Reckless

I dream, I read, I explore and I love.

Month: November, 2014

Invisible Monsters

“If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up?”
― Chuck PalahniukInvisible Monsters

This was just one of those quotes that attracted the idea of reincarnation to me. Really though it made me ponder about my life, more so if I feel I have lived enough during this lifetime enough to pursue another. The way Palahniuk presented this idea was clever in my opinion. Shakespeare himself did say we are merely actors on the stage of life so what if this is an expansion of that. It just makes someone wonder if they are content with their place in life and if they are willing to wait it out. I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t but the idea of being able to change into another person for another life is intriguing.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

After hearing about this movie for so long, I finally watched it! It was fantastic (pun intended) The film is based off the story by Ronald Dhal, I was rather surprised as I didn’t even know about this story much less the famous author who wrote it. The animation of it was wonderful because it wasn’t typical. They were silly looking puppets and the characters personalities were wonderful. They each were different, the humor was some I appreciate because it wouldn’t be expected of a children’s story. The story revolves around a father fox who after a hiatus returns to stealing chickens from these three men and there ensues a chase for the fox, his family and the whole animal community becomes involved. It’s perfect.

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Neither Here Nor There

“But that’s the wonderful thing about foreign travel, suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most basic sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross the street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”

Bill BrysonNeither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe

This quote so perfectly described why I enjoy travel. I never could quite figure out personally what it was about seeing new things that was so fascinating but this guy nailed it. We are exposed to new cultures and things and revert back to an age where we are clueless about the world and its like exploring life all over again. It’s every part of travel where it’s a risk and adventure and it all comes together to form a wonderful memory. I just loved this so much.

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Do Careers Really Matter?

I ask this not because I am dissatisfied with education, but because I have read and have seen images of accounts where people make a living from their hobbies. I don’t mean create a business from it; I mean they express their hobbies to other people on the street! It’s interesting. I have read two specific accounts, which delighted me. They were both about these two men. One had a love for books, he would sit in the street with a bunch of books displayed and for a dollar you could pic a book and he would tell you about it and sell it. He just shared his love for stories and surprisingly many people paid to hear him. The second man set up a telescope on the street and for some money he would take what he learned from his education (I believe he was an astronomy major) he would explain to those who looked through it what they were seeing and give a lesson. There is actually a site dedicated to these specific astronomers! These people take their hobbies and share it with the world. This story is about an NFL player who just decided to quit his football career and become a farmer! Who needs an established career to be happy? Just make yourself happy and others.

I could totally tell summaries of books for a living.

I could totally tell summaries of books for a living.

Wikipedia Obession

As terrible as it is, I have a Wikipedia obsession. I understand that its not a credible site for information considering anyone can go in and edit it but I feel that’s more in regards to political and cultural occurrences today. I love going back through history and clicking hyperlink after hyperlink to where it leads me to a completely different destination. It allows me to not only read on the topics but also explore every aspect of it. Who cares if it’s credible? I at least learned of a new topic, if it actually interests me enough I can make the initiative to thoroughly explore it and not rely on it. It is just a good way to pass time, I like going to it for references in books and just seeing what new trivia I can remember. I just adore it; one particular favorite is a page about King Henry VIII. It’s just an interesting hobby I suppose. I wish more people took opportunity of it. I see a generation where websites are created possibly every thirty seconds and we have all this information at our fingertips and we use the internet for nonsense like playing online games and updating our status about how we just got a coke from a vending machine. I try and introduce this little hobby of mine to others but no one really cares. It’s sad really.

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America: Politically Challenged?

How well do people in college know their history, politics, and government information? It turns out not very well. I cam across a series of videos where people in various areas of the United States were quizzed on these topics and the amount of incorrect answers will blow your mind. People don’t know the date the U.S. gained independence, which groups fought in the civil war, and how many Supreme Court justices there are! It just worries me because I feel the recently politics has become an issue. I see so many people who get fired up about issues when they’re not even aware how anything political works. Then you have those people that are just completely not interested in learning about it. It could really damage our future. Immigration services even offers a practice citizenship test so people can practice, its interesting to see how well one measures up.

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Desensitization

I was siting in class when the topic of desensitization was brought up. We were shown a video on YouTube of media coverage of attacks on people where there are just people who stand by and no nothing about it. One of the videos depicted a man getting run over by a car and the car just kept going! No one helped the man up or called the ambulance and that’s when reality set. We have lost decency in humanity, we cannot even bare to help those who need it in any way. Desensitization suggests that we have been exposed to so much violence that when it occurs we are too used to it and don’t have a normal reaction like one would had they seen the action for the first time.

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