Foucault and the Fire-Earth Bees

Foucault and the Fire-Earth Bees

This article is based on this Dutch article of Martijn Benders

Nietzsche, Baudrillard, and Foucault are my main sources of inspiration in philosophy. Foucault is one of the few philosophers who recognized that the supposedly neutral institutions in our societies are the largest problem because their so-called neutrality is anything but neutral.

For this reason, Foucault believed that we should focus our energies on these institutions.

A debate like the one above is hardly conceivable today, just one generation later. Looking at the hotel entertainment level that the Dutch philosophy makers club has taken over, you realize: it’s too late, someone should have addressed those institutions 50 years ago.

But Nietzsche also foresaw this: he wrote that sooner or later the level would become so mediocre that the exceptions wouldn’t even be allowed to be exceptions; they get oppressed, trampled, all to celebrate mediocrity.

(By the way, no one has intertwined Nietzsche, Baudrillard, and Foucault as I have in my recent books – in that sense, I add unique value as a philosopher.)

**Fire**

This morning, I turned a poem from The Mountains are Only Mountains into a Spanish song:

He atado mi caballo
a la pata de la mesa
de poesía, tan alto.

Como un violín cabalga
en un manzano rojo.
La silla de armadura
tan firme y entretejida,
se parece a tu cabeza,
se parece a tu ca-ca-beza.

[Estribillo]
De la avispa fresa fuego,
De la avispa fresa fuego,
Oh oh oh tu cabeza,
Es una avispa fresa fuego,
una avispa fresa fuego,
¿Quién me va a creer jamás?

Mi cuarto se llena
de luz acuosa y cristal,
como si fuera la vía láctea,
no puedo creer, no, no es real
que el universo
a mi cuarto fue a parar.

[Estribillo]
De la avispa fresa fuego,
De la avispa fresa fuego,
Oh oh oh tu cabeza,
Es una avispa fresa fuego,
una avispa fresa fuego,
¿Quién me va a creer jamás?

Cuántos problemas,
odio, guerra, maldición,
veo tras mi ventana empañada,
el crepúsculo parece sangre
seca en sal, tan pesada.

[Estribillo]
De la avispa fresa fuego,
De la avispa fresa fuego,
Oh oh oh tu cabeza,
Es una avispa fresa fuego,
una avispa fresa fuego,
¿Quién me va a creer jamás?

[Puento]

¿Y qué digo
si mi caballo vuela sin cesar?
Mi noche es un ataúd cerrado,
un ataúd cerrado sin cabalgar.

I think I’m also such a fire strawberry wasp, and I thought, no, there should be no wasps in the video.

I wish everyone a blissful Monday.

Martijn

About the author

Martijn Benders has published twenty-six books, eighteen of which are in Dutch. Critics such as Komrij and Gerbrandy have hailed him as one of the greatest talents of his time. He has also written three philosophical works, one of which is in English and focuses on the Amanita Muscaria, the Fly Agaric. Publishing on the international platform of The Philosophical Salon, he has also gained international recognition as one of the most remarkable thinkers from the Netherlands.

Books

There exists a considerable group of leftist individuals who vigorously opposed the prevailing coronavirus narrative, including some of the world’s leading philosophers, such as Agamben and Kacem. However, this stance was heavily censored and vilified by what is referred to as ‘neocon-left’ or ‘woke-left’, as something associated solely with what they deem ‘far-right’. In my book, I discuss the reasons behind these actions, the underlying motives, and how this is emblematic of a new form of fascism aimed at seizing power permanently.

The middle section of the book is dedicated to poetry. It features a beautiful selection of poems from the Mediterranean region, by poets from Turkey and Greece, who have been imprisoned and tortured by the regime.

The final part of my book is a manifesto against literary nihilism, as manifested in the Literature Fund. It reveals how this fund is dominated by a group of Christians and ‘wokies’, which is undesirable in a free society.

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress is an exceptional work that sets a new benchmark in the realm of mycophilosophy. While one might be tempted to classify the book within the domain of Art History, such a categorization would fail to capture its true essence. 

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress – De Kaneelfabriek, 2023

You don’t have time to read this, but that’s because you are no longer human. If anything remained of the original person within you, the old mycelia of childhood, you would learn a great deal from this book. In fact, its magical knowledge might become your most valuable possession. This is a book about human imagination and how it fell into the iron grip of transdimensional cockroaches. Additionally, it offers magical tips to significantly improve your life and time acceleration. M.H.H. Benders also takes a light-hearted yet scathing look at the entirety of Dutch literature. What more could you want?

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