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Who Would Like This Twenty-Dollar Bill?


This is another excerpt from Paulo Coelho’s ‘Like the Flowing River,’ a compilation of thoughts and reflections.

Cassan Said Amer tells the story of a lecturer who began a seminar by holding up a twenty-dollar bill and asking: ‘Who would like this twenty-dollar bill?

Several hands went up, but the lecturer said: ‘Before I give it to you, I have to do something.
He screwed it up into a ball and said: ‘Who still wants this bill?
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The Kaleidoscopic Eye of a Writer.


Our lives emanate subtext. We see the world with great intensity where everything is magnified. 

We are always thinking, at every given moment, if even of nothing. 
We reflect and ponder, create and envision. We are always dreaming even as we live; we are in a constant state of reverie. Our thoughts travel further than the depths of this world; we often think a thousand thoughts at once. 

The line between reality and fiction is blurred, nothing is real; nothing is perpetual.

We analyse connotation, critique and admire. We perceive and experience emotions beneath the lines; observe everything from beyond the exterior. We caress boundaries, live on the margins of society and allow ourselves to be consumed by nature.
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Internet; Road To Ruin.


There is something alluring about the internet. It draws you in slowly, click by click, page by page, causing you to submit yourself to its hold until the day is over and you have nothing left to give. You eventually reside inside the screen, imprisoned by your own incessant compulsion.

Upon watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics and seeing the man behind the World Wide Web, I began to ponder about what our existence would have been like without the internet.

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