Lifting the blinds, and curing PISD

My PISD - my Post-India Stress Disorder - has been cured!!! Well, at least for the most part, for now. This post concludes over a month's worth of writings on re-adjusting to life in Sydney post India's turning my worldview up-side-down experience. I feel more humble - with a clearer understanding just how much I don't know and how much I will probably never know. I realise that while I can make a positive impact on the state of our present and future worlds, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. I Read more [...]

What makes more sense?

What makes more sense? 1. That God selected ONE species to be his “chosen” species, abandoning all His other creations to nothingness. OR 2. That God values ALL of his creations. The idea that humans are the only creations with souls, is a narrative created by humans not God. What makes more sense? 1. That God selected ONE group of people to be His “chosen people, to help them conquer other groups of people (as long as they obeyed Him) and to punish all other people in the world who strive Read more [...]

Microcosms and macrocosms – we are specks of dust in a giant’s eye

"India's chaos was bigger than your ego," said Farhad Azad. "You have to remember we are but drops in the ocean." He was right, India's incomprehensibility had put me back in my place. Somewhere along the line I came across this song, it's pretty funny. By Kimya Dawson: I like it. "I am a speck of dust inside a giant's eye" As you can see, over a few rounds of  longneck Himalaya (Nepali beer) on two brief occasions, I learned a lot from Farhad. It's amazing how when you are open to Read more [...]

Leftist idealist or right-wing conservative?

Have you noticed the reoccurring pattern of almost hypocritical contradictions contained in my most recent entries? There seems to be a battle going on inside my mind:a battle between my leftist idealistic side (a perspective largely shared at  the peace conference) that seems to abruptly clash with my more right-wing conservative side (a result of my experiences in India). I care about people. I care about those who live in unsanitary conditions, those who suffer from war, from hunger, from Read more [...]

Potential: innate or situational?

Does the value of life reside in a life form's innate potential - the potential that their DNA allows one to have, or to the potential that a life's situation provides the opportunity to achieve? There is quite a difference and the implications are quite significant. You see, if innate potential is the dictator of life's value, then I feel bad for cattle we breed to eat, for chickens that lay my eggs, and even for the horses whose sides I kick and neck I pull on to stop and go when I please. Read more [...]