Posts Tagged Beliefs

Art, Optimism, and Subjective Experience—All Things Old Become New

Art tries to capture the beauty of life.  Right? Surprisingly, some people would disagree.  Anti-mimesis is a philosophical position, directly opposing mimesis, which contends that life imitates art, rather than art imitating life.  The most notable proponent of this seemingly absurd belief is Oscar WildeRead the rest of this entry »

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The People Who Lack Common Sense

I wish there existed an aptitude test to gauge how well someone comprehended how our world works.  What I’m referencing is often referred to as common sense, but I think very few people actually grasp what common sense is and how uncommon it is in actuality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Life Should be a Celebration

“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”
Boris Pasternak

Today, I was considering the question of whether or not life is inherently good.  I closed my eyes and wondered if we were special, if what we were doing here was somehow exceptional.  For people of strong faith, God is the key that gives our lives a special essence of grandeur.  Although I do believe in a higher power, I wanted to dig deeper.  I am an optimist, and I wanted life to be precious. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Reasons Why Facebook Sucks and You Should Get a Twitter

Hello there!

Now, I don’t claim to be an expert on social networking sites, but I have had my share of experience.  Having had Facebook for about four years now and having probably spent countless more hours on it than I would like to admit, I have a pretty good idea of how my “friends” interact on the net.

I recently started using Twitter, and I now understand the beauty of another social-networking outlet.  I’m going to go through 7 reasons why you should ditch your Facebook and get a Twitter right now.  Let’s get started.

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Diehard Sports Fans Play Emotional Lottery

People who truly love teams in professional sports are intriguing.  I can  hardly wrap my mind around how much money people filter into watching  sports on TV or going to live sporting events.  I mean, maybe I approach sports  from too logical of a perspective, but I find it difficult to comprehend the cult-  like following that I observe in the United States.  I can’t picture myself being  significantly emotionally invested in the outcome of a game that is being played  by a group of guys who I don’t even know.

Don’t get me wrong, I like sports. I  play most sports recreationally and especially enjoy golf.  I like going to live  sporting events.  I even like watching the occasional football or basketball game  on TV.  I do not, however, like sports enough to fork out thousands of dollars  for season tickets or spend countless hours memorizing player statistics.  I don’t enjoy spending most of my day talking to anyone who will listen about new  coaching staff members or a player’s possible injury. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Technology an Entirely Positive Thing?

Based on my experience, it seems to me that many people  have a very positive view of technology, seeing it as an  avenue to less work and more fun. I feel that much of  technology today is made with the intention of helping  people, and succeeds in many ways, but also has negative side  effects or potential future consequences that are easy to  overlook or not consider.

The nuclear bomb development “helped” the United States win an arms race but also killed hundreds of thousands of people in Japan and has put very deadly weapons in the hands of unpredictable dictators. Televisions, gaming  consoles, and other home entertainment equipment have helped people to not be bored for decades but have also increased obesity and sedentary lifestyles, cut down on appreciation for nature, reduced actual human interaction, and most distressingly planted some very distorted world views in the minds of millions of American youth. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Epiphany

As an avid rap and hip-hop fan and a huge music enthusiast, I take pride in trying to expand my favorite genre beyond the stereotypical subject matter and predominantly black influences that give many people a distaste for rap.  To integrate some of my firmly held beliefs with my favorite music and try to reach a larger audience, I decided to make this video for a class last semester.   Read the rest of this entry »

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My All-Time Favorite Quotations

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
Albert Einstein

“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”
-Albert Einstein

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Lost

Lost
By Jordan Bates

When will I find the words that seem to be so lost,
Drifting aimlessly amidst the others
In the well of my consciousness,
A well that runs deep, beyond the point
To where I am capable of withdrawing them. Read the rest of this entry »

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