Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Simple Dream

I have a dream that one day we will live in a world where we will not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. (Martin Luther King Jr.)

I have a dream that one day we will live in a world where we will not be judged by our sexual orientation but by the content of our character.

I have a dream that one day we will live in a world where we will not be judged by our religious beliefs but by the content of our character.

I have a dream that one day we will live in a world where we will not be judged by the content of our character but by... I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY WE WILL LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE WE WILL NOT BE JUDGED!!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Meaning of Life

     There is this place called Jamba Juice. This place is a smoothie shop. At this smoothie shop they sell a smoothie called the Razzmatazz. If you have never tried the Razzmatazz I strongly suggest you do. It is heaven in a cup.
     It is the perfect combination of fruit, blended so that you can drink it. The ingredients contained in this smoothie are strawberries, bananas, orange sherbert, and a mixed berry juice blend. They don't say anything about raspberries but I assume it's in the mixed berry juice. The drink mostly tastes like raspberries. Plus the name just sounds like a raspberry drink... Razzmatazz.
     Now let me talk a little about bananas. I am not a super huge fan of them. When you put them in smoothies they tend to overpower it with the taste of bananas. But for some reason, this is not the case with the Razzmatazz. You might be able to taste a hint of banana but it is not much.
     Oranges. This is another fruit I would usually hesitate to put in a smoothie. Oranges are very acidic and tend to make the smoothie too "strong." Now maybe it's because they don't use real oranges and use sherbert instead but it gives it the perfect acidic taste to the Razzmatazz.
     I live literally right next to a Jamba Juice. However, it took me a while to actually make a trip there after I moved into my new apartment. I've had bad experiences with the shop in the past. I'm more of a milkshake kind of guy (yeah, I know, much healthier). But then I went there when my dad visited town about a month ago. I luckily chose the Razzmatazz off of the menu. I could have picked anything. They all sound good. Since then I have gone more times than I probably should. You know you've been to a place too many times when you start to recognize the employees.
     So when am I going to start making the analogy that the Razzmatazz is sort of like life? After all the title of this post is called "The Meaning of Life." Well, I'm not going to. I just wanted to write about this amazing, refreshing drink, and the only way I could get people to actually read it is not letting you know I'm just reviewing a beverage. Haha! I got you, sucker!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Free Will: Is It Real?

     First off let me first say that I understand that pretty much 99% of you are not going to accept what I'm about to talk about. I just would like to throw out the idea for you to shake around in your brains. A lot of times how I form opinions is hearing an idea at first that I initially don't agree with but then I think about it more and more and eventually I indeed agree... but  then again I feel most people don't take that route and refuse to even consider the theory.
     So basically, I have come to believe that there is no such thing as free will. Why that doesn't seem possible to most of you is because there is the appearance of making decisions. Before making a "decision" we go through the options in our brain and we think we are making a choice, but we aren't. EVERY ACTION AND EVERYTHING WE SAY IS DECIDED BASED ON OUR LIFE EXPERIENCES. Every little thing that is said and done to us affects how we think and therefore affects what we say and do. Also, obviously our genes and possible mental illnesses play into our decision making too. Does that make sense? Maybe I'm not explaining it well enough.
     This will not bode well with the spiritual and religious folks out there... and since I post my blogs on facebook and because of my life experiences, 85% of my facebook friends come from a very religious background, most of you will not agree with me. So much of what the Bible teaches us revolves heavily on choices, good and bad. I will not argue with that. I've talked about religion before though so I won't really go into what I believe about it now. I assume you can probably figure out a little on what I believe based on what I believe about free will.
     The world is on a set course. There are no parallel universes for every choice possible. I embarrassingly used to think there were. I guess I just love Donnie Darko too much.
     So how does this affect me when I disagree with others, you ask? I won't admit to not being frustrated when people don't seem to have the same intelligence as me when it comes to certain topics like homosexuality and pacifism. Being frustrated does not contradict my views on free will. What I don't do is judge them for being "dumb." Not everybody's brains work the same. We all know that. I'm stupid in certain ways too. We can't help how we were born. I guess one of my talents is deep thinking like this. So I get frustrated with people who's brains weren't designed to do deep thinking on my level just like you might get frustrated with me for not being able to solve a simple math problem. Or actually a better one would be not being able to put my thoughts to words. I'm never really happy with how I explain things.