There Once Was a Man

The Father of India was a flunky in his youth. He failed in his studies, was a coward amongst his peers, a loner in social settings, and was so afraid to face the world. Mahatma Gandhi had serious insecurity issues that he rarely spoke in fear of being ridiculed. At 13, he married and was miserable. His low self esteem was the source of many jealous outbursts. He never took part in activities because he failed at all of them. Nobody would have ever believed this youngster would grow up to lead a nation. Nobody.

In high school, Gandhi felt left out. He struggled to stay afloat but failed time and again. When he finally passed as the oldest in his class, he went on to college to study medicine. After just 5 months, he was forced to quit because he wasn’t pulling the grades. Whatever confidence Gandhi had left in himself, quickly evaporated. He was an embarrassment to his middle class family where reputation and bragging rights were everything.

To get their son out of India, they pooled their resources together, borrowed money, and sent him to a school in the UK to practice law. Gandhi was happy to move away from his disappointing past and embraced his chance for a new life with fire. Yet when he arrived to the cold country with his eastern style of attire and quirky accent, he found himself isolated again. But this time, he tried hard to excel and took on activities with extreme passion. His efforts were sadly short-lived as he failed in all he strived to do. On top of that, he was running out of money. He knew he was going to be an even greater embarrassment than before.

To save his parent’s hard received funds, Gandhi moved into a tiny room of a small flat instead of his usual bunk at a hotel. He replaced costly meats from his diet with vegetables and grains. He walked long distances instead of using cabs and buses. These habits that came about in his shift in lifestyle have become staples in his lessons of health and simple living today.

After a serious struggle, Gandhi finally finished law school with blistering grades. When he returned to India to begin working as a lawyer, he failed at finding clients for he was poorly versed in Indian law. And when his family arranged for him to take a case, Gandhi was stricken with severe stage fright; he hid from the judge by abandoning the courtroom abruptly. It was a disgraceful debut and Gandhi had finally confirmed to his city and family of the coward he really was.

His failures led him to take a clerical job in South Africa with his brother and so he went and left his wife and two sons behind. The job proved to be too tough for Gandhi to manage. He had poor accounting skills and any matter which commanded a detailed legal analysis was too overwhelming for him to handle. In addition, he felt segregation all over again. After a short stint, Gandhi was ready to bail out of Africa as a flop, until something happened to him.

While riding a passenger train in Africa, he was asked to leave his upper class compartment even though he had a ticket. After he repeatedly refused to move, he was thrown off. At the next station, Gandhi had a revelation, an epiphany. All his life he was isolated from the rest. All his life he scrambled away from situations that required thinking and action out in the open. At this point in his life, he was angry. He was tired of being bullied, disrespected and ridiculed. And since he was finally ready to stand up for himself, why not stand up for others like him, Indians in Africa, Indians of his nation?

Gandhi returned to his job and took a fragile legal case that yielded him a favorable impression. He studied its details inside out. He convinced both parties to settle out of court and his handling of the delicate situation earned him more clients. His conviction of himself had finally paid off. The Indian community in Africa pleaded with Gandhi to stay to take on an even greater case for their rights in an alien country. Gandhi took the case and tackled it with shrewd genius. He saw his passion for sticking up for people grow and blossom into the hallmark of his very essence. In no time, Gandhi was soaked in politics for his people as he stood up against the British and brought harmony amongst people of different classes, religions, and nationalities for a peaceful co-existence. He proved that any person can change from within in pursuit of what is right.

Everybody is born with the ability to instigate change. If it were not for that instance on the train, Gandhi may have never realized his destiny until later in life – yet eventually. If it were not for his episodes of experiencing isolation on all levels, he may have never been able to relate to classes and religions divided. If he had never been bullied, he may have never found a reason to stand up for himself or sympathize with the struggle of others. His experiences had turned him into the light he was meant to be and we all have our own divine timing that can spark us to act at any age depending on our breadth of experience and level of passion. To be a warrior of light, you must have passion and true dedication to your ultimate cause. The story of Gandhi should ring tones of familiarity to everyone, for we have all experienced some degree of ridicule, prejudice, failure, or injustice of some kind. Some people have their true passions ignited and come to acknowledge their reason for existence at differing points of their lives. It is part of our personal evolution. To become the lights we were meant to become.

-By Suzy Kassem aka Blue Panther

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One For the Clowns, Two For the Slow

 

DON’T TALK TO ME

If you are pushy
Clingy
Negative
Superficial
Whiney
Two-faced
Or are a constant
Take, take
TAKER

Don’t talk to me
If you are grown up
And like Hello Kitty
And everything
Pink n’ pretty
Stuffed animals
Dangly things at the end of your pens and pencils
And annoying little dogs that look like
RATS

Get a reality check.

And fine-tune your radar
Like the one found in a
Genuine
COOL CAT.

Don’t call me
To gossip
Or for empty
Bullshit
Chit chat
I get bored
By you fluff whores
It’s why I don’t answer
Phones or doors
If you cant stimulate
My mind
Don’t
Waste the time
I need to unwind
Yours may be worth only a dime
But not mine
Not mine
I’m FINE

I don’t like folks
Who are like
Washing machines
Wishy washy
Goin’ back n’ forth
Round and round
Indecisive
Repetitive
Not worth the detergent
I throw them in
Shake wring shake
Slap slap wring
And throw them out
They won’t clean up
No matter how long
I leave
Them in

Don’t talk to me
About your pop tart
Idols
And your animal gods
I have no patience
When the world outside is
Dying
And the children are crying
Without heat or something
To eat
To care who is doing what
And for what?
What the hell are you bozos
Doin’ about anything relevant?
Only the irrelevant.
So fuck you
and your pop culture
CARTOON

So don’t talk to me
If you’re
Depressed
Compressed
A mess
A follower
A coward
A hater
Insensitive
Selfish
Egotistical
Ignorant
Flashy

Flashy…

*click*

TRASHY

And don’t hover around
When you need something
See opportunity
Smell green
Need pennies for gasoline
Or simply want kush…

I ain’t no fool, fellas
So DON’T
Beat around the
BUSH.

Backstabbers
Money grabbers
All junk and no swagger
Materialistic dipshits
With the evil eyes
Of envious pricks
They not only want ONE
But all my lipsticks!

Your words are never bond
And that’s why you’re
The last bitches to be
Bashed in this song
Be gone
Be Gone
*Poof*
GONE.

Look what you started.
Couldn’t help it, man.
I think you are all retarded.
Oh no!
What did I do?
Now there ain’t shit to talk to
That’s right.
*Shit*
Tightly compacted like
Hash bricks.
Throw some in foil
Melt the oils
Burn it up and
smoke the soil
The whole world is falling
Down
Down
Down
And all they care about is
Britney
And that 50 Cent sound.

Let Truth be heard!

Let Truth be found!

Poor innocent children
Are being killed and
Tortured all around

And their hearts

*Pound*
POUND!

Little hands and feet too weak
To get up off the ground.
The world is too distracted
To save them.
Or even just aid them
From the
Fucked-up
Misery
And suffering
In which they
drown
drown

– six feet –

 UNDERGROUND.

*Proven*
Evil is indeed the smartest man in town
Because he’s managed
to blind and dumb down
the world
and fill it
with all these
Self-centered
Self-serving
Pathetic

Little
CLOWNS.

=Blue Panther=

Suzy Kassem, Copyright 2008

Duke of Cool


“Duke Ellington was so cool that when he was told to use the back entrance, he entered the back door in such a fashion that the back door became the MAIN entrance. No one gave a damn about who was entering the front, because the DUKE was coming in the back. That’s a Real Cool Cat!

After awhile, those same racists were among the hoards of fans that not only waited for him at the FRONT door, but held the door for him and rolled out the red carpet. Yeeaah that’s Cool! He was a SIRIUS Warrior of the spirit because he kept his Cool and didn’t respond to the little shit, but rather chose to go home and sharpen the blade.

If you don’t announce your arrival, they won’t see you coming.”

–Contributed by Rodney Paige

City of the Dead

Welcome to Old Cairo, the City of the Dead. Here rests graves upon graves of my ancestors from centuries ago. My grandparents and uncles are all buried here, as well as, empty tombs reserved for the remainder of our family.

Just recently there have been reports of grave robbers who dig up the skeletons of the dead and sell them to pharmaceutical companies who then take a portion of the bleached powered material and re-sell them to middlemen who then distribute it all to cocaine dealers to use as fillers. Why human bones and not those of cats or donkeys? Ask satan. The bones are also sold to be used in black magic and to build human models in medical schools.

Do I plan on being buried there? No. After hearing the news that one of my uncle’s remains were not found when it came time for his wife to be buried next to him, my dad bought the family private grave plots in Alexandria next to the sea. I, however, plan and wish to be buried in Aswan, upper Egypt, the most peaceful place in the world. And where I have found the people there to be ideal role models for the rest of humanity.

>Are You Cool Cat Certified?

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Scribed Traits of a Genuine Cool Cat:

  1. Unique and unconventional. Leaders not followers. Have a unique signature flair attributed to their persona.
  2. Deep thinkers. Always active in thought. Awake while others are sleeping.
  3. Don’t brand or label themselves. Refuse to be tied to one sub-culture and don’t buy into pop culture.
  4. Elevated and always evolving. Stagnation causes them to break.
  5. Intellectual – whether schooled or street-trained.
  6. Innovators vs. traditionalists.
  7. Adaptable in all settings. Can communicate with people of all languages, backgrounds, religions, occupations and income strata with ease.
  8. Observant and all knowing. Very intuitive and perceptive. Has the alertness of a cat even when they seem dormant.
  9. Have crossed through all sub-cultures during their evolution and are on top of all the slangs, trends, and styles attributed to each.
  10. Always in the know of styles and trends years before they hit. Cool cats make great leaders in business, but often find themselves ahead of the wave with their ideas and projects that after they move onto something else, it is the followers who often enjoy the rewards years later with the same ideas and projects.
  11. Usually possess strong intimidating auras and strong personalities or personas that make people either love them or reject them out of fear or envy.
  12. Need alone time to regenerate. If they are surrounded by too many chaotic personalities, they snap when they feel suffocated.
  13. Aren’t frequent daters and are very selective. They fall in love rarely but love harshly.
  14. Extremely gifted and multi-talented beyond the norm. Prone to severe depression when their talents are not released. Often they are so scattered with their turbulent energy that they rarely finish projects, and even sentences. Their talent cannot be contained, therefore it may never see the light to be packaged or shared with others. Cool cats may work on projects for years even though they may be seen as ‘market ready’ in the eyes of others. Yet to the cat, it is never ready. Nothing is perfect enough, though their quality of work may outdo anything done by established icons of the past and present.
  15. Many commit suicide in their early to mid twenties, and a majority rarely live to see forty. They have a sharp sensitivity to everything happening in the world at large. Their sensitivity to everything around them is their curse. Those who survive, become closet eccentrics or rise to become influential people. Almost all, are prone to substance or alcohol abuse to dim their lights or tame their energy.
  16. Cool cats have no patience for liars, hypocrites, and corrupters as they see themselves as warriors for Truth. They are forgiving and will allow you to lie to a limit. But once they cross you off, they will never give you the same chance again. They are patient and extremely giving, but do not tolerate people disrespecting them or taking them for fools. They never forget. Try taking them for granted and exhaust their patience and you’ll unleash a hurricane. If you preach as a Truth warrior or someone who cares for a cause, and they call you out as a phony for trendy showmanship, you probably are. For a cool cat has already seen it all and sees through all.
  17. Have tons of acquaintances, large networks of strong affiliates, tons of admirers, but keep their personal circle of close relationships small. They don’t allow too many people into their world and are often very private. They may share their experiences openly to a degree, but they guard many details with secrecy and ferocity.
  18. Have the eye to detect talent in others and will often push others to succeed in various industries, often forgetting their own talents in the process. They are very selfless. They also have no problem offering multiple solutions to the problems of others, but ironically, are one-dimensional in solving their own problems.
  19. Are very well-traveled which gives them the compassion and deep understanding to become great leaders. They are masterminds with minds that have tolled a life of suffering, pain, and enumerable experiences to evolve into masters of the world. They have mastered all perspectives and are constantly shifting perspectives to understand all views in every problematic situation. Behind their words, is a book of experiences. They speak for their eyes and ears.
  20. Are fiercely protective and generous with loved ones and are self-sacrificial to the less fortunate. A supreme giver never wants anything in return.
  21. Short-tempered. Piss off a cool cat and you will go up against something with the strength of someone on PCP. A cool cat fights exactly in the same manner of a wildcat.
  22. Cool cats are the true visionaries of the world. They are often found behind the creation of great people, ideas, businesses, policies, and smart children. They have the power to influence and the power to bring out the best in others.
  23. They are first and foremost, natural slicksters. They are the reason the word COOL was even created. Their compassion, sensitivity, skill in dealing with all kinds of people, versatility in creative efforts, and talent in detecting and forecasting trends, often lead them to boredom and the internal justification that they do not have to prove anything to anybody for they have seen it all and can do it all.
  24. Are often regarded as being rebellious, anarchists, societal misfits, and problem children to systems of all kinds and governments.

    Results: If you made at least 3/4ths of the qualifications on this list, you may very well be one. Cool cats lead unpredictable lives, hate routines and are very spontaneous in their actions. Is a cool cat the same as being a hipster? No. Nowadays, hipsterdom is a term used to describe trendy commercialized freaks that roll in packs. A cool cat has a mind of his/her own and hates stereotypes and engaging in groups. They are very anti-group, anti-segregation, and against division of any sort — except for dividing truth from fiction, good from evil, real cool cats from the fakers.

-Suzy Kassem

* Photo contributed by Enrico Watson

Are You Cool Cat Certified?

Scribed Traits of a Genuine Cool Cat:

  1. Unique and unconventional. Leaders not followers. Have a unique signature flair attributed to their persona.
  2. Deep thinkers. Always active in thought. Awake while others are sleeping.
  3. Don’t brand or label themselves. Refuse to be tied to one sub-culture and don’t buy into pop culture.
  4. Elevated and always evolving. Stagnation causes them to break.
  5. Intellectual – whether schooled or street-trained.
  6. Innovators vs. traditionalists.
  7. Adaptable in all settings. Can communicate with people of all languages, backgrounds, religions, occupations and income strata with ease.
  8. Observant and all knowing. Very intuitive and perceptive. Has the alertness of a cat even when they seem dormant.
  9. Have crossed through all sub-cultures during their evolution and are on top of all the slangs, trends, and styles attributed to each.
  10. Always in the know of styles and trends years before they hit. Cool cats make great leaders in business, but often find themselves ahead of the wave with their ideas and projects that after they move onto something else, it is the followers who often enjoy the rewards years later with the same ideas and projects.
  11. Usually possess strong intimidating auras and strong personalities or personas that make people either love them or reject them out of fear or envy.
  12. Need alone time to regenerate. If they are surrounded by too many chaotic personalities, they snap when they feel suffocated.
  13. Aren’t frequent daters and are very selective. They fall in love rarely but love harshly.
  14. Extremely gifted and multi-talented beyond the norm. Prone to severe depression when their talents are not released. Often they are so scattered with their turbulent energy that they rarely finish projects, and even sentences. Their talent cannot be contained, therefore it may never see the light to be packaged or shared with others. Cool cats may work on projects for years even though they may be seen as ‘market ready’ in the eyes of others. Yet to the cat, it is never ready. Nothing is perfect enough, though their quality of work may outdo anything done by established icons of the past and present.
  15. Many commit suicide in their early to mid twenties, and a majority rarely live to see forty. They have a sharp sensitivity to everything happening in the world at large. Their sensitivity to everything around them is their curse. Those who survive, become closet eccentrics or rise to become influential people. Almost all, are prone to substance or alcohol abuse to dim their lights or tame their energy.
  16. Cool cats have no patience for liars, hypocrites, and corrupters as they see themselves as warriors for Truth. They are forgiving and will allow you to lie to a limit. But once they cross you off, they will never give you the same chance again. They are patient and extremely giving, but do not tolerate people disrespecting them or taking them for fools. They never forget. Try taking them for granted and exhaust their patience and you’ll unleash a hurricane. If you preach as a Truth warrior or someone who cares for a cause, and they call you out as a phony for trendy showmanship, you probably are. For a cool cat has already seen it all and sees through all.
  17. Have tons of acquaintances, large networks of strong affiliates, tons of admirers, but keep their personal circle of close relationships small. They don’t allow too many people into their world and are often very private. They may share their experiences openly to a degree, but they guard many details with secrecy and ferocity.
  18. Have the eye to detect talent in others and will often push others to succeed in various industries, often forgetting their own talents in the process. They are very selfless. They also have no problem offering multiple solutions to the problems of others, but ironically, are one-dimensional in solving their own problems.
  19. Are very well-traveled which gives them the compassion and deep understanding to become great leaders. They are masterminds with minds that have tolled a life of suffering, pain, and enumerable experiences to evolve into masters of the world. They have mastered all perspectives and are constantly shifting perspectives to understand all views in every problematic situation. Behind their words, is a book of experiences. They speak for their eyes and ears.
  20. Are fiercely protective and generous with loved ones and are self-sacrificial to the less fortunate. A supreme giver never wants anything in return.
  21. Short-tempered. Piss off a cool cat and you will go up against something with the strength of someone on PCP. A cool cat fights exactly in the same manner of a wildcat.
  22. Cool cats are the true visionaries of the world. They are often found behind the creation of great people, ideas, businesses, policies, and smart children. They have the power to influence and the power to bring out the best in others.
  23. They are first and foremost, natural slicksters. They are the reason the word COOL was even created. Their compassion, sensitivity, skill in dealing with all kinds of people, versatility in creative efforts, and talent in detecting and forecasting trends, often lead them to boredom and the internal justification that they do not have to prove anything to anybody for they have seen it all and can do it all.
  24. Are often regarded as being rebellious, anarchists, societal misfits, and problem children to systems of all kinds and governments.

    Results: If you made at least 3/4ths of the qualifications on this list, you may very well be one. Cool cats lead unpredictable lives, hate routines and are very spontaneous in their actions. Is a cool cat the same as being a hipster? No. Nowadays, hipsterdom is a term used to describe trendy commercialized freaks that roll in packs. A cool cat has a mind of his/her own and hates stereotypes and engaging in groups. They are very anti-group, anti-segregation, and against division of any sort — except for dividing truth from fiction, good from evil, real cool cats from the fakers.

-Suzy Kassem

* Photo contributed by Enrico Watson