Le Rouge et Le Noir

Faith, I am no such fool; everyone for himself in this desert of selfishness which is called life. — Stendhal

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The month of Ramadan is the world’s most widespread fast and yet its teachings are minimised, neglected and even betrayed (through literal application of rules that overlooks their ultimate objective). […] The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.

— Tariq Ramadan

अनेकान्तवाद

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a WALL!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, “Ho, what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a SPEAR!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a SNAKE!”

The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he:
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a TREE!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a FAN!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a ROPE!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

— John Godfrey Saxe, The Blind Men and the Elephant

#TBT: Ten Shades of Grey

I seen a rainbow yesterday, but too many storms have come and gone
Leaving a trace of not one God-given ray
Is it because my life is ten shades of gray
I pray, all ten fade away
Seldom praise Him for the sunny days
And like his promise is true
Only my faith can undo the many chances I blew to bring my life to anew
Clear and blue and unconditional skies
Have dried the tears from my eyes
No more lonely cries
My only bleeding hope
Is for the folk who can’t cope with such an enduring pain
That it keeps them in the pouring rain
Who’s to blame for tooting ‘caine into your own vein
What a shame, you shoot and aim for someone else’s brain
You claim the insane
And name this day in time
For falling prey to crime
I say the system’s got you victim to your own mind
Dreams are hopeless aspirations in hopes of coming true
Believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you

 

Beware of Lucy !

I remembered you was conflicted
Misusing your influence, sometimes I did the same
Abusing my power full of resentment
Resentment that turned into a deep depression
Found myself screamin’ in the hotel room
I didn’t wanna self-destruct
The evils of Lucy was all around me
So I went runnin’ for answers!

Alls my life I has to fight, nigga
Alls my life I…
Hard times like, “God!”
Bad trips like, “Yea!”
Nazareth, I’m fucked up
Homie you fucked up
But if God got us
Then we gon’ be alright…

Find the shade under the money trees

On this journey we call life, its always gonna be obstacles, road blocks, things tryna hold you back. Just keep pushin, don’t let that stop you. Never give up, stay chasin’ money trees. Don’t let nobody tell you you can’t do it. Keep going…
Don’t let nobody stop you, I mean nobody…go hard for what you believe in. Stay up, wake up, cake up, get paper, and I swear to God things will fall in your favor

 

TGIM: FAITH, PASSION & DRIVE

Everything happens for a reason, and there is a story to everything. If you take time to realize what your dream is and what you really want in life– no matter what it is, whether it’s sports or in other fields– you have to realize that there is always work to do, and you want to be the hardest working person in whatever you do, and you put yourself in a position to be successful. And you have to have a passion about what you do. Basketball was mine, and that’s what’s carried me to this point.

Part of that passion is the drive to keep pushing on, and that’s with who you’re surrounded by – Stephen Curry

Motivational speech by Eric Thomas:

Drowning in Fear

All I have in life is my new appetite for failure
And I got hunger, pain, that grow insane
Tell me, do that sound familiar?
If it do, then you’re like me
Makin’ excuse that your relief
Is in the bottom
Of a bottle
And the greenest indo leaf
As the window open I release everything that corrode inside of me
I see you jokin’
Why you laugh?
Don’t you feel bad?
I probably sleep
And never ever wake up
Never ever wake up, never ever wake up
In God I trust, but just when I thought I had enough

— Kendrick Lamar Duckworth aka Kendrick Lamar

#Rohingya

” There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Religion without sacrifice, Politics without principle, Science without humanity and Business without ethics“. I recently came across this quote on the internet and the words resounded in my head as I was watching the video below about the Rohingya people. A community I had never heard of until not long ago.

 

After watching this I had to broaden my knowledge and read more about the Rohingyas because I felt sympathy towards the men and women present in the documentary but also because I’m just a curious person in general and I truly believe that being  aware of things going on in other parts of the world is more than important.

                  “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” – Desmond Tutu