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If you are in love with sobriety (which is something we all need because, otherwise, we look like fools), make sure to read some philosophy: if I had to define it, I would say the love for sobriety. Of course, if you feel you’re not going to survive without going a little crazy, do not try this at home: your soul may be the sacrifice. Everything but Baghdad: since 2003 and the US invasion of Iraq, we are in for a losing streak as an intimate partner of sobriety. A few information first on the curvature of spacetime: the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, historically known as Mesopotamia, is often referred to as the cradle of civilisation. It was here that mankind first began to read, write, create laws and live in cities under an organised government—notably Uruk, from which “Iraq” is derived. The area has been home to successive civilisations since the 6th millennium BC. Iraq was the centre of the Akkadian, Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonian empires. It was also part of several empires, including the Ottoman one. A wild imagination may be a poor one after all, because lucidity wins. There is no trouble here: better quit before you’re dead.

The truth about a wild imagination: it’s as bad as none at all. Of course, you could try to make the best of this situation but daily life will be exhausting. At the moment, I’m experiencing flashbacks from war; make sure not to go into details.

Please Mr Postman, the Song

“Know Your Enemy” is a song by the American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine. It features Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan on vocals during the bridge section. The Allmusic describes the song as “immediately memorable” and “surprisingly straightforward”, while music critic Joel McIver cited it as “a standout track” of the album. Probably the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal, Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when released in 1992, but many would argue that it has yet to be surpassed in terms of influence and sheer brilliance — though countless bands have certainly tried. This is probably because the uniquely combustible creative relationship between guitar wizard Tom Morello and literate rebel vocalist Zack de la Rocha could only burn this bright, this once. The song is one of many off the album which contain anti-war and anti-authoritarian lyrics. The song’s main message is that the American government is contradictory when it touts itself as the land of the free yet is run by an elitist enterprise, and that you should question authority figures who determine what you are able to believe. That message is evident.

This song was a brilliant ode to the universe of information. RATM was at their best on this album and took the world by storm. With the charismatic leader De La Rocha and Morello’s innovative guitar playing, this is a must have for every human. Brilliant lyrics and excellent mantras to remember! Themes include dignity, rivalry, health and education.

As a result, syncopated slabs of hard rock insurrection like “Bombtrack,” “Take the Power Back,” and “Know Your Enemy” were as instantly unforgettable as they were astonishing. Yet even they paled in comparison to veritable clinics in the art of slowly mounting tension such as “Settle for Nothing,” “Bullet in the Head,” and the particularly venomous “Wake Up” (where Morello revises Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” riff for his own needs) — all of which finally exploded with awesome power and fury. On the album cover is Thich Quang Duc, an elderly Buddhist monk, immolating himself on a main intersection in Saigon, Vietnam on June 11, 1963 to protest the rule of Ngo Dinh Diem, the American backed leader of Vietnam who was leading an anti-Buddhist campaign in southern Vietnam. This action was witnessed and filmed by many members of the American media and led to the end of the Diem rule in Vietnam. This photo won the 1963 Pulitzer Prize. Ultimately, if there’s any disappointment to be had with this near-perfect album, it’s that it still towers above subsequent efforts as the unequivocal climax of Rage Against the Machine’s vision. As such, it remains absolutely essential.

Back to Bedlam, aka Almeria

A feeling you just can’t shake because you experienced a wide range of emotions. I found a wheel who ranked intensity from 1 to 3. Take my advice, try to avoid stage 3 at all cost.

Is it time to go our separate ways? If this intense feeling is a handicap, I guess I will have to find a way to handle it in a mature way. Is it effort intolerance or rumination? Problems with implications or years of (your words here). And I miss Lebanon, like a French person misses security! Of course, if you wake up, you will discover that the last party was really a manifestation of megalomania. Toxic people that have a hard time making love without a drug or a strange fantasy, like licking a stiletto heel (a long, thin, high heel found on some boots and shoes, usually for women). A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a human-made object that has power over others.

Essentially, fetishism is the emic attribution of inherent value or powers to an object. In anthropology, folkloristics, and the social and behavioral sciences, emic and etic refer to two kinds of field research done and viewpoints obtained: emic, from within the social group (from the perspective of the subject) and etic, from outside (from the perspective of the observer). From Gagarin’s point of view, one cannot spend his life having troubles sleeping. Of course, restorative sleep is very important and the quality of your nights depends a lot on your age, your gender and more parameters. Sleep must be restorative, otherwise there is no use sleeping. Before I start a fashion blog, let me tell you that a change is as good as a rest. But the change must also be restorative. You might say you have the sweetest hangover, you don’t want to get over!

The famous rat race: lab rats racing through a maze to get the “cheese” much like society racing to get ahead financially. In normal times, meaning if you avoid doing drugs, you find your way home much more easily. Who wants to go out of their homes in winter? What is finance exactly?

What would you do if you were in my shoes? Move on or compromise? After all, fantasy and imagination are about compromise. I came up with a solution for basic stuff like health, society and more: everything but Baghdad. It is your duty to make connections with the words and diseases I’m evoking but let me tell you: all that doesn’t glitter is not necessarily bad. Knowing me, knowing you, I think we can safely say that we all love sobriety, because we know about the pain and the pleasure, the sacred and the profane. They sentenced me to 20 years of research, for trying to escape the system. I have no choice but ripping the microphone, ripping the stage and ripping the system.

I do not count myself among you, crazy old neighbours. If your weapon of choice is espionage, I think I will stop taking a shower and singing. And when I do, my health will be ruined and my musical career also. I got no patience but, without sobriety, we would not have any landmark to guide us. I’m going to define the words I use. A landmark is a recognisable natural or artificial feature used for navigation, a feature that stands out from its near environment and is often visible from long distances. In modern use, the term can also be applied to smaller structures or features, that have become local or national symbols.

I woke up in the army; sometimes it’s the enemy. What would you do in my situation? No place to run in a remote location! Mission probability has started: is it the right angle?

Where is Jesus? “Where’s Wally?”, published in the US as “Where’s Waldo?”, is a British series of children’s puzzle books created by the English illustrator Martin Handford. The books consist of a series of detailed double-page spread illustrations depicting dozens or more people doing a variety of amusing things at a given location. Readers are challenged to find a character named Wally hidden in the group. Wally’s distinctive red-and-white-striped shirt, bobble hat, and glasses make him slightly easier to recognise, but many illustrations contain red herrings involving deceptive use of red-and-white striped objects. The time to hesitate is through! What if God was one of us? Just a stranger on the bus, trying to make his way home.

I must confess, that my loneliness is killing me now. And it’s like a party hangover, I don’t want to get over. Now, I’m starting to get sick and tired of that role and I’m considering listening to Everything But The Girl. I miss Lebanon, like a French person misses security. I know I like to keep an eye on that strange effort, so intense that I’m talking about how I lost my virginity. I know that doesn’t impress people much: does it keep you warm in the middle of the night? I’m a skilled musician, therefore I know a thing or two about humanity. Even if I write in English. Something about that blog that makes me weak. I’m experiencing hypnosis and I’m starting to take a trip to my mind. That’s why I can’t get rid of that colossal nightmare. If the heart is an involuntary muscle, then use the heart correctly!

Last time I was stupid, I made a lot of friends. It took 6 years and some alcohol, nicotine for breakfast just to breathe a little. My liver is hanging by a thread, and my doctor said: I need money to heal you and there are no guarantees.

About HIV/AIDS: following initial infection, a person may not notice any symptoms or may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. Typically, this is followed by a prolonged period with no symptoms. As the infection progresses, it interferes more with the immune system, increasing the risk of common and opportunistic infections, that rarely affect people who have working immune systems. I do care about my liver, and how the doctor said I ought to be dancing. There is a diabolic game we play with my entourage: who needs enemies when you got friends? All I see turns to brown, and my eyes fill with sand. Now, I’m sure that Mathieu Ricard was right: the pleasure and the pain are unavoidable. Regarding the sacred and the profane, it is an experience question. Let me prove it to you.

Yesterday, I wanted more likes on my fan page (I had reached 200 likes which was a good start because I needed 100 likes quick to have social proof). I setup an ad and decided to pay 10 euros during 7 days to reach 300 likes. Suddenly, in less than 24 hours, I reached almost 1000 likes. Which wasn’t the goal of the operation. That’s where Ricard comes handy: let’s try to make sense out of it. Was my ad a good one? I think so because I didn’t have a lot of traffic on my blog. That’s the strange thing: if you love me like you say, why you treat me like you do? I think I will stick to my community then: French, Lebanese and English speaking people. Am I overreacting? Maybe, because when you’re a fan, you won’t fake it. Unless you have something in the back of your mind, like being part of a group.

My heroes had an addiction that I didn’t have the courage to mimic. But now, I wonder if I should set an example for future generations. A twist in our sobriety? Or a reality with too much mirrors?

Make no mistake: having the right to point of view is something important. I know countries where the police fall on you for not controlling your sphincter. You have the right to point of view on my blog, and maybe you are in a hospital or waiting for someone who will never come. Like, share, comment and donate! Your point of view matters, only if it’s respectful and it serves a purpose. I’ve got something in my throat here; usually I prefer to be alone while I suffer, so please you have to engage with the content I’m posting, otherwise I’ll go back to my roots and zip up my boots. The first step is an induction, and then you enter a new level of consciousness. Now, I’m writing a blog; it’s a real pain in the ass. All I do is sit in front of my computer and bleed. Can apathy really cross the bridge of worry and anxiety and become a despot? And will the unconscious superego become a tyrant?

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If you liked that post or more generally my blog, don’t forget to go to my about page for details on “like, share, comment and donate”. In other words, this sounds serious and, clearly, know your enemy. The war on compromise has just begun.

Huh!
Yeah, we’re comin’ back in
with another “Bombtrack”
Think ya know it’s all of that, HUH!
Hey yo, so check this out…
Yeah…
Know your enemy!
Come on!

Born with insight and a raised fist
A witness to the slit wrist
As we, move into ’92
Still in a room without a view
Ya got to know, ya got to know
That when I say go, go, go!
Amp up and amplify
Defy, I’m a brother with a furious mind
Action must be taken
We don’t need the key, we’ll break in

Something must be done
About vengeance, a badge and a gun
Cause I’ll rip the mike, rip the stage, rip the system
I was born to Rage Against ’em!
Fist in ya face in the place and I’ll drop the style clearly…
Know your enemy!

Word, is, born!
Fight the war, FUCK the norm!
Now I got no patience
So sick of complacence
With the D, the E, the F, the I, the A, the N, the C, the E
Mind of a revolutionary, so clear the lane
The finger to the land of the chains

WHAT?! The “land of the free?”
Whoever told you that is your enemy!
Now something must be done
About vengeance, a badge and a gun
Cause I’ll rip the mic, rip the stage, rip the system
I was born to Rage Against ’em!
Now action must be taken
We don’t need the key, we’ll BREAK IN!!

I’ve got no patience now…
So sick of complacence, now…
I’ve got no patience, now…
So sick of complacence now..
Sick of, sick of, sick of, sick of…you..
Time…has…come…to…PAY!!!
Know your enemy!

Come on!
Yes, I know my enemies!
They’re the teachers who taught me to fight me!
Compromise! Conformity! Assimilation! Submission!
Ignorance! Hypocrisy! Brutality! The elite!
All of which are American dreams!
All of which are American dreams!
All of which are American dreams!
All of which are American dreams!

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Written by na1man

I've been listening to music for more than 20 years, trying to get a message in each of the 5000 songs I listened to. I'm interested in all topics (sports, art, science, philosophy, health, travel). I connect the dots with contemporary music. This blog will be the result of more than 20 years of work on humanity (ripples in the curvature of spacetime).

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