“… here we are, with our problems, but also with the freedom to talk about them”(Paulo Coelho).

Today I was busy reading the Coelho blog again – lots to learn there – I see that both Izz and Fasy are big fans as well – I think even Maria mentioned that she likes Coelho’s work- and the great thing is – he likes to blog which makes him easily accessible by a global audience which I think is great if you are a writer.

Yesterday’s “Today’s question by Aart Hilal“:

Hasn’t it been difficult for you to stay in Brasil after all the harm the Brasilian dictatorship has done to you in former times? What made you stay there although you have been imprisonned under very cruel circumstances from your own people?

Paulo Coelho : It was impossible to live in Brazil, because after being in jail, you develop a kind of paranoia, you think that everybody is following you, listening to your conversations, etc. So, after being released, I went to London, but after three or four months, I realized that this was to scape to reality, to be a “strange in a strange land”for the rest of my life. So I decided to face my fears, and I returned to Brasil. It was better to die here than the be a living dead in a foreign place – I made this choice.

As for the second part of your question: I was not imprisioned by my own people, I was imprisioned by the military junta, that kept my people silent under the threat of weapons. My people was waiting, because there is no arguments against force. On the other hand, nobody can keep the pressure forever, so at the long run Freedom won, and here we are, with our problems, but also with the freedom to talk about them.


I was busy browsing Izzonline and found this a quote by the Dalai Lama.

It’s a time when there is much in the window
But nothing in the room. (His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.)

Read the complete quote here.

Yesterday’s question on the Paulo Coelho Blog :

Paulo CoelhoAart Hilal : Would you tell us more about the origin of your most celebrated novel, a masterful recounting of the biblical story, The Alchemist?

Paulo Coelho : It is not a biblical story, it is based on the Arabian Nights. I was trying to understand myself, and the only way you can do that is by using a methapor. I start writing it to see my our path, and it turned out to be that it was everybody’s path.

Have a look at some Coelho magic : 

Hmmm…. thinking I should try finding something *legal* I can mashup 😉 (Twitter message by Steve)

Izz on the importace of asking questions :

“.. it speaks of modesty. It says one doesn’t know, but one’s willing to ask so they can learn.”

Life is what happens to you, while your busy making other plans.

John Lennon 

“I do not see myself as a performer but as somebody who shares her heartfeelings with others. I have fortunately, by the grace of God, the opportunity to sing my message to you on your stages. And if the media supports it – fine! This is an advantage for something I feel the world needs.” says Nneka.

I agree with her – I think artists these days focus too much on being the “artist” that in the process the “art” and the “sharing feelings” part is forgotten or at least it comes second to all other tasks artists have to do for the “industry“.

And here is how she shares her thoughts and feelings about Africa in her song “Africans” shot in Lagos, Nigeria:

Other quotes:

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