Quarantine diaries-Day 15

Alan Ford-The Group comics

Day 15
How refreshing it was to remind myself about the comics we read while younger than today! Haha. The expression, younger than today, came just from the thought of ALAN FORD comics!
It all started in 1969 by two Italians, Luciano Secchi and Roberto Raviola.
It is a satire about secret agents and black humor with caustic, biting references towards the Italian and generally Western society. It is
Translated into Portuguese for the Brazilian market, then to French, Danish, and Serbo-Croat languages, it managed to become tremendously popular in ex Yugoslavia.
” Anybody there? – There is no one here! – If there is no one, who are you?- I am not the one you are looking for!- And how do you know whom I am looking for? – And how do you know that I do not know who you are looking for?!”

The”Group” TNT is established by “NUMBER 1,” and their members are secret agents Alan Ford, Bob Rock, Sir Oliver, Grunf, The Chief(Boss) with real name Gervasius De Statui, and Jeremiah. Headquarters were in New York Fifth Avenue flower shop, which continuously operates without flowers. It ridicules the aspects of American and Western societies, including capitalism and racism, introducing COMMON SENSE!
And common sense is simple!
By reading the comic, your brain somehow starts working with common sense as a ruler. It is( brain) gradually cleansed of manipulation and all the stuff complicating your life.
After reminding myself about Alan Ford and the Group I took a dog for a walk. While walking, I was thinking if we require all those laws and norms being voted by elected officials every day, week, month! Do they make our life easier? Or more complicated? The conclusion might be that they are there to justify the presence of different politicians. Those that go in the politics by the idea to offer something and then politics makes them a huge narcissist. They lose common sense.
Many of them had a chance to become Statesman, but unfortunately, some power from somewhere is just not allowing that to happen!
And then there comes Alan Fords Number One and his Group again!
To open up some of the canals in the brain and take us to common sense, again, again!
Having that in mind and walking with the dog at the beautiful park, refreshed with rain, another thought regarding the rules for walking the dog jumped out.
There might be an introduction to certain rules when you walk the dog. The most important is when you walk the dog, you can not sit on the bench. Walk is walk and dog is dog. And siting is not walking. So it is prohibited to sit while walking the dog. You might understand faster that life is beautiful.
Is this acceptable today? To realize that life is beautiful and to fight for that?
Well, think by your self with the help of some of the quotes from Alan Ford Comics.
“To get to an end, you must go back to the start”
“My dear Methuselah, you are young and strong while I am weak and old” – Number One (talking to the biblical Methuselah).
“Buy flowers for the beloved woman, but don’t forget your own”
“If you wish to win, you can not lose.”
“When I fight I do not have enemies”
“Beter something from something than nothing from nothing”
“I am ready to die honorably, but if dishonorable, then nothing”
“Alan, they are two, and we are alone!”
“Its better to be rich than not”
“How is this possible?! I am rich, and I am drowning!”
“Do not believe the woman who lies”
Epitaph- “Here rests one who is gone”


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Quarantine diaries-Day 13

Day 13
Going through some of the memories, Nikos Kazantzakis came in front of my eyes! And one word came to my mind! Passion!
Immortal Nikos Kazantzakis and who else then Alexis Zorbas!
Well, 13th of June 2018, I was invited to enjoy the musical “Zorba.” performed by the Vempo Theatre of Athens and held at open Municipal Theatre in Larnaca. Just an exceptional experience with passionate people. Even those that had doubts about life became passionate about living life, by chewing the air with full lungs! You can see the video I took at the closing of the play. It is not long, and it will, I hope, increase your immunity to all viruses around!

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Why Nikos Kazantzakis and why Zorbas?
Well, in the first quarantine diary, 13 days ago, I stated the following:
“However, thoughts were flying due to spare time, that there are tremendous positive things which will definitely, happen during quarantine! After a week of preparing and another week of getting crazy, the third week will be producing some of the unique thoughts humanity experienced! Even we might find out in the next one to two decades that new Nikola Tesla is among us! That new way of development of human species started taking place in the days of quarantine!
What a gold for behavioralists! Good one!
In the end, all those scientists might realize that real science is somewhere else.
It is in us!”

And Nikos Kazantzakis fit the thought!
Yes, before “Zorbas” Nikos Kazantzakis already published some of his writings. Or under the pseudonym of “Karma Nirvami” or with his name. However, many analyses mentioned that he had in his mind to write the book about Giorgi Zorba, his partner in lignite business they set up in Greece Mani Peninsula some years before he wrote it. That is, again, beautiful information. The idea about the book was crunched for more than two decades in Kazantzakis’s mind! Those years that he needed to live and survive by doing other things. And then what happened?!
It was August of 1941, the first days of the German occupation of Greece when under quarantine in Aegina Kazantzakis wrote “Zorba” in 45 days!
Then it was not called quarantine, but maybe isolation as curfew was put in place by Germans! That was the time when feelings and thoughts stored in the soul of immortal Nikos Kazantzakis went out, translated into the words which are here to stay with us forever! The final version was completed in Athens in 1943.

So what makes Zorba so unique?
It is unique in the expression! Radiating such a positive energy about life purpose and life needs. About PASSION! Not about business profits. But in search of what life is! Questioning what we are doing here, what is the purpose of our existence, where do we stand with it, and so many other feelings that derivate from the words Kazantzakis used like the violin virtuoso.
Words that can hide other words as those will lose their meaning if said!
Or to say it differently as a quote from one song, that there are words which show their value ONLY if they are not said!
That is called common sense!
Something we have lost it and something we have the opportunity to get it back in the quarantine we live now. It is not an occupation; it can be a liberation! It is your choice!
As Marie Curie explained: “there is nothing in life to be feared; it is only to be understood.”

Dear readers, use immortal Kazantzakis and his Zorba as inspiration to do things which will stay behind you when all this is behind us!



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About the quote of the day-second edition

All is said. Sometimes it needs to be combined to reflect different “achievements” from experiments like “The Little Albert”, The third wave”, “Milgram experiment”.

Let’s salute all real Heros especially volunteers and all the others who learn how to protect others from themselves!



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About the quote of the day

What are we facing now is the process which will be changing, or better to say, which is changing our priorities and by changing priorities we start to change ourselves.

This situation we live in, is something that is done to us. Freedom is to find a way what to do till this situation cease to exist.

So, we could start to think what is our purpose of existence and to find out what is enough for us to feel fulfilled! That’s freedom.

Further, to find out what is enough we might need to find out, to face directly and bluntly, who we really are, what we became and to find out what we want to do with the rest of our lives.

There is a technique where we could try to stay infront of the mirror every day for 15 minutes and see what happens. Maybe not after the first day, but after a couple of days something will happen. You can try and talk with yourself. Freely! You can face your personality and find out how to change that what you think is not representing you.

Freely and openly face yourself. Face fears and thoughts about many different things that are occupying your life. You will be amazed what you discover inside and even more satisfied with the redefinition of your values. Values will become more of a substance and less material! That might make you a genuinely positive person equipped with deep feelings of solidarity and altruism!

Wishing you a healthy discovering of self.

Take care.



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