Ze AMC’s Breaking Brave, or How 2020 is a metaphor for my life in a nutshell. Say Hi to Alter Black.

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Walter White is a regular chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is locked in his routine until cancer knocks on his door.

This is the wake-up call for him to go fulfill his passion for chemistry. He will turn out to be a great king-pin in the drugs industry as Heisenberg. Yes, say his name “Heisenberg!”

Alter Black is a regular employee in a big corporation in PinkTown, Old Gaule. He is locked in his routine until Covid19 knocks on the door of his life.

This is a wake-up hole for him to try to dig himself out of this mystery. He will turn out to be a great spin-king in the thugs’ chemistry as Hopesenjerk. No, forget his name “Hopesenjerk!”

Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows in my wall of fame, with The Wire and Oz. All those TV shows explore the change that characters are forced to embrace in a new environment for them to survive, and ultimately to thrive. For good or worse, it depends on which perspective you are looking at it from.

Breaking Bad was a TV show produced by AMC Networks, standing for American Movie Classic. They gave life to the character of Walter White.

In this article, we will explore the life of Alter Black, the alter ego of Walter White, in a reality show called Breaking Brave, produced by Ze AMC, a homonym of the real AMC Networks.

Before learning more about Alter Black and how he turned great, compared to Watler White, who turned bad, let’s just drop a few words about Ze AMC.

Ze AMC was founded by EpicZeGenius, a feel and suffer guy from the old ages before Black Jesus came to this universe.

EpicZeGenius built his life around 3 pillars:

EpicZeGenius founded his company Ze AMC as a reminder of the 3 things he built his life around: Amor Fati, Memento Mori, Carpe Diem. He produced only one TV show: Breaking Brave, a story about his best friend, Alter Black. It is said that he was a great inspiration to Epictetus, one of the great contributors to Stoicism.

Alter Black has lived his life as a regular guy until Covid hit his life. And that changed everything in his life. A story strikingly similar to the one of Walter White, yet with a totally different outcome.

AMOR FATI, THE LOVE OF FATE — Whether we like it or not, things will continue unfolding. The entropy of the universe will continue to increase. We can waste our time and energy trying to battle it. Or we can just go with it and let things happen, “What has happened, happened”.

Breaking Bad — Walter White went through the 5 stages of grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance) when he was diagnosed with cancer. He accepted his fate and used it as fuel to propel himself forward.

Breaking Brave — Alter Black did not accept that Covid19 is now part of his life. He lost a huge amount of time trying to keep things as they were before. Yet like time, Covid19 was here to stay. If he wants to make a sense of his new reality, eventually Alter embraced his new reality.

MEMENTO MORI, THE CERTAINTY OF DEATH — Living is dying a little bit every day. Every moment, when a new baby is breathing for the first time, someone is breathing out for the last time. “Remembering that we can die each day, is the best way to live”.

Breaking Bad Walter White was being eaten by cancer every day. It was a daily striking reminder that he is dying. He accepted that reality and made it his own. He would even let his fear of life go so that he can embrace his love of death. There is his metamorphosis to Heisenberg. He decided to take his world with a blue wave of Meth.

Breaking BraveAlter Black was seeing people die from Covid19 every day. Dearth has never been so close to his doorstep, to his closed circle of friends and colleagues. He would eventually spin his thug life morphing from the jerk only hoping for the best, aka “Hopesenjerk” to remembering that he can change things. He decided to help other people battle Covid19 to the best of his abilities.

CARPE DIEM, THE POWER OF NOW — The past is gone. The future is not here yet. All we have is now. This is where we can act to change our future eventually and make our past worth remembering. “Now is the best time, not yesterday, not tomorrow.

Breaking BadWalter White aka Heisenberg lived in the moment. When he wanted something, he would just take it. Yes, it forced him into breaking bad. Yet he was conscious of the importance of seizing the moment. He would go to a great length to build his empire and become the Blue Meth king-pin of New Mexico.

Breaking BraveAlter Black was a folk afraid of acting. He would spend 80% of his time either reminiscing the past or imagining what the future could hold for him if he did this or that; he was the “just if” guy. Yet with Covid19, his word was now the upside-down universe he had been fearing to embrace. Finally, he found the courage to go from “just if” to “just do it”.

With Amor Fati, Memento Mori, and Carpe Diem, Alter Black found the courage and the drive to embrace his new reality, a post-Covid19 where everything is now upside down. He moved from planning to acting. He just did it like Walter White and was ready to face the consequences of his actions. He learned that his time is limited, even if he does not have cancer remembering him of his death, daily.

The only difference which differentiates him from Walter White is one single thing. While Walter White broke bad to Heisenberg, Alter White broke great.

He went from Hopesenjerk to True Black, using the power of Amor Fati, Memento Mori, and Carpe Diem.

Alter Black is an inspiration for me. As for him, I am looking for my true Blackness.

Breaking Brave, a story brought to you by Ze AMC studios, an EpicZeGenius production.

What is your Amor Fati?

How do you face your Memento Mori?

Are you having your daily dose of Carpe Diem?

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