What’s wrong with Malta?

I’ve been on this rock for 88 days now, so I definitely think I have spent enough time here to be able to make such judgment call, is what I sarcastically say in my head while I write this. However, from an outsider point of view and coming into a new culture you first initially make comparisons with what you know of how things work from your own experiences to generally having an acceptance of your new chosen way of life.

Obviously every place that you live has its positives and negatives, its likes and dislikes, both sides of the coin for all situations. The reason I write this though is I have seen the good way of life, albeit from a bias point of view, but its this bias comparison that I make this judgment call with.

What’s wrong with Malta?

It settles for Mediocrity.

Now let me explain this. The general population here has an acceptance for the status quo, and this status quo that has developed over many years which is now engrained into the culture of the people here; it’s a mentality of acceptance. The laid back culture, whilst being great on a sunny day overlooking the Mediterranean with a beer in hand, also has its detracting feature that that is the be all and end all. It very well may be for some, but for me it isn’t.

An example of such can be seen in the reasoning that people in Malta give to current affair topics. If you scan through the comments on the news sites there is an air of ‘well this will never change’, assumingly because no one will make the effort too. These views are often applied to affairs on infrastructure, politics, crime, sport and the top stories you often see most country’s facing on a day to day basis.

There is a term frequently used here in Malta, ‘only in Malta’, which is a statement used whenever something goes wrong or when you get flabbergasted by reading or seeing something that you wouldn’t see anywhere else.  And unfortunately this fits the bill of what I’m saying here.

I have been able to see potential in certain individuals that I meet, the country itself has potential to be greater than what it currently is, there are people that can expand who they are and achieve a new level of greatness and inspire others, hopefully these people shine and don’t get sucked into this vortex of averageness, I hope I don’t.

Time to get my motivational speaking on.

The Meaning of Life….

Yep, my blog is in its infancy and I’m already taking on the big issue.

Bombshell….. I don’t know what the meaning of life is. C’mon peeps, I’m just a 28 year old guy who’s only been in love twice, can count on one hand how many people close to me I’ve lost to God and I shave my chest more frequently the I shave my face.

But I bet I can guess as best about it as the next guy.

Maybe Monty Python got it right when they wrote their meaning of it in their 1983 comedic classic, maybe Echart Tolle got it right when he wrote that It is ‘living like you are about to die but then realizing that you havent‘ , or maybe the band ‘Starfucker’ got it right in their song ‘Mystery Cloud‘, when they sampled Philosopher Alan Watts, who you will recognise from my previous post.

The joy of not knowing the meaning of life is finding it. It’s not a goal that you list in your ‘5 year plan’ and you’ve been pursuing it since you took your first breath how many ever million minutes ago that was. It’s not a formula, nor is it a simple sentence as we are made out to believe. It’s a culmination of things.

It combines the best and worst of life, it is a combination of things, all the moments, nuances, anomalies, subtleties, tragedies, smiles, plus many more loaded adjectives that bewilder my mind right now. This is the fun part, the daily pursuit of it!

Now please, i’m not using this as an opportunity to tell you how to live your life, far from it, it would be unprofound for me to offer you any advice towards your own discovery, or to cliche you with just ‘live every day like it’s your last’.

If you think you know what the meaning of life is or even have an understanding of what it is, then great! Just don’t tell us, all you should do is write it down on a blog alluding to the fact that you have some general idea and then keep living your life as awesomely as you have before you read this…

Blogging, I believe it has a silent ‘J’

Well Hello Mr. Internet

Seeing as it was cool in 1998 to start a blog I figured i’d jump on that bandwagon and try it out myself.

I’ve always admired the power and impact of words, in all forms, whether it be the lyrics of a song, the inspiration of a movie, the education from a book, or the want for a like in a Facebook status. Words are powerful things.

From hearing the passages of God’s word every Sunday in church, to putting my headphones on and listening to Kanye, Blink or James Blake drop some lyrical genius, to being in awe of the passion of Gil Scott-Heron in his persuasive spoken poems. Words have an impact no matter which way they are delivered.

So i’ve decided to start this blog as an extension of myself and take down what I experience on an every 3rd or 4th day basis or when I feel like updating this. I’m not here to revolutionize the blog world or have my words be quoted by left wing media, I’m simply here to share my thoughts and experiences, create discussion, and eventually be cool enough to have my own Wikipedia page.

This blog is for all the good looking people in the world, and some ugly ones, so sit back, with your mac on your lap (or whatever other form of incomparable equipment you call a computer) and enjoy perusing my thoughts just like you enjoyed watching late night SBS on a Friday night (you guys know what I’m talking about)


(I totally nailed the use of brackets in that last paragraph)