Leopold II. Like “Hitler”. Who? [OR: Seek losing. To win.]


Take a look at this picture. Do you know who it is?

His name is King Leopold II of Belgium.

He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his business transactions as “philanthropic” and “scientific” efforts under the banner of the International African Society. He used their enslaved labor to extract Congolese resources and services. His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, executions, torture, and his private army.

Most people haven’t heard of him.

But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures. You see, he killed over 10 million people in the Congo. (1)

And yet you don’t know him. Almost no one knows him.

You see he did not lose a big war.

Since history is written by the winners… we will continue looking at Hitler documentaries for the next 20 years in History Channel, while holding dear anything having to do with western capitalism and expansion through the globe.

Being a winner makes you a saint.

And yet the greatest real saints were great losers…

Lost our priorities have we.

And that leads to the dark side…

Being the second. Being the first. Living a lie. Accepting grandure…

What if the first Classical Greek Marathon winner was not a winner?

What if the first Olympics marathon winner had cut through… fields?

What if the man who came in the second place, a man now forgotten, is the true winner of the First Modern Olympics marathon? (1)

Would you be able to stand such a lie? Would you be able to live while knowing you had been cheated? Would you be able to live which knowing you were first and yet everyone thinks you failed? Does it matter at all? Does it matter whether one is successful or whether he has failed?

The only way to withstand the world is to love you.

To know thyself and be indifferent to anyone else.

Indifferent because by knowing yourself you will love the cosmos.

Because the cosmos is you. And you are the cosmos.

Without effort simply flow through the universe. Look at the life passing by. Do live but by not living. Let go. Grandure is what we need. Get wronged. Get mistreated. Get over it. Grandure is what the cosmos needs. Are you ready to offer it? Do not destroy the cosmos with your little desires and weaknesses. Just accept it. Without cutting through the fields…

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