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De Passievrucht

February 13, 2005

(The passion fruit)

by Maarten Treurniet, The Netherlands 2004. According to the bestseller of Karel Glastra van Loon. (Dutch)

“Sperma. Wist je dat een gezonde man van rond de dertig die twee keer per week met een vaste partner naar bed gaat, elke keer dat die klaar komt, 300 miljoen zaadcellen produceert? Maar gaat dezelfde man vreemd met een vrouw van wie hij weet dat zij een vaste partner heeft, dan zal hij twee keer zoveel spermatozoiden in de vrouw achterlaten.”

(Sperm. Did you know that a healthy man about 30 years old who has sex twice weekly with a regular partner, produces 300 million sperms each time he ejaculates? Yet, if he has an affair with a woman of whom he knows that she has a partner, then he will produce twice as much spermatozoa.)

A man finds out that he is barren, so his 14 years old son, Bo, is NOT his own. He can’t ask his wife because she passed away 9 years ago. He decides to find out who the father is. His girlfriend knows the biological father, but he doesn’t know it. Everyone is suspected. In the course of time the relation between him, his girlfriend, and his son is getting worse.

Sometimes, they say, it’s better to keep your mouth shut.
Sometimes, they say, you are happier to live with lies.
Sometimes, they say, you think you’ve sorted things out, while actually you simply don’t know the truth.

Do you want to know everything?
Supposed that you do, what then?
Can you live with it?

“Sommige dingen kun je niet zeggen. Sommige dingen wil je niet weten.” (Some things you can not tell. Some things you don’t want to know)

Sometimes, I think, people want you to tell lies.
Because, I suppose, people can not face the simple truth.
Then, I wonder , is that kind of life worth to live?

People prefer to live in their own world,
world of their own illusion, their own cocoon of lies.

The truth does not exist. It never did.

“The Simulacrum is never what hides the truth – it is the truth that hides the fact that there is none. The simulacrum is true”
— Ecclesiastes — (in Simulacra and Simulation, by Jean Baudrillard)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. permalink
    February 16, 2005 23:42

    The truth does exist. Though, as is our intuitions, it is personal and therefore hidden and not to be discussed.

  2. triesti permalink
    February 17, 2005 00:54

    reality is scalable

  3. shinta permalink
    February 17, 2005 23:03

    On certain points the truth could be personal and hidden, in the sense that other people don’t understand it. At that moment you can not discuss it even if you want to because you speak of your truth dialectically. The old story of “Elephant and Three Blind Men” (maybe it’s a very old folklore, but Rumi mentioned it, too) could serve as a good analogy.

    While the truth I am speaking of here is not the personal truth, but the axiom existing in our societies that “There IS only one absiolute truth in the world, the one and only. Mine is the truth.”

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