Are You Afraid Of Defying The Gods?

Aug 19, 2019

Today I want to write about hubris. It seems the sin of hubris can lead to misery and desolation. And your excuse will be always the same: you had a problem focusing. Which could mean you were obsessed and mad about the dimensions of our universe.

Let me remind a simple number to understand our place. The Milky Way is our galaxy. It is estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars and more than 100 billion planets. Research released in 2016 revised the number of galaxies in the observable universe from a previous estimate of 200 billion to a suggested 2 trillion or more, containing more stars than all the grains of sand on planet Earth.

Those numbers are sure to make you crazy and we could understand why people wanted the Earth to be the center of the universe in the 16th century. I guess we’d better embrace those facts because today scientists also talk about multiple universes like ours. My theory is simple: the Big Bang could be like the Bering Strait and, on occasions, we could have easy access to other universes (temporal window).

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A Little Story About The Year 1999.

In 1999, I was 18 years old and just passed my A-levels (baccalaureate in French). But before having the results, I had a friend who invited me to spend 2 months in Los Angeles. It was the last opportunity for me since I would an adult soon and those programs are only available to young people.

I spent 2 months there studying astronomy. I also wanted to study photography but the class was full. Anyway, at the end of the 2 months, I was full of confidence about me: I had a B+ grade in astronomy and that might be why today I can explain my theory about the Big Bang.

Oddly enough, I had passed my A-levels with a grade of 10-4 meaning I was accepted but it was a close call. Today I’m trying to be the last prophet and I can tell you the planet is with me. We are under the same sun and the dirty old part of the city should try a little harder.

That year I decided to stay in Paris while my family was in Beirut. I guess it will be another key year for me and humanity. Thanks to my astronomy class, I was full of confidence.

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What Is Exactly The Power Of Music?

The song was written as a tribute to George Lucas’s film THX 1138, and the music video resembles a scene in the movie. In the video, as in the movie scene where the main character (named “THX 1138” and nicknamed “Thex”) is imprisoned, the room is completely white and everyone is wearing a white jumpsuit.

Guitarist Steve Lukather has since admitted that despite the song’s popularity, it is one of his least favorite compositions, and has even said he “downright hated it.” He called the lyrics “obtuse.”

I don’t know why the song is called 99 but, to me, it’s clear the song explains a lot of things in my life since the year 1999: confidence in the environment, being far from my family, not knowing if my secret space project would succeed.

This song is a tribute to a movie but to me, it clearly mentions the year 1999. The power of music is here: most of us will spend our lives with gas (difficult digestion, heart problems, and general adaptation syndrome). It seems for life to thrive when dealing with gas, you have to aim for condensation.

A song is so easy to digest and it can speak to you in so many ways if it’s done right. Another example is a song called “Long Time Woman”.

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If You Jump Out Of The Seat, Can You Compete?

Now let’s be clear about defying the gods. I’m not talking about sex toys; I’m talking about the ones that can bring you up. Spending all your lives with mediocrity is a kind of suicide: you have to aim for the Gods. And rest assured they can appreciate what you do.

Anyway, we have no proof of the existence of Gods: it might just a wonderful class that’s ruling the universe. This implies they have a lot of dignity and are always giving us the tools so we can do a better job.

The lyrics were deemed obtuses by the guitarist (i.e. insensitive and cryptic). But to me, it seems quite clear: we’re talking about the year 1999 and my choice to stay in Paris instead of coming back in Beirut. Of course, now that choice is haunting me but I don’t regret a thing: I found a wonderful supporting partner to make it through the mud.

I came up with a new product the last week: if you want to find inspiration with the words, make sure to check it out! There’s a secret combination to transform any words (between 3 and 9 letters) into a surprisingly meaningful hint about what you should think.

Hubris (from ancient Greek) describes a personality quality of extreme or foolish pride or dangerous overconfidence, often in combination with (or synonymous with) arrogance. Thanks to my method called WTOH™, I could come up with hints (desolation and focus) that could explain this sin of hubris.

PS: In ancient Greek religion, Nemesis, also called Rhamnousia or Rhamnusia (“the goddess of Rhamnous”), is the goddess who enacts retribution against those who succumb to hubris (arrogance before the gods). Another name is Adrasteia (or Adrestia), meaning “the inescapable”.

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!