Quebec’s student protests are inspiring. If you’re government is doing something shitty, standing up against it works. It might take 190 000 students to stand up with you, but it works. Pretty cool. Anything the government is doing right now that I don’t agree with? Nothing I can think of, but it’s surely there. https://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/victory-for-quebec-students/
I’m pretty self involved at the moment, but I guess that’s because I’m not really around anything to direct my attention away from myself.
I’m home for Summer, after my second year at university. Having meals cooked for me in exchange for chores and my parents acting like I’m still a kid is a trade of necessity, I wish it could be otherwise. I can go live in York, in an empty house I suppose. Would that be superior to living here? I suspect so. So why should I stay here? I think my family would benefit from me not being here, so scratch that, and my friends up north are either not here or in a similar state of refusal to plan anything, with a couple exceptions, but there is one thing I can think of immediately. Aruna Ratanagiri. The Buddhist monastery at Harnham I visited on my bike last Saturday, before spending another terrifying night in the tent on my lonesome. I can book a stay there for a couple days, and essentially live the life they live, free of charge. It’s a spiritual retreat, a chance to develop meditation and get advice from guys who sit very still for hours of the day.
Another option is MORE CAMPING. Also a decent option, seeing how it is cheap, and I could potentially go far with it. But why bother? Would it not just be wasting time, be emotionally difficult, boring in broad strokes, scary as all hell, spending money I don’t have, spending time I don’t have, lonely, and hence not worth it? I think those are the downsides, but really, they don’t matter for shit. If it’s experience I crave, cycling with the tent is perfect. Okay. Tomorrow, I ride again, to return on Sunday. I’m going to pack today! Be prepared for this.
Also, my beautiful Abigail. SOON
I’ve heard some crazy arguements and worldviews since I first started debating and it’s worrying how people I KNOW IN REAL LIFE can actually hold these views with a straight face. Then again, I see that from my LIBERAL, LOWER MIDDLE CLASS UPBRINGING perspective so of course all my arguements may just seem sensible because they’ve been unchallenged for so long.
This train of thought has sprung up again and again in my mind when I’ve been considering british political issues recently, because there is certainly a vast number of opinions at my uni, and I’ve heard people talk about how the conservative party is motherfucking brilliant, and how the conservative party is scum. It just gives the impression that no one really knows, or that there is no right answer.
But that line of reasoning isn’t all that useful in a conversation about an actual political issue like public education being privatised or run by the government. Decisions have to be made without omniscience, and I guess it is my sciencey attunement that wants sciencey reasons for decisions, rather than ‘Welp we had to make a decision at some point so heres some cloudy rhetoric to ease your passions’.
With that said, and some of my perspectives in tow, I’ve arrived at several view points. The most prominent and steadfast of these is my stance on religion; I’m an athiest and that’s unlikely to change, I respect individuals to follow whichever religion they like but I like to challenge their views and have mine challenged too, so on a personal level I enjoy debating with those of faith, as it’s normally pretty fun for both of us, but then again I haven’t encountered many strident fundamentalists before. Religion, as institutions, often offend me with their stances, and I believe it is on those grounds that I should base pressure I put upon those affiliated. For example, Catholics in Africa should be allowed to use condoms as a deterrent against AIDs; when the Catholic church was against this, I think I had sufficient grounds to voice my criticisms of their religion…
I’ve come to this viewpoint on religion over the last 2 years. I’ve studied arguements for and against, not as rigourous as some might, but with quite some enthusiasm still, and I’ve talked many times with those of faith, and roundly been unenthused, to say the least, with the answers they present. But I’ve made friends in this pursuit, and it has, in a way, lead me to debating in general. I feel a strong desire to find out more. Maybe one day I’ll find out the right answer for everything. That way, perhaps, true happiness for humanity may be achievable.
I understand that people only have so much time on the internet but fucking hell Jamie’s blog is amazing what is wrong with everyone.
Uni is good, life is good.
A girl in a film said she used to enjoy all the bad things she did, in a twisted way, even though she knew it was killing her, which expressed a feeling I’d been having the last few hours; I immediately thought about this laptop on my lap. It feels so comfortable sitting there now.
The internet enables me to sit here entertained indefinitely, but I know it’ll be the end of me, if anything will. I have nothing to do on it right now. Nothing I actually want to do. But if I stay on I’ll eventually find something, like another film, series, youtube video, etc.
Still, it’s an improvement from the minesweeper and solitare days.
thekingofliking said: What should I draw, you magnificent beast.
Me, on a dragon, on a horse, on a spaceship, on a bigger dragon, on me.