Good evening all. I hope everyone is doing fine. If you’re in the USA, I hope you are able to enjoy a three day weekend for Memorial Day. Nothing really planned here, just going to relax and probably clean up a little clutter.
Its been a slow week here. Not a lot going on or to write about. I knew this would happen eventually. I’m still trying to really find my voice and see what I want from this blog. Right now I’m happy rambling on. I’m debating about posting my poetry up here. I’m sure I will eventually. I do have a stack of bad horror movies I can review and talk about. I do want to do that. I love to share bad movies with the world. That will be coming soon.
I have been finding the more I write, the more I enjoy it. The issue as I said before, is trying to come up with something interesting to write about. I have been having fun on twitter thanks to @comiccontex! It’s been fun reacting and writing smart comments to the panels.
This one will be short. Not a lot to say tonight. I’ll be back soon with more content, I promise!
Good morning all! I hope everyone is doing OK today out there in Internetland. I wanted to hat today about the amount of clutter that is in our lives. This past weekend, my wife and I finally decided to start cleaning out the junk in our house and our lives. We had been putting this off because it is such a daunting task. We have 20 years of crap that has been collecting dust in our house. Why do we have so much stuff? No clue. Well that is not entirely true. I do know why we have certain things. I have too many CDs because I have this compulsion to buy them. Maybe it is filling some sort of void in me. I suppose that why a lot of people end up with collections. The real question is, does this bring any joy into my life? In some cases, yes. Over the past several years however, it seems like I have been collecting for the sake of collecting. Movies never get watched, CDs never listened to. It is frustrating because it is not like I don’t have the time, I do. It really is a combination of depression and not enjoying things as I used to when I was younger. It is a frustrating feeling wanting to do something as simple as listen to music or watch a movie and there is something inside that just will not let you. I could go down this rabbit hold all day, but I will save it for another post.
Back to the subject at hand: clutter. look around you and I bet there are 10 things you could throw away within your eyesight and you would not miss. In my case it would be twice that. There are things I do not need, but for some reason I have not let them go over the years. Maybe it is a sentimental attachment or just laziness. I am sure it is a combination of both. We equate our “stuff” with who we are. It’s a measure of the lengths we will go to just to have and covet some toy, cd, book, whatever your weakness may be. We are all guilty of this to some degree. I am worse than some as far as music goes. I love cds and my collection does give me a certain amount of happiness, but not as much as it probably should. It is hard when there is no one local that shares your love of something. That is part of it too, wanting to share the thing you love with someone else, to be validated. We need to know there are others that feel the way we do about our passions. It drives us. To have that connection and be able to talk about any thing you love with someone is a great feeling. I think for my part, I have been buying and not sharing in the hopes I would someday have that person locally. The internet is great for that, but there is something about hanging out, sipping some nice bourbon and discussing music, movies or whatever it is you enjoy with another person that is actually there beside you. That is something that the internet just cannot give you. I guess in a way, your clutter can bring about good things.
This was definitely a meandering post today, but it felt good to talk about it. I am still working on posting more, so please be patient.
Good morning all! I am finally back after a few days. Not sticking to my posting every day yet, but I will get there. Today I want to talk about the most import of the three subjects from my Peace, Love and Understanding posts.
Understanding. It is so hard for people to try and do. For a lot of people the world is black and white. There is no middle ground, no room for empathy or trying to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, no gray. I believe people should look at the world around them, embrace the differences and realize in the end, certain things just doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter what deity you pray to, who you sleep with, how you identify yourself. These are all personal to the individual and really shouldn’t affect you or your way of life. Having said that, I do want to stress that we should try to understand where people are coming from. Most people like to use the world “tolerate”, but I just feel there is so many negative connotations to that word. Just try and understand that everyone doesn’t feel the same way you do. Try to have some informative discussions. Don’t be afraid to ask why, I think some people would love to engage in an informative and calm discussion of their beliefs. I won’t say most, because there is so much hate and fear and misinformation out there. Just go to Reddit, find a controversial subject and read the comment section. No shortage of ignorance there.
Black and white seems simple enough with certain ideas and concepts. Killing is wrong. People can agree on that, however there are shades of gray that fall within that statement. The death penalty, abortion and euthanasia all bring the shades of gray to this. Depending what you believe, maybe it doesn’t. My argument is, that it should. Our society has become so emotional yet so heartless when it comes to these three subjects and others. We cannot have a mature debate anymore. People want to be “right” even though they are not factually correct. I know these are emotionally charged issues. There are tons of them out there. The people usually yelling the loudest are the ones who understand the other side the least. If we cannot sit down and discuss these, I personally think we will reach a point as a nation that the divide cannot ever be bridged.
All I am saying, in the end, is try and learn more about people. Try to understand what makes them tick. In the end, you will find they are not that much different than you. Let’s try and end this cycle of ignorance that has seeped into our everyday. Don’t be a dick on social media, no one needs that. learn to listen to people, try to empathize with them. I am not saying you have to agree, but just try to have a heart. One day, you are going to want someone to understand where you are coming from. It takes a little patience and kindness. It is not much to ask for the benefits that it will gain.
Good evening all. It has been a couple of days hiatus for me. Saturday was spent bumming around and today was spent running errands and Mother’s Day stuff. Not my mom, but my godkid’s mom. It was a nice day and I wish all of you moms a happy mother’s day!
On to the topic at hand: love. This is the second part of my peace love and understanding write up. I think Mother’s Day is an appropriate day to talk about love. What’s more beautiful and pure than a mother’s love? Sometimes however, a mother’s love can be twisted and have dire consequences for the rest of us. Of course I’m talking about those wonderful mothers who don’t believe in vaccinating their children. I’m not gonna go into the research that basically prove vaccinations do not cause autism. (Thanks Jenny McCarthy for bringing so much misinformation that we have fucking measles breaking out throughout the country). These mothers who believe in this anti-vaccination nonsense say they love their children and don’t want to being harm to them. Well despite tons of evidence to the contrary, your love for your child is making other kids sick. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU!!! Just take a second and re-read that last statement. Let it sink in. I really don’t think I have to hammer that point in any harder. Get your fucking kids vaccinated.
Now that I’m through with that rant, let’s focus on love and how there seems to be some much less of it these days. I suppose every generation has said that at one point in time, but with social media and 24 hour news, we can just flip a switch and see how little love is in the world. What has caused love for your fellow human to be such a passive and unimportant emotion? Why is it laughed at in certain circles in this country. (I could be referencing Republicans and “Christians”).
I wonder if we are quickly becoming a world of sociopaths. There is so little emphaty out there anymore. I don’t want to bleed over into understanding, but it’s hard to talk about love without mentioning understanding. They go hand in hand. Murder, rape, poverty, hunger, pick your topic. They are glossed over on the news. These are buzz words now. We might weep for a day, but then we go the next day and concentrate on what the Kardashians are doing. If we could somehow focus the love and keep the fires burning tomorrow and not just as it happens I believe we could start and make things better.
That’s all I have for tonight. I hope you take this to heart and bring some love into the world.
Good evening all! I hope everyone is well! As promised, I am back with some thoughts about Peace, Love and Understanding or the lack there of. I thought it would be good to break these down over three separate posts, each focusing on one word. Heading into this, I wasn’t really sure what I was looking to do. Did I want to state the obvious? Did I want to point out specific situations showing how war seems to be a constant state of affairs? It’s all pretty overwhelming. Just think about it. Everyone out there, regardless of age, has seen the world in some form of conflict or another since they have been on this planet. The USA doesn’t necessarily have to be involved, although I will say that we have been in way too many wars or “police actions” or “peacekeeping” actions than I care to remember. Whatever sanitized word you use, the end result is bodies no longer alive. Children no longer able to play, parents no longer able to care for those children. What is it all for? Land? Oil? Religion? Pride? Hate? Yes there is evil in this world and yes it should be stopped. within that, however, there has to be a cost that is assessed. A real human cost.
Some people might say that America should be leading the way in this endeavor since we are still considered the world’s police force. My argument against that is that we have our hand down in the cookie jar too deep. Our history is too filled with dirty deeds to be claiming righteousness. There are too many atrocities that we have overlooked because it doesn’t serve our self interest. Trust me, if Iraq’s main export was paper clips, they would have been left alone and Saddam would have been left running his regime.
Now I am not trying to throw the blame solely on the USA. There is plenty of blood to go around that will never be able to be washed off by many countries. The world is a cesspool when it comes to what it will fight for. People’s lives are in the balance and decisions are being made by people with no expectations of ever being hurt by these decisions. News footage of babies dead, people with limbs being blown off, “friendly fire” incidents all of these images can be seen at any time by just turning on the news. Why do we do all of this? Why are ideas or religious beliefs worth dying for? Isn’t life sacred? I mean I know I am talking in broad terms but these are terms that need to be talked about. Our leaders talk all about the specifics of strategics and the political reasons we are in an area. They can point on a map and give us body counts, but can’t tell us why innocents have to die so we can keep gas under $3.00 a gallon. Maybe I sound like a hippy out of time, but I believe the world can use more of that. We should be working towards Utopia. Our goals as a human race need to trump the petty and hateful policies that the world have developed.
This is a roundabout way to lead me back to my blog title today. Peace..The Final Frontier. Please bear with me with this next paragraph. It might sound silly, but I think there is a good idea here. In the world of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, the world had finally somehow managed to get past its squabbles and was working to the betterment of humankind. Poverty had been eradicated, science, art and enlightenment has reached the world. It was working together under the command of the Federation to reach new worlds. Logic and science and freedom were the key concepts. I understand this was a TV show and is make believe, but it is a vision of what could be if we could just let go. Let go of the hate, let go of the greed and all of the negative ideas that consume us. Peace should be the goal not just a dream that seems unattainable. There is nothing wrong with feeling this way. Why is it considered weakness not to want people to die? In the end we all end up the same. Why spend all of these precious days we have fighting and speeding along the inevitable? The war machine needs to be dismantled. We need more peace. We need more people to speak out for it. Let’s hope that the future will treat us better than the past and present has.
Live long and prosper my friends
Hello all! This Nick Lowe penned tune’s question is even more poignant today than when it was written so many years ago. There has been this massive increase in the level of hate and total disregard anyone that is not part of your particular demographic. Not just in this country, but the world. I really do not want to make this a totally political critique. That’s obviously part of it, but it’s also about greed, fear of change, and people’s inability to feel any emphaty for anyone or anything. I know I’m writing in general terms, but it’s the only way I know how. I’m not a psychologist or a sociologist. I am not a politician nor any kind of pundit. I’m just someone very concerned where things are going in the world. I really want to write about this with more details and specific examples. Right now it’s on my mind and I need to get it out. I will be exploring these ideas and themes on and off this blog. Just writing this now is giving me ideas for future posts. I hope you guys will bear with me as I get these thoughts together.
Thanks for reading!!!
Good afternoon all! I hope everyone out there on the interwebs is feeling fine today! I want to talk today about the process of writing, specifically having something to write about every day. I am not a great writer by any stretch of the imagination. My vocabulary is limited at best and I am not exactly filled with stirring visions or words that pop off the page with any sort of voracity. My use of words is basic. Not a lot of fancy metaphors or any other writing tricks are in my repertoire.
I started this blog with the hopes of revitalizing my creativity, my imagination. I wanted to have an outlet for all of the creative ideas that are inside my head at any given time. The reality of it is when I sit to type, my mind goes blank. Any semblance of an idea drops off quickly and leave me here sitting dead pan staring into a computer screen. Any given day my focus is blurry at best. There seems like there is so much flotsam and jetsam flying around in my brain, but I can’t seem to tie any of it down. This doesn’t even begin to explain my personal thoughts on how I really don’t feel like I can add anything new or provide some sort of insight to what I am talking about. Why start a blog then? Well that’s a great question. I am hoping I can grow as a writer and I hope to grow my confidence while typing away about whatever I can think of to talk about. You are seeing a work in progress, not just as a writer, but on a small degree as a person.
That’s all I have to say today. Gonna keep it short and sweet on this Monday. Let’s hope the weekend gets here fast!