Death for me over the years has rarely been difficult to process and move on. I've buried quite a few, only mourned a couple. The two I mourn are now memories I guard so earnestly a mother bear could not rival my ferocity. These two people immediately bring on the wet eyes and short tight breaths when I just so much as think on their lives, their influence, and my loss.
This past January I experienced a third loss of someone very important in my life. It's hit me very hard, and I am surprise
The midterm elections are here, and this is something I am passionate about, probably more so than the presidential elections.
One of my favorite political discussions is: Do you know what your State legislators are up to?
If you haven't noticed yet, many conservative game players like Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Mitch Mc-cunt-el, and the forever orange John Boehner, have all but given up their push for more conservative policies regarding women's health and classroom religious studies. Instea
Today's little blog entry is a deep one. It speaks to the effects of a religious upbringing on children's sexuality, focusing in particular on the children who don't receive the necessary confirmation within their flock and start looking for it anywhere they can.
Specifically, I wanted to share a story I'd heard from a close friend who suffered a lot of rejection from her parents and the majority of fellow peers within her church class. It is astounding how she, and several others, shared a
I have been working on a project for the past month or so. I thought that maybe some of my research would be worth sharing. Not really a forum friendly topic, so starting a blog seemed like a good idea.
“Judge not, that you be not judged." - Matt. 7:1, ESV
"Do not judge your fellow until you have stood in his place." - Hillel, leading Pharisee and theorist of Judaism during the time of Herod the Great. (Pirkei Avot, 2:5)
Turn the Other Cheek
"But I say to you, Do
I don't know what it is with Americans, but they seem to declare their love of free speech openly while ensuring that no one can actually practice it. If someone can be fired, or forced to quit their job because of what they think or believe then that is not a country that actually believes in free speech. I realise for a lot of liberal leaning people that this guy quitting is probably seen as some sort of a victory, but I see it as a failure. We need to stop forcing people to conform to what th
I thought I had erased my blog, but glad I didn't because its interesting reading some of it a few years later.
My little journey into Tibetan Buddhism has taken a hiatus. I haven't been over to the dharma center in over two months, and the longer I am away, the more I really don't feel like returning. I see my involvement there as escapism from a difficult time in my life. And it actually worked to an extent. The rituals and the beauty, the chanting in a foreign language, is a marvelous e
For most of last year I didn't work. I had work here and there but with no consistent paycheck. As a result I relied on government support for students to get me through. Seeing that I was working fine for many years prior to that, I had costs accustomed to that lifestyle. There were several things that I was paying off and as a result I was breaking even at best, and this is before other day to day expenses that cannot be helped (food for example).
Anyways, I got a bill last year for my car
In "The Case for Christianity" C.S. Lewis wrote:
Can you see the problem here? He says "God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way." According to the Bible, there was no "if." Jehovah purposed to send the redeemer before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:3-5 says:
Christians who don't believe that Jehovah predestined each individual who would be saved, such as those in churches of Christ, believe that this is saying simply that Jehovah knew peop
"What a waste of talent" was the first thought that came to my mind-Typcial cheesy christian worship lyrics but great music and vocals. I hesitated to download the free album but in the end I thought "why not". I enjoy the music and lyrics are cheesy and senseless most of the time.
Art was a long time inspired by religion. All those drawings, paintings and sculptures of gods and goddesses, of maria with baby jesus. All those beautiful churches and cathedrals build to
This is a bit of a rambling post, up front warning
I think an unspoken question behind the whole simpler life quips is whether or not instant gratification is wrong and I sometimes ask myself that too. There is no point in my day to day life where I am prevented from finding out about something I want to know for more than the few seconds it takes me to search on my phone. That could mean looking at Google or using the other technologies at my disposal such as my calendar, mail or somewhere
So, I guess before anything I need to clarify some differences, or perhaps "perceived differences" between American universities and ones over here. Firstly, it's been my impression that to get into the elite universities, you need to have more than good grades. Generally speaking, you need to have extra curricular activities that show that you're awesome; on top of very awesome grades. In Australia, you are judged by your results only so there isn't a need to go out there and do all these thing
One of the reasons I don't post so much, if at all on this forum is because I am just tired of arguing. You know, I realize none of us are really enemies and that we're essentially just pissing in the wind with our discussions, it is nevertheless draining to argue and counter and respond to points or critiques to your argument, as well as the person you're talking with. I can really appreciate how some people want to just say what they want to say and leave it at that. It get's a bit tiring to h
You know, I find it funny how he had the nerve to speak on people just throwing away others. That's exactly what he did to me after abusing me for years. What a pos. Hopefully my daughter (my youngest daughter who is 17), will keep a realistic perspective on what he is advising.
There are days I feel like this man is daring me to call him out. Why poke a hornet's nest?
It also killed me how he made it clear "shacking up with the opposite gender". This man has had
* Read some Iain Banks recently. It's Wasp Factory. Very sick, but it has a great sense of humour. Frankly, I'm looking forward to reading his Culture novels. If it's as funny as Wasp Factory, and as wonderfully written, then sign me up. Wasp Factory's very reminiscent of Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowiscz, actually. They're both great but are pretty damn odd.
* I'm seeing more political thought pop up all the more, lately. Several years ago, in university, we were all just drinking shots of w
As most of you are aware, Foxy Methoxy died a few days ago. Death is always hard on people, you don't even need to be extremely close for it to effect you deeply. I guess that I've been lucky that I have had few people I know on any level die, in fact only three come to mind; and that includes Foxy Methoxy.
I'm not going to speak chronologically, but will speak I guess more topically. I'll start with someone I'll call Jason.
Jason and I knew each other through High School and were pretty
I watched a film called "12 Years a Slave" the other night, it was about a man who was captured and made a slave. As the film drew to a close it made me think of all the horrors that happened during slavery. That during the hundreds of years that these people were made slaves, that all the deaths, all the suffering, the misery and pain that happened; all of this year after year, person after person - million in fact and for centuries has been reduced to a blurb in our minds.
Slavery in the U
It's been about two years now that I've been talking to dad before I go to sleep. Which wouldn't be a weird thing except the fact that dad's dead and has been dead my whole life. Before I started these "interactions" with my father it used to be biblegod I would "speak" to. After finding out that biblegod is a sadistic maniac we could no longer be buddies. Sometimes it seems like dad interacts back with me, or maybe I'm crazy, but I do believe in the supernatural and perhaps a psychic conne
For the longest time when I would watch films, I couldn't relate. I mean, for a lot of films I think we probably can't relate to the lifestyle they may present but I assume most can relate to the characters in some sort of an emotional level - thinking "I know what it feels like to go through that or feel that". Even in that regards I couldn't relate.
Now, when I talk about this I am mostly focusing on the human relationship aspect (the other aspects are for another post, another time). So m
I don't mind this game, in fact I quite enjoy it and have a high score in the mid 80s What I found interesting though was the severe criticism some levelled against the developer of this simple addictive game. Well known web sites were accusing the developer of either making an angry birds clone, or ripping the artwork off of Mario. The gameplay is nothing like either of those games, and while the artwork may be similar it is not the same. It's a game inspired by retro games.
Over the course of the past two weeks, I have undergone training courses at my new employer's office. Typically, you get to meet everyone you will be working with, and I had a couple days of shadow training. Essentially, I was riding along side my trainer, watching how she did her job, and unfortunately, received more than an earful about the importance of God in her life, how awesome her brother is (a good God fearing man), how she dislikes President Obama, and thinks it is horrible how the "In
In the past few ywars it has really come home to me how differently I view the world from the average person. Even growing up I saw things that other people either didn't see, or ignored. I was always that kid who pointed out the emporer was naked, and sadly for me I was surrounded by people who were not very bright. They laughed at my questions and told me my curiosity about the world was odd. I was lucky enough though to have access to libraries, that answered a lot of my questions when other
As we all know, Jesus (oft pronounced Gheezus) is actually meant to be pronounced, Yeshua.
The reasons of this are a combination of transliteration, as well as changes in the English language. But there's something that everyone's missed out.
If a priest pronounces it as Yeshua, then the congregation will also know that christ is called Yeshua, no matter how it is pronounced. Also the following priest would undoubtedly know this too, since he would have been schooled by someone who knows
The hard realities that come with a life not spilling over with delusion seems so cold and heartless at times doesn't it?
Everyone has their cushy comforts of eternal bliss and like minded friendships to rely upon when in the faithful flock. I have days where I am so pissed that I don't get to have all the answers like they think they do. Others, where I envy the communities that the faithful have built for themselves. Admittedly, I try to look down upon what they are doing with some level o
Materialism is an interesting thing for me. You see, I am quite introspective, yet I do not seem to have a good defense mechanism against my materialistic tendencies. Even when I do recognize my materialism, I see reluctant to detach myself from it. For example, I might want a shiny new X, and then I will think to myself "well, you already have an X and it's doing an alright job. You don't need a new X, you're just being materialistic." but after I think this, I get an interesting thought to cou