Paris, the place for coffee… The Idealists retreat

Truth, Is Stranger Than Fiction…

Paris is home to an array of appealing assets including Art Nouveau, coffee houses, an idyllic society that welcomes tourism and cling onto ideals romantic notions as a means of expression and escapism to name a few. But dare I say all clouds bring not rain.

You see, apart from nudism and a romantic culture which shocks some and awes most, Parisian culture has influenced hundreds of artists and visionaries and really isn’t as bad as it seems. Not all French men are like the Hunchback Of Notre Dame, forbye not all Parisian women are like Amelie.

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. OR… does this allude to another ideal?
There is a massive demographic crisis in Paris right now and a growing problem. When I say demographic crisis I’m not referring to migrant workers or immigrants. On the contrary, I’m referring to the major class division between the rich and the poor. The rich “minority” live in their 10,000 to 20,000 euro a night hotels with their extravagant cars brandishing their loaves of French sticks as they walk down the romantic streets of Paris while the majority demographic of Paris is tantamount to the poverty stricken German city Dortmund. In a city where only 86% of the massive population of 2.2million say that there is a poverty problem in Paris, only 4% differ (Business insider/Eurostat). But strangely my intention is not to penalise the rich folk of Paris, or to wash away the idyllic image of Parisians but to draw attention to its paradoxical idealistic appeal.

 

What is an ideology?
By definition Idealism is a philosophical notion concluding that reality as we know it is immaterial and mental. The science of ideas and visionary speculation. Most idealists conform to this in their entirety!

 

Living the dream!
“It is a warm summer’s day and you feel like going out. First thing that comes to mind, something idealistic! We are all guilty of it in some shape or form but are we willing to admit it? So you hit the high street and head to your ideal spot to spend your next couple of hours. First stop, Costa. Whilst ordering your Mochtail or your Black Forest hot chocolate with your Jane Austen novel in your hand you eye up your perfect seating place with comfy cushions and in clear view of passersby. Wearing your pseudo intellectual glasses and having absolutely no intention of reading your book, you take a covert glance over your book to see if you have been noticed. Your self esteem instantly soars when you are spotted by someone. Your residual self image, almost perfect!” – But to what avail…?

  • Why do we have this affinity towards escapism from the mundane?
  • Is it the defeatist regime which encompasses our very existence, that we are subconsciously embracing which causes us to allude to a specific ideology?
  • Isn’t it better to do something realistic, for its more physical benefit like going to a coffee shop to actually enjoy a book and some coffee… or is Realism just another idealistic notion.
  • Where do our imaginations stop, and is idealism a by-product of positivity or is positivity a by-product of idealism?

Although these questions may seem a little pragmatic or even pessimistic, they do serve a purpose.

There are ways of spotting a delusional idealist. Well, with a little help of my local coffee shop I’m sure we can defragment contributing factors to this mindset. One thing is for certain, that most idealists have an amazing imagination and can romanticize about almost anything which isn’t entirely a bad thing. But when it becomes the norm and the idealism goggles are embedded into our skulls can it be a health hazard! A prime example is what happened to the Americans when they watched Avatar by James Cameron and became so engrossed into the movie that reality itself became bleak and their lives incomparable to the unparalleled land of the nab’i people. But to completely rule out idealism could mean for some that mundane downers and depressing habitual practices could become the norm and take the much needed spice out of our lives. Which would mean idealism is merely just a coping mechanism that people have adopted rather than the principles of the philosophy itself. But what would be the purpose of this coping mechanism? Perhaps our boring 9 to 5’s or even our uninspired being.

As you may have gathered, this article is as much to do with Paris as Sir Alex Ferguson has to do with Golf. However, as far as delusions and reality go, Paris for most encompasses both!

 

Conclusion
After doing a little research for this post I realised that perhaps I was slightly misjudging people and over-zealously labeling them idealists. Although, I still stand by what I say, that idealism is in fact a delusion and immaterial notion. But who says all delusions are bad?
The reality is that ideals and dogmas are mostly coping mechanisms  and simply past times for others. Who am I to judge…

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The key to syntax… Contemporary Classics

“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”
― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Whether we’re talking about a message on a monolithic piece of rock like the Rosetta Stone, a message in a bottle or even a piece of prehistoric papyrus, you can all be sure as hell that writing has payed a major contribution towards our history.

Books! The world of amazing authors and revolutionaries who dedicated their lives to inspire the masses and create fabulous adventures for those who read. We’re not just talking short stories and fiction. We are talking Escapism and fantasy. Below you will find a few penguin classics to appetise your taste buds if your new to reading…

 

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The Time Machine By H. G. Wells 

If your the kind of person who isn’t afraid of a little science fiction, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one. An astonishingly well written masterpiece that is reminiscent of Dan Browns far fetched fiction with a hint of reality. Its the story of a time traveller who travelled almost a million years (800,000) into the future only to discover that his world had been substituted by what seemed to be an altruistic, almost blissful utopia reminiscent of something you’d see in a Disney movie by day to something a great deal less altruistic. A seemingly advanced esoteric yet paradoxically primitive species by night!
If ever you wanted to brush up on your oratory skills, then this is the surefire way to start your pursuit of broadening your linguistic horizons…

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Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

19th Century journalist Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations follows the life of seven year old Pip who is minded and raised by his evil sister and her companionable husband and friend of Pip, Joe. Soon to become ‘Mr’ Pip, learns a great deal about the grandeur of becoming a gentleman and the harsh realities which few people experience during his adolescence. Pip’s life takes a questionable turn after the introduction of miss Estella and her mother Miss Havisham. Ghastly Miss Havisham, almost grooms the idea of matrimony between Pip and Estella. Pip receives an anonymous hand which provides him with the only thing that was stopping him from becoming a gentleman. Money!  With romance, suspense, subtle prose and a story line which most people can sympathise with, Great Expectations still stands strong today after almost 200 years. Written in first person perspective, this coming of age book is renowned for its idomatic syntax, appeal and excellent narrative for a 19th Century author and activist. Although, some people argue that this being Charles Dickens 2nd novel, lacks psychological depth, others would disagree. A must read and quintessential for ones bookshelf!

 

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Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl’s classic book Danny, Champion of the World follows the story of young Danny and his father William who was widowed before Danny reached the age of one. As a mechanic the main breadwinner for his son, supporting their gypsy styled caravan and business as a local mechanic, William seeks revenge against rich business man Mr Hazel who has significant influence over the authorities. Mr Hazel who had once threatened nine year old Danny and who conspired to close down William’s primary means of income was also renowned for his yearly pheasant hunting festival which was held solely for his high esteemed upper classed associates. William decided to teach Mr Hazel a lesson by poaching some of his pheasants. One night however, Danny the protagonist of this book wakes up to find that his father William was gone. Assuming the worst he takes his father’s Austen Seven motor vehicle and makes his way to Mr Hazel’s forest. His circumspections where confirmed when he found his father with a broken ankle stuck in a trap and rendered unable to walk. Danny saves him and together they plot a bigger plot against the great oppressor Mr Hazel. Using a new technique, Danny cleverly ameliorates his father’s old technique for catching pheasants. Instead of placing horsehair into the pheasant food (raisins) and rendering the pheasants petrified; he places a sleeping pill into each raisin and ultimately renders the pheasants completely unconscious and clear for the taking. Danny uses his new found technique to sabotage Mr Hazel’s yearly shooting event for the rich by stealing all of his pheasants which would ultimately render him humiliated and mortified in front of his guests. A classic light hearted read written by the literary genius Roald Dahl. This book is a fantastic read, a perfectly untainted and a splendid exhibit to introduce to children for bedtime reading.

 

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

A Timeless Collection Of Short Prose…

 

“What do you feel?” “I feel her footprints left behind inside my chest. I feel her words echo through the forests of my mind…leaving behind emptiness, that I long to fill… Most of all I feel her resonating spectre… Beautiful! Wandering through my undying confusion, lonely places… impressions she once abandoned…”  –  Mudduser Naz

 

Literary masterpieces by some literary geniuses Such as Christopher Poindexter, the reclusive F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, her sister author of Wuthering Heights; Emily Bronte, Ernest Hemmingway and ofcourse Nicholas Sparks.