General Dissatisfaction

As humans, we judge, it is just part of who we are. Of course, judging can be good, as long as the judgement being made is not an ignorant one. By this I mean that a person who has little knowledge of what they are judging, is making an ignorant judgement.

 

An example of this is when someone sees a movie title and says to him/herself, “oh, that sounds like a cool horror movie.” His/her brain automatically fills in the blank and makes a judgement about the movie based solely on the information at hand. This kind of quick and uninformed judgement can cause problems. After the person watches the movie and realizes that it is not what they expected at all, he/she gives it a bad review and is usually unsatisfied. This clearly shows that the person’s dissatisfaction is caused by his/her own ignorant judgement.

 

Ignorant judgements are the cause of many man-made problems. Among the top ones are racism and gay hate, which are made by judging a person based on one characteristic of him/her: racists judge based on race; gay haters judge based on sexual orientation. As we all know, racism and gay hate has caused much unnecessary pain and suffering. So why do it? Why make ignorant judgements if they only lead to dissatisfaction?

 

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Memorial Monday

J.R.R. Tolkien was the one who created the fantastical world of Middle Earth. Full of elves, hobbits, dwarves, and many other mythical creatures, Middle Earth has given generations of people a place to escape from the real world. As a known pipe smoker and an esteemed fantasy writer, this man has forever changed the world of fiction. I know this may not seem important to some people, but I deem Tolkien worthy of being praised for his work.

 

If you disagree with me, then just look at how popular Harry Potter is. J.K. Rowling took many ideas from Tolkien’s works and used them in Harry Potter. But let us not get caught up in senselessly arguing about this.

 

I would also like to commend Peter Jackson, the screenplay writers, and everyone else involved in the creation of The Lord of the Rings movies for their fruitful efforts and fabulous work. These people really brought Middle Earth to life and heightened its popularity extremely. The Hobbit movie is coming out soon and I am very much looking forward to it. Because Peter Jackson and Howard Shore are involved with the making of it, I believe it will be a most excellent film.

 

This is my favourite poem by J.R.R. Tolkien:

“All that is gold does not glitter,

not all those who wander are lost;

the old that is strong does not wither,

deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

a light from the shadows shall spring;

renewed shall be blade that was broken,

the crownless again shall be king.”

Thumbs up Thursday!

Today I am giving a thumbs up to Jay Rando,  a blogger who has great and very respectable opinions. This person’s posts are both enlightening and revitalizing in the sense that they are different from many other blogger’s. I agree with a large amount of his opinions and beliefs; they seem to be genuinely good. More people should definitely be following him.

 

Here is a link to Jay Rando’s blog – http://jayrando.wordpress.com/

 

What’s Wrong With Being Gay?

As many have heard, there have been some suicides caused by gay hate recently. Honestly, we are all human beings, and as such, we are the only living thing on this planet with an advanced ability to reason. With this ability comes a duty to act morally, decently, and rationally (what kind of creatures would we be if we didn’t?). This absurd hating of someone because of his/her personal preferences is not only unacceptable, but it is utterly disgusting.

 

Alas, I am not incapable of seeing another side of the story. To have a reasonable opinion on this matter, we must first discover the hateful person’s motivation. Some people are told by their parents that to be gay is not ok, some have had a bad or frightening experience involving a gay person, and some just simply lack knowledge about homosexuality, bringing into play the human’s fear of the unknown; a fear that quickly turns into hate (in this situation). But the most prevailing reason of gay hate is that many believe gay people simply do not fit in; an ideology that has been around for too many years.

 

How many of these haters do you think have seen and loved the film 300? Now, how many of those people do you think know that Spartan warriors were encouraged to have sexual relations with their male companions? Imagine that, one of the most renowned armies in world history was gay. I know of a school that has a Spartan warrior as their mascot. Do you think anyone has ever raised controversy over the team name? Nobody has, but it is quite possible that if anyone does make more people aware of this, the school board would feel extreme pressure from the students to have their mascot changed. This is a wonderful example of how lack of knowledge can lead to unnecessary problems.

 

Sadly, the hate we see today in gay haters is directly related to Adolph Hitler’s hate of different minorities during the holocaust. Without hesitation I will suggest that the suicides caused by gay hate are an almost exact reflection of Hitler’s genocide committed against gays, Jews, gypsies, etc. more than seventy years ago. The only main difference is that today, nobody is willing to step forward and take the blame for the deaths of these innocent homosexuals, at least Hitler had the decency to do that.

 

Here is a short list of relatively well-known actors that, according to imdb.com, are gay or bisexual (you may need to sit down for this):

– Jim Parsons (from the television show The Big Bang Theory)

– Niel Patrick Harris (from the television show How I Met Your Mother)

– Anthony Perkins (from the movie Psycho)

– Roddy McDowall (from the movie Planet of the Apes)

– Jim Bullock (from the movie Spaceballs)

– Sir Ian Mckellen (Yes, Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy)

 

More gay actors at http://www.imdb.com/list/yUaU_QDosLA/

More to Come

Within a week I will be starting Thumbs up Thursdays and Memorial Mondays.

 

Every Thursday I will be giving a thumbs up to somebody who has done something that I dub to be praiseworthy. This can include other bloggers, world leaders, historical persons, musicians, or really just anyone that I think has done something interesting. I will explain exactly what my opinion is on the subject and why I think he/she is praiseworthy.

 

Also, every Monday I will be sharing my views on a moment or person in history. This moment or person can have made a great or small impact on the world and the people living in it. As glorious as history is, I will usually relate whatever I post about on Memorial Mondays to present day people or events.

 

Feel free to E-mail suggestions to me at michaelboulet@live.ca

 

Cheers,

Mike

The Art of Relaxation

It truly is an art, this thing people call relaxation. Like any other kind of art, not everyone is capable of creating it. Relaxation can be a tedious thing that one must approach with a calm mind and a steady constitution. But how does one actually become relaxed?

 

Of course, as in any matter of health, the solution is unique to the individual. Relaxation is not bound by a specific set of rules or even guidelines; it is different for everybody. This is because each of us has grown up surrounded by different ideas, thoughts, environments, etc. Therefore, each one of us has been shaped by specific sets of influences. This explains why some people find laying in a hammock and getting lost in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings relaxing, while others find slaying zombies on a television screen relaxing. Each of us has different needs, wants, beliefs, and opinions, and because of this, each of us has different ways of determining what we find relaxing.

 

So how does one actually become relaxed? Well, my advice to you is as follows:

First, try things out yourself – if you know yourself well enough, you will be able to discover how to relax with very little effort.

Second, “monkey see, monkey do” – observe how your parents, relatives, friends, or whoever you spend the most time with, relax; this is probably the most effective way to discover what works for you.

Third, the Internet can be a wonderful tool for learning about relaxation, but be sure you use credible sites and always check for a bibliography. After all, how do you know I haven’t made all of this up?

Fourth, seek professional help. If you have unusually high stress levels or just cannot relax no matter how hard you try, go and see a doctor.

 

Here is a short list of things people that I know find relaxing:

– Getting a massage

– Reading

– Pipe tobacco smoking

– Playing video games

– Stargazing

– Watching clouds change shape

– Watching a fire burn

– Watching a specific kind of movie

– Swimming

– Sitting in a hot tub

– Having a sauna

– Drinking something warm

– Playing an instrument

– Moving a body part in a rhythmic motion

– Playing a board game