Europe and America are facing a heatwave at the moment. But it seems it’s the only way we found to have empathy for people of Bagdad. Like a divine transference that would say: you are under the same sun so stop fooling around and let the UN do the work.
Bagdad is the hottest city in the world and ISIS (aka Daesh) is still kind of surviving there. There still are suicide bombings 50 miles away the capital. Once we had Sumer, Gilgamesh and Enkidu and that may be why this civilisation called itself “Sumer”.
Sumer is the earliest known civilization in the historical region of southern Mesopotamia, modern-day southern Iraq, during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze ages, and one of the first civilizations in the world along with Ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley. Living along the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates, Sumerian farmers were able to grow an abundance of grain and other crops, the surplus of which enabled them to settle in one place.
What It’s Like To Live In Bagdad?
I guess the name of the city can’t create any confusion: it’s the city where the Oedipus complex is the most important. Lebanon under Syria’s rule could also be a hot place. The Baas party left us beautiful souvenirs. Take for example my female cousin who once told me: “Lebanese men look like shit”.
That’s because there’s a bad mother fucker reigning: Saddam Hussein and Hafez el-Assad have made the Middle East an awesome place if you can tolerate spending all your days in a coffee shop. Maybe Russia helped a little.
The secret police has destroyed so many lives just to remain in the sun.
We need someone who will have a vision not only for the Middle East, Europe or America. We need a vision for the planet and the Milky Way. Living in Bagdad in the summer could be like spending your holidays in an oven.
Where Are The Children Of The Future?
I guess some artists got it right: there are strange games and funky things. In some people, excessive sweating accompanied by emotions that are not of the order of fear, indicates that there is retention of emotional intensity. One might think that the intensity that can not be manifested emotionally seeks an outlet that it finds in sweat.
We are still kind of shocked after the invasion of Iraq and the Sumer civilisation that’s hard at work. I can’t get any rest since 2001. But my dignity fights back.
I wonder what the children born during the Iraqi mess will do of their lives. I was born in Beirut in 1980; I was sheltered by France when I was young. But make no mistake: in my first memory, there’s a bombardment. Not even the Berlin Wall’s fall can replace that strange memory from childhood.
Is It Time For Peace On Earth And End Of War?
WW1 was already deemed the “war to end all wars”. We are under the same sun: why can’t we get it right? It seems mother Earth decided to take the matter into her hands.
We need someone to stand up and say: enough is enough. Greta Thunberg is right to express herself for only one reason. Today I’m 39 years old and I’m in a coma. Of course I have some powerful allies and I shouldn’t complain. Yet a part of me is thinking beyond France and Lebanon. I’m thinking about planet Earth and the Milky Way.
When the child is gone, the dream is gone. You could say I’m comfortably numb with a powerful stimulation like writing a blog. But the brutal truth is simple: I’ve seen the Earth on fire and let me tell you it’s a rather scary experience.
But I also have seen the Earth cry and Heaven smile. Europe and Lebanon will find a solution to our fundamental problem: space travels and a journey into adolescence.
Will There Be Summer Rain With Sunshine?
I’m glad to announce Europe and Lebanon remembered the promise they made. And no World War disguised as a suicide is going to ruin the party. Of course, like Amin Maalouf once wrote, there was a lot of suffering along the way (mostly running away in Cairo and caring too much about something).
But if children like Grunberg have the guts to express themselves and if we are able to take a lesson without feeling humiliated, then the Earth can become that paradise where competition will be free of pure massacres.
We could live in an Ancient Primal world and make some augments to travel space easily and handle adolescence correctly. Because everybody knows: little children need a sunny day but everybody does (teenagers, students, adults, old and wise people etc).
The moral of that post could be very simple: if you find freedom again, you will think about your time in prison. If you’re under 18 though you won’t be doing any time. Don’t be surprised to stumble upon men-child all your life.