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The late 21st century adult…

It’s now 2012. How does one act? How does one live? Who are we going to listen to?

Today… in this age… this point in time is the most confusing of all generations. There’s the era of Socrates and Sophocles, Alexander the Great, the era of Shakespeare, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Beethoven, Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, The world war, The Era of Hitler and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, The Era of Spielberg and Bill Gates, The Era of Obama and Steve Jobs…

And now… we are in this era of technology, globalization and random faces trying to get hold of happiness in terms of love, money, fame and power. The most prominent trend in this generation though is that this is the era of plastics and plastic surgery… who can be the most fake in the most fashionable way.

I dont want to betray my generation. I was born in 1988, I am an adult-child who is a fan and an observer of life and these are just some things that I noticed.

Life is beautiful but the chaos inside that beauty is just too tangled to untangle. With a laundry list of history to study, of pasts to review and decode we are still repeating the same mistakes that our ancestors did.

We have the luxury of time now, to enjoy the fruits of their labors but we are using them in the trashiest ways… Instead of advancing as individuals some even become total sloths no longer pushing themselves to their limits and afraid to get out of their comfort zones. There are people my age who could have had become the next MOZART or ELVIS PRESLEY or even KISS but noooo… an unknown blackhole sucked out all the energy for talent and left him/her drained and brainwashed.

What’s going to happen now?

True that people are still motivated to be musicians, doctors, painters, artists, scientists, lawyers… But we are all being manipulated by our time. I may be talking about free will and freedom, a topic that’s been around and debated about for ages, but it’s a more complicated issue now that technology, globalization and global warming (?) are concerned.

What I am trying to say is that people can’t find the balance between these two. At least my generation. Independence is a thing of the past. We are so dependent of a lot of things that there’s no balance anymore, of which that we need within ourselves and thus, chaos.

I know that I am not the only one who’s taken notice. Maybe musicians, writers or people who muse all the time.

But although I’m ranting this way, I know that in time my generation will find balance and make use of all these things that are happening today in the most productive ways.

 

Hello world! There should be no stopping now…

Confucius quotes (showing 1-50 of 202)
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
― Confucius

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
― Confucius

“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.”
― Confucius

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucius

“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”
― Confucius

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
― Confucius

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
― Confucius

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
― Confucius

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
― Confucius

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
― Confucius

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
― Confucius

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”
― Confucius

“It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”
― Confucius

“The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.”
― Confucius

“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”
― Confucius

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― Confucius, Confucius: The Analects

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
― Confucius

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
― Confucius

“The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”
― Confucius

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”
― Confucius

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”

“The funniest people are the saddest once”
― Confucius

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”
― Confucius


“Study the past if you would define the future.”
― Confucius

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”
― Confucius

“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.”
― Confucius

“If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.”
― Confucius

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
― Confucius

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”
― Confucius

“Do unto others what you want done unto you.”
― Confucius

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”
― Confucius

“A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.”
― Confucius

“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”
― Confucius

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
― Confucius

“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”
― Confucius

“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
― Confucius

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”
― Confucius

“To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”
― Confucius

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”
― Confucius

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
― Confucius

“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. ”
― Confucius

“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”
― Confucius

“Time flows away like the water in the river. ”
― Confucius

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
― Confucius

“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.”
― Confucius

“Shall I teach you what knowledge?
When you know a thing, say that you know it;
when you do not know a thing,
admit that you do not know it.
That is knowledge”
― Confucius

“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. ”
― Confucius

“Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.”
― Confucius

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.” (?)
― Confucius

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in quotes, wisdom

 

Hello world! Life and philosophy

Man is unique in the world — his being, his existence is different from all others. As JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU (1712-1778) wrote in the Preface to his Confessions, “if I am not better, at least I am different.” Reason does not determine existence — we do not reason ourselves to exist. Nor do we exist because of Reason. It’s the other way around. Man is a conscious subject, rather than a thing to be predicted or manipulated. He exists as a conscious being not in accordance with any essence, definition or system. As Rene Descartes (1596-1650) put it, “cogito ergo sum/I think, therefore I am (exist).” Or, as the modern existentialist would have it, “existence precedes essence.” Man exists and his will leads him to invent rational systems which are products of his drives, instincts, fears and hopes

http://www.historyguide.org/europe/lecture12.html

The idea of liberation has its own history. The 18th century philosophes wanted to liberate man from the shackles of blind faith and obedience to authority. Whether that authority emanated from the Church or State made little difference. The Romantics wanted to liberate themselves from the 18th century, by liberating both the heart and the mind. Darwin helped liberate man and his evolution from Christian dogma, thus elevating further the role of science, both natural and physical, in the modern world. Marx spoke of nothing but liberation, that is, of that future time when man will be freed from the realm of necessity to enter the realm of freedom. And Nietzsche too was by all accounts keen on liberating man from the decadent values of decaying bourgeois society. And lastly, there was Freud who, I suppose, saw the liberation of man from his unconscious mind.

(And finally)

For the existentialist, it is in the nature of human consciousness itself to be free — to be free to create and recreate itself at will. Defined only by our acts we are free to assign values to our actions, to give our lives meaning. Unlike countless philosophers, the existentialist does not tell us what to believe or how to act. To be directed from outside is to be guilty of bad faith. The only faith is individual — we must be true to ourselves. We must make choices — we need to make them with total conviction. Again, we must be true to ourselves. Is it possible for anyone to act with such conviction?

 

Hello world! 10 years after reading Harry Potter…

            10 years after reading J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter, i find myself reading it again. I can’t get enough of it. Such a shame though that the movie didn’t get nominated for an Oscar, an Academy Award or a Golden Globe this year. I have a thought though, that they might’ve put a greater respect or they would’ve honored it the way it should’ve been honored if J.K Rowling died after writing it (no harm meant). It’s like they purposely snubbed it, not giving it its proper treatment, how one should treat a masterpiece. They talk about art, originality, innovation and message when it comes to film and they don’t even  pay tribute to films who have those characteristics.

In the board’s defense, they did say that HP was too mainstream…

I don’t get it. There was nothing mainstream about the book. what the fudge is mainstream? Or indie? HP manifested a give and take relationship with film and audience. People pay and in return they have fun. HP opened minds and brought back people’s imagination if only for 3 1/2 hours. that’s beyond what any other film can do. (in terms of: anticipation, innocence, purity, magic, malice, adventure…)

I’m just baffled at the twisted way they judge in these award shows. Isn’t the best film supposed to be something that is masterfully crafted in such a way that a heavy message is sugar coated with pure imagination? Like Charlie and the chocolate factory. Underneath all those candies lie jealousy, conceit, selfishness and other more morbid angles of human nature, but all you see are the oompa-loompas and willy wonka’s genius.

I like Harry Potter. My classmate introduced me to the book when I was 12 years old, I was in 2nd High School here in the Philippines. After reading books from Sidney Sheldon, R.L Stine, Sabrina series and Jude Deveraux to name a few, my classmate lent me her HP books and I read it during classes (hiding it under my biology textbook) and at night, under the sheets.

I was too naive to understand the full context of the book, what got me reading it were the magic words, the strange creatures and magical items! Harry, Ron and Hermoine! Mr. and Mrs. Weasley! and I always looked forward to Hagrid and Dumbledore’s parts. For a 12-year-old girl, it was witty and a completely different world.

But holding the book, I always felt that it was dark no matter how colorful and vivid it was written. I guess it’s the way she wrote it, the adjectives she used were so spot on and piercing.

After 10 years I realized that one can feel the author’s emotions while reading it that’s why it can take a hold on you so firmly. Despite the solid story and seemingly fiction setting, it’s not the originality that gets to you but the pain, sense of loss and sense of wonder and longing that it relays to the reader.

You can feel the writer’s anger beneath the magical words, the writer’s pain underneath the character’s actions and the writer’s wishes underneath the magic spells.

Anyway, HP, regardless of the author, is a work of art. I wonder what can surpass it~

 

Hello world! Leap Year of the dragon & listening to Adele

Still in deep slumber =). I’m 23 and just found out that I’m an introvert. This knowledge came to me when I saw its definition online.

Speaking of 23, Adele is the same age as I am, I’m even 1 month older than her. Man! I thought she was the same age as beyonce, her voice has that mature sound to it, deep mature level. The first time i heard her songs i thought she was an artist in Whitney Houston’s (bless her soul) level, weird, since she’s just gaining major popularity after the former singer’s death.

True to my definition of her music, Adele described herself as an old-soul in person, which is reflected in her music, but what’s really phenomenal is how she integrates current, contemporary, intricate, interesting and passionate in her music. It’s like listening to a classical piano piece where your mind stays at ease but at work at the same time. The quality of her voice is just magical.

I first saw her in her music video ‘rolling in the deep’ and man, she’s a breath of fresh air among all the lady gaga, nicki minaj and taylor swift of my generation. She’s absolutely awesome. She’s the kind of artist who can inspire artists to make REAL music, as she quoted her music is not for the ‘eyes’ but for the ‘ears’.

Hope she continues making more awesome music for the ears. **.  I think all of her music was from her soul, the time in her life where she was most depressed and she so released all her bitterness through sound.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in music