Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Review of "The Secret"

I'm still recovering from my wisdom teeth surgery, so not much intelligent is being created from my brain due to the T3s. However, like probably many of you, I am tired of hearing about this thing called "The Secret." I read this review of it and it demonstrates how it is nothing more than more narcissistic, self-indulgent crap that makes our world worse off. We don't need more people in this world "looking out for #1." Selflessness and self-sacrifice are two virtues which have quickly been disappearing in our world and I believe it coincides with the disappearing ability of people to be civil with complete strangers since nobody trusts anybody and/or nobody believes it is of any benefit to them to pay attention to others, particularly strangers.

Read the review here

Monday, April 30, 2007

Am I the only one who sees something wrong?



Found this on the Roots Canada webstore. Yeah.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Yes, I dream about the Canucks...

I am officially a loser. Last night, I kept waking up from a dream that Luongo had seperated his shoulder as a result of a bad bounce on the boards and him diving to stop it. As a result, Dan Cloutier was going to be replacing him in goal (which should've been something that told me in the dream that it wasn't real since he is NEVER going to play for the Canucks again). I even heard Jim Hughson's voice talking about how terrible it was and how Dallas was already looking ahead to the next round.

Nonetheless, I kept having the same dream! =| Hopefully I'm not a prophet....=P

One last thing, this wasn't the only time I've dreamed about the Canucks this week.....

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Guns

Criminals do not obey laws, they are law-breakers. Neither will they obey gun laws.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

"Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani!"

I watched Passion of the Christ again tonight.
Was the fifth or sixth time I have now.
Was the fifth or sixth time that I have cried three times during it.
That's all I have to say.

Friday, March 30, 2007

I'm tired. I'm not Bigger Than Jesus.

Less than two weeks until classes are over. I'm really looking forward to the summer break. Especially since I made myself promise to not work on my book until my exams are done. It is simply because I need to focus on paper writing and bring my grades up as they have slipped since I've taken on a lot more as far as work, school, volunteering, etc. this year than any other years, so I'd kinda like to finish strong.

I went to a play last night, Bigger Than Jesus. It was what I expected it to be. It was very well done, performed and written. I just completely disagree with the playwright's position/argument and it bothered me. Perhaps the most bothersome line of his to me was "if Christians instead read the New Testament as beautifully inspiring literature than the actual word of God, then the world would be so much better." It bothered me because a) I believe the complete opposite, in that, if Christians, YES! including me, actually lived according to the New Testament as the actual word of God, then the world would be so much better off, and b) it bothers me because it is a poorly thoughtout position. He uses the word "inspiring." If it is simply an "inspiring" piece of literature, what is it to inspire people to do so? What is so inspiring about it if he is suggesting that we aren't actually suppose to believe and say everything that Jesus said and did? It would make more sense if he would have just stated that the world would be better off if Christians viewed the New Testament as "beautiful literature." The use of the word "inspiring" is an attempt to play it safe in my mind, but really, it makes his statement fall in on itself. Furthermore, the playwrights suppose that Jesus didn't die to save humanity since he wasn't the literal son of God (perhaps the figurative son of God. What does that even mean? I'm not sure if he even considered that before he wrote it). If Jesus didn't die as the literal son of God, then his death is nothing more than a shame; it just happened to be a painful way to die. His death ultimately has no purpose if his death doesn't accomplish anything. If he died as just another human being, then why should I even consider following his commands if we are all just going to die and become worms and he isn't who he says he is. Why would I forfeit my life for a cause that wasn't literal, but instead figurative? The New Testament as "beautifully inspiring literature" is a waste of time. One last thing, the New Testament (and particularly the Old Testament, but I won't delve into that since he wasn't talking about that) is not "beautiful." Since when was reading about the persecution of a church beautiful (unless you are some sadistic twit, OR if you actually believe they are dying for something worth dying for)? Since when was reading about a rabbi who made several very absolute statements beautiful (unless you believe his words have power)? Since when was reading about the spread of the Christian faith through the books of Acts and the epistles from Paul, Peter, John, etc. beautiful? (unless of course you think this widespread of the Christian faith is something that was ultimately good for the world. Especially considering that if it is not to be taken literally, why would we want to be reading about this group of people only being deluded and believing in something that isn't what it is made out to be. Is that not something to be sadden about? When people fall into a belief that is a lie?) It is this patronizing crap that bothers me. I would rather be told that I'm full of it than to always have to deal with these challenges and criticisms. It is tiring. I am not a pillar of strength. I am not a source of everflowing energy. They are always the same "arguments" and statements. I am tired.

Sometimes, I feel like Elijah did. Particularly after incident with the prophets of Baal. I'm tired of being told that my beliefs are based on a conspiracy and I'm radical for believing in Christ. I'm not wanting them to stop speaking about their beliefs against my faith, it is their right. They don't need to be censored, the Christian faith has lasted far greater challenges than a play or the Da Vinci Code. It will continue to outlast them. My sanity? That remains to be seen.....

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

My favourite Italian workbook question and response ever!!

So I'm completing my Italian workbook for my midterm on Friday (read: studying) and we are covering the conditional and future tenses. So needless to say, hypothetical questions are asked in the workbook and answers are to be provided. My favourite was this one (and I'll include my answer):

"Tu ed un'amica siete in un negozio di abbigliamento. L'amica si sta provando vestiti che le stanno male: minigonne, magliette strette e colori poco eleganti. Ti chiede continuamente: mi sta bene? Come risponderesti? Le diresti la verità?"

TRANSLATION by me: "You and a friend are in a clothing store. The friend tries on clothes that make her look bad: miniskirt and tight t-shirt that are colourful, small and elegant. She looks continously to you: "Is it good?" How would you respond? Would you say the truth to her?

My response: "I diresti a lei che sembrari che una puttana economica di Francia."

TRANSLATION: "I would say to her that she looks like a cheap French whore."

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