culture of the elites from the lowbrow vulgarity of the "ordinary" people, because they (the elites) were the only ones that could ... "understand" the music of Bach and Handel.

 

Here is the opinion of some important persons about this treasure:

 

- Beethoven: "Handel is the greatest of us all".

 

- Mozart: "When he [Handel], chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt".

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”> - Einstein: "… Handel, .., stands as little below Bach as Bach is below him".

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Equally important and revealing, concerning this treasure, is the opinion of Tara Clancy, a writer and performer in New York, as recorded in the Op-Ed page of the July 11, 2013 issue of the International Herald Tribune, the Global Edition of the New York times. She writes: 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>The very first place she cleaned was a Manhattan duplex … And it turned out to be her last housekeeping job. Over the course of a year she would go from being the cleaning lady to the secretary to the girlfriend of the multimillionaire who owned it. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>For me the effects of our bridging the class divide are significant, … My 2-year-old son, who has never met my mother's ex, nevertheless reaps the benefits of both sides of my mother's life. She likes to play him Vivaldi during dinner." (Emphasis, added.) 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>A society that has such a vision does not spill blood, does not use chemical weapons or drones. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>2. Noam Chomsky's various references, in his work, to Wilhelm von Humboldt has been an educational resource for me. Humboldt was born in 1769, 10 years after the death of Handel. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>The means to reach this end, according to Humboldt is Bildung; the German word for education and culture. Furthermore, by Bildung he basically means self-education. Also, he thinks that history is part of this self-education. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Again, in a pareconish society Bildung is the foundation of its vision and what is important, it offers a multitude of opportunities to acquire that. End of the Parenthesis] 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>1. I and hundreds of thousands of fellow Greeks received a letter by Master Stournaras's tax people at 11 a.m. which ordered us to pay (for the umpteenth time in a year) taxes for the houses we live in, by 2:30 p.m. of the same day. Otherwise, a fine will be imposed on us by the "kind" Oxonian. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>By now it is more than obvious that the occupiers have decided that Greece, as a geographical region, should undergo a "structural rearrangement". The last two words do not constitute a term of economics. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Health mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Nazis mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Russians et al: I had to spend the last two months on the island of Paros. The town of Naousa is the place preferred by most of the tourists, from all over the world, who visit the island. Some Russians entered a jewelry store, ignored the Greek lady, owner of the store, pulled the drawers and trays with the jewelry and handled it at their will. The lady managed to drive them out of the shop. The behavior of the Russians is not unexpected. Last year, again on the island of Paros, in a conversation with a Frenchman I met irony, contempt, and denigration of the Greeks. Most world media did a good job for that. Do not forget the US "Vanity Fair" [see my ZNet Commentary of Sept. 26, 2010, "Thackeray's Greeks?], the German "Bild", etc. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Water mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Trains mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Last night I stopped writing this article. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- The Nazis killed a 34-year-old man of the Greek Left. The young man from a working-class family, besides working as a laborer was, also, a US-style "rapper" [if I use the term correctly] with the name of "Killah P" [Killer of the Past]. The killer was arrested by a policewoman. Her male colleagues, present at the scene, did not act. The killer and his wife [repeat: his wife] are Nazis. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>This minute (9 p.m. Sept. 17) there is reaction by the Greeks against the Nazis in many Greek cities and towns. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>People, whether Nazis or crypto-Nazis, should take into account that the Greek Left during the Second World War defeated Hitler, their mentor.