August 11, 2008

“They Did The Best They Could”

I am very sick of this statement. I read it often in articles where a person is talking about how they were poorly raised by their negligent parents. They always cover it up with, "But, they didn't know any better. They did the best they could." No, they didn't. You just said that your father drunkenly beat you. That is the WORST they could do. And in lesser cases, it's STILL not true. No one does the best they could. They may not have killed you. But, this shouldn't be admired, and this overused, generic and utterly false statement should never be used again.

August 8, 2008

It’s Only Natural

Does the excuse of being "natural" make something inherently "right"? Or, the oft-used, "I was born that way." Giving away all of my money would be very unnatural, and yet, it is arguably a very good thing. Lying is very natural, and yet it is wrong.

August 7, 2008

The Tipping Point: Part Eight

I'm sick of pennies. I'm sick of getting them back when I don't have exact change. And I'm sick of my car's change tray getting filled up with these slightly more than worthless copper engravings filling up my car's change tray. How can we tip this personal problem for me, and get rid of pennies for good? Oh yeah, and it costs more than $.01 just to MAKE a penny, so more than my personal grievances, they're not very economically sound either. My gut reaction is to just start paying for little purchases in pennies until an outcry is reached. But, all that will probably serve to do is get businesses mad at you. And they likely do not have the power to put a stop to the manufacturing of pennies. So, what about something like paying our taxes in pennies? Then the government can see how annoying they are. Any ideas like this that could tip this problem?

August 6, 2008

The God of My Father

Lots of people have God experiences. Ones that make you go, "Holy crap. God IS real!" Let's say it happens to a Catholic girl during a Church service. A boy at the beach, who comes from a Hindu family. A man in a mosque. An old Jewish lady at her home. They all usually assume that the God they had an encounter with is the God of the religion they're most familiar with or have familial ties to. How do we get past that? Meet God. And seek truth.

August 5, 2008

Sabai Says:

"Dating is not finding someone you love. It's choosing someone to love."

August 4, 2008

Rage Against Whatever

My last three days were spent at the musical festival, Lollapalooza, in Chicago. There were many highlights, all brought to you today by the letter R, including Radiohead, The Raconteurs and Rage Against the Machine. This post will reflect upon my experience at Rage Against the Machine, who were, apparently, also sponsored by the number hate. I passed up Wilco as the Saturday night closer, even though there was a circling rumor that Barack Obama would make an appearance and likely give an impassioned address about how we were the change that we have been waiting for. I simply couldn't pass up the chance to see Rage live. They did not disappoint. 3 show stoppages for injuries and calls to stop hitting/trampling each other. Political cries from the stage that seemed to empathize the rumored speaker's ideas, but with added rhetoric and casual threats such as "take this violence to the streets" and "if Obama gets into office and doesn't do what we say, we're going to go burn Washington to the ground". If Obama loses this election, we'll hear that it's simply because of his race. If he wins this election, who does he have to cater to? The Gandhis in his party or the revolutionaries?