do unto others

•September 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

“do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
i was raised in an athiest’s househould, but this was a life’s philosophy that my mother stressed strongly during my childhood.

this does not mean “do unto others as they have done unto you.”
that thinking is the basis of the “eye for an eye” principle.  that causes conflicts, not only with yourself but with those around you.

“One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.” –  Plato’s Socrates
Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself. — Confucius
One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires. — Brihaspati
Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. — Muhammad
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself… — Leviticus

i know it can be hard to live by this philosophy (and being human, we all have failed in doing so at one time or another).
but wouldn’t this world  be a better place if we all actually tried?

“Can’t we all just get along” – Zorfip (my imp minion in World of Warcraft).
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YouTube – Symphony of Science – The Case for Mars ft. Zubrin, Sagan, Cox & Boston

•August 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

YouTube – Symphony of Science – The Case for Mars ft. Zubrin, Sagan, Cox & Boston.

if it weren’t for politics (that within our government and that within the space program itself), we would have been to mars, already.
but no…
and now our space program is in major jeopardy.
that is such a sad, sad shame.
we have forgotten how to grow…we are secure in our stagnation (and apparently enjoy the politics of non-productivity).

i am so disappointed over this.

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The Scar Project – International Exhibition – Surviving Cancer. Absolute Reality.

•August 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Scar Project – International Exhibition – Surviving Cancer. Absolute Reality..    

The Scar Project is a moving display of breast cancer survivors and the scars of their battles.
They are beautiful.
i would love to see this exhibition in Orlando.    

when one faces an adversity that leaves scars, there are two ways to handle the rest of one’s life…hide the scars because they might be “embarrassing,” or bare the scars, letting the world know about the battle won (or being won).    

like the ladies in the exhibition, i live life with the latter philosophy:    

dances with weapons

all warriors are proud of their scars

 

there is nothing to be embarrassed about.
nothing at all.

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photo credit: Maria Wood

sometimes, there is no winning

•August 18, 2010 • 1 Comment

so, i resigned from sfo, today.

for 2 decades, no matter how hard i tried, my best was never good enough.

maybe, my best just sucks.

my views on our failing space program

•May 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

rest assured, there will always be a space program…it may not be ours (referring to the USA), but other countries now have the foothold to become the leaders in the industry.
their economies will grow because of it. ours will not.
our brain trusts will have to go where the money is.
millionaires have already paid other countries (Russia comes to my immediate mind) to take a ride up into space and hang out at the space station (and if i had the money, i would do the very same thing).
hopefully, the private sector in this country will be able to pick up the pieces and have enough forward thinking to make the space industry something to be proud of and profitable (and hence helpful to the economy).

beer and rumors in a small town: recipe for murder

•May 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

http://www.wftv.com/news/23545743/detail.html

an elderly man in Bithlo was murdered because two drunks thought he was a child molester.

what goes on in a man’s mind as he’s killing someone?  does he feel righteous in his actions?  i guess these men (and more specifically, the guy with the bat) felt absolutely righteous as their victim was being beaten to a pulp.

now, as they sit in jail and realize that they killed an innocent man, i bet they are still not remorseful.

why do i think that?
because, if they could not have misdirected their anger and insecurities at an old man who couldn’t defend himself, they would’ve found another scapegoat sometime in the (very possibly) near future.

men like this are dangerous.  they easily fall into misguided and angry paths, leading to violence and, possibly, the death of innocent others.

a part of me (an angry, spiteful part) would love to see these morons meet the same fate: being beat to death by someone bigger and stronger than themselves.

the other part of me wants to see justice served against these men (a long, long, hopefully life long sentence in prison).

but that part of me wants to be spiteful, too.  while serving time, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings any if these men became the center of untold beatings and assaults.

how can these men defend their actions?  what made the one think it was okay to kill and then hide and run?

what goes on in minds like these?

what can possibly justify what they did?

Aang is White (or whatever other color you want to make him).

•May 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Aang as depicted in the nickelodean series

Aang as depicted in the nickelodeon series.

there’s A LOT of controversy over the casting of the upcoming movie “The Last Airbender,” based on an american animated series (which aired on Nickelodeon call Avatar: The Last Airbender) about a culture that is based heavily on asian influences.
a white boy is cast to play Aang (instigating the controversy because people seem to believe that Aang is Asian).
i have to disagree with those who are up in arms because Aang is not being played by an asian boy.
when i look at Aang as he was depicted in the animated series, he looks white to me.
besides, who cares what color he is?
this boy won the right to play Aang (in some elaborate contest), because he is kick-ass in the martial arts.
if an african-american kid had won that contest, well, gee, so what?