Blessed CurseTo derail the myth or fantasy that beautiful flesh has meaning or virtue or spiritual depth,
I stand on my proverbial cracked, and broken soapbox with an audience of one who was captured by no fault of his own.
Physical beauty is similar to an ultra wealthy individual who will never know if its truly love or simply shallow greed lying beside him.
Is cellular allure an asset?
Possibly, certainly it is a time sensitive one as the doors opened by such allurement close quickly;
unless your have the staying power of compassion and intellect.
Does a beautiful facade make life easier, less painful?
Life within a pressurized can is excruciating.
It may hurt even more to be under a microscope as all the dirty, bruising stumbles and falls of life take place.
How do you have a healthy relationship when your exterior makes you subject to the base desires of our species?
How do you not objectify yourself when the entire world does?
Hard lessons, tougher consequences and the will to shine so bright
Individuality and IdentityYou are individual. There is no one like you, not even your identical twin. The collection of thoughts and feelings that make you yourself are unique to you. In all of history, they have occurred only once, and they will never come around again.
And yet, you still conform. You wish you could be just a little different, a bit more like so-and-so - in short, you wish that you could be different from what you are and more like everyone else. Many of you will have, at some point, wished you were someone else, or that you had the latest symbol of status, or the approval of your peers. You wish to trade away your individuality and swap it for an identity, one which proves that you are just like everyone else.
The atoms that form matter are identical. There is, literally, nothing to tell them apart. Even their location isn't an accurate indicator, because at a quantum level location is just a probability. Despite that, atoms cannot occupy the same space. They repulse each other. It takes an e
Parrots Confidential (The Value of Animal Life)(11/15/2014)
For those who are considering the idea of raising pets, especially exotic birds in particular, this is a good documentary to watch; it's called Parrot Confidential. It's a whole episode for about an hour long (but for those who may not have the time you can still watch a chunk of the material and get the gist of what's going on):
The video particularly discusses an issue with the pet trade of exotic parrots and the harsh reality of the consequences of humans taking them in as pets. The documentary uses a collection of personal stories that discuss the issues of parrot-owning, including a bird breeder who would find that many of the parrots bred from her shelter are being constantly re-homed, making her feel that she is contributing to the problem. Another mentions the issue of egg-snatching and how human inte
Loosing YourselfDon't ever loose yourself in the crowd
Stand apart from the crowd
In which direction the crowd is rushing
But don't ever let them tell you..
About the Direction you should follow
Rather decide it for yourself
If your chosen path is the right one,
You'll achieve something
Otherwise you'll learn a priceless lesson.
In this way...
You'll never return empty handed.
IrrationalDo you know what pain is? Something you feel when you are hurt? A human feeling one suffers when physically afflicted? That, my friend, is where you’d be wrong.
Pain is nothing more than a mental reaction, something our minds make us feel as a defensive mechanism. A way to recognize something is harmful to our bodies and prompt us to “Cease and Desist!”.
If this is the case then how can we suffer pain on a mental and emotional level? Be cast into a train of thought, exposed to a certain stimulus, that cause our bodies to tire, wither and ache as if shards of glass were pushed deep into our skin?
Does that not seem irrational? How can thoughts and emotions, sadness, depression, anger and even love itself, cause us very real pain? It’s madness, isn’t it?
But, perhaps that is the answer: madness. We, as creatures of thought, emotions and rationality, are all very much mad. We, as human beings, are irrational and thus we feel such things.
But is that such a ba
Private Values, Public Faith (Part I)Do Religious Values have any Place in the Public Square?
The general consensus among those of faith and without seem to be “no.” Religion is a personal preference and conviction. Personal convictions, while good for me based on various experiences and reasons, are not grounds for me to impose these convictions and others. I believe in God because (a) I was brought up to believe, (b) it gives me comfort, and (c) it makes me a better person. But someone else may have experienced religion in negative circumstances. Likewise a non-believer may not share feelings and values of religious pronouncements on reproduction, family, and (deeper still) premises that inform public action and (politically-speaking) policy.
A non-Christian, non-religious, non-believer also builds convictions derived from his experiences and holds onto them for various reasons. They too may have been brought up to hold certain values that give them comfort and in turn, according to those values, make
Addition and SubtractionAddition and Subtraction
One of the hardest things about writing is identifying when you need to add material and when you need subtract material. Even small additions or subtractions can make a very big difference to the overall success of a piece of writing. Here are a few tips to help you decide whether you need to add or subtract some material.
Every piece of writing has a purpose. For an essay, it might be making a particular point about a subject. For a chapter in a story, it might be covering an important plot point or introducing a new character. Always ask: what purpose is this piece of writing trying to achieve and would adding or subtracting material help fulfil that purpose?
For example, if an essay is discussing the viability of trade sanctions as replacements for military intervention in a particular conflict, then adding more material about what sectors of the economy are most vulnerable to sanctions may be valuable.
Consider another exampl