A part From "The Zahir" by Paulo Coelho I Adore


People who are different are dangerous; they belong to another tribe; they want our lands and our women. We must marry, have children, reproduce the species. When we marry, we are authorized to take possession of the other person, body and souls. We must do jobs we detest because we are part of an organized society, and if everyone did what they wanted to do, the world would come to a standstill. We must buy jewelry; it identifies us with our tribe, just as body piercing identifies those of a different tribe. We must be amusing at all times and sneer at those who express their real feelings; it's dangerous for a tribe to allow its members to show their feelings. We must at all costs avoid saying 'No' beause people prefer those who always say 'Yes', and this allows us to survive in hostile territory. What other people think is more important than what we feel. Never make a fuss, it might attract the attentionof an enemy tribe. If you behave different you will be expelled from the tribe because you could infect others and destroy something that was extremely difficult to organize in the first place. We must always consider the look of our new cave, and if we don't have a clear idea of our own, then we must call in a decoratr who will do his best to show others what good taste we have. We must eat three meals a day, even if we're not hungry, and when we fail to fit the current ideal of beauty we must fast, even if we're starving. We must dress according to the dictates of fashion, make love whether we feel like it or not, kill in the name of our countries frontiers, wish time away so that retirement comes more quickly, elect politicians, complain about the cost of living, change our hairstyle, criticize anyone who is different, go to a religious service on Sunday, Saturday or Friday, depending on our religion, and there beg forgiveness for sins and puff ourselves up with pride because we know the truth and despise the other tribe, who worship another god. Our children must follow our footsteps; after all, we are older and know about the world. We must have a university degree even if we never get a job in the area of knowledge we were forced to study. We must study things we will never use, but which someone told us was important to know: algebra, trigonometry, the code of Hammurabi. We must never make our parents sad, even if this means giving up everything that makes us happy. We must play music quietly, talk quietly, weep in private, because I am the all-powerful Zahir, who lays down the rules and determines the distance between railway tracks, the meaning of success, the best way to love, the importance of rewards. People, does this ring any bells????

1 comments on A part From "The Zahir" by Paulo Coelho I Adore

  1. Hello! The Zahir is amazing book! Love it so much!
    I'm also a big Paulo Coelho fan and I don't know if you heard about his blog
    www.paulocoelhoblog.com
    I've started as a fan and now I'm collaborating with him and thought that you would like to enter his universe.
    Check the blog, if you want, or subscribe to his newsletter
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    You'll see a community of warriors of light sharing ideas, dreams and most importantly following their personal legend.

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    See u there and have a great day!
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