Life is a carnival…or a battle?

One of my absolute favourite latin singers, Cuban Celia Cruz, God bless her soul, once sang:

“Ay, no hay que llorar,

Que la vida es un carnaval,

Es mas bello vivir cantando.”

“You don’t have to cry,

Life is a carnival,

It’s more beautiful to live a life full of singing”

She talks about thinking of life as unfair, unchanging, cruel as seeing things the wrong way. She reminds those who complain too much, who over criticise, who make war and use weapons, who live in sin, who purport contagion, and who mistreat one another to remember the meaning of life, and to live rejoicing. Sometimes it is so hard to do that, especially where there are tiny battles everywhere, and now and then the huge ones that unsettle the planet as a whole. Is it easy to live and sing? It is such a lovely philosophy and I can only imagine what kind of beautiful mind would come up with it.

Being a pessimist, I try to see the positive all the time, which is probably against my nature. Celia Cruz also reminds us in the same song, that for all those who think that life is cruel, it should be remembered that you are not alone, but God is with you. Maybe the carnival everyday is represented in us wearing the “costumes” of everyday life and pretending that we are not at war, when really we are. We pretend to be civil and “normal” (whatever that is), but we are just acting, as calypsonian Valentino says:

“Life is a stage and we are the actors.”

I don’t like fighting at all, but somehow I feel like we have no choice. So I guess it would be appropriate to start singing a battle tune from now on. A war song… With that, a comforting prayer.


St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..


~ by louella001 on September 30, 2011.

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