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PostAMLO Asks King, Pope to Apologize (John Heelan, UK, 04/20/19 4:01 am)
One of the blights of today's world is the crocodile-teared "apology" requested and delivered for blatant politically contemporary purposes. Let us agree that "merde happens" whenever ideologies, politics and religions clash as happened in Rwanda, the West Bank, the Holocaust, South America, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sharpeville, Northern Ireland, sundry terrorist events in the US, UK and France. These area result of the the good and evil that coexist in human nature. Should we be looking for an apology from one (or all) the monotheist Gods?
JE comments: At the same time, what does it cost a people to look inward on their past and apologize for their transgressions? The Germans famously did this, and now enjoy both prosperity and respect.
Are nations reluctant to apologize because they fear the next step: opening the Pandora's Box of "reparations"?
The Cultural Apology and Gansopoxtli; from Gary Moore
(John Eipper, USA
04/21/19 2:38 PM)
Gary Moore writes:
The Cultural Apology genre, and its latest incarnation in
Mexico (as President López Obrador, "Amlo," asks for an apology
from Spain for the Conquista a half-millennium ago), has
now found its art.
The droll masterpiece attached here
is so rich in Mexican nuance that much of the humor might
be lost in translation. It whisks Amlo back in time to become
an Aztec dignitary (that's his face on the right, but dressed
not only in ancient robes but in some of the shee-shee
Hawaiian-style leis he wore in real life for an indigenous
ceremony). And on the left, the woman is the infamous
Mesoamerican turncoat Malinche, who became the language
interpreter for conqueror Cortez (whose impassive visage is
also there, at extreme left). Among the many deft touches
here is a little popcorn-like balloon hovering in front of Amlo's
mouth. This is the Aztec pictograph to show somebody's talking.
But the blunter laughs begin in the speech that's pictured.
First of all, everybody in Mexico has heard of the Aztec god
Huitzilopoxtli, a blood-drenched, severe deity ("huitzil" means
"thorn"). But here, a new Aztec hybrid personage is created:
not Huitzilopoxtli but "Gansopoxtli." This derives from Amlo
forever repeating aphorisms to drive home his grandfatherly moral
lessons. One of his most familiar is "Me canso, ganso," meaning he's
tired of corruption, but says so with a homespun rhyme. "Ganso"
means "goose." It's thrown into the maxim only because it rhymes
with "canso" (I'm tired"), and makes it catchier. The cartoonist here
is extracting the nuance that, by endlessly repeating that homely phrase,
Amlo begins almost to look a little goose-like (he intentionally cultivates
an informal, almost rumpled public persona). Thus the droll perspective
on Apology Chic sharpens again. The hippie-like Ganzopoxtli is
addressing the severely Frida-Kahlo-eyebrowed Malinche, who is too
cool to show deprecation, as she courteously deadpans a translation
to the similarly puzzled but too-cool-to-show-it Conquistador Cortez.
"Gansopoxtli says to say you're sorry."
(And we wonder why the misunderstandings at the US border...)
JE comments: A ganso is also a fool or an idiot. (This is not true in real life. A nesting Canada goose couple has moved into the "gardens" of WAIS HQ, and they are brave, fiercely territorial, and make lifelong commitments to their mate. Four babies are due any day now.
This meme is a classic, Gary!