Monday, 21 April 2014

Greyhound

I laughed.

"What's so funny?" he responded.
I shook my head and turned away. "I don't know." 
"What? C'mon now, don't leave me like this..." His expression was exuberant and pleading. 
"I don't know. People just don't usually talk to me or ask me questions. Most people aren't this nice either. I guess I was just expecting everything to be different." 
"What did you expect to be different?" 
"Being out here alone, by myself. I was really scared for the last few days about leaving my mum, but it's not what I thought." 
"Well, Sebastien...." he leaned in toward me. "....here's your first lesson. Don't wrap yourself in all the bad stuff, and definitely don't expect everything to always go against you. Sometimes...." he sat back, considering his words, "....you just don't know. Things usually have a way of working out for the best."

- Page 59, Greyhound, Steffan Piper

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Language.

I am fascinated by those who are able to grasp many languages at the same time. There are people out there who can think, read and speak more than two languages. I reckon, by having many languages at your command, it is likely that they are more apt at multi-tasking. Their brains are wont to work in different terms and lingo, perhaps it would be easier to also do many things at once. 

By the way, I had targeted to read at least 30 books this year. And so far, I have managed to read 14 books. Yeay. :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Murakami

My life is like one of those Murakami novels, if you happen to read them, you might be stumbling across my part of the story.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Fair

I have always believed that God is fair, that He will provide for all of His creations with His infinite blessings, that every single person on this earth will have a similar amount of good things and bad things that will be bestowed upon them.

Say if there are 10 aspects of life, everyone will get a different amount for each aspects, but in total, they will be the same. 

But really, what if God doesn't exist? So we'll have to live through unfair life, bestowed upon us by sheer luck or rather incidents?

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Ethics

When we are growing up, slowly we know more about the world around us, bit by bit we learn about what is right and wrong. While some of the values that are instilled into us come from the school, our parents and those around us, there are others that we still have to think about them on our own. Voltaire had once said that "common sense is not so common", after all. 

Undoubtedly there are matters that are wrong, despite being widely practised by many. Case in point, discrimination against those who are different from us. Deep inside we know that it is inappropriate to treat others with differently just because they are different from us in some ways. Nevertheless, we still do it, whether willingly or not.

The guides that have been bestowed upon us are not enough on their own. We need to think about all around us, and formulate the best options possible. Ethics is not something solidly written in black and white, it is fluid, often changing, depending on situations. At every moment, we have to think about the righteousness of the things that we do.

Descartes said, 

Cogito ergo sum, 

Je pense, donc je suis,
I think, therefore I am,
I think, therefore I exist.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Funny Thing

It's a silly thing, they assume,
those who are in the dumps, never smile,
always wear black, stay away from everyone, etc.

But the truth is,
those who really are blue,
seem the merriest, act social,
and give people the most advice.

It's not meant for anyone to see,
the emptiness they carry,
the burden they embody, 
the tears they bury.

But nobody sees them at night,
in their true mind,
on the bathroom floor,
with tissue in one hand,
and a razor in another.

These people,
are the best actors,
the mankind has.

- Modified from here

Lost

Imagination is a way of living unattainable realisation.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Fragile

Life is a very fragile creation. At every moment, obstacles would find their way to undermine and crush it, to nothing but pieces.

Dream

Dream is like an unfulfilled, unrealized future.