I like the fact that Kris can tell that I’m upset no matter how far apart we are. I especially like the fact that he calls me when I’m upset and he tells me that he called because he had a feeling that I was upset. And I feel like if more couples were able to understand these kinds of connections more relationships would be together.
But then again, I dunno. Maybe they do have that connection but as all things do, it changes. And people change. And it isn’t the same connection you thought was there to begin with.
“It is a mistake to refer to Muslim terrorists. I believe no religion endorses terrorism. The essence of all major religions is compassion, forgiveness, self-discipline, brotherhood and charity. All religions have the potential to strengthen human values and to develop general harmony. But individuals twist religious beliefs for their own ends. There are people who use religion as a cover to achieve their vested interests, so it would be wrong to blame their particular religion. Religious divisions have lately become dangerous once more, and yet pluralism, under which everybody is free to practise his or her own faith, is part of the fabric of contemporary society. Buddhism may be good for me, but I cannot insist that it will also be good for you or anybody else.
America is a democratic country. It really is a peaceful and open society, in which individuals have the maximum opportunity to develop their human creativity and potential. After these dreadful incidents we saw the willingness with which Americans, especially New Yorkers, worked to help each other. It is vital to maintain this high morale - this American spirit. I hope that people will keep their spirits up and, taking a broader perspective, calmly judge how best to act.
My own wish and prayer is for everyone to remain calm. These negative events are the result of hatred, short-sightedness, jealousy and, in some cases, years of brainwashing. I personally cannot understand people who hijack an entire plane with its passengers to carry out such destruction. It is quite unthinkable. But these were not acts of spontaneous negative emotion. They were the result of careful planning, which only makes them more terrible. This is another example of how our sophisticated human intelligence and the sophisticated technology we have produced can lead to disastrous results. My fundamental belief is that unhappy events are brought about by negative emotions. Ultimately the answer to whether we can create a more peaceful world lies in our motivation and in the kind of emotions and attitudes we foster in ourselves.
I am sure everybody agrees that we need to overcome violence, but if we are to eliminate it completely, we must first analyse whether or not it has any value. From a strictly practical perspective, we find that on occasions violence indeed appears useful. We can solve a problem quickly with force. However, such success is often at the expense of the rights and welfare of others. As a result, even though one problem has been solved, the seed of another has been sown.
On the other hand, if your cause is supported by sound reasoning, there is no point in using violence. It is those who have no motive other than selfish desire and who cannot achieve their goal through logical reasoning who rely on force. Even when family and friends disagree, those with valid reasons can state them one after another and argue their case point by point, whereas those with little rational support soon fall prey to anger. Thus anger is not a sign of strength but of weakness.
Ultimately, it is important to examine our own motivation and that of our opponent. There are many kinds of violence and nonviolence, but we cannot distinguish them through external factors alone. If our motivation is negative, the action it produces is, in the deepest sense, violent, even though it may appear to be deceptively gentle. Conversely, if our motivation is sincere and positive but the circumstances require harsh behaviour, essentially we are practising nonviolence. No matter what the case may be, I feel that a compassionate concern for the well-being of others - not simply for oneself - is the sole justification for the use of force.”—
Since school has started back up, I’ve been kinda thrown back into this really hectic mess that I’m sitll trying to get used to.
I’ve been having a hard time waking up in the morning thus leading me to waste money on parking because I have to drive to school or risk being late and pretty much throwing off the karma for the rest of the day. And then I have work shortly afterwards which really isn’t very fun for me at all.
Speaking of work, I put my two weeks in at Forever. This week is my last week. Hip hip hooray! :D Time to bust through and be a good employee for my last hurrah. Ahaha.
I’ve been really craving some creative outlet lately. I’ve been meaning to take pictures of ‘the nest’ (as me and Jina so fondly refer to it)aka, our room back at the house and show how it’s just this cosmic corner of the nebulous universe brimming over the edge with creativity and magical powers. I have several things I want to do, but firstly, I wanna make a little plush doll for me and Kris’s 6th month celebration in October. It’ll be grand! I guarantee.
Speaking of which, it’s Maya’s birthday this month! More things to prep for! :O