Thursday, January 28, 2010

The world is an illusion

Yeah, I said it. No, I'm not talking about The Matrix. Think about it this way, everyone in the world sees our world in a fundamentally different way. No matter how devoid of individualism, how full of conformism, you can't see the world like anyone else. No matter what the similarities, no two people see our world exactly the same. So, everyone sees the world differently. That means no one really sees the world as it really is. Not even the most shrewd, intelligent, and unemotional mind could see the world as it really is; human behaviour would dictate the mind to analyze the world around it. No one sees the world as it really is, unfettered by their beliefs, opinions, emotions, etc.

Also, my pal Kobes has a thing for The Prince, so we were discussing the topic of universal morality; is there really such a thing as good and evil? This quote is a bit over-used but we should still think upon it. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."-William Shakespeare, Hamlet. The idea of this quote is that actions are not good or evil, but defined by their intentions. For example, we consider lying bad, and rightly so. However, what if there was an instance where lying saved somone's life? Or any instance where it is more moral to lie than to tell the truth? You did the right thing, because your intentions were right. Now giving charity is generally considered good, correct? However, what if you did it to make yourself look like a charitable person? Well, thats just being hypocritical. Again, it's the intention behind the act, not the act itself.

So, what do you think? Is there such thing as universal good and evil? Is the world an illusion? Leave a comment below on your thoughts about this post.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

What's the verdict?

Hey guys, in case you haven't figured, it's Kobe(s) here. I'm going to clear one thing up before we begin. A lot of people have been asking about our pages, and whether we have facebook. And we do. What you have to do is go to Facebook and search Kobe(s) and Khan. Find the group, and join it. But it doesn't stop there. Tell your friends. Tell everyone. If you won a million dollars, would you hide it to yourself? No! You'd tell friends and family. So tell them all! Anyhow, today's topic is a doozy, and it's an opinionated one. Here it is: With the advent of the YCJA, should we publish the names of young offenders in media?

Personally, in my opinion, I think no. I wouldn't want someone judging me based on the fact that i've committed a crime. But there are limits. For example, what if someone commits murder? What if the offender sexually assaulted someone? Here in Alberta, I think a year or two back, a 13 year old Medicine Hat girl and her boyfriend murdered her family members. Here's the deal; we don't know her identity. Now, logic states that because I don't know this girl, I've got one of two options;

a) I can be afraid of all the girls I meet (which is stupid. Look at me, I'm a guy)
b) I can treat all the girls I meet fairly and equally, which is probably better than running away from them.

With option b), I don't generalize against anyone, and no one feels hurt or stereotyped.

If you haven't figured out already, I'm black. My culture's notorious for the whole street gang offender thing. As far as I know, that's not me. I would not want to be treated in the same way as a criminal is. If you saw a young black offender on t.v. (but don't know their name) and are going to treat me like dirt because of that, I'm going to be pretty darn angry. Equality for all, yeah, yeah. I know, it sounds cheesy. But the YCJA was intended to protect young offenders, and who knows? Maybe if we treat everyone good, then we'll have less offenders. Kobe(s) out!

What does the Devil do?

Khan here

When I was a young boy, I liked blaming everything wrong in my life upon other people. It was nice to live in my bubble, not cause any trouble. For my failures in moral decisions, I liked to blame the Devil, I said the Devil liked to pick on weak spots and exploit them. I was wrong. When I was an older boy, my father told me I was wrong, the Devil did not pick on your weaknesses, but on your strengths. Every man, when he does something wrong, it is because of his strengths, my father explained. People are extremely protective of their weaknesses, but they pay no attention to their strengths, he continued to say. Hitler was a great speaker, his strength was exploited, Stalin had a talent for magic tricks, he was exploited, too. The adolescent who pushed me down the other day, he was fooled as well. I walked outside for a long time, thinking about what my father said. There is this small bridge I like to sit on, where there is me and my thoughts for company.

I was silent for some time. I was silent for a long time. Years past, but I still sat on that bridge. One day, I had some company. The Devil was there, and I asked him what he did. He was suprised and told me he didn't do anything. He took some honey out of his coat pocket, and smeared it on a nearby tree. A fly came to the tree, but was stuck upon it. A lizard came and ate the fly. The lizard's tongue was stuck to the tree. The lizard struggled and managed to escape, but it was frightened and scurried around. The lizard came at Man's foot, and I stomped on it. The Devil ate the carcass, and said: "Now tell me sir, what did I do?"

"O thou, who didst with pifall and with gin
Beset the road I was to wander in,
Thou wilt not predestin'd evil round
Enmesh, and then impute my fall to sin."

Quick Update

Khan here,

It is my sorrow to inform you that Kobes is suferring from...I can't say it...writer's block. I have no need for inspiration, for I am inspiration (I'm so modest hur hur), anyway I'm done my post so we're gonna wait for Kobes. so I'm going to share with you a story I rather hurriedly wrote. Don't worry a better version will be coming soon. This one is inspired from Animal Farm, in the sense that practically everything is allergorical. Also big thanks to Shinkoro of KHI who made us this lovely banner.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

newpeak 2

So last time I talked about the fictionary language called Newspeak, and how by limiting the vocabulary of the people, they could limit their thoughts. Also limiting the vocabulary limits the ways in one can express himself, thus destroying one's individualism. So how come we use phrases like "lol" or "omg"? Simply, because it's easy and we're just lazy. I understand it could save time when messaging a friend or what not, but people have started to speak l33t as well. How many of us still say,"That was funny", instead of just saying "lol"? Sometimes I even think in that way, and I doubt I'm the only one. See these words are doing the same thing, we're limiting ourselves and becoming more and more lazy. The formula, ladies and gents, is: