|Many people blog. I have decided to give it a shot because, as is quoted in the movie "Easy A", "I don't know what it is about your generation's fascination with documenting their every thought; I can promise you, they're not all diamonds." Freely adapted by the way. That may be true but if I have even a couple diamonds I can dig up and share with people, why would I not? So, to outline the premises of my blog, I am going to log on and post whatever thoughts I deem worthy of note. Some of you may not agree with some of them, perhaps none of them. The beauty in this is that you don't actually have to read them. So feedback is good, but I most certainly am not going to have any nasty arguements about method, belief, politics, religion, or any other topic that people seem to lose their heads over. I will post on these topics; I will have constructive discussions on these topics. I will not deal with ignorance, closed-mindedness, or disturbing lack of creativity. And I might accidentally put faces in the posts because, well, I am of my generation. A generation that knows not of how life was without a cell phone, a microwave, or ESPN. I hope you guys get as much out of these as I hope to get. Finally one more quote, from the Pendragon series, "And so we go."|
I suppose since yesterday WAS my birthday and also consequently the death of a head terrorist, it seems like a post-worthy day. Now I know what your thinking: from the news, Facebook, Twitter, and all that other social networking blah blah blah your almost just sick of it, hmm? well after reading some articles online and watching some video clips I want to talk about it a little bit.
Osama Bin Laden was found in Pakistan in a mansion on May 1st, 2011 by Navy SEALS and shot to death. Keep in mind that while we are talking about this, I am going from memory so feel free to correct any mistakes I make. I have been reading on facebook my friends' reactions to the news and to be honest they are quite harsh. Many people I know to profess to be christians and other self proclaimed gentle people saying that he got what he deserved and that they are glad he is dead. To these people I would point out one thing: rejoicing in losing any human life is a character showing that no one should be proud of. He did horrible things, I agree. But he was a son, a sibling. People believe what they believe, and he was completely devoted to his cause. Whether or not I agree with the cause, I applaud this man on acting on what he believed in. Very few can truly claim that they have done the same, and im not talking about believing you want a krispy kreme and going for it. I mean life altering instances where you commit not knowing what the outcome is, just knowing that you believe what you believe and you will support it at great cost.
People, the man was a national enemy. Of that there is no doubt. And you better believe I love my country with every fiber of my being. But to look at the loss of life with happiness, smugness is wrong. Instead let us show respect for someone who was strongwilled, and rejoice in our country's safety. God bless America.
Think back. Remember that relationship you had with that person, the one that rocked your world? It was great wasn't it? You were inseparable, or so you thought.
Almost everyone has an experience like this. The reason most relationships don't work out isn't because the two people "fall out of love". Most times its because of "irreconcilable differences". I would be curious to see the statistic on what percentage of marriages have this as the main reason of the split. To me, "irreconcilable differences" is defined as the loss of worth in a relationship. One or both parties decide that the unit isn't worth the effort anymore.
So you get into this relationship with this person. You learn about them, their mannerisms, what they like and dislike, and you form a unit- where you are part of a "whole". At that point, there isn't a withdrawal step for either party that is free of pain. Once you start giving up things to fit into the "whole", you give up any barrier between that person and your feelings. At this point, of course, you don't see it as letting your guard down. You see it as becoming closer and, yes, this step is necessary for a marriage and a happy life together.
Finally, at some point in the relationship you make a choice. You choose to either take the final step, marriage, or you decide to drop the relationship. But what would you base a decision of this magnitude on? You sort through all the experiences you have, everything you know about the person, and you decide if you can stand (and yes, I poignantly used the word "stand") all of those things.
Although I have spurts of Romanticism, I believe there are simpler ways to handle situations such as this. Emotions are fleeting. You are never always mad, always happy, always in love. You may feel surges of these things, but never a constant flow. If such was the case, emotions would become rather dull, wouldn't they? You know what is not fleeting in nature? Reason. Mankind is famous for being able to reason. We aren't the top of the food chain because we have feelings. Slight of Dementia, reasoning is our best bet.
Over the years, the human race has done many profound things. The pyramids in Giza, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, and ethereal acheivements like developing a sense of reason. To this day, one skill human beings posess that impresses me is the ability to create music.
Sure, alot animals can make noise. And some, like songbirds, can make pleasing sounds. But none matches the flowing melodies, the quick-as-lightning riffs, and the unison of sound and feeling that our race has acheived. Everyone has a song, or even multiple songs, that they can recall as being moving. The reason for the emotional pull may come from the lyrics, the speed of the subliminal musician. Whatever the reason, I will remain in awe of the beautiful structure we have created and called "music".
And if you were wondering yes, I am a musician. And yes, that does make me biased. But anyone who actually got to be a part of everything that music encompasses and represents, who really got to contribute to building something beautiful like that would never have a choice in the matter.
Think of how a building is built. First the foundation, then the framing, the decking, the floors, and on and on until you get a finished product. Do you think that the building could fulfill its function without any one of those components? Do you think that you could fulfill your function without your foundation, walls, floor?
Obviously you aren't made of wood and concrete. What I'm referring to here is family. Everyone questions how society went so wrong, why there is so much suffering, what happened to the lack of compassion. Lets face it, we live in a world fraught with hostility and violence. I believe that there is a direct ratio to the decline of society and the decline of family values. What we need is a wake up call.
I can't help but think of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah when I try to get a grasp on our society here in the west. Now I'm not deeply religious, but I was raised in a christian home and thats where this reference comes from. For these two cities, there wasn't a line that wouldn't be crossed. The term that best fits them is amoral. And even though I'm not deeply religious, I can't even begin to contemplate living without all the things that make us human. Things like morality and compassion. And people, we are moving that direction. I see it every day. More and more people comprimise. Comprimise their values. That scares me.
And it started with the family. Lose the family structure, lose the character-building structure.
I'm not saying that their aren't people out there who are trying to keep the darkness at bay. I'm glad other people see this trend and are fighting it. What I'm saying is that they are losing. In the battle of morality, we are losing. Is comprimising your character, who you are, less important than fulfilling your desires? Please, take a look. Step back and really look.