Going to Hamburg

Well, I’m off to the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany. I intend to have some great time with Amra and I hope I will be able to take some cool pictures home.
Will be back in couple of days.

The Materialist Theory

You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.
– Fight Club

Do you get restless when you’re not online? Do you think about civilian victims in Iraq? What car do you own and did you spend your summer vacation on Île St.-Paul lately?

I wonder quite often about my way of living and what path do I want to go. We in the West are focused on things. We buy them so that they can make our lives easier. Our lives become easier, but we get dependent on things and we almost cannot function properly without them. Eventually, many of us are controlled by “our” things. Our things could rightfully call us “theirs”.
Here’s my humble thought and contribution to the map of people’s choice of living. I divided them roughly into four groups:

1. Materialist – a person who cares only for materialistic things. He buys cars, plays video games, pursues his career. This person is not socially aware person, does not care what is happening in the society or in the world. A materialist can have any political or religious preference.

2. Semi-Materialist is a person who lives with materialism around him. He is surrounded and dependent on things, but from time to time he desires to escape materialism. This could be sporadic vacations to distant and less known destinations.

3. Semi-Spiritual Materialist is aware of spirituality and generally seeks to abandon materialism, but needs tools like books, art, talismans in order to achieve it. He lives minimalistically (or semi ditto).

4. Spiritual Materialist – a person who lives completely without any things, except clothes, food and such. Spiritual materialist, does not care for things, and they do not take any part of his life. He does not have any books, no internet, no cars, nothing that affects his life.
This person finds his security, his secret haven inside his mind, completely separated of extern objects.

materialist theory

There are maybe more groups of people, but they are most likely to be found somewhere in the grey zone between these four of them.
I, personally, find myself somewhere in the zone of the damned, between Materialism and Semi-Materialism. I strive to live more spiritually, to care and actively doing something for Africa, but things that own me just can’t let me go. But I am fighting… fighting harder and harder and who knows – maybe one day I will take control over the things that control me.

Film: V for Vendetta

I went to cinema without knowing what to expect. On one side, I had certain expectations since I knew brothers Wachowski wrote screenplay, but I was also a little bit skeptical knowing the film was based on a graphic novel.
This movie is not bad, but there are some elements that are bothering me.
At certain moments the film even became rather boring experience. Actually, I was falling a sleep several times during this film. I still cannot find out completely why that happened. Was it because I was tired or because the film was boring. One thing is sure, though. I don’t remember that I ever was about to fall asleep in the cinema. Few times during “V for Vendetta” I even had my eyes closed for more than 10 seconds. Maybe I am just getting older. 🙂

Anyway, the story is interesting and quite contemporary and relevant; no question about it. There are some great settings and fine moments in the film, the cinematography is beautiful, but there is also a lot of slow and unnecessary scenes that just make this film not fantastic experience. Especially the middle of the film is too slow.

Actors are fine and they did a very good job, especially Hugo Weaving with his fantastic eloquence, voice and timing. Natalie Portman is also very good.
As I wrote before, the manuscript is very interested with a lot of potential, but it could have been much better, if “boring” parts were removed and we got some more interaction between the regime, people and V.

3 out of 5 stars.

I wrote “The Da Vinci Code”

Okay, people, I can’t stand the silence anymore – I am the real writer behind “The Da Vinci Code“. Well, what can I say, not my best work…
Anyway, Dan Brown had a writer’s block at the time, so he hired me to be his tutor in order to overcome his problem. After some time, he asked me (and paid me) to write a book for him that became not quite unknown.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

On Wednesday, 2006 March 29, a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor which traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow begun in Brazil and extended across the Atlantic, northern Africa, and central Asia where it ended at sunset in western Mongolia. You can read more on this topic at the website of guys who maybe visited Moon’s surface in the late 1960’s. 🙂

Anyway, I searched a little on this topic and I found an interesting article regarding solar and lunar eclipses and how Islam treats them.
Although of a Muslim heritage, I did not know Muslims have special prayer recommended for a time of an eclipse (salatul-kusuf).

According to Muslims, an eclipse is a reminder of the Day of Judgment.

The sun eclipsed and the Prophet got up, being afraid that it might be the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment). He went to the Mosque and offered a prayer with the longest Qiyam, bowing and prostration that I had ever seen him doing. Then he said, “These signs which Allah sends do not occur because of the life or death of somebody, but Allah makes His worshipers afraid by them. So when you see anything thereof, proceed to remember Allah, invoke Him and ask for His forgiveness.”