The Whistling Philosopher...
My personal, philosophical
development began in earnest, when I came into
my early forties. It was only then, that I became fully aware of my genetically
acquired pre-dispositions, namely:
my unique abilities (mechanics, electronics, playing the accordion, an interest in foreign languages and philosophical pondering;
my three talents, consisting of:
to classical and popular music;
emotionally meaningful classical and popular melodies;
i.e. processing observations into pragmatic, philosophical
As to date I successfully
managed to develop my talent of whistling to classical and popular music and my philosophical talent, which I enjoy daily, together with my unique abilities...
latent talent of composing music: Unless the need arises to develop my composing talent at this very moment, I prefer
to leave it for old age when I am likely 'to run out of puff' and experience difficulties whistling to music. This secures
me enjoying emotional creativity until the last breath...
origin: My parents and ancestors (not to be confused with 'incestors',
which are our bros & sis :) came from former Silesia (now Poland) and so, you guessed it "I
used to be German"... then Australian and now for a change Chilean. That makes it easier to understand why I always
regarded myself of being a "global citizen in a geographical sense ...and timeless in age".
Apart from that I pride myself
to be an emotional millionaire and a materialistic pauper! It's the wonderful exchange of love, I enjoyed with my dearest
aunt "Tante Mieze" during my childhood, which is now my emotionally creative, audible and visible asset! This fact enables
me to virtually 'blow much love into thin air'... and never to tire longing for highest possible, innermost
contentment and quality of life.
My academic education: (...is indeed
the grey chapter in my life!) Sadly, I enjoyed only five years of public school, yet on a brighter note, I enjoyed many
more years of public relations and public toilets and seem far better educated at smiles & fun!!! Earlier on
in the piece, during my years of utter philosopical confusion and frustrations, I desperately tried to to
compensate the lack of academic achievements by inventing jokes. Here's one for you: "In the past wealthy senior Americans
used to flock to the Niagra Falls. Yet now, since they discovered a 'secret route' to the Viagra Rises, they are glad to
forget all about Niagra Falls!" (You did enjoy this one, didn't you?) Here's another short one: My friend told me that
neon lamps are environmentally friendly. I tried to beat his insight by insisting that 'neoff' lamps are even better, because
they are never on! I asked my mate Nimal, a mathematician from SriLanka, where SriLanka is? To my amazement he was able
to work it out with one hand: 'Between 2 and 4 Lanka is SriLanka!', he said. See even I (with so little formal education can follow that!) Incidentally, I also noticed
that most english speaking people find it hard to pronounce my German name 'Johannes'.
Most Americans and English only manage to call me 'Yo-hen', many English find it easier to call me 'Yourhighness',
yet then again some 'sexually misoriented, naughty Yankee/Pommy barnacles' went as far as to call me 'Youranus'(!)
Jeez, I almost forgot to mention that I somehow managed to acquire a 'certified accountant', a baker's and truck licence', yet
they were all superseded by the 'whistling licence' and now only serve as decoration for the walls of my hobby room, would
the picture I kiss my dearest my late aunt (89), Tante Mieze...!!!
My musical orientation:
My favorites musicians and music: Hammond Organist Klaus Wunderlich, Daniel Baerenboim,
Pino Piacentino, certain tunes of Liberace & Cleyderman Composers: Franz v. Suppe, Rossini, Offenbach, Schubert, Brahms,
Schuhmann, Chopin and Mozart. Types of music: Latin music, Russian gipsy tunes, bandoneon, accordion & electronic
organ music... in fact I admire and enjoy any emotionally rich and meaningful music and performers/ musicians.
I am neither an opera fan,
nor an armchair sports enthusiast and so, leave it for the masses to enjoy! Last, not least... it might come as
a shock to you that I find most classical and modern music to be plain boring! I am rather difficult in deciding
what music is emotionally rich and meaningful, but I have my valid (personal emotional) criteria upon which I judge (appreciate/reject) the
quality of a melody.
I don't smoke tobacco or
abuse drugs. Albeit I do enjoy an occasional sip of a fine liquor, such as Grand Marnier or similar brands and a little red
wine with a meal, I am not fond of beer, whisky, rum, wodka etc.
Also, I have
neither time nor interest in casinos, gambling, superstitions, sexual addictions/perversions and pious
fanaticism, yet do enjoy healthy food and live-style, as well as moderate, but regular sportive activities, such
as regular, such as walking exercize, swimming and sexercise :) Yes, with increasing age I gradually came
to experience, realize and confirm that we stay 'sexual human beings' until the day we die...
My advice to you is:
Chances are that
you are still young and/or philosophically undecided, lost or confused (like I was...), do not delay your personal, philosophical
development any further! I had no choice, for I was unable to find suitable philosophical guidance and so, struggled some
30 odd years to establish my own ideology.
You have a choice (!), because my (bargain priced) philosophical
books "A Guide To Personal Contentment" are available to you. Make true contentment happen for you, too! No academic
or pious pre-requisites required... Remember: If I, with my academic shortage were able to do it I can't
see why you should fail?!!