Nein — Photograph by Mia Pharaoh


10 Words Only

If saying no were lethal, it could have saved more.


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45 thoughts on “Nein

    1. Thank you, George for you lovely words. You have no idea how I struggled with this one, well maybe you do. Thank you, I’m very honored by the tweet. Rexie says, “chirp”. Please enjoy the rest of your evening. ~ Mia, R & E

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  1. Perfect, superb photo, Mia! Another brilliant post. Limiting yourself to ten words really brings out the power in your posts. For those who nein might have been deadly, their simple “Ja” cost millions — around 5.99 million.

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    1. Hi Tim, thank you so much, you words have really made me happy. I’m desperately trying to find the balance and keep in mind “less is more”, letting the photo do its job. I’m so pleased that this worked, and that you were able to grab the intent. Thanks again, comments like this make it really rewarding for me. ~ Mia

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      1. You are welcome, Mia! I understand the importance of comments, especially when the content is minimal, but deeply meaningful. I so often expect to get comments from certain posts and get nothing (you are the exception). I often laugh putting a post together thinking people are going to find it so funny, and then the post is met with silence or minimal serious comments. You are one of the few people who will venture out and say something meaningful about the content of my posts, especially my more obscure posts — I really appreciate you and your comments.

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        1. Tim, thank you, it’s always my pleasure. I enjoy and look forward to your posts, they get my day started. I hear you, it’s hard to gauge the content with minimal feedback. It’s been a new venture posting my photos, which are usually obscure, so it’s wonderful to read that the photos work. Likewise, I really appreciate you and your comments.

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  2. Hi Mia, your ten words stilled my soul for a very long time, made me somber, made me think, and really made me appreciate the depth of your genius. The layout of the picture the pattern, holds another story. Thanks again for making me think. shavua tov, Daniel

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    1. Daniel, thank you so much. The photo holds so much meaning for me, when I look at it I see boxcars and boxcars of people, not just Jews, but people. People all made up of the same chemical composition, the value several dollars in raw materials, maybe as much as $5.99.

      Oxygen 65%
      Carbon 18%
      Hydrogen 10%
      Nitrogen 3%
      Calcium 1.5%
      Phosphorous 1%
      Potassium 0.35%
      Sulfur 0.25%
      Sodium 0.15%
      Chlorine 0.15%
      Magnesium 0.05%
      Iron 0.0004%
      Iodine 0.00004%

      I hope all that view this will find it somber. Thank you again. Please enjoy your Sunday. Shavua tov. ~ Mia

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  3. Wow Mia. I’m always amazed what you can say in so few words. If it was deadly to say no, indeed, it would save more lives. Saying it would mean more b/c of the weight the word carried in saying it. If something has that much weight behind it gets noticed. Where often today it’s a word considered will little meaning, even as a positive word in some situations unfortunately.

    Have a lovely week Mia 🙂

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    1. Hi Amanda, thank you so much for your wonderful words. No, is a powerful word, I agree with you, today it seems to have lost its weight. History has sadly silenced the “no” in some past instances. I’m always delighted by your insights and your understanding of my intents. Amanda, wishing you a lovely week too. ~ Mia 🙂 💗

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        1. Hey roger.about of mia’s post”Nein”, do u not know some special thing .it is related from WW2 n Hitler’s quote-nein,nein,nein,nein (no,no,no)-as i it right or not ?plz reply.

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  4. Copper brilliant brevity, I have spent longer contemplating your ten words than I have entire chapters. Chilling photograph as well. Your discussion on the price of a human reminds my of this from the renegade surrealist magazine Documents from the 30’s, I will quote in full.
    An eminent English chemist Dr Charles Henry Maye set out to establish in a precise manner what man is made of and what is its chemical value. This is the result of his learned researches:
    The bodily fat of a normally constituted man would suffice to manufacture seven cakes of toilet-soap. Enough iron is found in the organism to make a medium-sized nail, and sugar to sweeten a cup of coffee. The phosphorus would provide 2,200 matches. The magnesium would furnish the light needed to take a photograph. In addition. A little potassium and sulphur, but in an unusable quantity.
    These different raw materials, costed at current prices (at the time obviously) represent an approximate sum of 25 francs.

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    1. Thank you, Mr. Cake. The following post, A Freeze Dried Empire gives thought to reconstituting these elements, how about that? Something about Folgers came to mind.

      Thank you for the quote in full, it is absolutely perfect, we’re certainly not valued at much when thinking raw materials. Now, if you harvest organs dead or alive, we’re talking apples and oranges, then we could count in the amount of millions.

      Pleased that you liked the photo. Really the thought shared between these two posts is less than pretty. Human life in many ways has become a commodity like so many things, I don’t believe it’s anything new, we’ve just sugar coated it. Are the worthy worth more, and the worthless, worth less?

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      1. So many cans of worms that really should be left unopened I think. Materialism has improved life in some ways but it has substituted quantity for quality and everything has it price. As to the worthy (who are these people?) and the worthless, who decides and by what criteria? But maybe this is the hubris of the human race thinking we are so important. As the not very humanistic Marquis De Sade remarked is the death of forty million people more important than the death of a single blackbird?

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        1. The Marquis was on to something, all life has worth and value. Truly, who are the worthy? Just look around… No one, and I mean no one wants to hear that they fall into the worthless category, which are the expendable souls. You can be sure I fall in to this worthless category, dare I say most of the population does too. We are the quiet pliable mass that keep the gears grinding for the sake of the worthy…

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          1. Of course I believe in my own worth, look at the big picture though and how the world goes round. I don’t feel I’ve been able to make my point and my thoughts on this subject are not intended to make anyone feel unworthy. Do you have an open invitation to nuclear shelter that’s miles underground?


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