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Prometheus Manfredised

Tarek Ali Hassan
Theatre
16-October-2020

A new disease called life and living human consciousness is defined and diagnosed as Prometheus in a dramatic stream of consciousness unfolds to us how he finds himself a marginalized suspect in our Brave New World!

 







PROMETHEUS MANFREDISED AS OEDIPUS CRIMINALISED AND OSIRIS CHEATED MOZART HATED AND GHANDI DENIED 











this work-written 1978- is a vision of a new multimedia theatre and is to be recreated from collations of 

Video and moving picture documentaries news reels 

newspaper headlines and photos 

"candid camera" , "man alive" and TV nation clips and similar documents 

wild life and nature films and videos 

interacting with 

living theatre scenes in which the full gamut of expressive human potential is used; verbal, non-verbal communication, music, dance, mime, color, silence and every other expressive potential being born out of the succession of dramatic sequences 

it is an affirmation of the inherent value of the creative in humans and the possibility of peace and security through interactive interdependent pluralism between US and OTHER instead of an inevitable collision course between US and THEM! A constructive critique of Fukuyama and Huntington even before they presented their famous ideas. Predicting in a wonderous way the tragic turn of events at and after September, 2001 

contents: 
I- purple hair 
II- mirror image 
III- Prometheus denatured 
IV- US US US 
V- ENCOUTERS OF THE THIRD KIND 
VI- HAT COLLECTION FOR PROMETHEUS 
VII- AR'NT WE MARVELLOUS REALLY? 
VIII- AT THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS PURPLE HAIR 
IX- MANFRED UPDATE 
CODETTA 
X- EXHIBIT A PROMETHEUS SINGS 

I- PURPLE HAIR PROMETHEUS MANFREDISED 


the material world has made immaterial rocks the material world has perfected immaterial chains 

invisible chains ... 

imperceptible chains ... 

and the vultures gnawing at the liver 

gnaw secretly at psychological livers 
the vultures 

gnaw secretly ... ... under anaesthesia 

modern anaesthesia 

modern amnesia 

solitary confinement is enforced within the crowd torture is implemented with a smile 

poor Prometheus is manfredised 

with a very polite smile 

the fire 

what fire ? 

all this is unwanted 

irrelevant 

who cares 

too many toys 

super toys 

too many decoys 

modern anaesthesia works 

modern amnesia prevails 
the toys are too attractive 

psychiatry kills medicine expropriates 

remembrance alienates 

politicians multinationals military unnaturals politicians multinationals military unnaturals and TV 

occupy all space 



there is no place for you no place .. under the sun for you ... 

or you ... or you ... or who? 

but since you are so highfalutin and lofty ...we prefer to see you roast alive 

you can have your place in the sun ! Do the Icarus thing;roast or drown we don't mind ! (aren't we gentle and generous ?) 

no place under the sun ! 

you can have your place in the sun ! 

take the divine fire to bed with you ! (didn't you say it was your love and commitment) 

be committed to the divine fire then 

we have much more important business to do ! 

we are busy doing business 

everybody is too busy for promethean wisdoms and whoever said they WERE wisdoms !? 

whoever said Prometheus wisdoms ARE wisdoms ? last message on the VDU 

Promethean activities suspect everybody is too involved to scrutinize to analyze 

how did it all happen 

how did it all take place ? 

How did it all begin ? 

No one has a chance to trace the source, let alone undo the steps ! 

Wait for the instructions ! that's the general recourse ! 

(it's all become too complicated ... too technical .. 

no one understands --who understands- WAIT FOR INSTRUCTIONS) 

VDU message 

FLASHES 





(digital voice) 

MUST listen MUST obey! 

the pace is so fast 

the stakes so high the risk too great too fast too high 

the message flashed on the VDU screen Prometheus suspect 

Prometheus wanted 

Promethean activities culpable ... 

the message flashed in a flash ... 

and please note ! THE RISE OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM HAS MADE ALL UNUSUAL BEHAVIOUR SUSPECT ... 

THE RISE OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM IS THE GOD GIVEN GIFT FOR POLITICIANS MULTINATIONALS AND MILITARY UNNATURALS TO RULE ... 



FLASH FLASH 

FLASH 

AND RULE AND RULE ... FOR TO RULE OUT OF EXISTENCE ALL ECHO OF DEMO-CRATHIA ... 

FLASH RULE MULTINATIONALS MILITARY AND PARAMILITARY UNNATURALS AND THEIR EXUDED POLITICIANS RULE AND OVER-RULE ALL THESE SILLY CONVENTIONS ANACHRONISMS ECHOES OF THE AWFUL HEATHEN POLYTHEISTIC DAYS WHEN --AMONG OTHER GODS-- PROMETHEUS WAS WORSHIPPED AND REVERED WHEN --AMONGST OTHER THINGS-- MAN THE LIVING UNPREDICTABLE UNATTACHED UNLABELABLE HAD RIGHTS ! 
VDU message "man is dangerous" 

FLASH 

"standby for further message" 

FLASH 

"the son of man is more dangerous still" 

FLASH 

"... as for the mother wife sister daughter ..." FLASH 

"standby for information to counteract dangers" FLASH 

"get ready for instructions" 

"standby" 

HAIL TO THE ABSOLUTE POWER OF POWER ! 

(hail to the absolute safety of power ?)COMPUTERS DON'T MAKE MISTAKES "...anybody who glimpses man or son-of-man must keep off .. run for your life.." FLASH 

... report to the nearest authority .. 

FLASH 

... do not touch ... 

... they are dangerous ... 

... possibly violent ... 

FLASH 

.. to touch is deadly ... 

.. don't touch ... 

... report to the nearest authority ... 

... don't touch ... 



THE PROPER AUTHORITIES ARE ALWAYS RIGHT (the proper authorities will show you the way ..) ...... 

do not touch 

"wife mother sister daughter touchable under certain conditions only" 

"standby for instructions" 

"apply for permission" 

"standby ... " COMPUTERS DO NOT MAKE MISTAKES "standby for permit and instructions to make a nuclear family for nuclear protection" 

"NUCLEAR FAMILY FOR NUCLEAR PROTECTION" 

DISSIDENTS ARE ALWAYS BAD ... THEY ARE ALWAYS ... DISSIDENTS 

DISSENSION MISAPPREHENSION MALADROITNESS 

THE AWFUL DAYS ARE LONG GONE NOW WHEN PROMETHEUS HAD RIGHTS TO BE RESPECTED AND THEREBY WAS ALLOWED --HE AND HIS LIKES-- AS A MATTER OF RIGHT THE CHANCE TO DISTURB AND FRIGHTEN EVERYONE ELSE ... ALL THIS DAMAGING WASTE OF TIME ..WASTE OF ENERGY TO RESTORE ... ALL THIS DAMAGING INTRUSION ON OUR SPACE.. ALL THIS REPEATED DISTURBANCE OF THE PEACE ... 

THE AWFUL DAYS HAVE GONE --forever?-- WHEN PROMETHEUS MAN 

WAS WORSHIPPED ON EARTH AND REVERED 

AND OCCASIONALLY EVEN LOVED ... (this was sheer uncivilised madness ...savagery... 

OBSCENITY... 

backwardness of Godless heathens...) 

(it is possibly our duty to make the like of them burn eternally in hell-fire or in atomic fire --simulated hell fire-- 

... poor us with the civilized man's burden to make all these malefactors and pollutants burn eternally in hell fire .. or at least freeze in the cold ...) 

(stack the arsenals for our work is undone !) 





since the rise of international terrorism --God's gift to ... -- :::: 

EVERYBODY WHO BEHAVES IN AN UNUSUAL WAY IS SUSPECT ALL STRANGENESS IS SUSPECT ! 

EVERYBODY MUST BEHAVE AS EXPECTED OR BE APPREHENDED DETAINED 

DESTROYED AND/OR AMENDED ! 

"send them to the amendors to make amends and be amended" 

WHAT A GIFT TO THE POWERS THAT RULE AND OVER-RULE 

WHAT A GOD SEND 

WHAT A GIFT 

good-bye Mr. Chips ! good-bye demo-crathia ... ! 

GOOD-BYE HUMAN RIGHTS TA TA .... TA TAAAAAA ... 

.............................................. 

good-bye Mr. Prometheus ... ta ta taaaaa ...... Stack the arsenals our work is undone our civilised man's burden is incompletely discharged 

load the rockets prepare the silos we must discharge our burden 

we must concentrate and elaborate more tools 

more tools to finish the job 

our burden is great 

our burden is incompletely discharged ... 

our civilised man's burden is incompletely discharged ... 

to the trees to the seas to the rivers to the birds 

to the dolphins to the whales to the children to the seals 

to the savages out there and in the east and to the very earth itself 

our civilised man's burden is incompletely discharged 

to the savages out there and in the east ! 

STACK THE ARSENALS OUR WORK IS UNDONE ... GO TO HOMEPAGE 



II- MIRROR IMAGE 

"we are so powerful .. all powerful .. what need do we have of these peculiar strangers" in addition we now KNOW they are positively dangerous 

could be very harmful 

yes yes COULD BE VERY HARMFUL ... 

KEEP THE CHILDREN AWAY 

SEGREGATE AND PROTECT THEM 

SEPARATE THEM 

KEEP THE CHILDREN AWAY ! 

THEY COULD BE VERY HARMFUL ... (echo ad infinitum ... in many languages ... with variations on the rhythm of the last two sentences ! ) 



III- PROMETHEUS DENATURED 

Prometheus stranger Prometheus outcast encased 

Prometheus incavate incastellate without caste 

Prometheus alien 

Prometheus straggler 

Prometheus exile 

Prometheus refugee 

Prometheus convict 

Prometheus imbecile 

Prometheus imbecilised 

Prometheus invalidised 

Prometheus patient 

Prometheus hungry 

Prometheus mad 

Prometheus Pentheus 

Prometheus Dionyseus 

Prometheus sad 

Prometheus messenger to the deaf 

Prometheus messenger of doom 

Prometheus monotone 

Prometheus bore 

Prometheus tolerated 

Prometheus denied 

Prometheus educated 

Prometheus castigated 

Prometheus reformed 

Prometheus misinformed 

Prometheus improved 

Prometheus reshaped 

Prometheus used 

Prometheus tramp 

Prometheus professor 

Prometheus de Sade 

Prometheus polite 

Prometheus punk 

Prometheus primate 

Prometheus convict 

Prometheus pontiff 

Prometheus violent 

Prometheus destruction 

Prometheus priest 

Prometheus judge 

Prometheus thief 

Prometheus cheat 

Prometheus actor sailor tinker tailor soldier beggerman thief 

Prometheus double agent 

Prometheus blue Prometheus governor 

Prometheus governor Hall of Bermuda in Bermuda shorts 

Prometheus crucified 

Prometheus glorified 

Prometheus celebrated 

Prometheus denied 

Prometheus unknown 

Prometheus untouched 

Prometheus reported to the authorities 

Prometheus compensating 

attitudinising 

philosophising 

acting 

hedging 

Prometheus getting drunk 

Prometheus getting stoned 

Prometheus role playing tap dancing tip toeing 

Prometheus out of synch out of alignment out of proportion Prometheus disintegrate 

Prometheus clockwork Prometheus 

oh Prometheus intruder 

Prometheus irrelevant 

Prometheus drowned in noise 

in hum 

in hubbub 

in lazy drumming in spastic drumming 

in hysteria 

in emotional rust 

in ticker ticker machines 

in apathy 

in hysterical enthusiasm over emptiness 

in ticker tokker machines 

Prometheus drowned in machine language 



where is the Promethean song ? does any one know ? 

............... 

listen ... ? 

"report anything unusual to the authorities ..." 

"if you hear any unusual sounds report at once !" 








IV- US US US 



US THE ALL-PREVAILING 

US THE GREAT 

US US US 

aren't we lovely 

what need have we of this blabbering idiot of this conceited maniac 

of this megalomaniac hypomaniac mesomaniac maniac 

this egocentric eccentric ! US US US 

LOVELY US 

SWEET US MODEST US 

we are all powerful we are gods of the earth ... masters of the earth ... masters of nature, earth and life ... 

defended by ? wisdom ... consciousness ... 

(no no 

that was a Freudian slip ... 

Sarastro defended his world with wisdom and consciousness and love and all that ... 

but that was in the backward days of superstition and mythology ... 

Ghandi defended his world with wisdom consciousness and love but he was just a backward fakir and he was murdered ... 


he is long dead ... ) 



WE are defended by power we are defended by modern arms 

we are defended by arsenals of fission/fusion devices 

overkill ... yes we are defended by over kill 

we are defended by the powerful who know what is best 

we are defended by walls so high 

we NUCLEAR WE, nuclear family we, nuclear arsenal we 

nuclear privilege we, WE are defended by nuclear overkill! 

and by walls .. impenetrable barriers .. 

(isn't this marvellous isn't this lovely ?) 

overkill potential for everybody is the only thing that makes us safe ... we have overkill for everybody ... else! 

for anybody, anything that dares cross the barriers 

we have overkill potential 

for everything ! 

and for ourselves ! 

(isn't it safe ? don't you feel safe ?) 

we are the Lords of the earth 

we are the lords of the moon 

we are the lords of the skies 

we are the lords beneath the seas and up in space (for US the only inroad to peace is unspeakable violence can't you see ? we do not speak of IT !? we do it! behind closed doors, sound proofed walls... so as not to disturb the peace .. the lovely peace.. ) aren't we lucky ... don't you feel safe ? 

we are Lords of the peace 

the lovely peace 

oh what a lovely peace 

we are the lords everywhere we are lords of everything !any contradictions ? any challenges ? (SILENCE) 

any contradictions ? any challenges ? (SILENCE) 

ANY CONTRADICTIONS ? ANY CHALLENGES ? 

(SILENCE) 

A N Y CONTRADICTIONS ?? A N Y CHALLENGES ?? 

( petrol bomb ... terrorist attack .... highjack in the sky or on the road ... nightmare scenarios come true city held to ransom ... 

NEEDLESS TO REMIND YOU AGAIN THAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM --and suspect local groups ... etc. etc. etc. ...) 



FLASH Please do not worry 

a few indicators of rising violence 

please do not worry 

we have McDonald's and ice-cream 

we have the great American dream ! 

we have the great Marxist utopia 

a haven for revolutionaries and for mankind (properly brought up) 

we (had) the great Marxist utopia 

we have justice freedom and liberation by the book 

we are RIGHT ! we are the right and righteous ! 

and our right is supported by unparalleled MIGHT ! 

our lovely peace is supported by unspeakable ... violence, unparalleled barricades, unparalleled policing and surveillance of all suspects .. all suspects .. 

all .. all ... all ... 

who needs mythology !? 

who dares contradict ? 

what need have we for deformed mythological figures 

Tiresias was blind Oedipus blinder still and as for Prometheus ... 

he was mad quite quite mad 

blabbering incomprehensible non sensities a pyromaniac spreading dangerous fires disturbing the peace 

Prometheus ... he must have been a terrorist ... 

... and can you imagine the putrefaction that came from his liver so perpetually torn at by the vultures ? he ought to have been locked up much much earlier for ever ... 

......................................................... 

......................................................... 



a sensation of power, of achievement, of omnipotence 

prevails us ... (magnificent US) 

permeates our being ... 

all important us! 

us us us 

us the great ! 

us the just 

us the righteous ! 

us the civilized ! 

us the peace loving and peaceful 

we are us the great 

mark you that ... mythological figures and all that 

oh my giddy hat ... 

the nerve 

the effrontery 

the pomposity the criminality of intruding this Promethean nonsense on US the great! positively preposterous 

monstrous ! 

MONSTROUS 


!V- ENCOUNTERS --OF THE 3RD KIND-- WITH MYTHOLOGY ! (SUITABLE CASES FOR COMPENSATION) 

stories of far fetched dialogues with Gods and mysterious forces ... encounters ... between heaven and earth ! 

what morbid imagination? the heavens are already conquered ... (by us magnificent us) 

the earth has long ago been conquered with science and industry ... 

and with dedicated mastery ...(us).. 

dedicated to conquer ! 

what need of silly ... mythology ... 

what need of silly Prometheus ? Prometheus's ? 

get off silly mythological figures 

out out 

out with you away! you sound so heavy and out of sync out out 

out quick away ! 

we have no mysterious forces we have full knowledge of everything! 

we have conquered everything 

(yet our priests of the new knowledge mystify everything to keep control) 

what need of men to journey to the eternal fire ? 

Columbia will get there faster ... 

we are now far more advanced than these backward days of old ... 

and --by the way--when Columbia got there, there was no eternal fire ... 

that Prometheus must have been a liar … and a cheat 

I think someone should sue Prometheus 

and his confederates ... 

don't you ? 

wont you ? 

as a matter of principle ? 

respectable and civilized people must not leave issues of principle like that ? must they ? 

............................ 

This is a clear case for compensation 



VI- HAT COLLECTION FOR PROMETHEUS 


poor Prometheus angered gods, angered men, are after your blood ! 

your hypothetical blood ! 

(we are too kind to shed REAL blood at least NEVER directly for it is a very uncivilised act ...) 

(in these civilised times direct encounters with blood are looked upon as savage bestial unworthy ... besides the forces available to us i.e. all these civilised very polite and sweet peoples --are so great that when they --we/us-- shed blood they --we/us-- shed the blood of thousands ... tens of thousands ... hundreds of thousands ... millions.. away from our sensitive beings.. where would all this blood go if it were shed directly and/or personally !? how will it be drained ? and where to ? how will the stains be washed off ? Lady MACBETH had enough problems with ONE stain ...) 

FLASH 

IT DOES NOT BECOME US IN OUR CIVILISED STATE TO SHED THE BLOOD OF ONE SPECIFIC PERSON --THAT IS CRIMINAL-- BUT IT BECOMES US TO SHED THE BLOOD OF MILLIONS, OUT THERE, at a safe and suitable distance .... 

FLASH VDU . . . 

poor Prometheus 

the men are drunk --with joy-- over their epoch's achievements ...their exploits ... 

and the Gods will never forgive your knowledge ! 

your divine fire act ! 

has brought you nothing but rejection and condemnation on all sides! 

that very act that consumes you to exhaustion so profound that you pray for healing, for sustenance or for to die ... and rest ... 

WHERE CAN YOU GO NOW ??? 

Prometheus hated Prometheus 

REFUGE ....WHERE ? 

MUCH NEEDED REFUGE WHERE ? 

MUCH NEEDED SOLACE WHERE ? 

SUSTENANCE ... 

FOOD WHERE ? 

WHO WILL WATER YOU PROMETHEUS ? 

the men are drunk or indifferent and the gods give no quarter ? 

who will answer your prayers ? 

who will answer your song ? 

(the Dolphins perhaps ? the Whales before we kill them all?) 

(the "savages" perhaps ?) 

(..E.T. ...? ) 

WHERE IS THE REFUGE ? 

where ?? 

........ 

lost in both worlds 

who will answer your prayers ? 

who will hear the song ? 

poor Prometheus ! 

condemned without being condemned ! 

outcasted without being outcasted ! 

poor Prometheus ! 

perfect clinical polite efficient automated mechanised destruction 

with ice-cream and sugar fruit garni .. and McDonald's 

(isn't that the time when you wished with Albert Camus for some violence 
to be practised on you !!?? validation for your VALID perceptions of the unutterable violence of this "civilised" age of propriety ... morality ... 

of this "kindness" 

of this "loving" 

of this "care" 

how you wished for physical violence --practised on you-- to redress the psychotic balance to put some validity into the psychotic act ! 

to make the psychological shredding and blood shedding a little healthier with real blood ! 

torture is cruel enough 

but to torture politely is the cruellest rack of all ...... 

your situation is real bad ... ? 

...... 

may be we should have a hat collection for you ? 

sign a petition ... 

ask for a pardon 

a reprieve 

declare repentance 

reform your ways 

render unto Caesar ... what belongs to Caesar 

render unto Prometheus ... 

render what? unto Prometheus ...? 

what belongs to Prometheus ... ? 

....................... 

a hat collection ? 

" ... my dear green-grocer friend and fellow free citizen, I write this to beg you, to beg of you, in short to beg, please please please, could you spare me a few florins ... anything would do ... anything even one florin, half a florin ... I promise to write three more symphonies --taken directly from the divine fire-- and sell them as scrap paper to repay you ... perhaps you would graciously accept them to wrap your groceries with as partial repayment ... ?" 

Signed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Prometheus 


VII- AR'NT WE MARVELLOUS REALLY ? 

in the good days before TV industrie and impersonal killing ... 

sorry ... another Freudian slip 

let us start again : 

in the BAD days ... 

before the West took over ..(the industrial west the illustrious west)... 

before the East took over .. 

before the east and west were taken over overtaken took over before civil civilisations of civility and non-humility sterility imbecility silent civil war impersonal intrapersonal suprapersonal interpersonal destruction glorified violence violation sanctified extermination amputation in clinical operations theatres according to instructions supervised by matrons impeccably uniformed with starched aprons and masks and amputative skills and surgeons and anaesthesia and amnesia and medics and physics and orlando gibbons and baboons and orang outans in cages under sterile experimentation conditions for operation civilisation sterilisation extermination purification exaltation in eternal liberation generalisation of ... 

HELP ! what was that !!?? Freudian slip diarrhoea ..... 

multinational military paramilitary parliamentary conglemeratory condominiatory idolatry glorificatory goldatory gladiatory predatory silver diamonds tiaras electronics supernumerary exemplary 

supernormal superpower superMac civilisation of US ... US ! 



US US US US US US US 

gold and silver US 

guilded us ! 

but we got lost ... 

I must find my place ! my control ! composure !! the right lines ... 

yes yes ... (continuation) in the bad old days Prometheus was worshipped and revered --by the heathens of course-- 

can you believe it --Prometheus the mad 

was worshipped and revered ... but that was before the enlightened US took control ... 

Michael Jones whatever happened to baby Jane ... ? 

Michael Moore wharever happend to TV nation 

civilisations of gold and silver 

now reign ! with no Promethean nonsense allowed ! 

whatever happened to baby Jane ? 

Michael Jackson whatever happened to baby Jane ? 

exalt you all all tutti tutti tuttissimi tuttissimissimi 

in the civilisations of impersonal war 

personal injury 

exultate jubilate 

have you ever --but ever-- thought of killing 10 million humans you have never even met 

in a stroke ... 

one single stroke .. 

isn't that lovely ? 

what a thrill 

the height of civilisation 

committed to polite communication 

what a polite fission good morning that would be ! 

GREAT ! 

excellent for kicks ! 

I mean to while away the time 

the boring time 

the repetitive routines 

some change some excitement ? 

what a way to communicate 

to say Hello ! good day ... Hi ! 

excellent for kicks 

small scale petty civilisations of Auswitz, the annihilation of the Aztecs, Hiroshima and the bombing of Dresden refugees the Lebanon massacres ... are just not good enough for the present advance ... the highly civilised state ... OUR highly civilised state ... 

this time we are truly great 

we poison 

infect 

destroy 

pollute ad lib 

ON A COSMIC SCALE ! 

this time we wipe out the whole race to win the race ... 

(to what ?) 

this time we rape the world with atomics electronics lasers and TV 

and sell deadly weapons to the primitives so that they can kill our boys so we can punish them so they can high jack our planes so we can kill more boys --and girls-- and try new weapons so they can kill their boys and girls so we can treat them --out of our overpowering humanity-- with organ transplants so they can destroy and destroy and destroy so we can develop better instruments of destruction --always impersonal destruction because we are so civilised we can not bear one drop of direct blood shed (we faint) -- so we have more contracts more overpowering technology raping defenceless cultures so develops more poverty and inequality and injustice and dependency masquerading as development and progress and economic growth and the hungry are made to buy F 16s and exocets so develops our pet babies and multinationals and international terror and terrorism so we have tighter and tighter political controls and excuses to escape the challenge of democracy and justice and progress and development and human rights for all men and all that nonsense and Prometheus and all that so that a great profit comes over every body --us-- everybody --thats US-- profits from the profit ... no no not Prometheus prophet stupid Prometheus the prophet no no ! ... how stupid can you get Pee aR O eF I eye Tee = P R O F I T ... Profit motive .. free profit ... 

so we can profit and devise more civilisation for the world 

exalt yea millions ... 

rejoice thee millionen .. 

exultate jubilate ... 

we are determined to aid the whole world to become like us US US or die !! 

US 

US or starve !! 

US or be destroyed 

aren't we marvellous really ?? 


VIII- HALF WAY TO THE ABYSS CRAVE FOR RECOGNITION TILL YOU ARE BLUE IN THE FACE 

DYE YOUR HAIR PURPLE OR BLUE 

DYE YOUR SKIN GREEN 

(craving for recognition) 



poor Prometheus what place for you ? when men were not yet stupefied 

before the stupefaction of Homo sapiens with "have" 

and/or the dream of have when do not have ! 

BEFORE THE FINAL TRAGEDY OF TV MULTINATIONALS MILITARY PARAMILITARY UNNATURALS AND THEIR POLITICAL EXUDATES 

and before Homo sapiens was led to the path of such exalted civilisation ! 

before TV commercials and electronic games and space invaders 

before Columbia space shuttle 

before space wars --for real-- and mass poisoning and bacteria and viruses made especially malignant so as to free the enemy from its eneminess so as to become civilised like us and become liberated by being paralysed with nerve gas and burnt with tear gas and infected with virulent warfare bacteria and mutationed with irradiation and wiped out with antipersonnel devices and burnt again with napalm and defoliation chemicals and hallucinogenic drugs poisoning the very heart of air and water space ... 

before our age of enlightenment 

(note how much neon lights more than at any time in history) 

(note the magnificent many colored lights of fission and fusion devices with a little cobalt and iridescent phosphorous thrown in) 

before our enlightened age when men were primitive and backward and superstitious 

men made you ... Prometheus ... 

men thought you --their living fellow -- a God! 

you were men's greatest hero 

once upon a time 

in a night full of strange knowledge 

you were men's love 

you were men's dream 

how you suffer great soul 

how you suffered 

to grab the holy fire 

and then again to grab more 

and more 

(that's what THEY said ..) 

men understood then (at these dark and backward times) 

.................... 

.................... 

your suffering was worthy of your stature 

your acknowledged stature 

great was your pain 

your holy pain 

your stature great Prometheus in those times --condemned (quite rightly)now-- was known 

in the minds and hearts of men and women you were known 

you were known in the bodies of men and women and that knowledge fed you 

and watered you and you were reborn by the miracle of love and that knowledge nurtured you strengthened you 

supported you led you 

your song was the song 

your loneliness tempered with understanding was not unbearable 

your loneliness was not a disease it was an achievement 

and the understanding of men and women made it so ... 

you were an aspiration ... 

the gnawing in the liver ... 

was not ... the deserved punishment of those who dare 

but the magnificent/awful price of being ... 

of being ... alive of being human ... 

how many times have men before the ages of automated stupefaction applauded Prometheuses for to encourage them 

for to help them stay alive 

how many times and in how many ways have men and women supported encouraged fed nurtured healed warmed watered tended tendered the great one (before the age of amnesia) ... 

the great soul the great body the loved one ... 

for to enrich their lives with more fire from the Gods?? 

for to enrich and enlarge their lives 

their living lives 

their lived lives 

their lives in being their lives to be 

......................... 

......................... 

how many times before the general amnesia ? 

how many times before the general anaesthesia ? 

FLASH 

VDU MESSAGE 

"please note the above manifestations belong to the bygone times of darkness, backwardness and superstition" 

FLASH FLASH 

FLASH OF MEMORY (forbidden memory) 

how many times have the stupefied men and women shunned away from the dying breed of promtheuses and apologised politely : because they had more important work to do ! 

How many times have they extinguished the fire, just delivered, with ice cold water from a Hilton Hotel fount? 

How many times have they doctored the eternal flames from the lap of infinity to suit their dinner table as meek castrated weepy plastic simulated candles ... 

How many times have they tailored your eternal flames to suit the conference table and the board of directors meeting 

How many times have the children of your cataclysmic journey been ravaged savaged destroyed disintegrated raped ... 

How many times ... 

How many times have your symphonies been used as scrap paper ... 

How many times have your symphonies been unused at all ? 

Prometheus blue in the face 

Prometheus blue in the skin and hair 

Prometheus blue in the heart 

Prometheus blues 

who cares 

little murders big murders little torments big tortures all in perfect form all in good taste all in perfect harmony with utter stupefaction where all men are there for but one thing : to serve the existing order 

one one one 

one thing and one thing only to serve ! 
THE EXISTING ORDER ! YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO SERVE THE ORDER ! 

the existing order serve the existing order and ... 

serve the existing order 

serve the existing order 

serve the existing order 

(repeat ad infinitum = for a lifetime) 

look forward ... for the reward ...go to the authorities for the reward ... do not forget to claim the reward..from the authorities.. WHO DO YOU SERVE ? not god ? not a god ? not any god ? not man ? 

the existing order ! the made ! safety in the existing order .. the made order .. 

GENERAL VDU MESSAGE : 

" DON'T FORGET TO COLLECT YOUR BLOOD MONEY " 

AN ORDER IS HEREBY SERVED UPON YOU TO SERVE THE EXISTING ORDER ... 

Prometheus get bluer in the face 

develop a twitch 

a tremor or a tic ! 

Prometheus Manfredised ! 

Sophocles made neurotic ! 

Genius ! 

the genius of man turned into a neurosis 

genius delivered into the hands of the ignorant to cure ! 

"Please Mr. Curator will you cure this thing ! 

it has an illness 

Genius 

We have invented a new illness: free alive human consciousness! 

a most peculiar illness .. to be cured until deemed cured " 

(until deemed cured by the curators, the authorities or the VDU message ... ) 

..................... 


IX- MANFRED UPDATE 

Manfred roving the civil and polite world Manfred roving the hills invaded with pylons and barbed wire 

roving the lifeless rivers polluted out of biological existence 

speaking to the threatened whales and the murdered dolphins 

and the starving millions and the decimated millions and the hopeless millions and the threatened billions 

poor Manfred 

poor Prometheus 

tormented with loneliness amongst friends 

loneliness in the crowd 

torn with tortures over polite afternoon teas with conversation 

over magnificent cult rituals of loving communion and kindness 

tormented with loneliness 

loneliness in the crowd 

the Prometheus curse modernised ! 

the new curse streamlined civilised ! 

mysterious guilts mysterious doubts 

lusts 

incestuous yearnings 

ravings 

Manfred all over ! 

visions of unspeakable horrors 

visions of doom 

hatred 

angst 

the chest split into two 

the heart torn out 

the nerves frayed 

the sinews screaming 

falling out 

raw 

inflamed 

reaction 

abreaction 

stupefaction 

terror 

aggression 

depression 

submission 

rebellion 

rejection 

suspicion 

rendition 

sedition 

micturition 

rarefaction 



suicide 



no one listens 

no one L I S T E N S 

the noise is too great 

machine language 

viva machine language 

--nothing human soft and disgusting-- 

viva machine language 

.. and Manfred is not eloquent anymore ! 

addiction 

mania 

aquisitionomania the ultimate cure for all emptiness ! 

depression depression depression 

hypomania hypermania minimania macro micro mini-micro megalo 

WHENEVER WAS PROMETHEUS DEPRESSED ??? 

whenever was Prometheus confused ? 

Manfredisation Balkanisation Epistemologically not feasible 

when Prometheus was known 

Prometheus was Prometheus 

he never thought to be eloquent he was eloquence ! 

Prometheus was 

but alas Prometheus is now born again Manfred ! 

born into the made world of neurosis 

delivered to the curers to cure him ... 

"cure this bit of leather for me will you ?" 

mysterious intimations of the thousand and one ills which the flesh is heir to 

(the flesh must be cured ... in acids and salts ... and bitter mixtures ... and dried ... and hardened ... cured !) 

sicknesses 

diseases 

encephalites 

meningites 

yellow fevers 

liver degeneration decimation pulverisation 

AIDS from men women and haemophiliacs 

sores viruses fungi pests 

chronic intractable incurable terrible plagues 

tetanus from horses and dogs and rats 

rabies 

leukaemias 

arterial tares and obstructions breakdowns 

amnesias aphasias concussions 

haemorrhages fevers carbuncles 

insidious horrors subtle insidious terrifying unidentifiable 

poisoning betrayals denials robberies deceptions 

punishments for myriad crimes 

endless crimes 

awful sins 

mountains of guilt for the primordial crime of breathing of dreaming 

TREASON 

betrayals mistakes misconceptions arrests deprivations preventions privations apprehensions detentions 

betrayals 

betrayals 

merciless betrayals 

delivered into the hands of sadists for cure 

no no, silly, for curing YOU not for curing them !! 

(curing --after all-- is a sadistic process) 

delivered into the hands of the ignorant for education 

... and re-education 

what does your passport say ? 

.............................. 

Promethean passport non-operative 

what does your passport say ? 

............................... 

what does your passport say ? 

.......... 

no release before confession 

submission 

admission 

repentance 

repentition ! 

what does your pass say ? 

VDU 

"all natives must not appear in the respectable areas of the Cities of the rich and powerful after working hours" 

Prometheus wishes to make known ... 

"what how dare he/you make a wish ... wishy washy outcast infracaste ... sat on a tuffet eating a muffit without butter paste ... it was only out of the goodness of our hearts that the likes of you were given any rights at all and now you misuse what we have granted you ... cut off his arms pull out his tongue gouge his eyes blow his brains ... yes that 'll teach you !" 

it taught him alright ! 

he was taught to the point of unconsciousness ! 


CODETTA PRE-CODA 

Prometheus Prometheus 

language non-communicative 

promethean heights are unscaled 

the key to the language is in the heights that are unscaled 

won't scale the heights 

therefore wont understand the language 

wont understand the language 

therefore wont scale the heights ! 

"how do you like that !!" the key is in the window in the sunshine in the window at the window .. who knows where the sunshine is ... ? 

Prometheus the great 

the heights are unscaled 

forgotten 

denied 

OBEY VDU INSTRUCTIONS ! 

(VDU appears better in a darkened room ... close the window ... switch on the conditioning ... the air-conditioning ... switch on the air-conditioning for some mind-conditioning by VDU) 

and you are being cross examined 

Prometheus you must answer ! 

Prometheus put to task held to account (what language to account in ... to tell?) 

gruelled minced savaged ravaged 

expect to be hindered delayed obstructed 

language wrong 

incomprehensible wrong ! 

behaviour wrong aspect wrong posture wrong color wrong breathing wrong reactions wrong dreams wrong 

ALL wrong ! 


expect stupidity from the stupefied ! 

arrogance from the all-powerful amnesiacs 

(how come all-powerful ??) 

cruelty blindness madness 

expect the worst 

expect to be misunderstood 

ununderstood !! never understood cross talk double talk 

cross purposes 

the ultimate in brutality indirectly 

impersonally politely decisively 

expect the worst and more until you learn! 

the ways! the pathways! of the brave new world of US 

great Prometheus forget your song 

and learn anew to speak the language of the brave new World and the stupefied 

learn to make the movements of the stupefied 

learn to act 

learn the language of anaesthesia and amnesia 

learn or else ... 

you have been duly warned ... ! 

amnesia 

amnesia 

amnesia 

restful amnesia 

ambrosia amnesia 

amnesia anaesthesia 

am ......... 



X- EXHIBIT "A" 


Prometheus bound ? Prometheus unbound ? 

who cares !!! 

nobody cares to bind you or unbind you 

even if by miraculous fluke you survived 

you are not relevant any more 

you are not a danger to any one 

you are no use to any one ... 

no body hears you 

even when you sing 

(the noise is too loud ) 

everyone busy (with far more important things) 

no body cares --any more-- 

the gods don't bother much about securing you on the rock 

and the vultures are busy with their own private affairs 

(since humans are doing the job themselves 

there is no need for the vultures to interrupt their computer games) 

humans are doing the job full well 

automatically unconsciously with perfect efficiency they are ... gnawing at each others livers and hearts till death do us part .. till death supervenes ... 

they ensure loneliness, isolation and fixation to the hypothetical rock 

without chains 

they generate loneliness and isolations according to the orders of the existing order ... 

exactly as decreed in the myth ... 

the amnesiacs are serving amnesia what is more natural than this? 

and all this marvellous work till death do us part ! 

unto death 

till death supervenes 

imperceptibly 

or perceptibly 

no need anymore to bother the vultures 

or search for the lonely rock and chain ... 

Prometheus bound unbound 

why bother 

Prometheus is manfredised ! 

and is on the road to complete cure ... 

the genius of man is moulded to be born an illness ! 

the genius of man is delivered to the curators to be cured ! 

then stored as an interesting curiosity to be sampled and used as necessary for the good of our brave new world : 



"Exhibit A" in the museum of priceless objects 



"Exhibit A" "Exhibit A" 

on the second shelf from the left or the right ... 

"do pass this way please ..." 

approaches to "Exhibit A" are designed to guarantee access from the left or from the right 

from the dark passage or the lit passage from the black passage or the white passage or the yellow passage 

perfect approach also from the corridors of power 

or from the corridors in the basement 



"do pass this way please ... " 


 

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