Great Dilemma : When Money Comes Around

Growing up in what we could call a “normal” family, – not poor but definitely not wealthy – , money was never a matter before the economic crisis that spread through Europe in 2007 and 2008. Then my parents started to pay a bit more attention to the cost of things they bought.

Now, I’ve reached adulthood, and I’m starting to have money responsabilities : bank account, payment card, checks, etc. My 18th birthday was about a month ago, and for that special occasion I received 100€ from my godmother. I thank her for that, but in the meantime, that insidious question appeared : should I spend it on things I like or want, or should I put in in my bank account and let it sleep there for a while ?! If I was to spend it, wouldn’t I become crazy about it, wouldn’t I become a superficial materialistic kind of person ?

A few months ago, I came across that quote : “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton). Now, it appears that money could be that kind of power, which is also quite obvious, because we live in a capitalistic, globalized world in which leaders are in some cases at the feet of lobbyists.

When I thought about spending that money, my first thought was to buy sport clothes, so I can exercise better and more, which meant I could be fitter and feel better about myself. But then, second thought : wouldn’t I be driven to use overexercise as a way to punish myself, only to be relieved by the dopamine at the end of the workout?! Would I use this money in a great way then ? It could please myself and make me feel socially great but in the same time hurt me. Great dilemma.

Anyway, what I found is that our relationship to money has grown more and more difficult, with the dematerializing (is this a word?) of money : when you could touch it and feel all the bills in your hand before, it’s now lines of 1s and 0s encoded you can change by putting your card into a payment machine. What this means is easy to understand : the value of money isn’t perceived the same way. I found a great TED talk on that topic, which I happend find without actually looking for it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VB39Jo8mAQ

It’s the story of a monopoly game in which the kids change their behaviors and game strategy when they are confronted to real money.

 

Thanks for reading !

Border

Today’s prompt : Border 

I’m very happy today to share today’s prompt, something I haven’t done for a very long time and it’s a part of why I’m so happy do retry this writing exercise.

We’re in a a world where borders have always been a problem. Since the ancient times, kingdoms have always had the will to push their borders accross another country and to invade them.

Religion was helping during Middle Age, as religions and civil wars spread across the Old Continent.

Asia wasn’t spared either during all the conflicts between China and Japan.

The two World Wars are also an example of this, Belgium borders didn’t count anymore for  the german army who used that country to go to France. Hitler, with the Anschluss, invaded Poland.

And the same things repeat again and again, to the world we know today, and with the migrants crisis all over the world.

A so touching ad…

This afternoon, I was on the Net doing things I usually do, when I found this ad. You should really watch it, it is a message of happiness. After that, you will picture how much life can be simple, in a very easy way of being. I watched it and saw how we live in a consumer society. I…I…I… was speechless, and here, I try to explain you what cannot be explain with words…

Watch it and feel deep into your heart this feeling. The truth is that now, living in big cities, having no time to help our friends, relatives or unknown people, so we can’t feel this mere happiness…

Hope you liked that article, and that this video has made you think about this whole world, in which you can be having a great shower with heated water while people die of hunger in other countries, or even in your city.

XOXOXO Zoe

Introduction

Inside a life, there’s so many emotions and feelings we can’t count them, so men invented words. Poets, novellers ans storytellers are using those words, they make them beautiful, written in black ink on a light, free and white sheet.

Inside my life, there is not as many emotions as it exists, but I can turn them into words. That’s only magic, I believe ( who said magic doesn’t exist?), and I can choose to use them as I want, to create my own universe. We, artists in all categories, are using what we can to express what we want, like sadness, freedom, joy, and so on… We, artists, want to be free, without rules, so we can do what we are pleased to.

I, artist, want to show you my universe, with words all along my life, words in french, my native language, or words in english, or even in chinese.

That’s why, as an artist, I want to share this universe of imagination which is mine, and even yours, and even ours if we want. I will publish my poems, reflections, words in this blog as soon as I can.

Go ahead and discover some of my poems about life and others ! What are you waiting for ? The train of imagination leaves now to bring you up on the Dreams Land !

Zoe

Daily Prompt: I Was Here

You are the first astronaut to arrive on a new, uncharted planet. Write the note that you leave to those who come after you.

Hey you !

Yes, you who are reading this note !

I’m a poor little human called Zoe, living on the Earth for now 16 years. I live in France a really beautiful country, but it doesn’t matter !

So, if you read this note, you should now that I forgot the space map and I got lost then found this planet. I’m now back on the Earth, I found the map in my jacket pocket (how stupid I am!)

However, If you don’t understand this note, you must let it where you found it so the next one could read it.

AND DON’T EAT IT ! NO !

DON’T EAT !

 

Happy New Year !

Hey everybody !

Tomorrow, all over the world (with a few hours of lag, because of the jetlag of course ) we’ll celebrate the New Year of 2014.

2014 will be, according to some scientists and inventors, politicians and so, a year of changments, with more technology and development. Do you think so ?

I think, for my part, that I will enjoy this year for improving my level and skills in everything I can, like piano, drawing, this blog, english (english, english, it’s always english :p ).

Speaking of English, my english class and I will go in England ! So cool ! I’ll tell you more when it will be finished, I’ll post photos and what we did there !

In 2014, I’ll have what we call in french ” le Brevet” and I’ll be very happy if I could have the magna cum laude, it would be great !

What do you expect this year to be ?

Zoe

Daily Prompt: Interplanet Janet

You get to design your own planet: tell us all about your planet — the weather, the seasons, the inhabitants. Go.

My planet would be a really big one, with an atmosphere and an ozone layer so that planet could shelter life forms.

However, animals can live in this planet are peaceful, happy, and no one would kill nothing/no one.

Humans would exist on this planet too, but fewer than on the Earth and too far from it to communicate with. Humans would be caring, environmentally friendly and all the qualities we can have, with those little faults that make us so unique.

There would be a lot of water, seas, rivers with beautiful landscapes around, never seen before!

People would live in harmony with other people, animals and nature.

This would be a perfect world (you know I allow only perfection 🙂 )

For sure, this is the planet where you’d like to live on !

Video

Imitations

Français

Me voici de retour, pour une petite vidéo d’imitation (pour une fois, on va pas en faire un fromage les gens ! ).

Dans cette vidéo, un jeune Français imite tout d’abord des animaux, puis fait le tour de certains classiques films/dessins animés, et imite les différents accents dans quelques pays.

C’est une vidéo très drôle, j’ai trouvé les imitations excellentes et je suis sûre que vous allez aimer aussi.

English

I’m back for a short video of about imitation ( for once, we’ll not make a mountain out of a molehill, ! ).

In this video, a young French first imitates animals, then made the tour of some classic movies / cartoons, and mimics the different accents in some countries.

This is a very funny video and I found the imitations excellent ! You’ll like it for sure, too !

Daily Prompt: Festivus for the Rest of Us

You have been named supreme ruler of the universe. Your first order of business is creating and instituting a holiday or festival in your honor. What day of the year is your holiday? What special events will take place? Describe YOU DAY in as great a detail as you can muster: the special foods we’ll consume, the decorations we’ll use…everything.

First of all, the date : I think this special event would be celebrated on 6th June, because it make 6/6, and I love this number, it is also a multiple of 2, which is a number I like too.

During this day, people would love me, buy and display photos of me. People would go in the street and cheer me, show how much they are in admiration of me.

As supreme ruler of the Universe, I would also give the order that everyone have to be happy and celebrate this, and that everyone I don’t like have to go in jail (ahahah) !

The food would be all people want, it’s a free food day ! All around the world,  each and everyone would hang some balloons in the street, in their garden etc…

This would be The Universal Day of Me ! What a great day !

 

A better world / Another world

1. A better world

Dans ce monde meilleur, Kimmie se plaît, elle adore prendre sa voiture qui, bien sûr, marche à l’oxygène, l’utilise pour aller acheter le pain de ce soir puis va à la pharmacie acheter du sirop pour la toux. Pendant ce temps, sa mère regarde la télé sur l’écran 3D. Ils passent Titanic 5 dans l’après-midi. Ce monde meilleur est un monde impossible car la pollution a été chassée de la Terre, le crime n’existe plus et de nombreuses facilités économiques et technologiques sont disponibles.

Les chefs d’Etats sont aidés par une multitude de personnes, ce qui aide l’économie, car ces merveilleux chefs d’Etats qui font passer leur peuple en premier ne sont plus payés autant qu’en 2013, ils ont réussi à baisser leur salaire à 3000 euros par mois, ce qui n’est déjà pas mal, et utilisent le reste de leur ancien salaire pour venir en aide aux plus démunis.

L’inégalité et les malheurs, les grandes plaies de l’humanité se sont refermées pour laisser place à la joie.

2. Another world

Cet autre monde, quand vous y entrez, ça le fait un peu à la manière des pubs. Ce monde est accueillant, chaleureux et vivant. La place du Bonheur, la place Centrale et la place des Enfants sont les principaux lieux de réunion. Ces places sont des espaces où le soleil tape fort (mais pas trop, hein), et où la végétation luxuriante est installée définitivement. Dans ce monde, les gens sont tellement heureux et le service national si organisé, qu’il est presque interdit d’être triste. Si jamais, dans cet autre monde, vous voyez quelqu’un de triste, laissez-le, la Brigade des Sourires est là pour lui. La paix et l’harmonie règne, les humains, végétaux et animaux y vivent comme dans un paradis. Bref, cet autre monde, dont certains ignorent l’existence, c’est ce que le commun des mortels appellent le Paradis.