Do you know what a lucid dream is?
And do you know how dream is supposed to be merely our subconscious connecting the dots, and giving us the answer?
We only dream of what we already know, or what we want to believe.
So that's how we live our lives. No matter how deep and fatal the loss, no matter how important the thing that's stolen from us - that's snatched right out of our hands - even if we are left completely changed people with only the outer layer of skin from before, we continue to play out our lives this way, in silence. We draw ever nearer to our allotted span of time, bidding it farewell as it trails off behind. Repeating, often adroitly, the endless deeds of the everyday. Leaving behind a feeling of immeasurable emptiness.Sputnik Sweetheart- Haruki Murakami
As with many other things in life, happiness is a feeling, a certain something that we all yearn to have.
All too often, we aim for the stars, only to find ourselves stranded on the moon. We know we can't reach that far, but we refuse to believe in what we know, and fall for what we feel.
To be rational, is to believe what is logical, realistic and sensible.
To be otherwise is futile, pointless and a waste of time.
People are blind to the things they can't see. They believe in what they feel, but they are deaf to what others have to say in silence.
In whatever that you do, they'll be those who won't understand, will break you apart, and bring you down.
They say things to you, bad bad things.
Only if they know.
Alhamdulillah, may Allah bless you always.
Dear father, I don't know why since I small till now, you have been distant like a stranger. I can't remember if there was ever once you picked me up in your arms, and hold me dear to your heart.
You are a quiet man, and you are unlike any other fathers. For 25 years, I still don't know who you are really. Others have loving fathers who care about their wellbeing, and I don't even know if you do really care or not.
It's not only me, but also all my other siblings. Deep inside, I often tell myself it's not that you want to be like that. Your own dad passed away when you were nine.
And you have stopped going to school and started working to feed your mum and two brothers. It must've been really a big shock to you, that you turn out to be this way.
I may not hug you dad, I may not know you, and we might still be like strangers to each other.
I'm your son, and you are my father. And for that, I love you.
Happy father's day, dad.
“Debt, rather than popular will, is the governing principle of our societies, through the devastating austerity policies implemented in the name of debt reduction.”
“French public spending has in fact decreased by two GDP points. What, then, explains the rise in public debt? First, a fall in the tax revenues of the state. Massive tax reductions for the wealthy and big corporations have been carried out since 1980”
“The second factor is the increase in interest rates, especially in the 1990s. This increase favoured creditors and speculators, to the detriment of debtors. Instead of borrowing on financial markets at prohibitive interest rates, had the state financed itself by appealing to household savings and banks, and borrowed at historically normal rates, the public debt would be inferior to current levels by 29 GDP points.”
A stunning finding of the report is that no one actually knows who holds the French debt.
An illegitimate debt is one that grew in the service of private interests, and not the wellbeing of the people. Therefore the French people have a right to demand a moratorium on the payment of the debt, and the cancellation of at least part of it. There is precedent for this: in 2008 Ecuador declared 70% of its debt illegitimate.
The crucial point is to demonstrate, as the French audit did, that debt is a political construction, that it doesn't just happen to societies when they supposedly live above their means. This is what justifies calling it illegitimate, and may lead to cancellation procedures. Audits on private debts are also possible, as the Chilean artist Francisco Tapia has recently shown by auditing student loans in an imaginative way.
The banks themselves should be put under the supervision of citizens' committees, hence rendering the audit on the debt permanent. In short, debt should be democratised. This, of course, is the harder part, where elements of socialism are introduced at the very core of the system. Yet, to counter the tyranny of debt on every aspect of our lives, there is no alternative.