How To Deal With Alienation.

Jul 12, 2019

I discovered alienation watching a French debate about work. They were talking about how working can make you feel less and less like you’re part of this world. What they didn’t know is that someone found a way to deal with alienation 4 years later.

But first I want to talk about Israel, our neighbour in Lebanon. I don’t know why Lebanon is at war with Israel. I noticed some friends of mine that tried hard to have good relations with their neighbours.

The land of Israel might really be the land of alienation and this is no surprise that the saviour of humanity appeared there 2000 years ago. Jesus’ message was simple and that might be why it was massively successful. It’s true we’ve had other prophets but Christianity is simple and one day it might call you like a friend on the telephone.

So here we will have a simple message to deal with alienation. It’s a very specific problem that needs a very simple response.


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What Will You Do Under Pressure?

The importance of rivalry and vengeance might push you in the arms of troubles and pressure. What’s wrong about pressure that’s so overwhelming? It might be because a lot of us might live their lives by the following: “it’s what you don’t do” like jumping from a cloud without a parachute.

The first step that will help you with alienation is to reduce the pressure. What’s wrong with pressure? You know your enemies will try to put it on you.

Pressure can lead you to do things that are hard to digest. Take for example my case: in 2010, people tried to help me by giving me a heavy neuroleptic. The more I think about it, the more I think I need to be wide awake otherwise I won’t be able to drive that car. Sometimes I wonder if it wasn’t an assassination attempt because neuroleptics were used by Russians with their opposition.

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How Serious Is Life Exactly?

Much has been said about life and if it was serious. I’m not even talking about the mysteries of love that literature is constantly trying to analyse. There’s nothing going on but the rent: in other words, if you want to know what’s in people’s mind, they are just looking for a shelter.

The second step toward less alienation is to reduce gravity. And this is very important because gravity is squared which means it might be the most important factor to reduce.

Sometimes music can be a good shelter like this song from the Rolling Stones: a storm is threatening our lives today. You could call that a twister. The people that decided that WW1 was “a war to end all wars” meant that, if there’s a secret combination to never meet again that ugly heart, please give it to us.

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Why Is Speed So Important?

You have to be fast but like super fast. When I was 23, I landed the best internship I could think of: 6 months in sound processing laboratory. There was an anechoic room, European projects and it was very clear I needed to concentrate so I ditched my girlfriend who had already set Paris on fire.

Another step to feel more connected to this world is to increase your speed. Some people write 750 words in 1 hour; what if you could write them in 30 minutes?

But at the end of the 6 months nothing happened. It’s true I wasn’t paid a lot but I didn’t care since it was just a way to step in that institution called IRCAM located in Paris’ centre. At some point, my boss came and told me those words: “you should be faster”.

And that’s why nothing happened afterwards even though I spent 1 month going to work at 8am and leaving at 12am: I was working 16 hours a day which landed me a job at Murex, a Lebanese financial company.

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Do You Wish You Were Taller?

Another important factor in reducing alienation is to find the right point of view and usually, the more you’re up, the more you reduce your alienation. Maybe taking a trip to Corcovado should do the trick.

Corcovado means “hunchback” in Portuguese, is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is a 710-metre granite peak located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park. It is sometimes confused with nearby Sugarloaf Mountain.

Corcovado hill lies just west of the city center but is wholly within the city limits and visible from great distances. It is known worldwide for the 38-metre (125 ft) statue of Jesus atop its peak, entitled Cristo Redentor or “Christ the Redeemer”.

It’s dangerous to go up because if you fall you have to make sure you have a parachute. So maybe it’s just a matter of fundamental (talking about a parachute).

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A Final Word About Alienation.

It’s incredible how writing can lead you from an idea to another. Maybe it’s because I used to have great conversations with some intimate friend and I’m used to the art of conversation.

It’s true I’m writing this blog for myself first. Maybe I’m selfish and lazy or maybe I just want to share some stuff in a fun way. Having fun is a fundamental thing and maybe when spies came out of the water, I felt a bit nauseous.

Today I’m quoting Coldplay: “I forgot everything I learned”. And that may be why I’m writing this blog. Even though I felt like knowing 10,000 songs should make me some money. But a memory from my lonesome past gave me a cold, cold heart.

Yes spies came out of the water and I forgot everything I learned. 2 riders were approaching and the wind began to howl. Nope, nobody betrayed you; someone was hanging on to watch you go down.

And a quick recap to deal with alienation: reduce pressure and gravity, increase speed and higher understanding (maybe motivation?).


Nicolas Sursock

Nicolas is a musician. His work now focuses on digesting 10000 songs of jazz, blues, soul, rock, funk and electronic. He plays the guitar if he's not blogging!