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Leonard Cohen, peace and the 2%

I don’t mean to do the same-same thing and try and get attention from other people’s misery… but within hours I was experiencing a number of things around the ‘things that separates us’ and ‘things that makes us the same and equals’… the 2% or less…

Years back I decided to leave my native country and move to Asia, one of the weightiest reasons was I had tired of peoples increasingly narrow-minded and racially biased focus on what supposedly separates us due to skin colour, religion or what ever reason people will make up just to feel it’s ok to point fingers at others instead of accepting that differences are options to learn and living an interesting life !

On that fateful Friday, I was having lunch with a lady whom I otherwise believe to be a very nice and kind to everybody personality… so my surprise was perhaps bigger when she proclaimed that her children would never be allowed to date someone who are not “Made In X” (replace x with country of birth)… she even acronym’ed it MI(x) – which really was for a lack of words – sickening.

Friday evening I met with a very good friend (who shares my particular heritage) for a burger and a glass of wine in the local neighbourhood … and my belief in people and that race or colour absolutely does not separate us was restored as Chinese, Malay and Indian heritage men and women made it a great evening … little did I know what was about to happen in the City of Love and Light which I love and have so many great memories from.

Saturday morning – and I’m out of bed early to head for a game of golf with friends… and the headlines hit me… calling friends in Paris and getting in touch with French people I know locally to check if They and Theirs are ok… it felt very different from checking on friends in Thailand after the 2004 Christmas tsunami … nature has its ways – we humans have no excuses… we just don’t !

Saturday evening I was watching the latest season of True Detective (so should you), and the title melody really caught me – Leonard Cohen is unmistakable. His song Nevermind is about war, casualties of war, religions… you get it – but mostly it’s about Peace and Tolerance !!

They play an “edited” version of Nevermind in the intro… so my surprise came when listening in full… it changed everything when this beautiful voice chanted Salaam over the as always profound words of Cohen.

Salaam as you may know means Peace… every greeting a muslim makes is a wish for peace.

I am not religious, it has never appealed to me or made any sense for me to be part of or live by a religion or specific belief. But I respect it tremendously – so much that I will not make a mockery of religion by using it for photo ops or getting attention or as a cover for my actions, and not least because it deserves respect – Period !!

We are 98% the same – regardless of origin or beliefs… and it is the 2% that makes us unique and interesting.

It is also the 2% of extra tolerance you give in a situation that makes a difference… 2% in traffic, in the grocery store, the train, sidewalk, realising that maybe this stressed and in-the-moment-obnoxious person is just having a bad day and could use 2% patience from you…

It is the 2% we can give in countless ways that will bring us closer and can help prevent the 2% who ruins it for everybody by their self serving manners and from spreading negativity and sadly death.

Imagine if we all give 2%… imagine just 2% extra tolerance towards others and the world around you, so when you need it yourself – it’s there. Imagine how this accumulation of common tolerance could take us to only needing 0.2% … 0.02% … and imagine how the number of people who feel left out, put under pressure, pushed away for being “different” will go down with it…

2% guys…

Just 2%…

Imagine that !!

And yes – I’m speaking to Me as well, we can all do better.

Shake The Dust

Young people, kids, families, friends… from all over the world, all walks of life – all seeking purpose, meaning, joy, happiness, belonging… a way to something better, freedom to express themselves.

Shake The Dust not only tells some of their stories, from Yemen to Colombia it is a visual journey to places where breakdancing seems so foreign and yet so very natural, it’s an insightful cultural lesson, a reminder that people who have near nothing can find a way to smile and laugh every day – and find a way forward… should teach us who have soooo much a thing or two !!!

I was never a break dancer… guess I didn’t have the courage to ‘bust a move’ anywhere else than a tightly packed dance floor filled with people drunk enough to not notice… and I don’t envy anybody for whom it is their only relief or way to make a living, but I sure wish I had their courage!!!

Watch and learn and smile and save a thought for Camille and the other B girls.

Empire inspire

Somebody mentioned Empire, or maybe it was an add… so I watched the 1st episode… and then another… and then I binged the rest of them. It’s good entertainment – without going into my all-time-favorites list of things… but most remarkably it makes me wanna listen to R&B again, there is soooo much great music in this show – really surprised and inspired me.

Looking forward to season 2…

Friday afternoon commute

So it’s Friday… And I really just want to get to that Not-at-work thing… But the road is one big metal rod… And then the engine decides to overheat…

But there’s great music on the radio, and so many things went right today… Little victories and lots of fun!

So, there’s balance in the world … The ball keeps spinning :o)

Hybrid to the rescue

It’s one of those days… Everything is a bit off, wonky, uphill, walls, bad attitudes… Me too for that matter… But then there’s always music – music never fails me !

Playing classical as a kid, discovering electro and house in the ’80s, rock, synth, jazz, breakbeats, deep house, nu disco, dub step, rap, pop, R&B… Thousands of artists, DJs, bands, concerts, soundtracks, moments… Thousands…! Soo many fond memories and experiences linked with great music, makes me wonder how my life would’ve shaped itself without it… Probably would have been ok – but not as rich, varied or inspired for sure.

My top “mix tape” would be at least 200 trax long… but today my ‘thank you for saving my day’ goes out to Hybrid and DrMundus


Can you hear me now :o)


Not the FB guy … Andrew Zuckerman – the film maker and photographer.

Andrew Zuckerman

Andrew Zuckerman

His eye for capturing animals and people is really something – but his books Wisdom and Music stays with me. Interestingly – reading the books, and then watching the movies… surprising how ones perception of a person changes when hearing them speak – the tone of voice, seeing their eyes and facial expressions… changes a person profoundly.

Reminds me why I prefer calling people and meeting in person, rather than relying on messenger apps and social media – which all have their very good uses… but you should try it ya all… call a friend, meet them for a cuppa – and see how they’re really doing 😉