I take long walks with my confusion and the things in my troubled mind are just scraps of fragile logic sometimes end up here.

Simply, I am a person who tries to live every moment of his life, I want to travel to every corner of the world, try every kind of food, read all the books at the bookstores, watch every movie and listen to every kind of music.

So welcome to my little corner of the world!

 

10 Egyptian Concepts that Need to Change

  • “Tradition” is a synonym of “Logic”
    Unlike anywhere else on the planet, being a logical person in Egypt probably means you are “weird”. You have to comply with prescribed norms and traditions even if they are illogical because “that’s what everyone grew up with”. 
  • “Someone doesn’t seem religious”
    Because we live in a country where the level of one’s “religiousness” is measured by an outfit or a spoken word, how devout you are is reduced to how you look, not your deeds or how you treat people. Which explains why Egypt ranks at the top in corruption indexes and sexual harassment rankings. 
  • People live to marry and raise children.
    If you ask Egyptians about the purpose of life, the answer will likely be to work, marry and raise children. Although these things are “means” not an “end”, if someone wants to accomplish different things, or even accomplish them differently, he’d seem odder than any of his family or friends. 
  • Age is a limit
    “Age is just a number” – nothing is truer than this quote. No one is too old to start over, rediscover himself, love and explore the world. It’s never too late to change things. 
  • Some dreams are invalid 
    If you don’t want to be a doctor or an engineer, then you have to work in other careers that pay 10,000 LE per month to be considered “good”. But if you want to go for an artistic career, the entire republic will spend all their time trying to convince you that your life will be chaotic and unstable. 
  • If you’re not with us, you’re against us 
    In Egypt, if you don’t belong to the majority, which varies from the most supported football team to Morsi supporters in 2012 or Sisi supporters in 2013, then you have to review (and realign) your thoughts to fit in.
  • The elderly know best 
    No one knows it all; we all learn new lessons from life every day. Being old doesn’t give you control of absolute truth just as being young isn’t a justification for committing bad choices. The difference between people is how they think, analyze and react to situations, not how much they age.
  • “We’re not interfering in your business, we’re just saying our opinion” 
    There’s a huge difference between giving people your thoughts on an issue when they ask and interfering in others’ lives. People’s lives, decisions, partners, jobs and houses are surely none of your business – there’s no need to state why you dislike them.
  • Getting paid but not working 
    Going to the office every day is not deemed “working hard” as many Egyptians think – it’s normal, something the entire world does, and the efficiency of work is measured by the result. But some people like to abuse the popular claim that says employers exploit their employees for their own benefits and use it as an excuse not to work hard! 

  • “What’s fun about that?”  
    Believe it or not, methods of having fun vary from one person to another, that’s why they don’t teach kids how to have fun in school. Please don’t tell anyone how to have fun, we all know how and in our own ways!

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Eleutheria - (Almost Everything I Have Learned In My Life)

An Essay of Bassem Sabry, who just passed away- a loss that is hard to swallow - It is worth reading.
Bassem wrote this beautiful article On his 30th birthday about his life but it was a lesson to all In life.
You can only hope to go through experiences that will get you to this genuine simplistic status.

Life should occur backwards

You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in a nursing home feeling better every day.
Then you get kicked out for being too healthy, enjoy your retirement and collect your pension.
Then when you start work, you get a luxury car on your first day. And a party on your first day.
You work for 40 years until you’re too young to work.
You get ready for University: find your love match and enjoy companionship, go from party to party and live your life to the fullest.
Then you go to primary school… you become a kid… you play… and you have no responsibilities.
Then you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in your mother’s womb.
At the end, you leave this world in peace.

They’re called “Sweet Lies & Bitter Truths” for a reason.

Everyone says they’d rather be hurt with the truth than comforted with a lie but that’s a big fat lie in itself. 
Fact of the matter is no one can really handle the truth.. the truth upsets people. So they rather be comforted with a lie.
They’d rather be naive and happy ‘cause when you tell ‘em the truth they get mad at you. 
They don’t want your bitter truth. They want your sweet lie. They like their comfort zone too much.

Please leave your stereotypes & preconceptions at the door.

Unless we are very careful, we doom each other by holding onto images of one another based on preconceptions that are in turn based on indifference to what is other than ourselves. And when you project your preconceptions on a person, you never see them as they truly are.
This indifference can be, in its extreme, a form of murder and seems to me a rather common phenomenon. We claim autonomy for ourselves and forget that in so doing we can fall into the tyranny of defining other people as we would like them to be. By focusing on what we choose to acknowledge in them, we impose an insidious control on them.

I’ve learned that i have to pay careful attention in order to listen to others with an openness that allows them to be as they are, or as they think themselves to be. The shutters of my mind habitually flip open and click shut, and these little snaps form into patterns I arrange for myself. The opposite of this inattention is love, is the honoring of others in a way that grants them the grace of their own autonomy and allows mutual discovery.

Some Imperatives.

Text Performance. 2011.

Some Imperatives is a durational performance comprising a sequence of eight short texts which are painted by a performer at hourly intervals on a gallery wall. 

I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions or unnecessary conversations. If we don’t vibrate on the same frequency there’s just no reason for us to waste our time. I’d rather have no one and wait for substance than to not feel someone and fake the funk.  
Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.
so I took a vow that from now on… No more wasting time with the wrong people, No more wasting time on unappreciative people.

Flogging a dead horse

Take a look at everything around you… 

Nobody talks about anything anymore. They just regurgitate everything they see on TV, or hear on the radio or watch on the web. 
When was the last time you had a real conversation with someone without somebody texting or looking at a screen or a monitor over your head? You know, a conversation about something that wasn’t celebrities, gossip, sports, or pop politics. 
You know, something important, something deep & meaningful, something personal.

The thing is, if you just do stuff and nothing happens, what’s it all mean?… What’s the point? 

Oh right, this whole thing is about self acceptance. So I should stop judging and accept? So no matter what I do, hurray for me because I’m a great guy? It’s all good? No matter how many dogs I kill I just - what - do an inventory and accept? I mean you backed your truck over your own kid and you like accept? What a load of crap.

"Breaking Bad" -Aaron Paul

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It Is Always Now

Now most of us do our best to not to think about death but there’s always part of our minds that knows this can’t go on forever, part of us always knows they were just a doctor’s visit away or a phone call away from being starkly reminded with the fact of our own mortality or of those closest to us.

Now I’m sure many of you have experienced this in some form. You must know how uncanny it is to suddenly

be thrown out of the normal course of your life and just be given the full time job of not dying or caring for someone who is but the one thing people tend to realize at moments like this is that they wasted a lot of time when life was normal, and it’s not just what they, it’s not just what they did with their time, it’s not just that they spent too much time working or compulsively checking email, it’s that they cared about the wrong things they regret what they cared about , their attention was bound up in petty concerns year after year when life was normal

And this is a paradox of course because we all know this is coming…

I mean, don’t you know this is coming? Don’t you know there’s going to come a day when you’ll be sick or someone close to you will die?

And you’ll look back at the kinds of things that captured your attention

And you’ll think, “What the hell am I doing with my life?”

You know this, and yet if you’re like most people, you’ll spend most of your time in life tacitly presuming you’ll live forever

it’s like watching a bad movie for the fourth time or bickering with your spouse I mean this, these things only makes sense in light of eternity there better be a heaven if we’re gonna waste our time like that.

There are ways to really live in the present moment.

what’s the alternative? It is always now

However much you feel you may need to plan for the future to anticipate it, to mitigate the risks, the reality of your life is now

This may sound trite but it’s the truth. It’s not quite true as a matter of physics, in fact there is no now that encompasses the entire universe you can’t talk about an event being simultaneously

Occurring here and one at the same moment occurring in Andromeda

the truth is, now is not even well-defined as a matter of neurology because we know that inputs to the brain come at different moments and that consciousness is built upon layers of inputs whose timing to have to be different are conscious awareness of the present moment is

in some relevant sense already a memory but as a matter of conscious experience the reality of your life is always now and I think this is a liberating truth about the nature of the human mind in fact I think there’s probably nothing more important to understand about your mind than that if you want to be happy the past is a memory it’s a thought

Arising in the present the future is merely anticipated, it is another thought arising now what we truly have is this moment. and we spend most of our lives forgetting this truth repudiating it, fleeing it, overlooking it, and the horror is that we succeed we we’ve managed to never really connect with the present moment and find fulfillment there because we are continually hoping to become happy in the future

And the future never arrives even when we think we’re in the present moment. we’re in very subtle ways, always looking over its shoulder anticipating what’s coming next we’re always solving a problem

it’s possible to simply drop your problem if only for a moment and enjoy whatever is true of your life in the present.

This is not a matter of new information or more information,

It requires a change in attitude and your state of mind 

It requires a change in the attentiveness you pay to your experience in the present moment.