lunes, 23 de marzo de 2015

Essay on blindness

In my opinion "Essay on blindness" is Saramago's masterpiece.The work is not only impressive for its philosophical content but also for the way in which it is exposed. Surprisingly enough there are not many novels that touch upon such deep and stirring topics developing them at this level of mastery. No doubt this is the reason why Saramago could be considered both, a philosopher and a writer.
The novel explains how circumstances determine human lives and contribute to degrade human values which are now adapted to the changes being suffered.
Readers can easily feel shaken by the tough topics being treated.
As Ortega y Gasset quoted "I am myself and the circumstances and I cannot save myself if I do not save them". At this stage characters are suffering from blindness due to a virus and this is a situation they cannot do anything about.Therefore, it is imperative for them to face the music with all the terrible consequences. These circumstances get harder and harder and the most important thing is that are contributing to changing the essence of every character pushing them to the limit. Their ethics keep changing as they gradually face the threat to their survival. It can also be considered that extreme circumstances make people show their real personality in the quickest way. The slow rithm the author uses, may seem difficult to get used to but helps to get step by step into the story and to perceive the depht of the message. It is also well known the particular way how commas are used in this novel and how the author refers to characters and places through very brief descriptions instead of using specific names. This gives the work a universal sense.
The main philosophical question discussed is the gift of knowing more than others do, as the starring character is not affected by blindness. Therefore what initially seemed a blessing becomes as well a suffering by the end due to the realization of many matters and the responsability of guiding others.
As a summary I think many other philosophical questions are risen in the novel, how we behave in communities in extreme situations, how differently we all face trouble, how degradation can make us in a justified way unhuman and immoral in order to live our own life, even if the life we are having is a devastating nightmare.

Somos una cadena

Somos una cadena,
lo que te pasa ahora
pasó y volverá a pasar
somos una cadena...
Somos una cadena
no te intentes soltar
somos una cadena
no te van a dejar
Somos una cadena
no te sientas tan solo
somos una cadena
no lo ves, es verdad
Somos una cadena
no se puede evitar
todo lo bueno hecho
nos volverá a encadenar
Somos una cadena
no te abandones sin más
somos una cadena
la debilitarás
Somos una cadena
que debemos cuidar
somos una cadena
no hay eslabones de más
Somos una cadena
no mires sin mirar
somos una cadena
que te lo recordará...

La nueva mujer y todo ello

Si tú me dices ven, no dejo nada...
si tú me dices ven, ¿será todo para mi??
mis momentos más ocultos serán míos también
mis secretos que son muchos también los guardaré
si tú me dices ven, nada cambiará...
si tú me dices ven, ¿habrá felicidad???
Si tú me dices ven, si tú me dices ven...
No detengas el momento con malas inversiones
para unir alma con alma hipotecón e hipotecón
Reir contigo ante cualquier favor
llorar contigo, llorar contigo
es nuestra perdición
pero si tú me dices ven, no dejo nada...
que no se te haga tarde y te quedes con tu madre
arropado, ¿con rumbo?, en su casa
si tú me dices ven, no dejo nada...