Archive for March, 2010

Sometimes I think about whether I’d rather live a meaningful life or a happy one.

I know those things usually are connected, but if you could hypothetically separate them, what would you choose? I think unhappy people in general achieve much greater things, because they simply have more reason to. They have causes because they aren’t satisfied with the way things are. Obviously there’s unhappy people who never amount to anything, or never even tries, but would a completely happy person ever try to achieve something? And is it possible to have the strength to lead a meaningful life when it will never give the person who lives it happiness?

A clarification: by meaningful, I mean e.g. contributing to a better world, either through physical labor or research that will make people’s living conditions better. Relationships can also be meaningful but lack happiness. I’d say understanding oneself and which theological belief one has, is also meaningful.

A meaningful life could for example be: You have a cause (like anti-racism, ending world poverty, converting people to a religion, advancing science) and work hard to achieve this cause. Your hard work has an effect, but you remain miserable. You find a significant other, get children, and work hard to perserve their happiness.  You love your family, but your worries about the world never goes away, you see inequalities, moral corruption, dangers and after a while you simply become accustomed to being miserable. Since you can’t make yourself happy, you dedicate your life to fixing the problems that make you unhappy. Your cause has now expanded to making sure your family is safe and fulfilled on top of working towards a better world. Even though your life is devoid of enjoyment, you view staying alive as a duty towards the world and your family, so suicide is not an option. You live this way for the remainder of your life, and lives to see several of your efforts make a difference in the people around you and the world as a whole. When you finally die, your one, last feeling is similar to the one you feel when you go to sleep after a day of very hard, but rewarding work.

A happy life could e.g be this: You’re born into a loving family and have a normal childhood. You have a lot of friends in school and get fairly OK grades when you graduate. Your interests are mostly in things that doesn’t require that much mental activity: listening to music, watching TV, watching sports, but mostly just having fun with your friends and significant other. You work in some different jobs before you get married and have a kid, which is when you decide to settle at a job at an office with OK pay. You don’t think much about death, war or injustice, and since you feel unable to change these things anyway you make an effort not to think about them more than necessary. You go through life feeling quite content with your house, car, family, friends and work. You feel safety in your everyday routines. When your parents eventually die, you already have grandchildren and a strong social network that helps you cope. You have a consistant theological faith that comforts you when times are rough. You live to be a great-grand parent with many friends, and this is to great pride to you even though you haven’t contributed much to the world. You die without ever conteplated in depth your own morals, faith or importance, but you die happy.

So what would you choose?

Afternoon youtube-spam. Actually, it’s 6:34 which I consider evening, but I haven’t had dinner yet so it still counts as afternoon.

1. OK, the first thing is old as hell, but I love this clip and I just recently rewatched it and wanted to share. It’s from  a Pokemon episode that was banned from being aired. I always suspected that James is gayer than Ricky Martin on ice-skates in a pink tutu, and with all the costumes Team Rocket has worn through the series I really shouldn’t be all that surprised… but DAMN, James sure has a curvy figure for a guy.

2. A friend posted this in her facebook status and it was just so nightmare inducing that I had to share. I present to you, the Egg Song.

3. And this video is more “SWEET!” than “wut?” but it’s a bit of both really. This video demonstrates a device that shoots down mosquitoes with laser beams.

Here’s a bonus for you that isn’t from youtube so I can’t embed it. It’s so ridiculous. I posted about it on my last blog at thoughts.com before I discontinued it, which was a while back, but I haven’t seen it much on other peoples blogs so it’s probably not that old. Anyhow, this is apparently the future stove for kitchens…

THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE STARVING TO DEATH WHY THE FUCK DID YOU HAVE TO SPEND MILLIONS DEVELOPING THIS

AAAH! D:

Posted: March 30, 2010 in Personal Life

I just caught myself thinking “Oooh, I really want to buy some more appropriatly sized coffee-cups.” Scary O_O If I have to be a Hitchhiker’s character, I don’t want to be Arthur Dent, I want to be Ford! Or Trillian! To top it off, when I went grocery shopping the other day, I stopped by the spice section and thought “We discussed buying a new spice”. “We” didn’t discuss anything, because I’m just one person you see. See, this is what happens when I’m forced to be normal and boring and mature. You just can’t leave me by myself without atleast some wikipedia articles, a paper + pen or something to focus my mental activity at!! I start doing lists, sorting out my economy in ridiculous ways, obsessivly cleaning, cooking, thinking about plants, cups, tea…! WHAT IF I GET STUCK LIKE THAT?! D: AAAAAH!

PS. The next posts will be more relevant, about movies and one about philosophy.

I don’t have much to write about today, so I’m just gonna drop of some things I found.

* Something funny: The “most badass alphabet ever”.

* Something beautiful: Midnight-digital’s post-apocalyptic photography.

* Something weird: Drunk man tried to revive long-dead roadkill opossum with mouth-to-mouth.

* And something that I cannot quite define:

PETA. It’s one of those organizations that, if you know a bit more about them and seen their PR-stunts, makes you either scratch your head in bewilderment or get pissed off. They manage to piss off feminists and rednecks alike, which is pretty impressive. To their credit, without PETA there would probably not be any laws protecting animal rights, and without dedicated activists most organizations wouldn’t get anything done. That being said… I would be so interested to hear a seminar from the people responsible for PETA’s publicity stunts… I respect that they dare to use such aggressive and provocative means to get their points across, but then there’s stuff like this:
"Got Autism?" A PETA ad

… that makes me go “oh, honey, just… no. don’t do that.”

I’m just not sure how their reasoning went there. I know some people with Asperger’s and high-functioning Autism who are on a non-dairy, non-gluten diet because one study implied that the digestive system worked slightly different in people in the autism spectrum. The same study also showed that some kids with autism who were put on a non-dairy, non-gluten diet improved slightly, but I’m not sure in what aspect. I don’t know much about the study, but I remember discussing the causes of autism with some people who have some form of autism a while back. I said something about Jenny McCarthy, and her claim that she cured her son’s autism by using that diet. To be honest, I found it to be pretty ridiculous at the time I heard about it, but  the general opinion about that particular diet was that “it might work a bit and it isn’t harmful”… but as far as I know, no one ever said that milk causes autism.

I’ve always admired people who choose to restrict their diet out of ethical, political or even health reasons. So many may argue about how we’re ruining the environment and how unethical animal testing is, but there’s relatively few people who are willing to make any big changes in their own life for their cause. It takes self-discipline and a strong will. And I do think that the world would benefit if those who were able to would choose a vegetarian or vegan diet. That being said, I’m very much not a big fan of spreading false belief through fear… the whole thing gives me associations to Fundie Christian’s abstinence tactics. Meh. Using autism to do so is such a shitty thing to do too, since people used to believe that it was caused by “coldhearted” moms. Poor moms. So my issue with that ad is that they’re ok with using weak facts, twists them into something they’re not, and imply that “if you hadn’t given your kid cow milk, s/he wouldn’t have had autism”, which once again puts the blame on the parents.

I don’t believe PETA as an organization has any particular interest in the causes or cure for autism. I don’t think they believe that milk causes it. There’s a video out there somewhere from PETA which promotes a vegetarian diet, with the slogan “vegetarians have better sex”. I like that. I doubt there’s any strong evidence behind the statement, but it doesn’t really hurt anyone, and I don’t think PETA actually believes anyone is going to go veg just to have better sex. They probably don’t really care about your sex life either, unless it happens to involve animals, in which case.. nevermind. I accept that being provocative and stretching facts to get a point across works well in PR, but doing it at the cost of an already struggling minority is pretty low. You’d think PETA’s PR person would’ve figured that people would react to that in a negative way.

Anyhow, this just popped into my mind as I was reading that Jaeuqin Phoenix apparently was in a new PETA video. You can read about some of PETA’s PR-stunts here:

“Top 10 of PETAs most insane publicity stunts.”

“The best of PETAs worst”

“A history of PETAs craziest publicity stunts”

This is the first in a series of art post featuring pictures that I like with a certain theme. I thought, why not begin with colors? This posts theme will be “rainbow”, the next “black and white”. 🙂
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It makes me kind of scared at night to know that shit like this exist.

Get your own... twilligt persons... man pillow.

Buy here, but WHY WOULD YOU? 😦

Add the sparkling vampire dildo (which can be put in a freezer so it has that dead person feel to it D:):

Available here (I’m crossing my legs in fear while typing this).

And finish with this shit:

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It makes me kind of scared at night to know that shit like this exist.