The Revenant

(movie review of The Revenant (2015), Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu)
DiCaprio embodied an entire American era when European settlers and Indians lived, died, fought and ultimately forged a new civilization side by side. A tale of blood, suffering, genocide and the brutal indifference of Nature, in all its majesty and beauty. The Revenant’s cinematography is a work of art, a timeless painting, adorned with dirty personas like Tom Hardy’s heartless mercenary.

Animals

The scene was a lagoon on the shore of Lake Turkana in Kenya. The time about 10,000 years ago. One group of hunter-gatherers attacked and slaughtered another, leaving the dead with crushed skulls, embedded arrow or spear points, and other devastating wounds. A woman was killed by a blow to the head and the position of her hands and feet suggest that she may have been tied up before she was killed. Violence has always been part of human behavior, but the origins of war are hotly debated. Some experts see it as deeply rooted in evolution, others emphasize the influence of complex and hierarchical human societies. No one is suggesting that this discovery will settle this argument, but it may be the first instance of a massacre in a foraging society.

Hans Landa

Great Teams

When you ask people about what it is like being part of a great team, what is most striking is the meaningfulness of the experience. People talk about being part of something larger than themselves, of being connected, of being generative. It become quite clear that, for many, their experiences as part of truly great teams stand out as singular periods of life lived to the fullest. Some spend the rest of their lives looking for ways to recapture that spirit. (Peter Senge)

The New Yorker

Quo vadis Europa?

German police are investigating reports of a group of 1000 men carrying out a mass sexual assault on dozens of women in Cologne city center on New Year’s Eve. The Cologne police chief says witnesses described the assaults as coming from a group of up to 1,000 men whose appearance indicated they were of “Arab or North African origin.”

Queen Joanna the Mad (1877)