May the few and…

9 09 2012

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May the few and the weak beat the strong in his peak
May tاhe betrayers of humanity face the shame of penalty
May the hordes of tyranny and filth suffer their painful death
May the Ultras come out victorious

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دين جديد

28 04 2012

"Flower Power" - Banksy

ناديتُ بِدين جديد، كفرتُ بالاشخاص، أتيتُ على الصنم
أبائى فندونى شيوخى أقرعونى، و منهم مَن لعنّ
ناديتُ أولى العزائم، صرخت بالكرام، ناشدتُ فى العَنم
أطال بهم العهد، أم ضييعوا الميزان، أم حالوا مَن ظَلم
مٌمَدٌ فى السبل، مُعرى مُهان، اُصارع من أراد وقوفاً للزمن
أنا العائش الميت العابث، انا من قرر قومى دفنى فى الأمُم
أنا من أخطأ، أنا من ثار، أنا الفوضى، انا من عاث، أنا جيل الألم
أنا من يحمل الحرب و الأحزان أنا من يجلب الفقر و العَجَم
الارض ألفَظتنى و الموت قد صَادقنى…و اشتقت إلى الثرى

Originally posted in December 2011





Tell me

6 08 2011

Tell me about the shame of being a young father who can’t sustain his family;  and then tell me about the rest of young fathers and mothers bringing children to this world having no sense of shame for not being able to tell their descendants why exactly they were born ?

 
Tell me about the wonders and thoughts when people meet kings and royals.  And then tell me about staring at stars, knowing that we failed to detect life on everywhere we looked in sky up to distances of 13.2 billion light years .  Tell me about being alone in this insanely vast universe, and how’s that provokes no wonders to most of people.

 

Tell me about the growing need in an adopted child’s chest to discover the identity of his real parents; and then tell me about our current world’s population that has no real history documents older than 2500 years. Why don’t we want to know where we came from ? Why are we talking, debating and are interested in things happened from only 2500 years while this planet is 4.54 billion years old ?

 

We live in present, we live in this tiny little point of time called “present”, and no matter how we pretended otherwise, we’re truly not interested in anything happened before or happens after.

The facts are strange… humans are not the less.

 





Story: The Ride Home

3 04 2011

He needs two rides to get home. He’s waiting the first bus and it’s already late.
Every second he spends is either getting him closer to the bus arrival or simply getting him extra late in case the bus won’t show up.
He gotta make a decision, because if he waits too long maybe the second ride won’t be available anymore; and if he walks, maybe the first bus comes flying and go past him in no time.

……………….and he walks.

Tagline: Faith, and its games!





When Ordinary People Cease to Be

15 12 2010

 

So whom do you call a Hero ?
Is it a soldier that dies for others? Or a generous businessman that gives away his money to the well-being of others ? or the one that does nothing -by himself- but rather lead the rest to cross the line between expectations and dreams, in a battle maybe ?…or in a project ?

 

For me, Heroes are people that gave their best to serve what they believed in. It looks simple, but in fact, you rarely find someone doing it. It takes courage to go the extra mile for something nobody asked you to do. In fact, the only one asking for this is themselves. You call them Heroes because they honored their very own wishes, because they were brave enough to decide for themselves, to actually WANT something and GET IT DONE. Sometimes it be very straightforward, yet non commonly practiced. For me, Heroes are those who found the “common sense” in times where it wasn’t common anymore. They find it and persist in following it, this is a pattern in all Heroes, whether it was a soldier that realized that the only way to win is cross some stronghold, and then he moved without much thinking, or a leader like Nilson Mandela that simply realized that his nation’s only hope to rise was by uniting its people.

 

You can simply notice that these people have put themselves in higher layers of abstraction. If the mentioned soldier thought twice before moving, he would have remembered his daughter and wife, and the enormous fire power in the point he’s heading to. If Nilson Mandela have let himself to think in lower levels, he would have just seek revenge from the whites that treated his people like cockroaches and thrown him in jail for decades. But that didn’t happen, they all operated on higher levels, you can say: all Heroes are theorists ….with successful theories !!

So what makes someone BE a hero ?

 

Hedy Lamarr

 

Hedy Lamarr was a famous actress that appeared in the 1930’s and 1940’s movies like “Algiers”, “Boom Town” and her most famous film role as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille’s “Samson and Delilah”. She was called ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in Hollywood”.
In a party, Hedy met George Antheil who was a musical composer. They talked about the war in Europe, the German war machine, and the possibilities of America joining WWII.
After that talk, the 26 years old actress along with the musician started working on “Secret Communication System” that was a frequency-hopping spread-spectrum invention which used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes in submarines harder for Nazis to detect or jam. It was a brilliant invention and her work soon became the basis of technology that still affects communication systems today such as COFDM used in Wi-Fi network connections and CDMA used in cordless and wireless telephones.
If you now picked a communication engineer and told him that the COFDM and CDMA were based on the work of a 26 years old actress that never attended an engineering school, and known for glamorous roles…most probably he will think you’re joking !

 

 

For me, ordinary people cease to be in the moment they ACCEPT to be whom they want to be.
Wishing-to-be is something, Acceptance is another.
The brave soldier Accepted that he might get killed, but that what it might take in order to be the person he wished to be. Nilson Mandela Accepted that he will NEVER get to take revenge of his oppressors but that what it takes to see his nation rise. Hedy Lamarr Accepted that spending her days working on frequency-hoping inventions may not be not the best thing for her career as an actress, but that what it takes to beat the Nazis !!

 

Great people are not great because of the great things done by them. They are great because of the things they accepted to leave behind in order to come with great deeds. Greatness lies in the “Bargain” itself , the bargain for their beliefs against their desires.

 

A good question to ask the oneself from time to time is: What Are My Accomplished Bargains ?

 

 

Reda Maged





Fear and Do It

15 10 2010

لو إستطاعت رماح الحرب المصوبة الصراخ
لو إستطاعت دروع القتال المهشمة أن تستغيث
لو إستطاعت سهام المنية فى الأعالى أن تصيح
لو إستطاعت سرابيل الجند المخضبة رتق الفراغ
لو إستطاع جند المعارك فى الرحى رمى السلاح
لو إستطاعت خيل الوغى أمراً بركض الفرار
لقالوا
لعمرك يا فتى ما أنت صائر فيه يوم غدك إلا حصاد إقادمك يوم خوفك
Feel the Fear… and Do It Anyway

 

Reda Maged

 

Originally posted in May 17, 2007. Painting: Zöe Bell by Martin Ansin





To Remember

11 09 2010
  1. Sometimes, it takes courage to say you’re scared.
  2. Most of the important things in our lives were given the name “important” for contextual reasons, the few left important things that stay important regardless the time/situation should be given another name…and another treatment.
  3. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Also, a waste is a terrible thing to mind.*
  4. You don’t fully control your life, but you sure do control how react upon this fact.
  5. Sometimes, the hard questions in 1) science, 2) religion, and even 3) personal life are not hard because the answers are hard to find, but because the will of finding answers is non-existent.
  6. Every man, no matter how his surrounding may look like, was given a non-small number of chances of peeking into someone else doing the right thing. Your initial conditions don’t matter. What you decide to do after every peek it what really matters.
  7. You never know.
  8. Avoiding the things that -sooner or later- you’re doomed to encounter is not only a bad habit, but in most cases, it empowers such things.
  9. People are torn between understanding life on a hand, and learning how to live it on the other hand. They tend to lean to the latter.
  10. Wanting to fix everything is a virtue…Believing that you can fix everything is a vice.
  11. People are good at practicing fear.
  12. Money is overrated.
  13. Some solutions, even in science, start by the assumption that you’ve already fixed it.
  14. There is a thin line between an Idiot and a Believer.
  15. If you can’t find time to ask yourself what exactly you are currently doing, know that you are doing something you shouldn’t be doing.
  16. If you fail to respect others, others will fail you eventually. Guaranteed.
  17. On the other hand, expecting from people more than what they already expect from themselves can truly push them to meet your expectations. But not always.
  18. If you don’t like what you’re doing but it’s giving results. Make sure you understand the compromise.
  19. If you like what you’re doing and it’s not giving results. Take some time, and realize how lucky you are.
  20. If you can’t picture it in your mind, you won’t ever be able to do it.
  21. Never fight with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig enjoys it.*
  22. Religion got nothing to do with science; using one to prove or disprove the other is a waste of time.
  23. Our subconscious un-phrased dreams are much vivid and more powerful than the declared ones.
  24. Maintaining your Integrity is mostly important because at some day you will get old and end up to stuck with yourself, and you don’t want to stuck with someone with no integrity.*
  25. Too cheap and too expensive both are bad deals. It applies to people as well as to products.

Reda Maged

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* marks for said by someone else