Dire predictions and prejudice (Stop-News, Israel) — April 25, 2013 — OUR PLANETA.Novosti Ecology — Ecology Our planeta.Novosti


I would like to ask the reader to question the answer to which may be quite different than described in this story.

Do you believe today, in the 21st century, a time of huge knowledge and pervasive media, if you believe in superstition, prejudice, the curse? Especially — in curses?

A few words about the superstitions and prejudices.

Superstition — uncritical faith in the fact that some of the events and phenomena occur under the influence of supernatural powers and can predict the future; prejudice — a view to reason or prior knowledge, prejudice, a learned man without evidence, not critically.

Because until now, although less frequently than before, all around us there are sometimes surprising, unexplained, still incomprehensible events and developments, strange coincidences. Not always and not all have the knowledge to give them a correct assessment. And people often want to believe in something wonderful, fantastic.

Modern psychologists even argue that superstition sometimes have a therapeutic effect: reduce, if not eliminate the fear of death, give hope for immortality, calm man alone in old age, some unpleasant, risky circumstances.

But the curse … It is quite another matter. They can be tenacious, with a suggestion passed on from generation to generation, and mess things up a lot of misery and misfortune. In many ways, the laws of vengeance curse depends on the mentality and psychology of the people, their suggestibility, mentality, but tend to be just an amazing coincidence of events taken by human beings for the execution of the curse, which is then blown up by the press.

And here's a well-known example where for over 150 years, people believed in a terrible, frightening curse, and which inexplicably and consistently during this time shall come to pass — the curse of Tecumseh.

Tecumseh's Curse — a curse for U.S. presidents to the seventh generation. According to legend, the curse of the presidents of the country gave the Shawnee Indian tribe leader — Tecumseh.

In 1811, there was a conflict that lasted for several years between the Indian tribe and the governor of Indiana HS Harrison about weaning their land.

The power of the Indians offered redemption for the land, but they refused and the conflict entered into military action. Tecumseh was seriously injured and before his death gave curse presidents of the country to the seventh generation, those who will be elected in a year ending in "0" and a multiple of 20 — will die before the end of their presidency.

The first victim of the curse itself was Harrison, who was elected president in 1840 and a few months later he died of pneumonia.

The next victim was the 16th President Abraham Lincoln, who was elected in 1860 and shot to death in a theater by John Booth before the end of his mandate.

In 1880 he was elected the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, and six months later was mortally wounded at the train station of the city of Washington. In 1900, again elected the 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, was fatally wounded in the stomach L.Chelgoshem anarchist and died shortly thereafter.

Warren G. Harding — 29th President, was elected in 1920, and three years later was found dead in a hotel in San Francisco. Presumably — died of a stroke.

Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd and the only president who was elected — in connection with the Second World War, 4 times — one of the elections held in 1940, died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage during the war, did not live to see victory and to complete the term of presidency.

The murder of a young 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who was elected in 1960 and was shot in Dallas in November 1963, they completed the seven tribes of the presidents of the predicted Tecumseh.

Lost if, at last, his strength Tecumseh's curse?

Ronald Reagan, elected in 1980, although he was injured in a criminal light, but survived.

George W. Bush was elected president in 2000, in which a grenade was thrown in Georgia, was not injured.

How does all this regard? What is it — just a random coincidence sinister deaths of the Presidents, bloated modern media?

Or is it a kind of psychic suggestibility and jobs in the minds of criminals — to fulfill the curse of Tecumseh?

And now — to the music … And we shall see — in this field of art there is something similar.

After the Second World War, in the 50s, in the music world at the same time the United States there were jazz, blues, country, folk, Dixieland.

Blues: the original — a lyrical song of African-Americans sad content, in the future, the performance of a fast pace — the rock 'n' roll. Country — rural music of the white population of the south and west by the U.S. based on the songs and dances of immigrants from Europe. Folk — folk music. Dixieland — the main form of traditional jazz in the southern United States.

All these musical currents then combined under one name — rock music. Today is the avant-garde rock music with a lot of flows, genres and subgenres. Global phenomenon of rock music has become thanks to the British group The Beatles and other groups from different countries.

The last decades appeared in England, and then spread throughout the world of hard rock — hard rock, the sound of music which feature large role of the rhythm section — bass and percussion instruments.

Hard Rock is also divided into sub-genres, and one of them — hevimetal — a special volume, fast paced, distorted and prolonged guitar solo, aggressive rhythm, screams, squeals, extreme, lighting and pyrotechnic effects, vocals in the high range and theme songs — Apocalypse War and sounding in every way — «Live fast, die yound» — «Live fast, die young."

Is it easy to create this young music and perform it for the young? How to respond to the huge decibels (unit volume) for extreme, themes end of the world and suicide — the brain, the nervous system, the mentality and the psychology of its creators, performers, listeners?

More often than not performers, but rather — almost always, is either a drug overdose or the brutal depression.

So often in their songs sound like a group of "Spleen", "Star of rock 'n' roll is to die very soon, zamyutit your voice to melt, burn out. At breakneck code during the guitar solo — take off. "

Or, as Alexander Bashlacheva, throwing himself down from the window of St. Petersburg high-rise buildings, "Well, what are you, brave! We need to fly! Well — the screw, everything — the propeller! "And these musicians feel something heroic in a similar fate, and the only smart stop, because they understand it as an art form rather than a fatal" fly "over the edge.

Here's how and why there was the infamous "27 Club". In this strange club include those rock musicians who have been successful have had an impact on rock music, have earned a lot, often on the top of popularity, but … was shot, hanged, drowned, went over to heroin or killed themselves in another way — at the age of 27 years.

And those in the West — a lot, and the circumstances of their deaths are usually strange, mysterious. This age for rock musicians press calls "accursed." Is it any wonder that, if many of these songs sound the refrain: "Live fast, die young"?

What is this? It turns out that the engine of modern rock music is the internal combustion musicians, the so-called "buried in rock," according to contemporary press? Zdravomyslyasche a cleverly it all?

Why do more and more and more in the arts, including — in the music pumped aggression, suicidal and apocalyptic themes?

Maybe this guilty eternally searching protesting, very instilled, inexperienced, reckless youth?

But, as we shall see — it is not. His prejudices and curses are subject to the creators of music and more respectable ages.

Here's an example: the curse of the Ninth Symphony, which the composer after the establishment soon dies.

German composer Arnold Schoenberg wrote in an obituary on the death of the great Gustav Mahler:

"As you can see, the Ninth — is a milestone. Who wants to step over him to leave. Perhaps the Tenth ushered us to something that we can not know what we are not yet ripe. Ninth created too close to the beyond … ".

Where did this superstition, it is a curse? After all, Haydn wrote 104 symphonies, Mozart — 41, Myaskovsky — 27 …

Rumors about the mystical number 9 crawled along the Austrian capital Vienna after the death of the genius composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who died in 1827, just after the writing of the Ninth Symphony to the text of the poem "Ode to Joy" by Schiller, great, marvelous symphony.

Incidentally, the music is the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven in 1972 was adopted as the anthem of the European Union.

At the funeral of another talented composer Beethoven — Franz Schubert caught a bad cold, and quite young — at 31 years old, died of pneumonia, leaving nine symphonies, too, that only reinforced this sinister superstition.

The same thing happened with the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, German composer Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler, Russian composer Alexander Glazunov — after the creation of his Ninth Symphony, they died.

Knowing about the "curse of the Ninth Symphony", hypochondriac and mystically minded Gustav Mahler even foresaw this in his 50 years. Therefore, his Ninth Symphony is imbued with the basic idea — a farewell to life.

Even more tragic life and death after the Ninth Symphony, the last in the twentieth century, the prominent classical composer, a citizen of Russian Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998).

His German-Jewish origin, the rejection of his new, modern music the Union of Soviet Composers, inability to publish their works have led to the fact that he had a four stroke, ending on palsy, leaving for permanent residence and treatment, as well as citizenship in Germany.

There, in a hospital setting, paralyzed arm on a special stand, he wrote his last — Ninth Symphony. But she was not finished, the author of four pieces were written by three, and then — too sloppy.

After the death of Alfred Schnittke his wife Irina Schnittke appealed to a close in spirit to her husband's friend, the composer Nikolai Korndorf with a request to decipher illegible writing score of the Ninth Symphony and write its ending.

This work was in full swing when Nicholas Korndorf, young, healthy, cheerful man, playing on the playground with his son in football, suddenly fell dead.

These are accompanied by the tragic events of the birth of Alfred Schnittke's Ninth Symphony, one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. In the end, this symphony yet been deciphered and over Alexander Raskatova — composer, a former Muscovite, now living in France.

Similar examples of survivability tragic in its consequences of prejudice in the minds of people talk about the extent to which the person has not learned himself, does not know itself, its own psychology. And to what a large extent controlled by man unfounded fears, mystery, mistrust, how much people are told influenced others, and even directed, deliberate brainwashing.

That means, dear readers, that there is a strange paradox — with all the tremendous development of science and technology, which are achieved by mankind, the man himself is being quite weak, manageable, that we are not completely free in their own, voluntarily, and a decent selection of life prospects .

Faina Mastinskaya

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