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Reason and Wisdom
A Brief Autobiography

By Franz J. T. Lee

Part I: Juvenile Incipience

Part II: The Age of Reason: Love At Every Sight !

Part III: Scientific Earthquakes and Philosophic Tornados

I Juvenile Incipience

Very often retrospective inspection performs marvels; very tenderly it rubs refreshening tiger balsam onto the strained heart muscles. Soothlich, as Spenser would say, the innocent bird of youth au jour le jour daydreams
about white inaccessible Himalayan peaks.

Alas! As time passes by-and-by, the fiery Owl of Minerva is forced to inure herself to more gray earthly climates, carefully to soar over authoritarian bypasses and patriarchal bygones. But, the eveready slogan of progress inspires, its clamor aspires: per aspera ad astra! The ideological seeds are strewn to the four winds, even the wind itself is already sown. What will be reaped?

Father God & Godfather

For the time being, the earthly and heavenly harvest is determined by God,
by Father, by Father God, by the Godfather, by the Padrino, by Our Father. Childlike incipience believes, just believes in about everything which anybody or anything great spits around as common sense, or vomits out as the "gospel truth". Everywhere, at school, before breakfast, before passing away to Alice
in Wonderland, the password is Jesus, Christ, Jesus Christ. The same is valid
for swearing, cursing and cursoring. Youth, still filled with Promethean élan, which still wants to thieve the Fire of the Gods, impetuously storms headlong into Christianity, is more Roman than the Roman Catholics, more Catholic
han the Catholic Vaticans.

The Dark Ages : Total Eclipse of the Forties & Fifties !

Yeah! Read the Catechism, the Holy Bible; study the Saints, the Holy
Scriptures ! The proof lies in the eating of the religious pudding, drinking the holy blood of Jesus, in the eating of his sacred flesh, of his divine body. Only then, the Child of Jesus can pray : Hic Rhodus, hic salta, here is the spade,
call it a spade, here is wine, call it wine. Surely, as time flows on, Phoenix realizes the veritas in vino.

But also this cup shall bypass innocent Youth, also this Socratic hemlock will vanish into smoggy polluted air. Also, the Great Father, who makes History, eventually appears before the rational Court of Final Judgment. The Judge pronounces his verdict as Reason-In-Itself, as Rational Intellect, as
Intellectual Reason.

Adolescent Whirlwind

After the "sigh of the oppressed creature", after the "heart of a heartless world", logically, follows the demolition of a world which needs illusions to survive, which progressively produces genuflecting Zombies, guided by Crosses and Swastikas, which fabricates global giga-profits from the "sweat of the brow".

The Calm Before The Storm

Certainly, who sows the wind, will reap the storm, but the pathfinder of every heavy storm is a cool refreshening breeze. Leon Trotsky, the author of Permanent Revolution, of World Revolution, shortly before his assassination
in Coyoacan, wrote: "Life is beautiful, enjoy it to the fullest !"

The "Stations of the Celestial Breeze" !

Farm Labor, Karoo Desert, Skyline of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Sharpeville Massacre, Love At First Sight, Correspondence Studies, Factory Work, Slums, Christopher Caudwell, Studies in a Dying Culture, Plechanov, The Role of the Individual in Society, Marx & Engels, Communist Manifesto, Che Guevara, Guerrilla Warfare, Mao-Tse-Tung, Guerrilla Warfare, Yu Chi Chan Club, National Liberation Front of South Africa, Repression, Suppression, Oppression, Apartheid, Scholarship, Exile.

Spitting into the Neckar : The Roaring Sixties !

Many dream about becoming Cowboy film stars, then Governors, and then Presidents of the United States of America; other Presidents want
to convert themselves into a "Berliner", much later, in the very same great tradition, another one wants to wage  a "Desert Storm", wants to feel
"chevere" in Caracas, and wants to win the "Nobel Peace Prize" as international womanizer.

Many dream about seeing Paris, and then to die peacefully, others long to
lose their hearts on the Neckar, in Heidelberg, others wish to stand on the Neckar Bridge in Tübingen, and to spit into the flowing water below, and
then, at last, to live turbulently ever thereafter! Now, in the Glorious Sixties is the time when Great Men, Great Revolutionaries, make Revolution, make History. Spartacus, Lenin, Trotsky, Jose Martí, Lumumba, Ho-Chi-Minh, Fidel Castro, Ernest Mandel, ...

The masses must be mobilized, conscientized, organized : Anti-Apartheid,
Anti-Imperialism, Anti-Authoritarianism, Long Live Anti-eism ! Writing revolutionary articles, holding mammoth lectures across Europe and North America, Addressing the United Nations, collecting funds for the South African Revolution.

Maelstrom of Maturity

Socialist student leader Mussolini becomes the fascist "Il Duce"; Cuba cannot remain a Robinson Crusoe Island, Che is fed-up with Kabila in the Congo, the peasants of Bolivia are not so revolutionary after all, the Soviet Union and the GDR are not so socialist after all, the ANC of South Africa are not so anti-capitalist as they claim to be, the Black Panther movement is not so ferocious as it seems; the Red Army Faction in Germany does not seem to accomplish the Armed Struggle in Europe; Black September does not change the obscurity of the Arabian Future in the Middle East; ... What went wrong? Are Great Men not making History anymore? What is wrong with the great people, with the great races, with the masses? Is it a matter of being wrong or right at all?

The Age of Enlightenment: The Soaring Seventies !

Politics accomplished; University Studies absolved; Love at Second Sight;
Dr. phil., lecturer at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt, publishing "Südafrika
vor der Revolution ?", "Technische Intelligenz und Klassenkampf" in S.
Fischer-Verlag. A Friend for life. What Now ? Quo Vadis ? One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward ?

George Orwell calls. "The Future lies in the Proles !" (Winston). Big Brother warns: "You are the last human being. Your kind is extinct!" The Holy Bible chants: "Who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Phoenix, however, is as blind
as a bat; he claims that bats need neither eyes to see nor ears to hear!

Frantz Fanon, the Wretched of the Earth, invite to learn the next lesson of life. Régis Debray ushers in the "Revolution in the Revolution". What he meant by this, will only become clear when he is "bourgeoisified" later in the French Government. The same applies for Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the ardent student leader who stormed Paris in the sixties, and who later democratically co-operated, together with The Greens, in the Frankfurt City local government.

Experience has its Price, its Prize !

Paradise Lost, Paradise Found. Love at Third Sight ! Blue Bird, "Three Times
A Lady!" Co-operative Socialism, Guyana, Burnham. A Friend in Need, in
Deed, indeed. Tropical Heat, Racial Dust, Assassinations, Strikes, again Repression, Oppression, Suppression, .... Depression !
A Daughter Found! A Daughter For Life! Like Mother, like Daughter!

Neither Great Races nor Small Races make Revolution, make History, emancipate themselves! Why? What did Plechanov say about the Role of the Individual in Society? No Answer !

Nigeria, Racial Discrimination, "You are too White to be a Black!", University
of Port Harcourt, Professor of Political Science, .....

The Age of Intellect : The Sobering Eighties !

Say it in Spanish! In Castellano! When in Mérida, try to do it as the Meridians
do it! But, not all roads lead to the Meridian capital, to the Andean consciousness. Junior, A Son, like Father, like Son, like Mother! Again : Anti-Apartheid, Long live Bolivar! Long Live Che! Long Live Mandela! However, this Ole!, this Viva!, this Patria o Muerte!, have other roots, other connotations. Inter alia, they are deeply rooted in Roman Catholicism a la latinoamericana.

All over the medieval superstructure of the Madre Patria Espana still is taking its toll, still is infecting every walk of life, still lures to the bull-ring, still allures to the Vatican. Nobody can escape this fatal mental plague, least of all the "camaradas" or the "revolucionarios" ; the virus of the "theology of religion" invades all pores of "progressive" forces.

Marx and Che and the Pope meet each other here in Latin America; they give each other a warm comradely embrace, and all of them, in complete gentleman agreement and fraternal co-operation, eagerly participate in the world crusade of converting and conscientizing the poor, the masses, the workers, the proletariat, all human beings. Also, like Jesus Christ, like Che,
like Marx and Engels, the mature Phoenix sets about to accomplish his
historic task of mobilization, of conscientization. E contrario, when the revolutionary students and exploited masses were finished with him, he
nearly gained a soul, and was heading straight for heavenly bliss. Finally,
his very "comrades", many were already beyond any salvation, saved him and brought him to reason, to Reason.


Sapientia and The Nineties

To become wise is to get cool, is to slowdown, to be cautious, very
precise, more lovely, most lovingly, extremely dangerous. Why are
some people clever, cui bono?  Why are others so wise ,  que sais-je?

To be clever and to radiate  wisdom are two different qualities, not
necessarily two sides of the same relation, of the same thing. Vanity,
irrationality and eloquence have nothing to do with Wisdom; confidence,
especially in oneself, brilliance, genius, originality, totality and militancy
more readily nurture sapientia. Certainly, the nitwit or blockhead, the
Dummkopf or Dumpfkopf, is counterpoised to both the dexterous fox and
the learned owl, but its real opposite is the payaso, the clown or tomfool.
Concerning the latter, as the result of ideological info-war, the whole globe is already invaded by millions of these preposterous extraterrestrial creatures.

The tomfool gaffs like a threshing machine, spitting out ideological
straw and strewing social smog in all directions; the clown is more excited,
is restless and blind; his artistic delicacy is the tragicomical idee fixe, the
eternal absolute truths.

The Owl of Minerva is mysterious, invisible ; in all obscure and vague
matters she is in her element ; she is quiet, preponderant, mature,
imperturbable, caring and careful, solid and stolid. Christ is dear to her,
Marx is dear to her, but the flowing Truth is dearer still : in the Aristotelian
tradition she hoots :  amicus Plato, amicus Socrates, sed magis amica
veritas !

The Bitter Lesson

Awe stricken all of us wander on this thorny road, along these dangerous
rocky cliffs; some of us get our horns entangled in the arid social shrubs,
and we reach the point of no return, of never ever being able to liberate
ourselves; others with supernatural endurance outlive the devastating
tsunamis, hurricanes and typhoons of our times; those that fall by the wayside
either liquidate themselves or they genuflect, make the sign of the cross,
pray; and then  leave the rest of the matter to the divine che sará, sará ;
others are dragged along by the jolly carnival of politics and exotic sexism,
by the currents of virtual reality and the circus of global progress and
pleasure ; although completely encircled by hungry wolves and bloodthirsty werewolves, very few people succeed to build their humble shacks on firm
earthly soil; only an infinitesimal minority of us can still find a little while
to reflect, to think and to reason about, for and by themselves, to become

The Bitter Lesson : Not the Information Highway, Only simple Acting
a n d  Thinking, About Yourself, By Yourself and For Yourself, Here
a n d  Now, pave the narrow serpentine track towards Wisdom, towards Emancipation.

What did the formal logical "Nineties" reveal ?

Generally, a Man is decorated with a Prize, with a Nobel Prize, with
a Distinguished Service Cross, with an Honorary Doctorate, because
either he is a "hero", or in his field of work, he has done something par
excellence , or he has "discovered" something brand new, for the
technological progress and social welfare of Mankind. Thanks to these
Great Men we enjoy myriad of luxuries of life, health and sanity! Also
may they be eternally blessed for their good work and invaluable
contributions to continental discoveries, military conquests, global
evangelization, statesmanship, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Holocaust and
Chernobyl !

I  Want  News !

What did a life, a death, a life  a n d  death of some six "decades",
on some three continents  "discover" ?  What is new, what is up ?
Any News ?

Surely, it did not perform miracles, it did not produce world wonders,
nothing to be proud of, nothing worth  any price,  any prize. It did not
climb Mount Everest, it did not jump around on the Moon, it did not even
jump over the Moon. It did not write, compile or compose the
Encyclopedia Britannica. It is not a walking "Brockhaus" or "Big
Larousse".  It did not fight in Vietnam or Iraq, however,  it surely did
experience many "Desert Storms".

Au contraire, it is a miracle that as a Relation, as a Bezug, it survived at all, and
did not land on Robben Island or was thrown down a barranco.
It is a great wonder that it still has brains to think and a spinal column to
go in upward gait, it is simply wonderful to be able to act  a n d  to think independently.

This is surely priceless, one of the few things which money could not buy, cannot buy. In splendid flummox nights it does surmount its own Mesa in the Loma de Los Indios. This perilous adventure does not enter the Book of Guinness but rather appears on a revolutionary Home page.

Where have all the Flowers Gone ?

In a world of massive ecocide, where the deforested Andes look like a
huge Mars crater, where the evergreen Pedregosa of Mérida is progressively
being converted into a stony, lifeless, treeless cement desert, where, as a
consequence,  the steaming heat melts the zinc and asbestos roofs, where
the tiles become white hot, and where, through the open windows, the
wind howls like a starving wolf, where, on earth, will somebody sincerely
be congratulated because in a desert region he has planted more than a
hundred trees within two years ? And, in a world, where water supply is a luxury, where potable water is a very rare gift of the water lords, who will notice the lovely and loving care devoted to these natural beings so that
they may survive, may grow, may flourish ? Who cares about Nature ?
Who has nightmares about global ecocide ? Who feels hurt when he chops
off the head of a chicken or reduces an age old tree to lumber ? Except,
Woody Allen, who has noticed that this whole globe is simply a huge
"Four Seasons" Restaurant ?

In a world, where Money makes the Earth go round, where can one buy
the time and the leisure to achieve the nearly impossible ? As stated before,
this natural social relation cannot be found on the labor market ; it has no
exchange value, no price, no prize! The above is ever new, is sempiternal news.

It exists as  acting  a n d  thinking, it transcends as Love At  Every
Sight !

Science   a n d  Philosophy

The layman, the debutante, may ask :  What has the above to do with
"stringent scientific research" and "profound philosophic reasoning "?
Like a bolt from an azure sky, the reply comes :  It has very little to do
with them! In fact, it is not even their opposite, it has a non-relation to
that which in the Patria, in Western, Christian Civilization, classically and
traditionally is being  defined as "Natural Science"  and  Philosophy.
Should our Science  a n d  Philosophy have a relation to the above ?
If so, why ? And, when it does not have a relation to the above, is this forbidden?

Is it a capital crime ? Who prohibits this? And what is the penalty? Who forbids Formal Logic, Dialectics, Racism, Nazism, Neo-Liberalism, World Wars, Globalization? Are there only official methods of scientific research and philosophic reasoning? Do no others exist ? Certainly, the above questions are scientific novelties, philosophic innovations !

III Scientific Earthquakes and Philosophic Tornados

Various  Levels  a n d  Degrees  of  Consciousness   a n d
Self-Consciousness , of  Intellect  a n d   Reason

Logically, depending on our different patrian processes of (de-)naturalization
  a n d  (dis-)socialization, but also on our different space  a n d  time
parameters,  hic et nunc our levels  a n d  degrees of  Consciousness
  a n d  Self Consciousness are distinct; i.e., they are not identical; we are
not  a n d  we do not exist as a solid, consolidated "mass", as a mass of
people, as the "masses".

However, this is not a reason to identify oneself as an individual vis-á-vis society, and miraculously to hail oneself as a  very special "human being", in relation to the billions of "Wretched of the Earth". Consciousness, Self Consciousness and Identity are made of much "sterner stuff".

Hence, to cognize  a n d  to recognize the world in which we live cannot
be achieved on an officially specified  level of "education" or "alphabetization", or at a definite "mature" age, or in a "favorable" social environment;  the
above depends on the human capacity and sanity of still being able to act 
a n d  to think by a n d  for oneself, in spite of all the imposed ideological, indoctrinatory and manipulatory measures, whether "rightist" or "leftist", "fascist" or "communist". Talking about "freedom of speech", still to be able
to act, to think, to intellectualize and to reason, still to be able to be a n d  to exist as an historic being, forms the sine qua non for scientific cognition 
a n d  philosophic recognition.

The Damocles Sword of Reason

Consequently, the intellectual and rational qualification to understand and
to criticize is very demanding and challenging, because, at first, "at heart and by mind", we must study their epistemology, logic and method; only thereafter comes the caustic Critique of Reason.

We are not existentialists, not nihilists, no pipe dreamers and no "Heavenly Gate" sect;  bravely we are storming the "democratic" Bastille, the global
"Reign of Terror", the eternal Havens of Capital and the Heavens of
Capitalism; not to annihilate them (they themselves will self-destruct themselves, this is not our historic task!), but to surpass, to transcend, to excel them. We should not forget that the ideals of the contemporary bourgeoisie, as expressed by itself, are : Liberty, Equality and Fraternity ; lately, it added Democracy, Justice, Welfare State, World Peace and Globalization to this sonorous list of heavenly bliss. Surely, these objectives are not inscribed in our Historic Tricolor, in our Human Trinity, Human Beings and Existences and Transcendences!


We need not liquidate Globalization; just as it was dialectically born, as Capitalism versus Socialism, inexorably so it will perish; at least, this the Prussian State philosopher, Hegel, had taught us; and this bitter lesson of existence is also valid for the Global State, for the capitalist "Weltgeist"; out of sheer historic necessity it will vanish into absolute oblivion all by itself, generated by its own "progressive" and democratic moribund contradictions and relations. Perhaps the only thing for us to do is to offer it the "Last Sacrament" and to wish it a happy geometric progression towards "peaceful" self destruction. Over the last three millennia, no "God", no individual, no masses, no force on Earth had ever halted the forward march of the "accumulation of capital", so, let us sing :  "The Saints Are Marching On"!  Also : "We Shall Overcome"! We, the official "miserables", shall revolutionize, shall emancipate ourselves, by permanently creating ourselves creatively!

At least, even from patrian "history" we can learn something, although, now
and then, "history repeats itself". No prayer had halted Slavery, no
peasants and serfs had broken the backbone of Feudalism,  also until now,
no proletarians gave Capitalism its death-blow. Furthermore, it was not Mandela or the ANC who had overthrown Apartheid, it was Globalization itself which necessitated a new form of exploitation, oppression and discrimination in
South Africa. Similarly, it was Globalization which had decided to break
down its own "Wall of Berlin", to blow up its own "Twin Towers"! Who still has brains to think, let them reason the rest all by themselves!

Also, we are not pacifists, not "traitors to the revolution", atheists, socialists, communists or terrorists;  even their (also our) "dictatorship of the proletariat", "class struggle", "world revolution", "dialectics", "revolutionary party" and "revolutionary masses" have to bow below the emancipatory Damocles Sword of Reason. We are simply cosmic  a n d  we exist ontically, AND we transcend historically. There is no more fuzz around us, and we make no fuss about ourselves.

The Nineties : Earthquakes  a n d  Tornados

In the hard way, in the nineties, we learned:

1.  That all is not history that Great Gods, Great Ideas, Great Men and
   Great Races do.

2.  That, among other things, Formal Logic, Dialectics, Scientific Method,
   Empiricism and Pragmatism are not the Alpha and Omega of Historic
   Existence, of Intellect  a n d  Reason. Also, that all great patrian thinkers,
   with rigor, do not seriously question the Kantian intellectual categories,
   Space  and Time, in spite of the remarkable "discoveries" made by
   the Relativity Theory of Einstein or the Quantum Theory of Planck or even
   the   "Uncertainty Principle". Without much ado, as absolute truths, their
   descriptions of processes, of movement or motion are based on space-time
   relations, also their logical arguments and methodological approaches.
   Nearly everything is measured in terms of seconds or  millimeters, in
   zig-zag fashion.

  This is always "true", no matter whether it concerns an atomic clock or a 
  distance of several light years. Ideology, Manipulation and Indoctrination
  flourish in this spatial-temporal formal-logical cage.

   It is high "time" to "discover" the "third" element: Space, Time, ....; Rest,
   Motion, ... ? Or is Science or Philosophy just a dualistic two-by-two 
   adventure? Is everything  just "good" or "bad"?

3.  That We have to act  a n d  think  AND  excel all by and for ourselves,
    here and now;  if we don't, then others will have to act, to think and to
    transcend for us; in the latter case, we end up being happy with our
    earthly and heavenly lot, with our destiny.

4.  That, in the first place, the brain, i.e., that Intellect  a n d  Reason "sees",
   has a "vision", formulates a "theory" about totality, about reality; in
   other words, only with eye-sight we cannot consciously "see";
   furthermore, that what we cannot fathom, comprehend or recognize, we
   cannot see;  it does not enter in the magnetic spectrum of our "window"
   of sense perception. The "natives" could not see the European
   colonizers and for the reason mentioned above the "whites" were
   "invisible" and "invincible".  Also, the question remains: How on earth
   will we ever be able to conscientize, mobilize and revolutionize the
   billions of masses when, especially  in the metropolitan countries, Capitalism
   has done such a fine job, when "Big Brother" already in "1984" had captured
   the whole imagination of the absolute majority of workers and laborers. They     just "see" Big Brother, they speak and "think" Newspeak! Surely, the current
   events in Venezuela indicate revolutionary winds of change, of a new
   renaissance of class consciousness.

  Exactly this  Invisible  a n d  Invulnerable  AND  Invincible Principle, at last,
  We See, We recognize it as Intellect  a n d  Reason  AND  Wisdom.

5.  That Language or Words, that Speaking, Hearing, Saying and Writing
   are not identical with Thinking  a n d  Reasoning. We do not think in
   Words, Language does not think for Us. Words or Language are just
   very inefficient Vehicles or Tools of Acting, Thinking and Reasoning.
   The above, Plato had already indicated in Kratylos. The more effective
   cognositive "tools" are yet still to be "discovered" and to be developed.

6.  That all across "History" Nature or Mother Nature was massacred, in
   the name of  the "survival" of the species homo sapiens sapiens , that
   she must  be dominated and domesticated. Homo, Ruling Class Man,
   elevated himself arrogantly to the status of the "Crown of Creation", of the
   "Highest Blossom of Nature". The above is the "red thread" throughout the
   whole patriarchal superstructure, whether it concerns  religion,
   philosophy, education, law or arts. Man, Society, Spirit, Weltgeist,
   "Reason" had to replace Nature, has to devour her. In all respects,
   everywhere Man had applied and ferociously is still applying the
   watchword of Caesar: veni, vidi, vici!  I came, I saw, I conquered!

7.  That consequently, Labor is the expression of the Relation between
   Nature and Man, between Nature and Society. Nobody noticed
   that Labor itself is the fundamental expression of Human Alienation,
   and that Labor  a n d  Capital, i.e., that Capital , the patrian productive
   process is the umbilical cord of "History", of the Patria. What occurs
   in the basis of the Patria, Marx had explained in "Capital", what
   happens in the superstructure of "History",  Hegel had illustrated in
   "The Phenomenology of Mind". None of them, and, for that matter,
   nobody else, scientifically  a n d  philosophically could see that
   Capital is just an advanced form of Labor, and that Labor per se
   is the maximum expression of Alienation in rerum natura, and not as
   "Marxists" claim that  Labor in Capitalism is "alienated", and therefore it
   should be "disalienated", should be emancipated. In the eyes of our erudite
   scholars, the above is a heresy, is a case for the burning stake.

Finally, let us terminate the scientific earthquakes and philosophic
tornados; it is a time to rejoice :

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct
the other way. ...."(Charles Dickens)


1989 - 2005: Jutta, Franz, Juttafranz, Franzjutta. Love at all sights!

From an attempted coup to the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, to Permanent World Revolution, to Human Emancipation. 
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