What Does It Mean To Be A Quota?

Apr 25, 2019

The song Misirlou that Quentin Tarantino made famous reminds us that a diaspora can be a real window on the world. That must be why a country like France decided that its population should have a quota of strangers. And I’m part of that machiavelic plan since I’m Lebanese and was accepted in France.

Needless to say that I’m only French when I’m winning. If I make a mistake, French people will shout “you Lebanese you”. I was happy to live in Paris: I made some nice friends there but they were not really Parisian.

I must say I was happy to have friends in Paris and Beirut. I even have friends in other countries like a window on the world. Sometimes the room can become a bit overwhelming if the music is not good.

A stranger will always be a bit weird when confronted with a new environment. But a stranger is a wonderful window on another universe and aliens will help.

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How Can Alienation Help Us In The Space Race?

The people that feel not an ease on Earth will help us go to space. And to go to space and settle on other hospitable planets, we will have to face a wonderful black cold. It’s a physical environment with no sound and no atmosphere. And the ear is the most important thing to remain balanced.

I must say space travels will be a real challenge for the heart. And who needs a brain when you’ve got a heart? What we need to do is remember how love can be the most important thing to help us reach this goal.

Some people die really young: one of my friends died when we were 14 years old. And the world is getting smaller each passing day. Instead of dying, we could go in a galaxy far away and the people who are bad won’t follow us there because they are too lazy.

In the end you could have a choice: die or explore space. Experienced people know the difference between a supernova and a neutron star.

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Who Will Be Able To Classify People Correctly?

In astronomy, the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram, abbreviated as H–R diagram, HR diagram or HRD, is a scatter plot of stars showing the relationship between the stars’ absolute magnitudes or luminosities versus their stellar classifications or effective temperatures. More simply, it plots each star on a graph plotting the star’s brightness against its temperature (color).

The diagram was created circa 1910 by Ejnar Hertzsprung and Henry Norris Russell and represents a major step towards an understanding of stellar evolution. The related color–magnitude diagram (CMD) plots the apparent magnitudes of stars against their color, usually for a cluster so that the stars are all at the same distance.

Here on Earth we could classify people that way: hot or not and bright or not. One could come up with a questionnaire like the one from Proust to understand where you are on the diagram.

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What Kind Of Questionnaire Could It Be?

For example: how many partners did you have (0: not hot, 5: hot) and what is hedonism. The latter question is a way to prove you are human. Because it’s not enough to shine in the visual world, you also have to shine in the auditory world and have conversation.

That kind of questionnaire will allow me to make a scatter plot of your entourage. And then we will understand what kind of stars are shining right next to you.

In the near future I will make that kind of questionnaire and send it to my entourage (200 people). And I will be the first to make that diagram that I hope will help you understand where you lie in the universe.

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Will You Lie In The Main Sequence?

If you Google the diagram and have a look, you will notice a main sequence on the chart that is almost a diagonal. This is the main sequence. Outside you have giants, supergiants and white dwarfs. Needless to say that some stars can have a dramatically different life from one another.

Take for example my banking friend who passed by Paris when I was 22 and left me with an awful heartache. Since then he has spent time in London and Asia and is living the high life while I’m still reeling with nausea.

He was a real window on the famous butchery we all fear. I was someone who was caught in a whirlwind called cost killing. And he was someone who was profiting from the ambition of others.

I hope you will enjoy my ambition to do a scatter plot of my entourage based on brightness and temperature. As you can see, blogging is my last resort to have a meaningful life and I’m back in the game!


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!