Arthur Schopenhauer travels back in time to meet celebrities from different fields and witnesses how the same stratagems that he detailed in his booklet 200 years ago, are still being used to win an argument.
For example, here we see the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, doing his thing and the pessimistic philosopher approaches like Thunderous Jupiter to make himself heard.
What is Arthur saying?
He could be reciting Francisco de Quevedo since he was an admirer of several Spanish authors.
This poem would suit him well:
“¿Miras este gigante corpulento
que con soberbia y gravedad camina?
Pues por de dentro es trapos y fajina,
y un ganapán le sirve de cimiento.
Con su alma vive y tiene movimiento,
y adonde quiere su grandeza inclina,
mas quien su aspecto rígido examina,
desprecia su figura y ornamento.
Tales son las grandezas aparentes
de la vana ilusión de los tiranos,
fantásticas escorias eminentes.
¿Veslos arder en púrpura, y sus manosThe following is humbly translated by me:
en diamantes y piedras diferentes?
Pues asco dentro son, tierra y gusanos.”
“Do you look at this hulking giant
who walks with pride and mass?
Well inside is rags and sash,
and an errand boy serves as a reliant.
With his soul he lives and has movement,
and where he wants his greatness leans,
but who examines his rigid mien,
despises its figure and amusement.
Such is the apparent amplitude
of the vain illusion of tyrants,
fantastic eminent residue.
Do you see their hands in diamonds and stones
and all of them burning purple?
Well, they are disgusting inside, earth and worms.”