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Back Again =)

Well… It’s been quite a while since I last posted on this website. My absence has spanned four months, during which I have had many different trials and tribulations. My summer was quite interesting. My family and I decided to do some yard work, and we ended up planting eleven different trees, hundreds of flowers, a vegetable garden, and general landscaping as well. In addition, we painted our deck, which now looks stunning as it is a mix of red and brown, instead of the dull grey it was before. I also took a few trips to many different places, including Radium, Invermere, and Montana. In general, it was a pretty good summer.

However, the highlight of this summer vacation came at its end, with the start of my university career. Lost in thought a few days ago, I realized something interesting; the older we get, the more terrifying the process of making new friends becomes. Back when we were in kindergarten (oh so long ago), we were scared about being separated from our parents for those few hours of the day. For most people, the children that they met in kindergarten were the same ones that they graduated from high school with. But alas, that’s not the case with me. Until the beginning of junior high, I was changing schools after two years in each one, give or take a few months. As such, I became accustomed to finding new friends quite easily. At the beginning of junior high, I knew absolutely no one, yet I still managed to create friendships that I am sure will last me for many more years to come. Once high school started, I began to get nervous, as I’m sure most people would. Suddenly, we were taken from a comfortable environment with roughly 600 people, and thrust into an arena packed with over a thousand students. It is here, in this place, that we find the people with whom our friendships may last a lifetime. It is here that the true drama of life begins, as bonds are made and broken, hearts are brought together or torn apart, and where futures are created or destroyed. It is in high school that you learn about your own person, either through the compliments of others, or their criticisms. Mistakes are an essential part of high school life, because they help us become stronger individuals at a time when we are made to question our beliefs about ourselves.

Then comes university. If high school is an arena, then university is a veritable hellhole. Full of thousands of people, it seems absolutely impossible to make any new connections. You stick with your friends from high school, until you get separated by your timetable. Now you have a choice to make. Do you stride boldly into your classroom, and begin to create these bonds? Or do you enter meekly, sit in a corner, scribble down your notes, and then leave? If you do the former, you are off to a great start. I realize that I might be saying this too early, as my own university career has barely started, but I feel that I need to motivate others, as well as myself, to become more extrovert, and to create completely new friend circles than the ones they have had in the past.

Life is too short to have regrets. We, as a species, need to understand this fact. Our lives could last for another 90 years, or another 90 seconds; we have no way of knowing. Enjoy it right now, but ensure that you are making the right decisions for your future, so you can continue to enjoy once you are much older. Don’t throw away friendships because of mistakes that someone has made in the past. You never know who you might be working with later on in your career.

Put the past behind you. Live in the present, and plan for your future.

Rapture.

I’m sure that all of you must have heard about the fact that the end of the world will begin tomorrow. A Christian group is saying that tomorrow Christ will come to the Earth and take with him the souls of his true followers. As they ascend to Heaven, the rest of us heretics will burn in “death, disease, and destruction.” However, their suffering will only last for six months, because the world will actually end on October 21st. I, as a non-Christian, am slightly appalled by this statement. How can a group of people place themselves above us, and doom us all to torture while they reach the pearly gates? Why are we unable to go to Heaven with them? To me, it seems like a clear case of discrimination based on religion. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the Bible say something about treating everyone fairly and equally? It just seems a bit weird that Jesus would take a select few people with him, and leave the rest of us to die.

The sad part of this whole ordeal is that people are following this lunatic (Camping).  Mr Camping previously predicted the end of the world in 1994. When it didn’t happen, he stated that he made some “mistakes in [his] calculations.” Now, however, he states that his calculations are perfect, and that there is no chance that the Rapture will not occur tomorrow. Even so, thousands of people all over the world have quit their jobs, sold their houses and cars, and generally divested themselves of all of their material possessions so that they will be taken by Christ. These people are also draining their savings to fund this group. If the Rapture occurs, and they are not taken, their lives will be over anyway. I, for one, don’t give a damn. People are too impressionable, and if they decide to throw away their lives on the chance that the world may end on May 21st, then let them. It’s just Darwinism in action. Hopefully the gene that causes them to have this much stupidity will be weeded out of the general population, and will not allow idiots like Camping to gain more followers in the future.

Here’s to May 22nd.

For my English 30 IB class, I have to read a book called A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. This book is written in the format of an essay, that is meant to be a speech as well. I had no idea before we started reading this book that the reactions would be so mixed with regards to the ideas presented in this text. Even within my class alone, there are the ardent feminists, and there are those who say that feminists are responsible for the notions that create hatred towards men in our society. So I was wondering, what do you, my readers, think about this topic? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Pros for Feminism:

  • Seeks gender equality
  • Oppose domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse
  • Have advocated for equal pay for women
  • Suffrage for women
  • Reproductive rights (access to contraceptives and abortion)

Cons for Feminism

  • Even though it advocates gender equality, it keeps the sexes apart
  • Women try to do what is, genetically speaking, physically challenging, sometimes almost impossible
  • In trying to appease feminists, women are chosen over equally qualified men in order to prove that a team is not sexist
  • While trying to gain equality for women, feminism leads to increased discrimination against men

If you have any ideas, or thoughts about this topic that you would like to share, do not hesitate to comment below.

Positivity Post #10

I think that a short post should suffice for tonight. If the truth be told, I’m extremely tired, and I don’t want to be late for my first day back at school. I’m somewhat excited to be going back, if only for the reason that I was extremely bored over the break, and I now want something to do. Some classes should be interesting given the occurrence some recent, unnamed, events. Oh well, nothing to do but look into the future with a smile on my face =].

Positivity Post #9

I wonder sometimes about the fate of humanity. December 21, 2012 is getting closer and closer, and time is running out. Of course, the feeling of impending disaster is only applicable to those who believe in this theory. I don’t care either way. From what I’ve heard, if there is a cataclysm, then all humans will die, and there’s nothing that I can do to stop it: so why worry about it? If nothing happens, the conspiracy theorists and doomsayers will simply come up with a new hypothesis about the way the world will end. So where does the worrying come into play? The answer is simple; it doesn’t. There is absolutely no need to worry about the things which you can’t change. No matter how firmly you proclaim your atheism, all humans have to accept that there are forces acting upon our rock that are much greater than our own. While these forces may not be divine, they can certainly be all-encompassing. We are told in our childhood that all humans are made of cosmic material and that is true; the elements found within our bodies are also found within stars. Our seasons, our tides, even the effect upon our bodies by our Moon, are all events that we cannot control. Even though we can’t control them, we don’t worry about them, although they do affect us adversely at some times. Similarly, why should we be worried about the course that nature has planned for us? The Earth, its flora and fauna, its mountains, volcanoes, oceans, and glaciers, have all been around for billions of years before the evolution of humans, and they will continue to exist for millennia after we are gone. We are an inconsequential addition to the mass of this planet, so we should not worry ourselves about its fate. An asteroid the size of a continent could be on a collision course with Earth at this very moment, and we would be powerless to stop it. Our Sun could have sent out a massive solar flare, capable of disrupting electronic communications worldwide, and we wouldn’t even know until 8 minutes later, by which time it would be too late to take any action. The world might come to an end in 2012, or it might not. In either case, we should spend more time with our loved ones, as much as we can, so that we do not feel regret when our time finally, indubitably, arrives.

Positivity Post #8

I remember, 5 years ago when we bought this house, that I thought it was absolutely amazing. What I didn’t anticipate is that all the hard work my parents and I put into it could make it look even better. We turned a concrete bunker (our basement) into an amazing multi-purpose room, complete with books, toys, exercise machines, and couches. We even went so far as to buy curtains for the windows from India in order to spruce it up. And today, my dad and I installed more curtains, curtain rods, and curtain holdbacks all over our house. To most people, this would seem like a chore; to me, it is an opportunity to spend more quality time with my parents =].

If you want to be happy, be.

Leo Tolstoy

After many months, I got the chance to sit down with my parents and watch a Hindi movie. Now usually I despise these movies, as they are usually rubbish, with no offense to the actors. These movies are just mass-produced, and are often intended for the poor, nearly illiterate population that resides in India. However, the movie I saw tonight was called No One Killed Jessica. Now, while this may seem like another B-grade film, it actually wasn’t. This is a great movie, which provides an eye-opening insight into the Indian justice system. It’s about a young girl who gets shot at a nightclub, and the struggles that her sister faces while trying to get the killer sentenced. As with everything in India, this is not easy. The family of the killer starts to pay off the witnesses to the murder, and it is only with the help of a prominent news anchor that the truth is revealed. This may seem a little far-fetched, but it is based on a true story. In the end, more than 200,000 people were rooting for this girl that they had never met before, because the miscarriage of justice made them all feel insecure. Instead of just sitting on their hands, however, these people brought about a change with peaceful demonstrations, in much the same way as their predecessors did during the time of Gandhi and the British Raj. All this happened as recently as 2006. The fact that people from all parts of such a diverse country can come together in support of one stranger, and ultimately bring about a positive change, gives me hope for the future of my motherland =).

Positivity Post #6

Have you ever heard really good music? I guess that “good” is a variable term, open to definition in the minds of all. For me, good songs are old songs. Not the super old “Golden Oldies,” but songs from the ’80s and ’90s are some of my favourite. I’m talking about Bob Marley, Europe, Survivor, and even some Daft Punk. This music is brilliant in its composition, and the lyrics to some of these songs are absolutely mind-blowing. While I admit that many contemporary songs are fabulous, my heart lies in the past, with the good old “Buffalo Soldier.”

Positivity Post #5

This is somewhat related to my previous Positivity Post, in that it’s about spending time with my parents. Today, for the first time in a LONG time, I got the chance to sit down with my family and eat dinner, without any arguments or incidents in general. Usually it’s me causing these arguments, but tonight went very nicely. I learned a lot about my parents’ childhoods, and about their individual struggles through their early years. For the first time in my life, I’m getting to know the people who have raised me to become the person I am today. Their persistence has given me the values that I adhere to today, and that I will pass on in the future =].