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Greetings to everyone,

"In a society that I hate deeply and scars my soul daily, the foundations and rules of which I deny, being likeable would mean that I am starting to look like it..."

This is the quote that I live by the last few years but come to think of it, I could as well be living by that particular quote all my life, without even knowing it.

The purpose of this blog is to gather all my thoughts in one place, nothing fancy, just a piece of me. The articles that I write are a blend of my experiences and thoughts.

I hope some of you enjoy what you read here and Ι welcome you all to walk down that road together.

8/27/11

Individual Thought Patterns – Part I


Individual Thought Patterns – Part IThe beginning… (of what?)



            A lot of thought went onto this article. The beginning of what indeed? The main idea was that I should write about the beginning of this blog, which was a really big step for me, because I consider it my own “window to the world”, where I can share my point of view and my thoughts on certain subjects.

            Ok, where was I? Oh yeah, the beginning! Well, I said to myself, why not explain why I started writing in the first place; begin to describe one of my favorite activities which has also helped me a lot in difficult times. Then I thought, why not describe why I started thinking? Sounds funny, but by saying “thinking” I don’t mean a plain sort of thought, but a sort of mostly complex, sometimes weird and usually over-analyzing sort of thinking. Well I’ll say this much, it’s been both a blessing and a curse. However the main idea changed, and I though that I’d try a little “mix” of them all. So, here it goes.

            All the lessons I learned in life, I learned the hard way. The truth is that I’d definitely love to say that it’s all been fun and roses but… no, no way. When I say though “the hard way” it does not by any chance mean that I turned into some sort of emo-freak, self-destructing person, vein-splitting, cry-baby, psycho kid living in a constant nervous breakdown and a state of depression. Although I must admit that I tried some substances when I was younger, because I always thought that they would help me overcome my problems and pain. The truth is that they only made them worse and worse… It’s a sort of living I despise and I could never live with for any longer. I’ll explain more of “the hard way” somewhere else though.

            I’ve had dozens of teachers ever since I was young, with life itself always been the biggest of them all. You never really learn about life and how it works, until it slaps you hard in the face. Many times in the past, I’ve spoken to people who have had it all good. I never turn down a good conversation with anybody, and my motto is that “You can always learn new things from everyone” but, usually when I speak to such a person we can only communicate up to a point. Still, I don’t turn down the neither the conversation nor the person.

            That’s the main reason mostly. The “school of hard knocks” led to more complex thinking, which in its own turn led to writing, which helped me to deal with a lot of bad stuff over the years and eventually, led to this blog. I’ve had some doubts in the beginning, because sharing your thoughts can be good and bad at the same time. I’ve also had a very good teacher though, who helped me a lot in the beginning of this blog and with whom, we hardly even speak anymore for stupid reasons.

            Finally, I recommend that everyone should consider writing, because it’s a very good way to express yourselves. It helps you lay down all your thoughts, good and bad, as well as relieve you of a lot of pressure and help to sort out any confusion that you might have on most of your personal matters.

“I ain't too young to realize, that I ain't too old to try, try to get back to the start…”

SECOND PART: http://dawnofbattle.blogspot.gr/2013/05/individual-thought-patterns-part-ii_20.html

8/25/11

Work (…for the working man?)





As I’m going through my second year of (official) unemployement, I began to see certain things about me, my life and my attitude towards the whole “work” thing, have changed dramatically.

            During the last 11-12 years working has always been a part of my life. I can’t recall a single year passing by, without thinking almost instantly where I was working at that time. I’ve changed various workplaces over the years, worked in many fields and met hundreds of people. There is an old saying around here that goes like this : “Work is not a shame”. I’ll paraphrase it a bit judging by my own experience like always : “Work is not a shame, except for when you work with useless people”. You see, I believe that it’s the people who can make you like or hate work. I really wish that all “wrong people in the wrong place” could just vanish from every workplace to make it more viable for people with real skills and usefulness.


            But what is the meaning of “work” anyway? Is the meaning attached to that of “usefulness” or “viability”? Has it got the same meaning as it did 5, 50 or 500 years ago? Hell no! What I’m about to write here DOES NOT by any chance mean that I’m some lazy ass bastard who likes to sit around all day long waiting for the “perfect job” or for some cash to fall out of the sky.

I’ve come across many articles and books during the last years, with subjects like “The End of Work” etc. There is also an excellent view on the subject, along with a view on “The Fall of the Monetary System”, beautifully portrayed and analyzed in the “Zeitgeist” movie series. I’d advise you to see the movies, but I don’t promote them, I only “promote” free and unrestrained thought. One of those books mentioned that “75% of jobs globally could be replaced by machines tomorrow”. It’s a shocking percentage indeed, but if you do a little search, you’ll find even on YouTube some videos of “fully-automated factories”, one of which is even constructing whole houses. There are also some videos of “fully-automated restaurants”, auto-cooking, auto-ordering, auto-dishwashing, etc. and payment via credit card so there’s nothing to steal inside, auto-locking, over and out.

To sum it all up, I must admit that I support all technological evolution almost 100%, it has helped us much more than we’d like to admit, even though sometimes we’re using it for destructive purposes. So I was thinking, could we be facing this thing called “The End of Work”? Yes! Anytime soon? No! Unemployment is higher than ever and we mustn’t fool ourselves, most of the jobs that are lost, will hardly be regained in the near future. Every major industry has economic problems nowadays from car industries to show business. 

We’ve achieved so many things, but we still haven’t managed to create a viable environment for the biggest part of the population. The thing is though, that no money-driven government is going to allow technology to go “that far” and change the meaning of “work” and “living” forever, except for Japan maybe, I’ve seen some “mini-wonders” happening over there lately. That is though, if they survive their “Tsunamis”. The truth is though, that we all have our own “Tsunamis” to survive these days.

“We’re just children of tomorrow, hanging on to yesterday…”

8/24/11

Sleeping Village


Mani rocks… (and rolls!)





It’s the place where my fathers’ part of the family comes from and a place where I lived for a just little time when I was a kid. I can’t say though that I was all that attached to it myself. I’m a “big city boy” most of the time however, I had the chance to make some friends down there and get emotionally attached to the place over the years. Still, I never felt like “home” or something similar. That is until now.

            After my father passed away, I never visited the place again for almost 7 or 8 years. I was very young though and I couldn’t drive, but I also didn’t have the urge to visit which was far more important. I can’t say that I get along perfectly with all of my relatives, the generation gap seems way bigger down there, but that’s another story. The fact is that we finally managed to finish a half-built home we had there, a house my father started building over 20 years ago so, during the last 4-5 years I started visiting the place more often than ever.


            I can clearly describe the place as “awesome”! It has everything I ever wanted in a ‘second home’. Mountains, sea, breathtaking scenery, roads leading to unexplored and hidden places, delicious local cuisine, countless ancient Greek monuments and archeological sites and very few people (for me that’s a plus, because it means solitude and peace of mind).


            The truth is that I could never imagine myself living in a small village for ever, away from the city, simply because I’m sort of a “music-junkie”, I go where the music is and everything music-related is in the city. I’ve come to terms with my choice, but I definitely couldn’t leave this unique and wild beauty of Mani unnoticed and unmentioned.

Easy times at hard places. Mani is a place where not even roaches survive, every animal hear is hungry. (No really I’ve never seen any roaches around…)

P.S. – Having a second home near the sea is a super plus for me and especially nowadays. I can say that I feel extremely lucky about that.

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