“You, Ilka, think so,” said the baron, “just because you do not know the life. You have recently told me that you are miserable; and yet you just have an outlook on life as sybarite that cannot distinguish copper from iron. How old are you? Seventeen? Beauty, it’s time to know the life! Life – it’s such a disgusting, nasty, sticky nonsense, such vulgar, aimless, unexplained staff that cannot resist a comparison even to a cesspit digged for being filled with any muck. It’s time to know! What do you want from life? You want it to smile, strew you flowers or gold coins? So? So do you want?”
Fon Zaynits blushed and put down his hand into his great hunting bag.
“If so, then you want impossible things! Life on Earth can only be an unbearable burden. If you want the unbearable things, piss off to the afterlife. Poison is always at your service… You child, that’s what you are! Silly you!”
A wicker bottle appeared out of the bag. Baron quickly raised it to his lips and greedily took a few sips.
“Life is disgusting!” He continued. “Its law is an abomination, an unwavering, constant position. It is given to a man as a punishment for his vulgarity… Sweet babe! If I were not so deeply aware of my vulgarity, I would have gone to the afterlife long ago. It would have been enough bullets… Suffer Arthur, I say to myself! You are worthy of these torments. Get, Arthur, your tribute! And you, girl, learn to philosophise by herself in such a way. It easier to live with such skill…”
Arthur took two sips.
“There is one element in the universe, reconciling slightly humans with their lives. This element, they say, is created by the devil, but… so be it! It removes thorns from my soul, for a limited period of time, of course. This element – in my bottle… Drink, Ilka! Took one sip! This is a good vodka…”
The Unnecessary Victory by Anton Chekhov
An idle brain is the devils workshop.
Effectiveness of economic instruments, development of political systems, modern science, innovative technology, democracy, and so on; all that has failed us dramatically in this world.
In an interview the Polish economist Mateusz Walewski suggests reading the Ten Commandments. He claims that there is no relevant social and economic system that would function well without the use of simple rules of morality.
About children for which a toy is only a dream:
“Flies cannot cover honey as much as boys have stuck to the stands with toys. Money they have – in no way… They are standing and just devouring horse toys, leaden soldiers and little pistols with their eyes. So near and yet so far. A brave soul will take a beeper toy into his hands, will hold it, twirl it, beep, will put in place – and, satisfied, will wipe his nose. There is not a single stand, around which at least two or three dozen boys would not protrude. They are standing and staring, for one or two hours, with truly infernal patience. Buy a little pistol or lion with cow’s snout and black stripes on the back – for a Feduska, a Peter, a Vasudka – and you fill his heart with infinite joy.”
The Fair by Anton Chekhov
About children in a room full of toys”
“Children who have too many toys give up too quickly. If they have a toy that they can’t figure out, it will quickly be discarded for the sake of a different, easier one.”
“Kids who get everything they want to believe they can have everything they want.”
Why Fever Toys Will Benefit Your Kids by Joshua Becker
About children in a room with network access and without classic toys:
“The toy industry presents an interesting area for sensor networks. Toys for children may be equipped with sensors enabling the establishment of communication with other toys in their neighbourhood. Toys that happen to be in close proximity advertise their presence and form a network. They are programmed to follow an educational interaction schedule such as exchanging their names, introducing themselves and asking questions to children. They can be connected to the Internet through a home computer, and they can download appropriate software updates providing new and ongoing educational networking applications. This is expected to motivate children to learn by constantly using and exploring their toys.”
Algorithms and Protocols for Wireless and Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
Sometimes we feel extremely worried or frightened about something and at the same time we deceive ourselves about this condition. We behave passively as if our fear will be harmless. In practice, however, it has a detrimental effect to the quality of our life. Iterative fear is pulling a human down consistently. But there are always ways to disentangle our self from far-reaching negative consequences. Life is continuous formation through choices. Even within one second we have many alternatives to choose. If we afraid of something, we should take into account at least two choices. One option is connected with becoming indifferent to the difficulties in our lives. The other option creates such a mechanism that our fears will stimulate us appropriately. Let my intuition tell me that at the moment I choose the second option.
“Female gender mooches around the coloured goods and booths with cookies. Relentless time has left a stamp on these cakes. They are covered with sweet rust and black mold. Buy these cakes, but, please, keep them away from your mouth; if not, you will be in trouble. The same can be said about dried pears and caramel. Pitiful doughnuts are covered with strange matting, there are also ones covered with earth dust. They seem to be dirt cheap for women. The belly is not a mirror.”
The Fair by Anton Chekhov
In other words, one could say that the stomach does not look in the mirror.
Today we rather do not have problems with keeping a good standard of hygiene. We eat food with artificial flavouring, dyes and preservatives. A mirror reflects our face, not belly.
Maybe you could cook your own cakes.
300 g flour200 g butter
100 g icing sugar
3 egg yolks
a pinch of salt
100 g chocolate
25 g butter
Sift the flour. Add the butter, sugar, salt and yolks. Knead the homogenous dough. Wrap it in the plastic foil and chill for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Line the baking sheet with wax paper. Make biscuits and place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl placed over hot water. Dip biscuits in the chocolate mixture.