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For Wednesday October 9th 2013

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The Basic Necessities of Life! 

The description of Necessities in the Dictionary –  Supplies, Provisions, Requirements, Food etc. The meaning of Necessities also encompasses the following:-

  • Something necessary or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life.
  • The fact of being necessary or indispensable;      indispensability: the      necessity of adequate housing.
  •  An imperative requirement or need for something: the necessity for a quick decision..
  •  The state or fact of being necessary or      inevitable: to face the      necessity of testifying in court.
  •  An unavoidable need or compulsion to do something:      not by choice but by  necessity.

Jungle Book A

Jungle Book B


Images – Jungle Book. In the Jungle Book Cartoon Film – Mowgli The Bear sings on ‘The Bare Necessities’! 

  • Look for the bare necessities – The simple bare necessities – Forget about your worries and your strife – I mean the bare necessities – Old Mother Nature’s recipes – That brings the bare necessities of life
  • Wherever I wander, wherever I roam – I couldn’t be fonder of my big home – The bees are buzzing in the tree – To make some honey just for me – When you look under the rocks and plants – And take a glance at the fancy ants – Then maybe try a few
  • Chorus – The bare necessities of life will come to you – They’ll come to you!
  • Look for the bare necessities – The simple bare necessities – Forget about your worries and your strife – I mean the bare necessities – That’s why a bear can rest at ease –
  • With just the bare necessities of life
  • Now when you pick a pawpaw – Or a prickly pear – And you prick a raw paw – Next time beware – Don’t pick the prickly pear by the paw – When you pick a pear – Try to use the claw – But you don’t need to use the claw – When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw – Have I given you a clue ?
  • Chorus – The bare necessities of life will come to you – They’ll come to you!
  • So just try and relax, yeah cool it – Fall apart in my backyard – ‘Cause let me tell you something little britches – If you act like that bee acts, uh uh -You’re working too hard
  • And don’t spend your time looking around – For something you want that can’t be found – When you find out you can live without it – And go along not thinking about it I’ll tell you something true – The bare necessities of life will come to you!

I am not sure who said it – but it could be Pervez ex Pakistan Leader or Mahathir Mohamed – ex Malaysian Leader – who said that people are only more interested in life in The Basic Necessities of Life like Air, Food, Water, Shelter and Clothing – though some would also add Health and Love to the equation. People are lesser interested in higher buildings, bigger roads and flyovers, bigger airports and seaport – or newer industries and projects – or schemes. That is for them to live and survive the Basic Necessities of Life are more paramount and predominant!

Italian coastguards at Lampedusa

Refugees A

Refugees C

Images - Drowned Refugees off Naples

Al Jazeera Television was showing these families that had lost loved ones in the sinking boats refugees cases – and why they travelled in these perilous and dangerous trips to look for life and shelter in Europe, Australia etc. They replied they were already the ‘dead living’ in their own countries and ‘dying slowly’ due to the internal strife in their own countries with constant bombings, killings and kidnappings – drugs, alcoholism and prostitution – and with no jobs or futures even!

They simply had to make the trips in trying ‘for better life and future’ elsewhere – taking on board all their families – including children and even babies too! Despite all these tragedies – people are still trying to go overseas – and have just not given up in trying They are now IDPs – Internal Displaced People (Persons) – and seeing this film documentary – you get ‘live vivid pictures and examples’ of what are the basic necessities of life.

A group of children are seen singing in the end – that they want to go back to their abandoned homes for safety and in peace- and are not really  interested in ‘macaroni and pasta’ etc – but to be back home and free – as others too in the country. Much of the town’s almost 30,000-strong population fled. Some sought sanctuary in Benghazi in the east; others in Tripoli in the west and Sabha in the south. Most of the refugees are black skinned Libyans

. Tawergha 1

Tawergha 2


Images – The Road to Tawergha

The film has pointed and distinct homing  theme of that regime that was able to incite hatred between the Libyans peoples. With the new Libyan government so far failing to embrace the notion of national reconciliation – some Libyans are taking it upon themselves to pursue peace and forgiveness.  And demonstrated in the film of the South African example in Reconciliation – and not in Retribution!

The Road to Tawergha is about war, retribution and the difficult road to reconciliation that Libya must travel if it is to emerge from the shadows of Gaddafi’s 42-year reign. It is also about the Basic Necessities of Life – and how far people can be pushed in its pursuits!

Real revealing and an Eye Opener! Take Care!

By: Majid Al-Suleimany