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A Day to Sightseer: The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures

When you just want to rejuvenate after a week of arduous days in the office, surely you needed a break and yes, I definitely needed one. Having mentioned in my previous blogs that going out hasn’t been my thing and yet here I was, taking a tour, I wanted to try something new to regain my ‘A’ game other than sleeping all day. Why not, right?

I’d like to begin this blog by showcasing the experience I had on the place. It was last Saturday when I decided to visit an exhibit in Barangka Marikina City, located at the 2nd level of E-com Building in Riverbanks Center called The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures. I would consider it (for me) a hidden exhibit. Why? Because there are no directions or any signs of a museum ahead (none at all) I had a bit of a hard time looking for it, (I don’t know maybe the fact that I do not usually go out made me a not-so street wise person) so to be able to get to my destination, I needed to approach a guard just to save my time and to prevent myself from getting lost because I was new to the place. Thanks, Grab car! 

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What I actually loved about my tour last Saturday was that the time that my feet stepped on the entrance I could already feel the serenity of the place. The white and golden brown paint on the walls contribute a good ambiance to the entirety of the place. It depicts the look of a typical museum. There are several collections inside as expected,  I was able to enjoy scrutinizing every pieces of sculptures/figurines that they have included, there are also little information accompanied in each pieces.  I thank myself for being such an early bird because aside from being the first one to arrive on this museum, I was also able to tour on the place peacefully.

The Spirit of Bethlehem is said to be a private collection of over 500 belens/nativity sets/posters/paintings and sculptures from all over the world, collected thru decades of devotion to the Infant Jesus, by the owner, Gigi Abaya-Carlos. I find it amazing because there are nativity sets that have been bought on the 1900s and yet you won’t see any damages from it. I assume they really did well on preserving such collections.

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As you can see these pieces of the holy family is originated from Bethlehem and the other, from Italy.

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This one is not your typical Christmas tree. The holes that you can see served as the home of every little nativity sets. The lighting on the inside made it solemnly magical.

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On the other hand, Museum of Miniatures is just a step away from The Spirit of Bethlehem; it’s a two in one museum, as I may call it. The miniatures featured on it are part of the collection of the late Aleli Vengua who passionately handcrafted most of the pieces herself. It is said that the materials used on every pieces are mostly from scrap items such as plastic, wood, aluminum, fabric, and glass. Just look how amazing these tiny chairs are.

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Some of the miniatures are also intricately designed that would make it harder to imagine it was only Aleli Vengua alone who created it. I wonder how many years it took her to finish a miniature of a living room.

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and look at my close-up photograph of Vengua’s miniature of a Christmassy living room.

Some of these frames hold the articles regarding the making of the incredible small world of Aleli Vengua.

Oh look, the first admission ticket on Aleli Vengua’s Museum of Miniatures. It’ll only cost you P5.00 for adults and P2.50 for kids back then and look how huge it is, 8.5 by 11, I guess? Incredible!museum 3 first ticket.jpg

 

To this end, I would say The Spirit of Bethlehem and the Museum of Miniatures is a good recommendation, in fact, I would highly-recommend this place for people who wish to unwind and relax like me, people who has been seeking an inspiration for paintings, sculptures, interior design are also advisable to visit the place because why not? Check it out so would know why. The general admission for both The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures are only P75.00 per head. There will be 20% discount for senior citizens, just show your ID. Now with teachers with ID and children either with the height below 4ft. or younger than 6 yrs. old (with proof, of course) will take a tour on the museum for FREE but this one is not applicable to children’s group tour/field trip. The museum is open from Friday to Sunday only, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM but if you have an appointment with the place or you’ve booked an event (recommended for a group of 30 persons or more) on the said museum, Monday to Thursday schedule will be available.

I’ve been totally in awe by the sight of the featured collections. All of it was just so amazingly created.

Credits to the owner of the photograph used as my featured photo.

 

A Day at The Oatmeal

“Today I don’t feel like doing anything…” What a new song..

 

Yes, I really don’t feel like doing anything today. Supposedly, I am to blog about weird and hilarious internet trends in 2016 but it seems like my focus and concentration to work on it isn’t there for now so what I did is that I browsed sites which I usually stop by: Facebook, Twitter…etc.  In my Facebook profile, I happen to notice this certain page that is included in my liked pages which (kind of) surprised me because I haven’t checked it out before.

The page titled as The Oatmeal. I checked it out, saw the linked website and voila! It fascinates and entertains me. According to the great man named Matthew Inman, the owner of the site, The Oatmeal is a compilation of HIS comics and blogs alone; there are also some of his published books that is already in the process of advertisement. His topics focused on let’s say simple comics/cartoon but with very clever ending. This is what gets my attention. I love clever endings; those with dark humor and whimsy idea but still end up entertaining and …what else?

It makes you think twice before you proceed to the next comic.

I also admire how he illustrates his characters. They don’t look good, the imperfections are there and that’s what I think is amazing maybe because it also what makes the entire site comical. I’ve read some of its comics and so far my favorite among all his works is the “How to be perfectly unhappy” because I relate to it, as simple as that. Let me just share two of Matthew Inman’s comics that really got me.

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“My Dog is a Paradox”. After I’ve read this comic, I suddenly thought of my dog (Yes, aside from cats, I now have a dog) Inman is right. Our dogs won’t be there for so long unlike us. Their life span is only around 10 to 13 years and after that death will come and get them away from us. I actually had this sudden realization about my dear pets. My cat has been there for me since I was nine, I have developed a deep relationship with it because of course, and she’s the only thing I had when my parents died. (Let’s cut that, I hate dramas.) And yet now I have a dog, a gift from a friend of mine who I happened to see seldom, I just thought of her through the dog.

It seem strange to me.

Within only three months, I was able to get close with the dog, our favorite playtime was the “fetch-thing” the one they oddly love to play and he’s very clingy I don’t know but I think he’s clingier than my kitty… He licks my face all the time and Inman is right, my dog loves to lick his balls which made me sometimes stay away from him afterwards.

Though we just met and I’ve been with him only three months from now, I already consider my dog as my best friend and I think we should, right?

(This comic is quite long but I can assure you it’s worth the read. Keep reading!)

Creativity is like breathing.”

crea1crea2crea3crea4crea5crea6crea7crea8crea9This one serves as a piece of advice to me. I am a blogger and sometimes I also feel like everything I do is a mess which occasionally I guess, is right. My mind has to run and run to all the thoughts that I think is crucial just to come up with a topic but then still I have stumbled on writer’s block. There was a time when I really don’t know what to type about… what to tackle, or anything I was simply clueless of what to do. I realized then that I really need to breathe. I need to rejuvenate, get out (which seriously not my thing) and have a bit of fun. Such a good advice for suffocating artists!

 

Overall, The Oatmeal is a good recommendation for those people who wish to brighten their apathetic days. The site does not simple revolve around a single concept but he’s intention to entertain and just create is there, his readers just have to appreciate his works all the time, no matter how simple it’ll be.

 

Check out the site here: http://theoatmeal.com/

Margarita Kareva and her stunning creativity in Photography

When we say creative photography, it shows the genuine and uniqueness of the photographer coming from the photos taken by himself. It stands out among the rest and will surely be the apple of the eye once it is presented.

This photographer from Ekaterniburg (Russia) proved that creativity in photography has no limit. Margarita Kareva who spends visiting photo shoot and master classes around the world also do individual staged photo shoot, wedding photography and Love story, Art projects (the one I’m really fond of) and Advertising photography as the scope of her work.

I am absolutely impressed with her shoots so I would gladly share it out to my dear readers. Here are some of Kareva’s photographs that not only I, has been captivated and stunned by its beauty but most probably you and most of her clients as well.

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These photographs are all from Kareva’s different album. Aren’t they all stunning and creatively perfect?

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Not only with how Margarita Kareva shows her creativity in all of her photographs I am very impressed, the Russian designer (I assume he is) also took a great part in such a fairy tale idea. It really complements to the background, the scenery, and some of the animals involved. Wonderful!

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All of them are just pretty amazing.

Aside from making fairy tales to life, Margarita Kareva is also offering training of image processing in Adobe Photoshop. This can either be in person or online through Skype. To check more about Kareva, see it here: http://kareva-margo.com/

Men’s guidelines to end their girlfriends Valentine’s Day in seventh heaven

 

 

No more than two weeks before Saint Valentine’s Day. Some men already have plans how to make that day unforgettable and special (at least for them) and also there were some who until now clueless of how are they going to celebrate this so-called lover’s day (because people usually celebrate it with their partner) with their girlfriends. Just in case, you’re one of those men who haven’t planned anything yet this guidelines to wrap-up her Valentine’s will, I think, help you figure out what would be the perfect date or To-do for your girlfriend consider the coming Valentine’s day UNFORGETTABLE.

 

So here it goes.

 

First of all, we both know there are different types of women in this world: the chic, the geeky-woman, the one-of the-boys, the conservative type…just to name a few. If you’re following my site, you are probably familiar with my blog “What other people think on a boyish chic?” from there, I mention the types of women not to mention the blog really focus only to what are those boyish chic. Who are they, what they do and what they feel towards people who bad-mouthed them due to misinterpretations. https://thestrayrussianblue.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/what-other-people-think-on-a-boyish-chic/

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  •  Walking, strolling on a park enjoying the beautiful and captivating scenery of nature around you would be the perfect Valentine’s date for your nature-lover girlfriend. Simply because this type of women appreciate the beauty of her surroundings just as how she appreciates your presence. If you’re going to ask me between day and night of roaming around the park, I prefer during the night not only because I am not used to bunch of people but also because I do not like the brightness of sun.

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  • Watch all the hot and trending showing movies in cinemas talk about Fifty shades Darker, everybody’s waiting for that controversial movie and surely you’re movie enthusiast girlfriend will enjoy it, knows all the movies to watch on that day and if you’re lucky, she’ll be the one to choose it for you and you’ll never have to worry choosing which of them she’ll like.

Want some suggestions? John Wick, The Space Between Us, Havenhurst, The Lego Batman, The Great Wall…

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  • A day of food-trip. Oh yes! Food! , says your foodie girlfriend. It is not that she’s a glutton maybe she just adores food that much. Obviously, a date with all the food that you’ve been longing to taste around you is the best Valentine’s date ever for a food-lover lady. Surely you won’t be surprise if you get yourself broke just for a day. It’s good to have back-ups, right?

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  • Valentine’s Day filled with extreme adventures is what your fearless and outgoing girlfriend would definitely enjoy. Let her try the next levels of zip lines, bungee jumping, sky diving or maybe go hiking as well, end your date night pampering yourselves on a spa to relax.  Why not try the wine bath at Aire Ancient Baths in New York City (I just saw this featured on Insider travel)

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  • A stroll to book museums bounded by collections of classics and modern books, miniatures and exhibits matches your geek and artistic girlfriend who appreciates arts and literature of all ages. It doesn’t matter if you do not feel the same (because I could sense a little violent reaction from men out there) by just keeping yourself occupied through exploring the place, checking out the pieces would surely eliminate your mind from being uninterested to the place. Look at your girl; if she enjoys it, aren’t you supposed to feel the same? Don’t forget to buy her a new book before the date ends!

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  • Stay-cation: movie marathon, games enjoying your Xbox or Playstation, eating whatever you both feels to buy, a simple and gamer girlfriend will surely mark the coming Valentine’s day fun and already special most especially if you let her win in all the games that you’re going to play. (Silly.) But seriously, gamers love to play all the games it doesn’t even matter if it decades old if it is still fun to play, they will play it. So if you wanted to make your girl exuberant and glad make sure to buy a new game earlier by now, you never know how much it’ll surprise her especially if you get to buy those that would squeeze her enthusiasm so much.

 

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  • A collection of new make-up kits: lippies, the limited edition mascara or whatsoever, the widespread black mask that could remove her white heads… etc. will absolutely make your beauty-conscious girlfriend’s heart leaps. She takes care of her looks very much that she always wanted to look good in front of you. So when the time that you’ll buy her those that I’ve mentioned, she will probably thinks you appreciate her effort for that and I surely think you guys really do.

 

There you go the guidelines in making your girl perfectly fine this coming Valentine’s Day. I hope you get to take ideas from it if not, then you’re completely in trouble because YOU ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO PREPARE!

I always love this quotation saying that once a person loves you, all the imperfections of him/her will all become beautiful. At the end of day, no matter how much time you consumed or the efforts that you exerts just to make that day special, little or not, your girl will surely appreciate it because it’s you who made it. I’m pretty sure she’ll do the same effort to make you happy on that day. Just appreciate her as well.

 

Good luck!

Are you fond of using these fonts?Stop it now.

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Like most rational people, I’ve never been a fan of Comic Sans. In fact, I die a little inside when I see that this font is still used on some websites and blogs! Imagine my delight when I happened upon a website called BanComicSans.com, whose sole purpose is to banish this font to the nether regions of the Internet.

Their online petition (that’s right, they started a petition) has attracted more than 5,000 signatures, which leads me to believe that many people really, truly and passionately dislike Comic Sans. But let me be devil’s advocate for just a minute here, because as much as Comic Sans makes my toes curl, it’s not even the worst font out there.

Typography is pretty important — in fact, it can speak louder than words. I liken it to our style of clothing, which speaks to who we are. How many times have you met someone and based solely on how they dressed, instantly thought they were cool and someone you want to talk to?

That same process happens every time someone lands on a website. In a split second, we take in the typography, the colors, the imagery, the white space, the overall style. In that split second, we make a judgment: is this somewhere want to hang out for a few seconds/minutes, or am I automatically discounting this and bouncing away?

Comic Sans makes people bounce. It’s that awful.

But like I said, some fonts are even more offensive and awful. Here are 10 examples Carly Stec over at HubSpot came up — I made a visual out of her list because you have to see these bad boys to truly appreciate just how much they need to die:

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Originally posted on Inc.com

 

I never thought Times New Roman made it on the list. Do you have any idea why it does? I agree on the rest though.

DOSE OF BOREDOM KILLER: Clever Comics and Illustrations from different Clever Artists

We could not deny the fact that once we were trapped in the midst of boredom; we always look for something that would draw our attention. In my being, I prefer reading whimsy comics, those that usually end up unexpectedly it’ll make me laugh.

To share it with you, I actually have only two trusted sites which I believe could give me the satisfaction when it comes to my comic needs, those that could definitely vanish my boredom and transform them into joviality.

Do you have one? Let me know.

Bored Panda and The Oatmeal. Yes, these were the said sites. Bored Panda is actually a submission platform, a leading art design and photography community for creative people that helps them, artists and creators turn their stories into. The Oatmeal is kind of different. The Oatmeal is entirely a humor website created by cartoonist Matthew Inman .Everything that is written and published in this site is his original comics and take it from me, his comics, everything in his site are worth-wasting time reading.

For now, I will be sharing stuffs that I’ve enjoyed from Bored Panda alone so you guys wouldn’t be fed up with the silly jokes, the “clever” and should I say very cynical comics in it.

  1. We are all good in different aspects. It is just that on the early stage of growing up, we have to deal with things out of our interest. Well, think of it as the foundation of your intelligence. I believe that it all depends on one’s mindset.

clever 1.jpg         2.  Look how powerful our words could destroy one’s being.  Brutally nailed it.

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3.   I didn’t see that coming. Lol.

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4. Oh  my poor cats! But hey, my cats are lovable.

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5. A little way to begin reviving humanity. Start it with the children.

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6.  This is indeed silly. Sorry but I had to just include this. HAHA

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7.  People had a slight misunderstanding about this one. How come they did not realize that the possessed human didn’t just recognize the priest. There aren’t unusual to that. Still, it’s funny. HAHA

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I also sympathize to these illustrations of Alex Noriega (Stuff No One Told Me)  so it made on my list. Do you agree as well?

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I’m thinking maybe we could because why not?


 

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To enjoy more of these illustrations, check this link:

http://www.boredpanda.com/stuff-no-one-told-me-snotm-alex-noriega/?page_numb=2

http://www.boredpanda.com/cynical-comics-illustrations-cinismoilustrado/?page_numb=3

 

Kill the boredom in you ! Cheer up !

 

Extraordinary Works of Israeli Artist: ZEMER PELED

Anyone can be an artist of their own but having a trademark is considered to be superior.

Zemer Peled is a sculptor and installation artist whose works focused on the scrutiny
of nature’s beauty. To begin with her master piece, she grinds and cuts thousands of
porcelain to assemble the shards to form into large-scale/small-scale sculptures and
also installations.

The following are Peled’s impressive works:

  1. Japan’s collection (porcelain shards, fired clay, 2013
    H14 X W10.2 X L7 inch or H36 X W26 X L18 cm)

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2. Single Bloom  (porcelain shards, fired clay, 2014
H13.7 X W23.6 X L23.6 inch or H35 X W60 X L60 cm)

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3.   Pair by the Sea (porcelain shards, fired clay, 2014
H11 X W19 X L23 inch or H28 X W48.2 X L58.4 cm each)

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4. Three Hoo Intertwined  (porcelain shards, fired clay, 2015
H23 X W9 X L11 inch or H58.4 X W22.8 X L27.9 cm)

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5Single Central Bloom (porcelain shards, fired clay, 2015
                                                      H5 X W12 X L12 inch or H12.7 X W30.4 X L30.4 cm)
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6.  Shards Flower Collection 3 (porcelain shards, fired clay
W12 x D3 inches or W30 x D7.5 cm)

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7.  Bunch of Shards (porcelain shards, fired clay, 2015
16 inches diameter, D10) 

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8. Wondering Nowhere (porcelain shards, fired clay, 2015
H18 x W17 x D8 inches or H46 x W43 x D20 cm)

  9. Dusk (porcelain shards, ceramic, 2016
                H36 x L24 x D27 inches)

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There were few sculptures that were also undeniably nice but is untitled. Few of them are as follows:

   Porcelain, 2016
   H15 x L21 x D21 inches 

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   Porcelain shards, fired clay, 2015
   H12.5 X W13.3 X L7.4 inch or H32 X W34 X L19 cm

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   H22 x L17 x D17 inches

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Aren’t they all amazingly beautiful?

You can check out more and explore Zemer Peled’s sculpture compilation here: http://www.zemerpeled.com/

2016 Holiday Gift Guide — CBS DC

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus…with the ultimate holiday gift guide! Buying gifts for the whole family doesn’t have to be a daunting task. This holiday gift guide has a present for everyone on your list. The Tech GuruHigh Definition Camera Lens And Casewww.momentlens.co They say a picture is worth a thousand words.…

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10+ Quotable quotes from novels written by Herman Hesse

Herman Hesse is a German-born Swiss novelist, poet and painter. He was known for his winning works: Steppenwolf, Siddharta, Demian and The Glass Bead Game in which each of them focus on the scrutiny of individual’s search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality.

As a tribute for the late Nobel laureate, I have collected notable quotes from Hesse’s best-known novels that will surely awaken your inner sense.

Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf addresses division within the self and society, and the effects such divisions can have on an individual, such as loneliness, self-mutilation, and possible suicide. As to what I have researched, probably this novel depicts Hesse’s depression and suicidal state during his youth. steppenwolf.jpg

I have read a lot of quotes on Steppenwolf but so far these were the ones that really appealed to me.

 

“There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert it.”

“For what I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.”

“When I have neither pleasure nor pain and have been breathing for a while the lukewarm insipid air of these so called good and tolerable days, I feel so bad in my childish soul that I smash my moldering lyre of thanksgiving in the face of the slumbering god of contentment and would rather feel the very devil burn in me than this warmth of a well-heated room. A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life. I have a mad impulse to smash something, a warehouse, perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself, to commit outrages, to pull off the wigs of a few revered idols…”

“Most men will not swim before they are able to.” Is that not witty? Naturally, they won’t swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for the water. And naturally they won’t think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what’s more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown.”

“There are always a few such people who demand the utmost of life and yet cannot come to terms with its stupidity and crudeness.”

Hesse was also known for his notable novel, Siddhartha that deals with the spiritual journey of self- discovery of a man named Siddharta, the title itself during the time of the Gautama Buddha. It is said that for you to be able to understand this novel, you have to be aware of the process of synthesis, a mental process of reconciling dualities of opposing elements.1-Siddhartha.jpg  Hesse became aware of this process of unifying opposites during his period of psychoanalysis under Dr. Joseph Bernhard Lang and Lang’s mentor, Dr. Carl Gustav Jung. We can see this process at work in his psychoanalytic and post-psychoanalytic literature (including Siddhartha and Steppenwolf, and also probably Demian), in which the theme of self-quest by resolving chaotic polar opposites appears. Here are my chosen quotes on the said piece.

“When someone seeks,” said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”

 “I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”

“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.” 

 

“So she thoroughly taught him that one cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every last bit of the body has its secret, which brings happiness to the person who knows how to wake it. She taught him that after a celebration of love the lovers should not part without admiring each other, without being conquered or having conquered, so that neither is bleak or glutted or has the bad feeling of being used or misused.”

“I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair; I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.”

“Opinions mean nothing; they may be beautiful or ugly, clever or foolish, anyone can embrace or reject them.”

In 1916 to 1917 Hesse underwent treatment through psychoanalysis with Dr. Josef Lang, a disciple of Carl Jung. Through his contact with Lang and later, in 1921, from having psychoanalysis done by Jung, Hesse became very interested in Jungian analysis and interpretation. Demian is replete with both Jungian archetypes and Jungian symbolism. demian.jpgIn addition, this psychoanalysis helped Hesse identify psychological problems which he had experienced in his youth, compromising internal tension caused by a conflict between his own carnal instincts and the strict moralism of his parents. These themes appear throughout Demian as semi-autobiographical reflections upon Hesse’s own exploration of Jungian philosophy. Check out the notable passages on it.

 

“The bird struggles out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird then flies to God. That God’s name is Abraxas”

 

“Fate and temperament are two words for one and the same concept.” That was clear to me now.

(By how Hesse expressed his thoughts through figurative language, you can clearly understand what he wanted to represent.)

“I have no objection to worshiping this God Jehovah, far from it. But I mean we ought to consider everything sacred, the entire world, not merely the artificially separated half! Thus alongside the divine service we should also have a service for the devil.”

“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”

And lastly, The Glass Bead Game, it is said that this novel was Hesse last and longest piece that he had ever written published in 1943. The title “Glass bead game” is the literal translation of the German title, but originally the book was published under the title “Magister Ludi”, Latin for “Master of the Game”. the glass bead game.jpgHowever, this title is misleading, as it directly implies that the book is a straightforward “bildungsroman” (the novel of formation, novel of education, or coming-of-age story). In reality, the novel is about two main dualities and dissecting them at their cores through intense self-analysis and binary oppositions, illustrated through two main settings: The Eastern philosophy versus the Western philosophy and the Worldy pleasures versus Asceticism.

Here are my personally-picked quotes from this novel:

 

“No permanence is ours; we are a wave that flows to fit whatever form it finds”

“There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught.”

“Should we be mindful of dreams?” Joseph asked. “Can we interpret them?” The Master looked into his eyes and said tersely: “We should be mindful of everything, for we can interpret everything.”

“The old man slowly raised himself from the piano stool, fixed those cheerful blue eyes piercingly and at the same time with unimaginable friendliness upon him, and said: “Making music together is the best way for two people to become friends. There is none easier. That is a fine thing. I hope you and I shall remain friends. Perhaps you too will learn how to make fugues, Joseph.”

I think what Herman Heese wanted us to learn from his novels are: the importance of self- discovery, enlightenment of the reality, the spiritual belief, and also us, embracing the dualities.

Hesse wanted us to discover our inner self because as to what he had experienced, this was very essential. Reality is a horrible thing, we know that, but having the thought of being enlightened to it is a powerful armor to be used as shield in any hindrance. True to fact, Hesse also expressed his spiritual belief (In Demian and Siddharta, probably) in which he used symbolic characters to represent Jehovah, the Jewish God, and that his belief that it embodies only the one face of God, ruling over all the wholesomeness. Hesse believes that there must be dualities into it. If people served the God of wholesomeness, then they should also serve the contrary. Hence, both of these opposing forces should be considered as necessary.

I believe that in some aspects we should believe how Hesse views the world but on the other hand, we should also evaluate it with ourselves because I surely know we believe in the saying “To see is to believe”.  Oh, let me rephrase that… To experience is to believe.

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