Monthly Archives: June 2013

The New Funky Music? Love Faith Lust +Dream

The name of the album implies that you get a whole package. Seems like a rather good deal, but never have I not enjoy songs that are so empty. The electros and the special editing make the whole album sound so very funky rather than being intentionally implicit. In fact, I think it was a mistake for 30 second to mars to be that way in the first place. Their lyrics are choppy and short, and you cannot be implicit with repeated use of words such as die, live and never, these are very shallow and explicit words. And as much as they tried to make them rhyme, it does not. There are however, minor moments that are worth while. The majority? seems like something that can be finished in two months. Their music has lost a direction, any direction that sets a theme, as it’s sang in the album “I am lost”. I was pretty sure that they are lost. Their last album was not so good either, and slowly, they just fall to the very bottom of the normality.

What about the title ‘Love faith lust and dream’ itself ? When all these are mixed together, it’s void, it’s nothing, it’s the teens, internal conflict of self, for all the bands I liked, 30 seconds to mars is the only one that is moving backwards.  I don’t think in general this album is quite in the taste for adults.

Until you realize that drama is not the way to live

I have been a subscriber for HBO for quite a bit now, besides the occasional children movies I skipped into, I mostly enjoyed the series and movies. But recently, I started to doubt the values for drama: does everything has to be dramatic to be entertaining? The original series The Game of Thrones has recently got me hooked, I would stay home every Sunday to enjoy it. Then I decided to desert it, because it is too dramatic.

I have to say although I was totally surprised by the death of Rob Stark last Sunday, and although I do believe it was a nice thing to put in there, I was made conscious about the nature of the drama; and it was totally because of that, I realize that life contain absolute no drama.  I realized a day later that, Rob has made too many mistakes but seemed too perfect to be killed by battle, so he has to die brutally in a plot. Counter-intuition is what make the moment successful, but a lot of the times in a drama, using counter-intuition sacrifices its integrity. And indeed, the director spent so much efforts to mollify the atmosphere, up to a point where everyone think something good is going to result, and yet it was smooth, the viewers are making assumptions to justify a small change in tone, then comes the sudden descent into danger.

Life is often a progression of events, it was often not cause and effect, but cause, delay, then effect. The delay part is what is boring to drama, and has to be dismissed. The Game of Thrones story was carved out of the books of the A song of Ice and Fire, the long volumes of the book stretches out to give it a delay, but like the TV drama, something worth writing is something worth catching; rather unlike life where moments of seemingly unimportant events actually result into significant consequences. Drama, has made us think dreams are closer to us, and because of the lack of drama in real life, people are easier to give up as well.

The false idea that as long as he got what it takes, or as long as one work hard, or as long as he has the right stuff, he will get what he wishes has been more prevalent in the dramas. These are soothing but poisonous values. While drama is so indulging, we forgot our lives that are primarily non-dramatic, we forgot our own world that has a completely different value, and to some extend we believe in the things that make us happy, which drive us away from reality. In many cases, I started to think, since our popular culture is having such a big influence on our ways of lives, it might be the cause for the increase in ADHD and bipolar disorder in the society. In fact,  over exposure to drama might just explain the prevalence of these disorders. Can they even be called disorders?

I believed that the best way to live is to actually stay away from drama. Life takes waiting, every once in a while, we encounter accidents or surprises, but that the best we can get, in terms of deviation from normality.  Life can be boring and tedious, and that is the way it should be. When your life is full of expectations for drama, you are bound to get depressed when for the most part all you get is normality.

Death tolls, and who is responsible?

Funny how people do not realize it is not the regime, nor the system that is killing people, it’s the war. As long as the war is going on, killing can be justified.

Let’s imagine if the Syria government lost, what would happen to Syria? At the moment the rebels seem united because they have a common enemy, what about after the rebellion, should there be another war then? I think the world is doing the right thing: just waiting. Let’s wait and see what would happen next. This is not apathy to the tragedy happening there, this is the realization that help is only vanity if the freedom fighters in Syria does not realize they do not understand freedom.

The Arab spring has spun into a vicious cycle of endless demands and disappointments, which aggravates into more demonstrations and more fighting.

Of course, democracy will probably come eventually, but at what cost? Enlarging the gap between the majority and the minority, or maybe profound ethnic hatred. Are these desirable consequences as long as democracy is achieved? An authoritarian regime always sounds so frightening, but the most democratic people on earth is also one of the most religious. And at what point does it occurs to the Americans, that the submission to Christianity which claimed superiority of all knowledge and reason is no less frightening?

A society needs both democratic and authoritarian entities to maintain its stability and function, while some are more of one or the other, some are completely the other; but promoting bloody revolution is something we do not want to do today, for the consequence of that is unfortunate: people can develop a habit of fighting, when they are not used to a society that transforms stably and are accustomed to rebellion. What you get after the rebellion? Is democracy going to solve unemployment? Who is going to govern? Is the rich militant leader or a former terrorist, or maybe a former government official? A revolution started by the bottom class has often successfully overthrown the government, but ended with higher class getting back to the leaders’ seats. This is because rebellion with only a goal to destroy something old can never build a better society themselves. Without a positive plan and a fruitful goal, the rebellion is simply a method for destruction. The consequence for supporting them will be painful and it is quite likely that the war now will never end.

The Syria government, if successfully keep all the sensitive issues in check, will actually have a chance in the game. Because the U.S. is powerless for this issue. Will they be going into Egypt too? or maybe Lebanon? Well let’s also give Israel a real border then, and that is how much of a bill? The U.S. will set an example leading to the bloody overthrown again and a again in the world, with the expectation of the U.S. to get involved. And that, the U.S. cannot do alone.

Trying to pay the war bill by importing American business, always ended up exploiting the people who financed the war in the first place. Why? Because the locals have nothing left after a long war, but Americans are fast meat. After the Iraqi war, people realized how expensive wars really are. in the mist of economic hardships in the world today, I am afraid Syrian people are not going to get much expected help.

Keep exploiting the possibility of chemical weapon attacks used in Syria is futile as well, because there is no evidence for mass killing as a result. Scattered reports can be dismissed easily if fewer people die from them than the street fights, and the rebels forgot that they are also generating civilian casualties, and are part of the mass killing campaign that is happening in Syria right now. At one point the people of Syria have to reach to a peace deal themselves, stop fighting themselves for the difference in believes and ideologies. For the world can help them achieve peace, but not agreements; the world can rescue the devastated, but cannot cure the violent.