Wittgenstein mentions St Augustine

Why in the world shouldn’t they have regarded with awe and reverence that act by which the human race is perpetuated. Not every religion has to have St. Augustine‘s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony

Welcome to my viewer in Vietnam

Welcome to my viewer in Vietnam

I will   write poems as well as I can.

For it’s a  privilege to share

Communion so rare.

I ‘m so moved my eyes seemed to run.


When  child’s born ,she usually cries

As the stimulation of birth  has its price.

Yet we must leave mother’s womb

Then create  a cocoon

Where our psyche a world may devize.


Metaphors spring up like  spring flowers.

Similes enchant by the hour.

How rich our own minds  may be

When we perceive all we see.

For relaxed eyes  don’t  enjoy being  narrowed.


Focus is sharp when we hunt.

Yet maintained it can too often stunt.

We need a  broad view,

As the owls always knew.

If only we saw back and front!





[As in,he’s got eyes in the back of his head.. an English folk saying[

From the Orwell lecture 2015

Cat and Lessing

Doris Lessing

Orwell’s rules for good writing have become familiar: don’t use secondhand metaphors, don’t use long words where short ones will do, abbreviate, use the active not the passive, never use a foreign phrase when you can find an everyday alternative in English. They are rules designed to communicate something other than the fact that the speaker is powerful enough to say what he or she likes. Bad or confused metaphor (Orwell has some choice examples of which my favourite is “The Fascist octopus has sung its swan song”) presents us with something we can’t visualise; good metaphor makes us more aware, in unexpected ways, of what we see or sense. So bad metaphor is about concealing or ignoring; and language that sets out to conceal or ignore and make others ignore is language that wants to shrink the limits of the world to what can be dealt with in the speaker’s terms alone.

Coercion hidden


Coercive force is like an iron fist
Disguised with fancy gloves to lead amiss.
Be wary of those men who too soon kiss
And of their wooing ,do not believe the bliss.
Knowledge of others takes its time to grow
And like a  little plant needs  tender care
In courtship  it is better to be slow.
And not to  strangers let our hearts be bare.
The conman  earned his title for his charm.
He’s convincing as he senses what we need.
But this is for eventual cruel harm
Neither money nor sweet love  let him accede.
Coercion may be disguised  as  love most kind
 and  our natural  instincts  often make  us blind r

Coercion:etymology etc

Spell Syllables
Examples Word Origin
verb (used with object), coerced, coercing.
to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition:
They coerced him into signing the document.
to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact:
to coerce obedience.
to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.:
The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.
Origin of coerce
late Middle English Latin
1425-14751425-75; late Middle English < Latin coercēre to hold in, restrain, equivalent to co- co- + -ercēre, combining form of arcēre to keep in, keep away, akin to arca ark
Related forms Expand
coercer, noun
coercible, adjective
noncoercible, adjective
uncoerced, adjective
Can be confused Expand
coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige (see synonym study at oblige )
Dictionary.com Unabridged
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Contemporary Examples
A fellow justice also accused McCaffery of attempting to coerce him into opposing Castille.

Judges Behaving Badly: A Great American Tradition
Asawin Suebsaeng
October 29, 2014
Others who have served time in Phonthong report that men try to coerce the female prisoners into having sex.

Will Her Unborn Child Save Her?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 20, 2009
In other instances, CIA recruiters used thinly veiled threats to coerce their cooperation.

The CIA Tried Hard to Recruit Spies Among the Al Qaeda Prisoners at Gitmo
Daniel Klaidman
November 27, 2013
His decision to coerce Netanyahu into imposing a 10-month settlement freeze was also a colossal misjudgment.

The Dilemma Of An Israeli Democrat
Paul Gross
November 1, 2012
Religious liberty, Jefferson argued, denies the majority any right to coerce a dissenting minority, even one hostile to religion.

Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: How Islam Shaped the Founders
R.B. Bernstein
September 28, 2013
Historical Examples
Hume, though we have found him censuring the conduct of Franklin, was opposed to any attempt to coerce America.

Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2)
John Hill Burton
“Most certainly, doctor; I’d never seek to coerce you,” said Cashel, smiling.

Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
The North in trying to coerce the South was contradicting its own principle.

The Earl of Beaconsfield
James Anthony Froude
Electric influences guide and coerce fish in a wonderful manner.

The Teesdale Angler
R Lakeland
But I do not think that the modern parent desires to coerce as much as did his forbear.

The Intelligence of Woman
W. L. George

British Dictionary definitions for coerce Expand
(transitive) to compel or restrain by force or authority without regard to individual wishes or desires
Derived Forms
coercer, noun
coercible, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin coercēre to confine, restrain, from co- together + arcēre to enclose
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Word Origin and History for coerce Expand
mid-15c., cohercen, from Middle French cohercer, from Latin coercere “to control, restrain, shut up together,” from com- “together” (see co- ) + arcere “to enclose, confine, contain, ward off,” from PIE *ark- “to hold, contain, guard” (see arcane ). Related: Coerced ; coercing. No record of the word between late 15c. and mid-17c.; its reappearance 1650s is perhaps a back-formation from coercion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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What is coercion?


Line breaks: co|er¦cion

Pronunciation: /kəʊˈəːʃ(ə)n/

Definition of coercion in English:



The action or practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats:it wasn’t slavery because no coercion was used

Words that rhyme with coercion

animadversion, aspersion, assertion, aversion, bioconversion, Cistercian, conversion, desertion, disconcertion, dispersion, diversion, emersion, excursion, exertion, extroversion, immersion, incursion, insertion, interspersion, introversion, Persian, perversion, submersion, subversion, tertian, version

Definition of coercion in:

The coerciveness of the lanugage of our leaders




World leaders often use diplomatic language that hides the real meaning of the words, creating euphemisms that are outright dangerous. Describing slaughtered and maimed civilians as “collateral damage” is the classic example for our times, and it’s cynical in the extreme. “Enhanced interrogation techniques” for ‘torture’ seems part of the cruelty.

The bland and bloated language of politics blocks the opportunity for leaders to truly inspire and educate. Imagine hearing instead a thoughtful, measured analysis of the world situation from a leader, accompanied by intelligent, subtle solutions to problems. Instead, we get the tired and unimaginative language of war and militancy. Wars begin with words, so we should be careful how we speak, especially to nations where there is tension. Our words can heal the situation before the military takes up its weapon

Great writers:George Orwell

I have copied this from Google
Eric Arthur Blair, who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. Wikipedia
Born: June 25, 1903, Motihari, India
Died: January 21, 1950, London
Full name: Eric Arthur Blair
In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

How about a worm?

Hello,dear.What can I do for you this morning?
Oh,I’ve got a nasty pain in my conundrum,doctor.
Are you being careful?
I’m always careful.
No,I mean, are you using a euphemism?
No,I am on the pill.Is a euphemism better for dealing with conundrums?
I’ve never heard of a conundra.
Look,what is really wrong with you?
It’s  a complete conundrum to me.
Well,it will be so for me unless you tell me where and what it is.
It’s a pain in my testicle.
But you are a lady.
That’s what people think.
Well,surely somebody would have seen it.
It’s only just dropped.
That’s odd.
Yes,it is as usually testicles come in pairs.
I don’t know what to say.
Well,it’s a  conundrum.
Maybe I should examine you.
I am in a hurry and you need a chaperone.
No,I can use gloves.
What,put a glove on my testicle!
Well,let’s just wait and see whether it progresses.Come back if you feel worried about it.
Is it wrong to be a hermaphrodite?
What a stupid question.How can it be wrong when you don’t control it.
Yes ,being a hermaphrodite does give one stronger sexual desires as like with a worm there’s more possibilities.
I really don’t fancy sex with a worm myself
But if you loved it the worm
They have no faces so they all look the same.
They used to say all black people looked the same to the whites even though they have eyes and faces and expressions.

Do we need faces to love?

We need them to kiss.And what is life without a kiss?

Ask a worm.They seem to have a good life with no wars and worries.

No,they can’t use guns,can they?

Well,not to shoot with.

So the answer is to get rid of people and just have worms. and beetles.

The way the world is going this may happen quite soon.

It’s a terrible conundrum..

Well,I am very euphemistic.

Do you mean optimistic?


And that was the end of the world tonight.
BBC the world’s best broadcaster,bringing you all the cheer you need in hell

A naughty cat

Photo0423I  am quite taken aback by Alfred.Having sat on my knee sucking my nice blue sweater which no doubt reminds me of his mother’s warm furry body he disappears.
Two hours later he walks into  the living room with a green  handled spoon/fork dangling from his collar like a large sword.Luckily it was easy to get off him
He led me to the kitchen where a   l
green pool of thick  disinfectant decorated  most of the floor.How he knocked it down I cannot  imagine.
I put the unread newspaper down to soak up this stuff… the he decides I am making him a bed and tries to lie down  on it.
I know the floor needed cleaning.Should I buy him a small mop or am I losing my mind?
He seems very pleased with himself.That’s men for you…Wreck the home and ask for gratitude and love..Last night he slept in the kitchen.
G.O.K where he will sleep tonight.Pardon me!
I feel I am losing control.Still he will stop any mice trying to get in.. they will drown in the green liquid.Let’s hope he doesn’t eat them!!
It was so funny seeing this fork in his collar.What could he have been doing?It’s a little worrying!Suppose I had been out?
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