It was my second visit to the exhibition featuring Gainsborough’s works at the Rijksmuseum at Enschede. Having seen the first few galleries, I moved through them swiftly and started where I had effectively left off on my last visit. When I saw his painting of Christ being lowered from the Cross. I’d glanced at it the last time, but was too tired to take it in. This time, fresh and ready to go, it was practically the first thing I clapped my eyes on.
It hit me like a hammer. A tear rolled from the corner of each eye, my throat constricted to the point of being painful. I was rooted to the floor by its raw emotional content.
There is a campaign running in the United Kingdom that is to bring a better understanding of Alzheimer’s to the general public. The video is only 90 seconds long – one and a half minutes – and shows the tenor of research into the disease.
I want to state in clear contradiction to what is spoken of in this video that Alzheimer’s is not a disease like any other. The promulgation of such illusions as these is part and parcel of the problem ordinary people face: if a person with Alzheimer’s is to be helped, they need the respect that the truth brings. And health professionals stating that it is a disease is only going to undermine this. Continue reading “The Trouble With Alzheimer’s.”→
My last post concerned the way computers don’t read. All they do is process information, irrespective of whether the zeroes and ones are to do with the colour of the image of a fluffy kitten on Facebook, a pixel that depicts part of the tail of the same kitten, the input of the user to post a ‘like’ on the image that their friend posted… to the computer, it is utterly irrelevant what those zeroes and ones mean. Computers don’t think, leave alone imagine things.
Now to many unimagniative people, Rudolf Steiner said some remarkably daft things.