What About Being Forever Lucky?

Jul 14, 2019

Today I’m writing 750 words in 30 minutes. I hope you don’t mind if the quality of the post is not that good but following my post about alienation, I have to take the challenge. It’s 5 pm in Lebanon and the city is sleeping I guess. Federer and Djokovic are battling in Wimbledon and that’s why I have to be fast.

Today the subject of the post is about foundations and fundamentals. Why is it so important? That’s because you have natural things happening depending on your fundamentals. Tim Duncan was once considered to be Mr Fundamental by Shaquille O’Neal. And my aviator friend once talked to me about going back to basics in case we have a problem.

Once I talked with God and he mentioned that important thing we call foundations or fundamentals. Maybe you see the light surrounding you is a nice fundamental and we’re going to start with that.

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Why Would You See The Dark Surrounding You?

Bob Dylan has some nice words in that song: may you see the light surrounding you. But I guess if you don’t see the dark you will never see people and stars shine. Recently, I decided to classify people based on their temperature and brightness. For example, when I was a little boy, I once wrote something the teachers and my parents found funny: “my dad was as flat as his tire”. Which leads me to the next free association: why did Alexander the Great kill the population of Tyr?

The Siege of Tyre was orchestrated by Alexander the Great in 332 BC during his campaigns against the Persians. The Macedonian army was unable to capture the city, which was a strategic coastal base on the Mediterranean Sea, through conventional means because it was on an island and had walls right up to the sea. Alexander responded to this problem by first blockading and besieging Tyre for seven months, and then by building a causeway that allowed him to breach the fortifications.

It is said that Alexander was so enraged at the Tyrians’ defence of their city and the loss of his men that he destroyed half the city. According to Arrian, 8,000 Tyrian civilians were massacred after the city fell. Alexander granted pardon to all who had sought sanctuary (safety in the temple), including Azemilcus and his family, as well as many nobles. 30,000 residents and foreigners, mainly women and children, were sold into slavery.

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Do You Understand Now What’s Important About Space?

I wouldn’t have been happy to be a Tyrian during the siege of Tyre. I guess war and shit happens and we know the Mediterranean is a wonderful region. But, as a survivor of a pure massacre, I must say that some people have no heart. They tear family apart and you end up sometimes wondering if this wasn’t avoidable.

During the Lebanese civil war (1975 – 1990), my parents wondered if Paris was far enough so we didn’t have to face again the caricature haunting the country. In 1990, there was an agreement and the country was again calm and civilised. But since 2001, there was again some violence (Rafic Hariri and Samir Kassir were assassinated) and the climate gave serious diseases to a lot of people.

I’ve been battling cancer for a long time now (diagnosed in 2010 when I was 31 years old). Sometimes I’m afraid I got AIDS without any sexual relationship (true story bro, please challenge the doctors). In a world where information is critical, we need to have hope, audacity and a little bit of luck.

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Can You Create Your Own Luck Like A Prison?

When I was 14 years old, I was the witness of a strange public rape scene. The way it happened was a bit weird: I was calmly watching TV in my parents’ room when neighbours shouting forced me to have a look. A friend of mine was sexually harassed in front of 5 people.

I will remember that day for a long time: that’s when I really grasped the concept of luck. What should I do now? My friend died, I’m all alone and the aggressors are still alive (men and women).

From this moment on, I decided that I shouldn’t be bothered by the troubles of the world and focus solely on my interests. What should you do when a friend gives up without saying a word?

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Do You Feel Your Luck Can Change?

As a conclusion, let’s talk about luck a little bit: luck might be about ignorance when you think about it. After all, this strange rape scene was information I didn’t need. The porn industry was trying to educate us and some people fell into the trap.

If you want sex education, I would recommend 2 movies.

The Big Blue is a 1988 English-language film in the French Cinéma du look visual style, made by French director Luc Besson. The film is a heavily fictionalized and dramatized story of the friendship and sporting rivalry between two leading contemporary champion free divers in the 20th century: Jacques Mayol (played by Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo Maiorca (renamed “Enzo Molinari” and played by Jean Reno), and Mayol’s fictionalized relationship with his girlfriend Johana Baker (played by Rosanna Arquette).

Desperado is a 1995 American neo-Western action film written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. A sequel to the 1993 film El Mariachi, it is the second installment in Robert Rodriguez’s Mexico Trilogy. It stars Antonio Banderas as the mariachi who seeks revenge on the drug lord who killed his lover. The film was screened out of competition at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

It’s 5:34 pm and I wrote almost 900 words. It’s true there was some copy/paste from Wikipedia but I hope you like this post (750 words in 30 minutes, that was the goal).

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!