I am finding myself becoming increasingly...disenchanted -for lack of a better word- with what we call 'modern life'. At times I begin to think that I am not suited for this version of 'modern life'.
Now I realize that you may immediately assume I am against amenities, electricity and technology but rest assured I am not against any of that.
I appreciate these things and there are definitely aspects that I wouldn't want to do without but -how shall I put this- it seems like we, a
I can't begin to tell you how many times I seen people who refuse to learn how to use common items and use the excuse of "Well, I didn't grow up with that" thinking that this excuses them from learning.
It's a crock of bull. Myself, I didn't grow up with computers, microwave ovens, cell phones, DVD players, Internet and all sorts of things and by their standards I should be a bumbling moron who gets irretrievably flustered trying to get to my e-mail -providing I even learned how to turn on
No..I don't mean the browser..
But anyways I was watching the Pixar movie "Brave" (yeah..I'm an adult and I watch animated movies, ok? :P ) and afterwards I decided to go on Amazon to see how other people viewed the movie and I was astonished how hardly anyone understood the real meaning behind the movie and just WHY it was called "Brave".
It wasn't because Merida (the main character) went into the forest to undo a silly and potentially fatal mistake and no, she was not being brave for
It is true that our society and civilization is rife with problems and they seem to be growing by leaps and bounds which naturally leaves many at a quandary as to why it is happening.
However many are confused because they mistakenly think that humans are all just a bunch of helpless little critters just chock full of love and light and couldn't possibly think up of all the nefarious, twisted, immoral and cruel things we do to one another as well as the natural world because they don't unde
There was a thread, at one point that discussed the concept of what life
is and what it entailed, naturally when one thinks of "life" we automatically think of living beings from microscopic bacteria to the
leviathan great blue whales and generally we would be correct but as I pondered this idea I couldn't help by ask myself
if this was entirely accurate.
In short, is our concept of life a bit myopic? Just as there are many types of love, there are also many types o
I am certainly not the type who accepts the concept of a personified soul; especially not the conventional one that many adhere to.
However I am also somewhat open to an explanation that does not rely on anecdotes, fluffy bunny metaphysics or religion.
At any rate I was pondering this issue and I developed an idea that, for the time being, seems to hold the most likely possibility
and I used a rather unconventional thread to do so.
We live in a society that thrives on the promotion of the idea that we all have a purpose in life; this concept is instilled into our heads at a early age via t.v show, books, games, movies as well as the people around us. It is presented in a manner that makes it seem like there is this special little nook just waiting or even seeking us; that somehow some mysterious person is going to follow us and at some point say something like "You passed our test..you have been chosen..." or something alo
It seems that the ego has become a rather popular topic these days. The ego is often portrayed as this evil thing inside us that just HAS to be utterly destroyed before we can be "happy". Really now?
Does anyone even know what the ego is and its functions? The ego is pretty much a blanket term that covers innumerable aspects of the human psyche from the instinct to avoid pain and conflict to knowing right from wrong as well as encompassing our psychological make-up which includes our emotio
In an earlier entry I mentioned that I am not actually "happy" and that society seems to interpret this as saying that I am a miserable person, which I am not.
In that light I also say the same about esteem; I do not have a "high" opinion of myself nor do I feel worthy/smart/capable or whatever the popular buzz-words are these days. I do not feel optimistic nor do I feel that I actually "matter" to anyone. That said it is natural that people in this society think that I must therefore be de
There is something wrong with our world yet I cannot put my finger on it exactly; most likely because there is no singular "thing" to locate but rather a whole multitude of things that seem a bit...amiss.
You know, when I was younger I, like many others I suspect, felt that I had a decent grip on the basics of how the world works but as I grew older and learned more I began to become more baffled at all the current developments.There is, of course, the issue of growing global hostilities th
When the word "introvert" is mentioned people will often think of some anti-social hermit who hates people and sneers in disgust if anyone so much as looks in their direction. This is somewhat an understandable assumption given that this is how society tends to portray them.
I, my self, am introverted; this does not mean I hate people or dislike interaction. On the contrary if I am with one or more people I am comfortable with then I can talk about subjects that we might be interested in. I
You know, I was casually musing to myself about what it is, exactly, that believers (for this example I will use Christianity) have against those of us that don't believe on command.
After all millions and millions of us human beings go about our daily lives trying to be the best we can. We work, we support our families, many of us try to donate to food shelves, we give help to our neighbors and many of us have never been arrested for law infractions or even had perking tickets.
I was reading a comic done by "The Oatmeal" (maybe you've been to is site) and this one was about being happy or in his case, NOT happy.
After reading it I realized that he, at least in part, described what I had been feeling for years. See, our society, as Oatmeal pointed out or at least alluded to, has a very limited view and perception of what "happy" is, that it somehow is a end result of something, a end goal to be reached. Happiness, like most other emotions, is transitory and simply
It has been my observation that nothing I have done in my life came easy or "naturally" to me.
Even in school I began to notice certain things such as tests, for example; I could study and memorize then when the time for the test came I oft times made the mistake of thinking I could pass the test because it seemed relatively easy. Stupid me, thinking that I was getting the answers right only to get the test back and discover I flunked it big time; it wasn't just once or twice but every sing
It's odd but for as long as I can recall I never had any goals, dreams or aspirations. I had no concept of what I wanted to do as an adult and still don't. I could never really see myself doing anything in particular either.
I have a job but not because I have some "goal" but rather it is a requirement to have money to pay for the high costs of being alive. There have been many times where I contemplated this issue; trying to discern what proclivities or "natural" talents (gads I hate t
I have been hearing from various places, including from my own father, that supposedly all the worlds problems are caused by all the non-believers and if everyone was christian we wouldn't have these problems.
Quite an accusation, I think. Since I happen to be a member of this "sub-human" segment (many seem to think of us non-believers that way) I am rather puzzled by the very implications so let me ask a few questions.
It is no surprise that we, in the U.S, have a failing economy that is basi
For as long as I can recall I never really had any connections to anyone or anything.
Sure, I had playmates as a kid and I am somewhat close to my parents but I feel no real connection to any of my relatives or neighbors.
I feel no connection to any place, activity, idea, etc.
I have no photos of my parents or myself (why would I want photos of myself?) and have no desire to have any either. I have been to Europe twice yet I have no desire to look at any of the photos my father took.
All I "want" is a job. I don't really have any life goals nor am I interested in climbing a corporate ladder.
I don't really care where I see myself in five years as I am not interested in making my job the totality of my life nor is it going to be a concern 24/7. Just an adequate job that allows me to pay the utilities and salt away a few pennies and perhaps pick up a few skills along the way.
I am diligent, get to work on time, learn what I need to learn, do over-time if needed, get along wi
The secret to life is..that there is no secret to life or the universe.
I was watching "Kung Fu Panda" and when Po's dad told him that the secret ingredient to his soup was that there was no secret ingredient made me think that the same thing applied to life and the cosmos.
We wander around hoping that there is this golden little box that contains some sort of esoteric secrets to everything yet when you look at it objectively, there simply is no secret to anything.
Everything simply "is". Not
Sometimes I envy people who feel confident in their abilities. They know what they can do and sincerely feel they are "good" at what they do. But in this case I am not speaking of lip service where people put on an act but those who actually "believe" in their skills and abilities.
I never felt that way, I could never bring myself to say meaningless platitudes meant to condition myself, like Pavlov's dogs, to automatically feel or think a certain way. I never was able to actually think I could
Memories are a strange thing. People in general seem to want to preserve every memory they have, saving it for later and for others who might be interested.
It may be strange to some but..I don't preserve any memories, I have no photos of family or events.
I don't know why exactly but I suppose in many ways I just don't feel connected to anyone or to life in general so I don't feel the need or compulsion to save any memories.
Of course I also don't have any memories worth saving. Not graduat
Ok..so here's the deal. My father, I assumed, was pretty much an atheist. He held no alliance to any religious beliefs and felt, as I do, that prostrating yourself to a thing created by humanity was rather silly. The idea of teaching children that they are evil sinners seems so damaging.
Anyways...my father is also quite gullible and impressionable, he can read a book written by some musty old yogi and follow his blatherings as if it was gospel. He reads things from people like Zachary Sitchen
I just recently moved along with my father and his new wife to this nice colonial-style house. It's quite nice, just wish I could say the same for the neighborhood.
It's ok I guess but right next to us we have a neighbor who has a pile of old windows and sacks of garbage against his garage; it is apparent that it has been there for awhile too. Fortnately there is a nice hedge so when that leafs out, it will hide the blemishes.
See..this is how blight starts, when one person leaves a bag or two
Has anyone noticed that in the past few years, according to the so-called "experts", no matter what we do, we are always doing something wrong?
According tot he plethora of experts, we're eating wrong, drinking wrong, thinking wrong, feeling wrong. living wrong...everything we do is wrong according to "them" yet they claim to have all the answers.
Now I admit there are things we could improve upon, collectively speaking but gee whiz already..I think we can all live our lives without having som
I'll be honest..I am not interested in anything. That is to mean that I have no interests that compel me to pursue them in any meaningful or deep manner beyond the superficial.
I never really did...I'd read a bit on a particular topic, research it a bit then give up. It all seem so boring to me yet I am painfully aware of how stupid I really am.
I may as well be honest on that too..I'm stupid, I was never able to cite resources from which I made my comments not do I use complex language...I d