LAS HURDES

Había en Extremadura, entre Cáceres y Salamanca, una región montañosa desolada, en la que no había más que piedras, brezo y cabras: Las Hurdes. Tierras altas antaño pobladas por bandidos y judíos que huían de la Inquisición.

Yo acababa de leer un estudio completo realizado sobre aquella región por Legendre, director del Instituto Francés de Madrid, que me interesó sobremanera. Un día, en Zaragoza, hablando de la posibilidad de hacer un documental sobre Las Hurdes, con mi amigo Sánchez Ventura y Ramón Acín, un anarquista, éste me dijo de pronto:

– Mira, si me toca el gordo de la lotería, te pago esa película.

A los dos meses le tocó la lotería, no el gordo, pero sí una cantidad considerable. Y cumplió su palabra.

Ramón Acín, anarquista convencido, daba clases nocturnas de dibujo a los obreros. En 1936, cuando estalló la guerra, un grupo armado de extrema derecha fue a buscarlo a su casa en Huesca. Él consiguió escapar con gran habilidad. Los fascistas se llevaron entonces a su mujer y dijeron que la fusilarían si Acín no se presentaba. Él se presentó al día siguiente. Los fusilaron a los dos.

texto de: Mi último suspiro – Luis Buñuel

Manuscrits econòmico-filosòfics (I)

 

[En el mercat de treball] el treballador es converteix en una mercaderia i per a ell és una sort poder arribar fins al comprador

 

La situació de major riquesa de la societat és per al treballador misèria estacionària

 

justament perquè la producció total creix, i en la mesura en que això succeeix, augmenten també les necessitats, desigs i pretensions, i la pobresa relativa pot així créixer en tant que minva l’absoluta

 

Així com la classe treballadora no pot guanyar tant com la dels propietaris en una situació social pròspera, “cap no pateix d’una manera tan cruel en la decadència com la classe obrera” A. Smith

 

En primer lloc, el treball, l’activitat vital, la vida productiva mateixa, es presenta a l’home només com un mitjà per a satisfer una fretura [necessitat o mancança d’alguna cosa], la de conservar l’existència física. Però la vida productiva és la vida de l’espècie. És vida que genera vida. En el tipus d’activitat vital resideix tot el caràcter d’una espècie, el seu caràcter específic, i l’activitat lliure, conscient, és el caràcter de la espècie humana.

 

La vida mateixa apareix només com a mitjà de vida.

Karl Marx

20-year-old Hunter S. Thompson’s superb advice on how to find your purpose and live a meaningful life

 

To give advice to a man who asks what to do with his life implies something very close to egomania. To presume to point a man to the right and ultimate goal — to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT direction is something only a fool would take upon himself.

“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles…”

And indeed, that IS the question: whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives. So few people understand this! Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future: I may be wrong, but I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect — between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming.

The answer — and, in a sense, the tragedy of life — is that we seek to understand the goal and not the man. We set up a goal which demands of us certain things: and we do these things. We adjust to the demands of a concept which CANNOT be valid. When you were young, let us say that you wanted to be a fireman. I feel reasonably safe in saying that you no longer want to be a fireman. Why? Because your perspective has changed. It’s not the fireman who has changed, but you.

Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on. Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.

So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different angle every day? How could we ever hope to accomplish anything other than galloping neurosis?

The answer, then, must not deal with goals at all, or not with tangible goals, anyway. It would take reams of paper to develop this subject to fulfillment. God only knows how many books have been written on “the meaning of man” and that sort of thing, and god only knows how many people have pondered the subject. (I use the term “god only knows” purely as an expression.)* There’s very little sense in my trying to give it up to you in the proverbial nutshell, because I’m the first to admit my absolute lack of qualifications for reducing the meaning of life to one or two paragraphs.

To put our faith in tangible goals would seem to be, at best, unwise. So we do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES.

But don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean that we can’t BE firemen, bankers, or doctors—but that we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal. In every man, heredity and environment have combined to produce a creature of certain abilities and desires—including a deeply ingrained need to function in such a way that his life will be MEANINGFUL. A man has to BE something; he has to matter.

As I see it then, the formula runs something like this: a man must choose a path which will let his ABILITIES function at maximum efficiency toward the gratification of his DESIRES. In doing this, he is fulfilling a need (giving himself identity by functioning in a set pattern toward a set goal) he avoids frustrating his potential (choosing a path which puts no limit on his self-development), and he avoids the terror of seeing his goal wilt or lose its charm as he draws closer to it (rather than bending himself to meet the demands of that which he seeks, he has bent his goal to conform to his own abilities and desires).

In short, he has not dedicated his life to reaching a pre-defined goal, but he has rather chosen a way of life he KNOWS he will enjoy. The goal is absolutely secondary: it is the functioning toward the goal which is important. And it seems almost ridiculous to say that a man MUST function in a pattern of his own choosing; for to let another man define your own goals is to give up one of the most meaningful aspects of life — the definitive act of will which makes a man an individual.

A man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, “I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.”

And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know—is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by DECIDING TO LOOK, you go a long way toward making the choice.

I’m not trying to send you out “on the road” in search of Valhalla, but merely pointing out that it is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it. There is more to it than that — no one HAS to do something he doesn’t want to do for the rest of his life.

Hunter S. Thompson, 1958

on a letter penned to his friend Hume Logan

 

Here the source