Paranoid by Black Sabbath

Finished with my woman ’cause she couldn’t help me with my mind
people think I’m insane because I am frowning all the time
All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy
Think I’ll lose my mind if I don’t find something to pacify

Can you help me occupy my brain?
Oh yeah

I need someone to show me the things in life that I can’t find
I can’t see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind

Make a joke and I will sigh and you will laugh and I will cry
Happiness I cannot feel and love to me is so unreal

And so as you hear these words telling you now of my state
I tell you to enjoy life I wish I could but it’s too late


Unrealised Potential

It is often the case that unless we like the way something is packaged and presented we will not appreciate it. Things that lack quality, but which are well hyped may find purchase and acceptance. Marketing is the answer to a wide audience. A flashy cover does not always make for a good book. Yet some little things can influence others. If you listen to this track you can see that its style has been copied by many others. Unrealised potential may not manifest itself, but it can be a seed, a pathfinder, which is later taken up by others and built upon.

“Billy Boyo was still in his teens when he emerged in the early 1980s. In 1983, he (together with Little John and Ranking Toyan) went to London where he linked up with producer Silver Kamel.

Along with the above noted “One Spliff a Day,” Billy also charted in 1982 with the Henry Junjo Lawes produced single “Wicked She Wicked.” This hit had the added charm of a 13-year-old kid-voice on the mic chanting about a wicked girl.

Billy Boyo wasn’t a prolific recording artist as he did not record much before or after the tracks for the first two albums and was maybe more known as a live MC. His musical career was short-lived and little was heard of him since the second half of the 1980s. In the early 1990s rumor spread that Billy Boyo and Little Harry had been shot and killed. However this proved to be untrue. Billy in fact died of a brain tumour on 29 October 2000, after a two-month-long struggle to beat the disease.”

Duality of Explanation – Sensory Overload

From the National Autistic Society website:

Sensory differences

Many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information. Any of the senses may be over- or under-sensitive, or both, at different times. These sensory differences can affect behaviour and can have a profound effect on a person’s life. Here we help you to understand autism, the person and how to help. You can also find out about synaesthesia, therapies and equipment.

Too much information

Sometimes an autistic person may behave in a way that you wouldn’t immediately link to sensory sensitivities. A person who struggles to deal with everyday sensory information can experience sensory overload, or information overload. Too much information can cause stress, anxiety, and possibly physical pain. This can result in withdrawal, challenging behaviour or meltdown.”


From Lao Tzu

The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honoured by all in the world, like a flower waving its head, or else he disappears into the silent forest.

Silence is a source of great strength.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.


Like with so many things we can choose how we frame it. There can be this duality of explanation and which one we prefer can have a marked impact on how we then interact.

Having cued this up:

Have I ever been faced with a duality of explanations?

Did my preference for one over the other change the future?