Monthly Archives: January 2015

A cat in campus.

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I’ve got used to cats walking around my campus like a boss. After all, there’s nothing curious about it: this is a public space. Even though cats are individualists and somewhat arrogant creatures (ils s’en fichent de toi), I’d stand on their side if they despise humans for cuddling them without permission.

In the same way, we give ourselves the right to approach people whose status make them more likely to be exposed to random interactions (according to Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everday Life). One example is elderly people, who are supposed to not having much to do in their life. Therefore, we are not afraid to waste their time, or we offer our help because we think they can’t manage on their own. Another example: lonely people, who systematically received sympathy because people think they must be craving for companionship. We do what we think is right, without pausing for a moment to see things from their perspectives.

A pet is normally treated as an object, because it’s cute, fluffy and idle. We touch it for our pleasure then walk away. So either the cat is not in the position to defend itself, or it is too smart to refuse the game (and it enjoys your admiration instead).

I saw the cat passionately wash itself after being caressed by a group of students.

I don’t want to love [song]

I spent my last day of 2014 in a tiny apartment in the periphery of Paris with my best friend. We came up with a song. I wrote the lyrics and she the music. It’s about how people become illusions when they are far away, and how it feels like to be in a long-distance relationship, especially you are needy by nature.

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We had the moment
Long walk on the beach
Ride across the city
The world faded away
Only you and I stayed

Why do we feel
So we get hurt
Why do we love
Only to go separate ways

Feeling creature
Chaotic heart
I don’t want to love
Kissing the shadows of the past
I don’t want to love

Reaching from a distance
You’re like an illusion
I can’t sense you
Come back to me
Nothing is more real
Than the touch of your skin

Feeling creature
Chaotic heart
I don’t want to love
Kissing the shadows of the past
I don’t want to love

Wish I could teleport myself
Wish our love were transcendent
But this isn’t a sci-fi movie
And we’re just humans
Tied to the mundane world

Feeling creature
Chaotic heart
I don’t want to love
Kissing the shadows of the past
I don’t want to love
(True love sucks.)

Feeling creature
Chaotic heart.