All The World's A Stage...

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts" -As You Like It, William Shakespeare

Sunday, January 07, 2007

The fine line between blasphemy and christianity.

blasphemy

Several times recently I have encountered genuine Christians trying to express their faith and getting it marked as blasphemy. Another thing? I have noticed a lot of marketing going out to Christians being called the same thing. A new video game has been released where you are a survivor of a post-apocalypse world trying to live while dealing with having been left behind. The makers of the game have had no end to the hate mail and religious name calling since they announced that it would be released. Blasphemy is known as one of the greatest of all sins, so it should not be taken lightly. It also shouldn't be thrust upon people as a descriptive word for their actions. Who is to say that one Christian gets it right and another gets it wrong? It seems to me that no one on earth should be entitled to that power, or judge how another lives their life. Different branches of Christianity have various views on how the bible should be interpreted. Some Christians believe that it is okay to drink, while others see that as a sure-fire get-into-hell-free card. Others see that its okay to curse and that it is not using the lord's name in vain, while others see cussing as a great sin that is strongly frowned upon. This is just a start, as we all know Christians can be very opinionated about many things and have a right to be. That's fine, believe what you want, but don't tell others that they don't have it right. There is a great song" by relient k called "down in flames" that sums a lot of it up, look at the lyrics...

Christians-- we're all afraid of fire.
We prefer to suck on pacifiers.
Baby pacifists, we're throwing fits.
We don't shake hands, we shake our fists.

We're cannibals.
We watch our brothers fall.
We eat our own, the bones and all.

Finally fell asleep on the plane
to wake to see we're going down in flames.

We're going down, down, down in flames.
We're gonna drown, drown, drown insane.

We see the problem and the risk,
but nothing's solved.
We just say, "Tisk, tisk, tisk,"
and, "Shame, shame, shame."

Finally fell asleep on the plane
to wake to see we're going down in flames.

Let's go!

Christians-- we mourn, the thorn is stuck
in the side of the body watch it self-destruct.
The enemy is much ignored
when we fight this Christian civil war.

We're cannibals.
We watch our brothers fall.
We eat our own, the bones and all.

Finally fell asleep on the plane
to wake to see we're going down in flames.

We're going down, down, down in flames.
We're gonna drown, drown, drown insane.

We see the problem and the risk,
but nothing's solved.
We just say, "Tisk, tisk, tisk,"
and, "Shame, shame, shame."

Finally fell asleep on the plane
to wake to see we're going down in flames.

Let me pause to clarify
('cause I'm sure you're asking, "Why?").
I stand before you and proudly claim
to belong to what this song complains.

I'm part of the problem,
I confess,
But I gotta get this off my chest.

Let's extinguish the anguish
for which we're to blame,
and save the world
from going down in flames.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Well, back in my day....



If I were to have a day,yet, which can be disputed. At any rate, what I'm talking about is the 90's ahh the 90's. They get farther away everyday, funny how time works like that. Anyway, being that it is now a new year, I thought what I would add as a contribution would be what was way cool back in the day.

Beanie Babies...need I say more?

Lisa Frank...to own any thing lisa frank back in elementary school was the cool thing. This means your pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, stamps, stickers, etc. all needed to be lisa frank brand. Gift bags at parties? Lisa Frank themed.

Slap bracelets...very trendy. Came in all sorts of varieties, animal patterns were popular. They later started getting banned in some schools.

Transformers...a must, not only with boys, but also to some girls. I personally preferred the animorph transformers that changed between the human and the animal they turned into.

Push Pops...this candy was "da bomb", other good candies at the time were ring pops, bubble tape gum, and stripes gum.

Tiger Games...You know, the little gaming systems that usually only offered one game. I had the Lion King one, of course. As far as technology goes, most all gaming systems were popular. And the 90s certainly had quite a few, In kindergarten nintendo 64, was the cool thing, but later on...sega genesis...playstation...sega dreamcast...playstation 2...gameboy...etc.

Polly Pocket...very amazing to a kindergarten to second grader. Barbies were pretty nice, too, for that matter. Littlest pet shop? another must have. I named one of my littlest pet shop pets, basketcase. I just stuck two words together, I didn't know what it meant.

Okay, so there was a few out of the many things that were school fads in my elementary school life. I might bring more to you later if I feel so inclined, but as a finishing note, here were a few common phrases...

"Talk to the hand, cause the face ain't gonna listen"

"Then why don't you marry it!"

just saying NOT or SYKE after everything...

"Jinx!!"

"Whatever!" well, same as now, but with a different inflection.

"She thinks she's all that and a bag of potato chips"

"You go girl!"

And until the next time, I post a blog...
See ya later, alligator♥

Friday, December 29, 2006

I'm already against the next war.


As part of a school assignment I am reading The Once and Future King. A very good book, I might add. Yesterday, during my reading, I found a conversation I thought was interesting.

"There is only one fairly good reason for fighting and that is if the other man starts it. You see, wars are a wickedness, perhaps the greatest wickedness of a wicked species.They are so wicked that they must not be allowed. When you can be perfectly certain that the other man started them, then is the time that you might have a sort of duty to stop him." - Merlyn

"but both sides always say that the other side started them." - King Arthur

"Of course they do, and it is a good thing that it should be so. At least, it shows that both sides are concious, inside themselves, that the wicked thing about war is its beginning."

I was one of four democrats in my Civics class last semester, I believe three others claimed to be independent and all the rest were republican. I might add that I stuck out even more being that I was the only white democrat in the room. My teacher often would ask us our opinion on things being that we were the democrats. What I found was interesting though, was that on matters of war, I don't think a single person in the class ever agreed that it was a good thing. In fact every person thought that the war in Iraq was a bad decision. The thing is, I went to school with a few of these classmates in fourth and fifth grade. They were all for us fighting Iraq back then, I remember. You know what. Fighting afghanistan and Iran seemed like solid ideas to them at the time, too.

Time it moves so fast.


Well, it has come to my attention that while the rest of my family is still following the blogging trend. I have been apparently to "busy" to keep up. To busy? to at least spend a few minutes writing down my thoughts that will then be instantaneously open to my family members as well as the rest of the world to peruse at their viewing pleasure? ridiculous. My other escuse? My computer acting as its dysfunctional self was unable to upload my pictures. Now I might add that feature is now working. So in short. Here I am trying to reenter this world of blogging. So what have I been doing the past four months? Spending most of my time either in the school auditorium or on some sort of theatre trip. The photo on the top right is of me and two of my friends in some pretty spectacular pants we found while cleaning out the theatre costume cage. I am currently in two productions You Can't Take It With You as Alice and Seussical the Musical as a Who. I find it fun.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Our Solar System Is Shrinking

So it has just been officially released by the IAU and decided by the planetary definition committee that Pluto is no longer to be considered a planet. (iau2006.org) It will now for all collective purposes be referred to as a dwarf planet. The main distinguishing factor between a planet and a dwarf planet is that a dwarf planet has not yet cleared the space in orbit around themselves. Both Dwarf and regular planets have to be in orbit around the Sun and have "sufficient mass for its self gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape". So now we are left with what will henceforth be known as the eight classical planets. Whats my opinion on the matter? You now have to buy one less styrofoam ball for Sciene Fair projects.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

What I really meant was...

Last week I took a trip to the Dixie Stampede. Unfortunately, we were seated on the side meant to cheer for the North. Let me just say that this was pretty hard for me, especially when we were supposed to boo the South. Okay, I admit, I did cheer when we were supposed to and appeared to be on their side, but call it my Southern roots, or just too many times watching Gone With The Wind, but inside the whole time I was loudly screaming for the South to win. During all the competitions, I may have screamed North! but inside I was saying "C'mon South, you're almost there, you can beat those yankees!". I think I may have even let a smile creep across my face when the South ended up winning. However, I don't think this is the only time that I've done this. I can think of other times when people voiced their opinions about politics, the environment, and other issues while I just kept my mouth shut about what they were saying, but inside was arguing back every point. Now, I'm not saying this is either good or bad, it really can go either way, but I think that everyone does this sort of thing every day to a certain extent. Sometimes, in a helpful way and sometimes just making the problem a lot worse.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

SECRETS OF SCIENTOLOGY REVEALED

Orientation video for Scientology, seems more like a subliminal advertisement, but if you watch it's pretty interesting. I don't know if it's the real video or not, but either way it's fun to watch. My favorite quote is "You can choose to ignore Scientology, but that would be stupid. You can also choose to walk off a bridge or blow your brains out."
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Friday, June 30, 2006

Its our problem free philosophy...

Hakuna Matata. No Worries. It seems like a pretty good idea, but then if it is such a good idea, why does Simba in one of the next scenes in the Lion King decide that it is best to take responsibility and let all the worries of the pride be put on him? Maybe because having no worries is about taking responsibility for your actions, just not overly stressing over it. When I stayed at my homestay in Ireland, "no worries" seemed to be my homestay mother's favorite phrase. I admit that I spilled stuff alot at dinner (try at least once every meal), I would apologize roughly a thousand times, just to be greeted with a "no worries" as she would swipe it up with a paper towel. She didn't of course mean "let's not worry about it, the tea can just sit there on the table, for all I care", but of course rather "why should you be worried about a problem that can so easily be taken care of?". Of course, this was not the only situation it was used in, she greeted other situations with it as well, but all with the same sort of meaning. I think that's the actual message of the phrase, not to take no responsibility at all, but instead to take care of the problem without stressing out over it or worrying too much.