In Memoriam Gabriel García Márquez

I recently listened to Gabriel García Márquez’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech for
100 Hundred Years of Solitude from 1982. His words were eloquent and his description of this spectacular work seemed to, not only provide insight into its essence, but also, into our individual lives. I felt like sharing a transcription of a paragraph from his acceptance speech and two videos of Gabo to celebrate him as a gift to humanity.

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ: [translated] “The country that could be formed of all the exiles and forced emigrants of Latin America would have a population larger than that of Norway. I dare to think that it is this outsized reality, and not just its literary expression, that has deserved the attention of the Swedish Academy of Letters. A reality not of paper, but one that lives within us and determines each instant of our countless daily deaths, and that nourishes a source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty, of which this roving and nostalgic Colombian is but one cipher more, singled out by fortune. Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable. This, my friends, is the crux of our solitude.” From Gabriel García Márquez’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1982

In the Spirit of Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary

Promotional dementia, n. A mental disorder occurring when an individual within a company, corporation, or organization receives a promotion—an award that generally increases the person’s responsibility and possibly salary—and causes the individual to develop one or more of the following symptoms: increasing irrationality; mood swings; delusions of grandeur; decreasing use of common sense; memory loss; and alienation from his or her subordinates.
Bob may have promotional dementia because ever since he received that promotion he has ignored his friends at work, yells at anyone who goes into his office after inviting them in, and has forgot about the raise that I asked for.
Note: Promotional dementia may increase exponentially with each promotion.Ambrose Bierce