Thursday, October 30, 2008
It's pretty whimsical, which describes me perfectly.
-- Next we have the undeniable classic, "Under the Milky Way Tonight". You just can't beat The Church, with their U2/Coldplay style vocals and great acoustic guitar. Classic.
-- Annnd third on the list, Coldplay's "Yes" from Viva la Vida. This is arguably the best song on the album, with an almost Middle Eastern sounding string section and upbeat tempo. Absolutely amazing.
-- Fouth, we have my personal favorite Death Cab song, "Title and Registration." Good stuff.
-- Finally, Anberlin with "Never Take Friendship Personal".
Me this week, in song:
"But you can't stop nothing
if you got no control
of the thoughts in your mind
that you kept and you know
you don't know nothing
but you don't need to know."
"Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty,
Sound of their breath fades with the light.
I think about the loveless fascination,
Under the milky way tonight."
"I've become so tired of this lonely mess."
"Cause it's too important
To stay the way it's been."
"When I awoke there was nothing real in this life
But dreams are so intoxicating
when you're doing this alone."
Yep. That's me.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
So will say the sides of London buses, if an advertising campaign supported by atheistic giant Richard Dawkins succeeds. Associated Press reports:
The very wording of this advertisement for atheism is ridiculous: "There's probably no god, so stop worrying! Enjoy your life!"
Atheism is no less religious than Christianity, and the advertisement itself is proof of that. "There is probably no God"?! Seriously. If there is a probability that there is no God, then there is a probability that there is a God.
Furthermore, Joseph Addison writes, "To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny." This, my friends, is the truth. If we have faith in Christ the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains. If we have faith in nothing the size of the world itself, we can do absolutely nothing with it. Why? To have faith in nothing is absurdity. Plato writes, "Atheism is a disease of the soul, before it becomes an error of the understanding."
C.S. Lewis: "Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist."
Raging against something you don't even believe exists...how ridiculous is that?
Gandhi: "It amazes me to find an intelligent person who fights against something which he does not at all believe exists."
Yep. That makes a heck of a lot of sense.
Chesterton: "If there were no God, there would be no atheists."
You guys...the greatest minds in history agree---atheism is ridiculous.
Ah Lewis, how I miss thee. From my Inkling days:
"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such violent reaction against it? A man feels wet when he falls into water, because man is not a water animal: a fish would not feel wet. Of course, I could have given up my idea of justice by saying that it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too--for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my private fancies. Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist--in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless--I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality--namely my idea of justice--was full of sense. Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning."
Have faith, friends. For, "If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped" (Evelyn Underhill).
Sure. Have a great life. There's probably no god anyways...
But what if you're wrong?
Friday, October 10, 2008
As to my presentation, I think it's gonna be sweet.
I'm gonna bomb the PSAT, no doubt.
The newsletter should be interesting.
Anywho, let's talk about something interesting.
Time for a bit of show and tell:
Source: SF Gate
About 90 elementary school students in Montana have started a series of rabies shots after a parent let them touch a dead bat that was later confirmed to be diseased.
The exposed students will receive six shots of anti-rabies vaccine.
Stevensville Elementary School officials say they will use liability insurance to pay up to $70,000 for the exposed children to be vaccinated. The overall cost could surpass $150,000.
The school has since set a policy requiring that anyone visiting the school obtain a visitor pass.*cough* "C'mere children, time for a bit of show and tell! That's it, everyone pet the nice rabid bat...just don't let it bite you, because you might die."
Somehow it reminds me of that Office episode...
That should scare you. It scares me.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I feel a bit of guilt, yes, knowing that every time I write, something explodes. But I must do it. I got to write. I suppose it is some sort of pathological problem. I should prolly see a therapist.
So yes, I'm bored. Which is weird, considering I have a million things to do that would make me not-bored. Though, that isn't entirely true. I used to tell my parents that I was bored, then they'd give me schoolwork to do, or make me clean something up, which really makes no sense at all. I suppose it does, in their minds, but for some reason there are just somethings that one can do that are boring. Can you be bored while doing something? Can you be entertained by doing nothing? Maybe. Let's test that theory:
See how I did that? I made you do nothing. You were doing absolutely nothing that you don't normally do. Your eyes were functioning normally, yet you were entertained. By doing nothing. I mean, how flippin awesome is that? Makes me happy.
There is hope! I am not bored anymore! I have entertained myself by doing absolutely nothing, which was just as amazing as doing something. Even better, because I didn't have to do anything.
I just wasted several seconds of your life. I feel powerful.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Yeah, there were reasons for me being gone. Bad reasons? Maybe. Maybe not.
Yeah, these past couple months have been horrendously painful. Is it for the best? You know the answer.
But I am here, now, which is all that matters. Let the past be the past, forget about the future, live in the present.
Yeah, I have a story. Perhaps, one day, it will be told. But now is not the time. For it is a sad story, one of broken dreams and shattered expectations.
But I am here, now.