Loving Somebody Who Attacks You

From an article about Paradox in Wikipedia:

… it may be considered that an ethical admonition to “love thy neighbour” is not just in contrast with, but in contradiction to an armed neighbour actively trying to kill you: if he or she succeeds, you will not be able to love him or her. But to preemptively attack them or [even just] restrain them is not usually understood as loving. This might be termed an ethical dilemma.

I’ve been there. It isn’t pretty. And I never know what I should do to make things better.

Or just to be able to love properly.

And no, Tit for tat doesn’t work.

Refresh Your Mind

Overheard from Assaf:

… every once in a while, we need to step back, forget all that we believe is true, and look at the situation with a fresh eye and an open mind. To judge that which is true now.

Although in the original context Assaf was talking about Java. I think, seriously, this applies to almost everything.

The world isn’t fixed. It’s not even “expanding.” It’s a constant creation-destruction-recreation, continuously (until the time comes for the final destruction.)

That’s why we have to constantly refresh our mind. For the better, of course.

Learn continuously. For when we have stopped doing so, we’ll be no less than merely breathing flesh.

Talking and Chewing Gum Improves Ear Health

Overheard from Wikipedia:

Excessive cerumen may impede the passage of sound in the ear canal, causing conductive hearing loss. It is also estimated to be the cause of 60 – 80% of hearing aid repairs. As mentioned above, movement of the jaw helps the ears’ natural cleaning process, so chewing gum and talking can both help. If this is insufficient, the most common method of cerumen removal by general practitioners is syringing (used by 95% of GPs). A curette method is more likely to be used by otologists and ENTs when the ear canal is partially occluded and the material is not adhering to the skin of the ear canal.

I never thought that, hello, talking and chewing gum would actually be beneficial to our health. Or at least our ears’ health.

The more we know, the more we know there are lots more things we didn’t know, and potentially will never know.

My Dream Car

Alright… I’m not getting hold of it anytime soon. But one day, I’m seriously gonna get something like this: (and it has to be black.)

Yup, a Honda Civic subcompact sedan. The cheaper (but new) ones cost around $20,000 here in Indonesia.

My friend thought that Toyota Vios looks cooler. It turns out, I have to agree that, well, Vios is highly tempting with the whole package. πŸ˜‰

Alright, alright, nothing else to see here. Get back to your seats, guys! πŸ™‚

Raelians Are Fun!

Ever heard of the Raelian religion?

For those of you who don’t know, the Raelians are an organization β€” some would say β€œalien sex cult” β€” that believes in scientific creationism β€” that β€œaliens” came to this planet and manipulated primitive DNA in order to create humans. In 1973, French journalist Claude Vorilhon (who now goes by β€œRael”) was contacted by a small alien being who told him that their race, the Elohim (β€œthose who came from the sky”, as described in Genesis), had been the ones who had created human life on Earth, and that mankind had mistaken them for gods and built religions around them. Because of the moon landing, they felt we were mature enough to hear the truth, and dictated the Raelian message.

Boring stuff, eh? By the way, I’m not preaching them! I just want to let you know that Raelians really know how to have fun! Check these out:

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Now there you know a bit why some people like to call Raelian an “alien sex cult.” A seriously wonderful world, ain’t it? πŸ˜‰

Source: all over the Big Huge Net, although you might wanna check this out. (maybe here too) πŸ˜‰

UPDATE: A BIG thanks to Bernie of PlancksConstant.org for linking to this post. I’ve been a big fan of Bernie’s site for quite some time. πŸ™‚