From the discussion the magic of crystal ball
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 06:46:59 -0000
Love is blind! Har har.
@Malgosia – what pretty pictures! I’m planning to go to San Francisco at the end of the summer.
I think they are similar. Both take a look at how we approach making decisions in our lives and whether or not we can control them. In Myth of Sisyphus, a man is being order to push a rock up a hill by the gods – an act of obedience towards the gods because he cannot control the outcome of his situation. In the Milgram experiment, we see people who are shocking other people because they somehow believe they are no longer responsible for their actions and are instead carrying out another person’s wishes.
The question is do we care about what we are being told to do? Should we just do what is being required of us? There is something moral here that we should look at. In Milgram’s experiment they are being asked to harm people for no real reason. If you think about it we can apply it to our own lives. Where the does the point cross between us trying to find meaning in our meaningless lives to the point where we may enjoy it without hurting others? When Sisyphus tries to live his meaningless life even though he is just obeying orders, is this right? What if we replaced him having to push a rock with having to hurt somebody? Should he still enjoy his life then?
Awesome! Glad you feel that way! A lot of my friends have become vegetarians. It’s a great lifestyle and there are lots of non-meat options to choose from these days too.
Interesting…Ticketmaster is always so shady. Sometimes when I search for tickets on their online system it’ll say it found one for me..then I’ll search again and no results will show. I wish they would just show what tickets are available and let everyone have a chance at them equally….bah
@oLahav – Great points, Oren. You’re right, he did a have a good life – and I suppose it can be contributed to following his passions.
I think we all fail, at one point or another. Some talents may come more natural to others; some are born out of hard work, commitment, and getting back up each time you fall down. I’ve had people tell me to stop chasing my dreams, but that’s no way to live your life. It comes down to personal choice and what will make you happy. In reality it is good to have a steady job, and most people would suggest that you pursue your passions on the side. Either way, you should never give up on your dreams – just remember that they are always with you. I think it’s a very brave thing to go out and be vulnerable to your work. Better to be a dreamer than a critic, in my opinion…
But yes – you should definitely look out for your personal welfare. We can’t escape from the fact that our world tends to be ruled by money. Sometimes it is ruled by our love for certain things though :)
HAHAHAHa This is a freakin’ AMAZING lesson. Although I am sad to hear “jazz” fans are not that smart, I am delighted to know that Norah Jones saves once again. Maybe it’s the lack of identifying what kind of ‘jazz’ they listen to, although now it seems I’m just making excuses…
The way we choose to identify ourselves in our public profiles are fascinating…I must say I’m a pretty curious person about other people and their interests. The way they choose to portray themselves through their likes and dislikes is intriguing. And now I will be adding “Beethoven” to my list of Favourite Music…..
I don’t think it’s all the same…sometimes you’ll have music that rebels and is just stupid, and then you have music that rebels for a purpose…
I think it’s funny that there is more supply of jazz school majors than the amount demanded….
Hahaha. I think the spirit of jazz lives on in artists like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, but they haven’t been out in a while. Lauryn Hill kind of went bezerk from all these outside influences so she hasn’t done much work in recent years – but she was genius at the time she was out.
Even Kanye West sort of embodies that spirit of jazz – rebellion, freedom, etc. I think electronica will become mainstream in the future as well…who knows?
www.ultimate-guitar.com has a great collection of songs, either with chords or with tabs. You could probably also take up some flamenco or spanish guitar, I find it’s really fun to practice and it impresses people than regular guitar playing. There are some great lessons on YouTube by the user “csybu” for this. Learning new strumming patterns and stuff can make your playing sound better too! :)
I like Metro’s crossword puzzle on the back page. Metro takes condensed articles from other news agencies but I think it’s good to get a quick update on the news when you’re on the subway or something. And since it’s free, I guess you can’t really expect award-winning journalism in it.
Yes, I checked Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar book and it says “Je porte un parapluie” is correct. It doesn’t translate perfectly into English as you have pointed out – but I suppose it would be akin to saying “I am donning an umbrella”.
Great lesson May!