What Is Happiness? Life Is Twofold by Ibrahim in Advanced 4
With a lot of people speaking about happiness, I have come up with a theory (I don’t know why I call it that, but I do), and I would like to share it with you. It is entitled “life is twofold.”
Happiness is partial, never complete, and takes the form of a circle in which the same patterns alternately repeat themselves again and again. This means that someone will always experience fragmented patches of happiness and the opposite of happiness until their final days. There is no period of time in life that we call “the period of happiness.” As you have felt happy and sad in the past, you will feel the same in the future; this is what I mean by the same patterns constantly repeat themselves. The dead man went through the same patterns, and the newborn baby will live the same patterns; only the timing changes.
And believe me, what makes you happy today might make you sad tomorrow; this is a painful truth of which I have recently grown aware. As we are vulnerable and live in an unpredictable world full uncertainty and danger, we should accept our fate, cherish the periods of happiness, and resist the periods of sadness.
I liken happiness to a mirage in the desert. The sweaty, thirsty man is euphoric when he sees water from afar; as he walks desperately nearer, the water disappears. Never try to run after happiness; you will never catch it. Don’t work for it; you will never achieve it. Enjoy happiness when it knocks on your door unexpectedly and before it leaves again.
Life is fun only when it is unpredictable.
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The Alchemist’s Wardrobe in Concert at the ALIF Riad!
Friday, April 7 at 7 PM, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha
The Alchemist’s Wardrobe is a folk-world fusion group comprising Lara Conley, an English nu-folk artist playing original songs accompanied by multi-instrumentalist, Niks Patel and acclaimed Indian Classical cellist, Asha McCarthy.
Intricate vocal melodies, underpinned by beats on the Irish bodhran work with the funky Australian slide didjeridu, adapted Indian electric slide sitar and percussion.
This contemporary fusion of Celtic folk with instruments from around the world has led them to perform at music festivals around the UK, including the Stroud Sacred Music Festival, inspired by the international festival here in Fes. Last summer they performed at the ALIF Riad during the Fez Festival of Sacred Music. We’re thrilled to have them back!
Music and Web Links:
Lara and Niks performing “Row the Boat”: http://youtu.be/lY4bivY4Q_I
�Lara Conley – Herd the Horses (from the new album) https://youtu.be/Mg_oC9RGDR8
Lara Conley – Always Winning (from the new album)
This concert, organized by the ALC-ALIF Music Club, is free and open to the general public.
ALC ALIF Music Club: Django Reinhardt Life & Music
Wednesday 29 March at 6 PM
ALIF Villa Residence.
Please join us for this lecture about Arabic Calligraphy by Mohamed Charkaoui
Monday, March 6 at 6:15 in Room 30 (behind the Bookstore)
FREE MEDINA TOUR
For all ALIF & ALC students on Saturday!!
ALIF & ALC students are invited for a cultural tour of the old city of Fez el Bali, known as Al-Medina .
Meet outside Hotel Batha in the Medina on Saturday, ِFeb. 25th
at 10:00 a.m.
This professionally guided walk will serve to give you a little history and get you oriented for your own further jaunts. (No shopping!)
*Some of the cultural sites like the old medrasas have a 10dh fee for entrance. This goes to maintenance of the site.
Please sign up if you are interested in going!
A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.
Who: ALC & ALIF and university students
When: February 24 at 3:00 pm
Where: ALC Room Six
ALC-ALIF Book Club: Saturday, February 25 at 1 PM in Room 1
Gabriel García Márquez is one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. This week we will be reading his novella, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold.” In 1982 García Márquez won the Nobel Prize for literature. Everyone is welcome to join us for our discussion of this novella, based on a true story, that can be classified as a combination of journalism, a detective story, and allegorical fiction.
Please join us to watch and discuss this film at the ALIF Riad
Friday, February 24 at 7 PM
The ALIF Riad is at 6 Derb Drissi, Batha
The discussion will be led by Mouhcine El Hajjami, who is doing his PhD research on Moroccan films.