Today I was randomly thinking about how different our world would be if every human was incapable of speaking. I wouldn’t go as far as to say we would be in total chaos, since nonverbal forms of communication do exist, but it would be a completely different society. If you think about it, you would find that most creatures have some form or audible method of communication, and for those who lack these methods, they have visual and hormonal ways to communicate. I wonder if humans would have developed a more advanced sense of hormonal change if we couldn’t speak. I know it is a far fetched scenario to think of all humans being mute, but I doubt we would have as many squabbles and wars if we all couldn’t talk. I am no expert on sign language, so don’t take my word as law, but I think it would be much harder to insult another person if we couldn’t use our words. If humans couldn’t speak, I believe the world overall would just be a nicer place, a place of less argument and of more understanding. Nobody knows how things would actually be in this odd scenario, but one thing I’m sure of is that humanity would still learn to survive and thrive in spite of any obstacles we would face.
Writer’s block is a phenomena, in which a writer seems to be completely devoid of ideas. I fell like it is generally believed that a writer would write about writer’s block when going through it, but I actually had an idea to write about this topic for a while, and I am finally following through. Writer’s block is something that everyone who is going through a creative process faces at some point. Since writer’s block is an incredibly annoying companion to have around when trying to create, it is important to find ways to combat it. I have faced off with writer’s block on many occasions, and through the years, I have found two major ways to rid myself of the inconvenience. The first method I use to get over writer’s block is to take a short break from the task I am trying to complete. I have noticed that it is easier to think when doing mundane tasks, so I like to go run some standard chores in order to get my mind back in motion. The second method I like to employ for writer’s block is usually the first thing I try when the block occurs, that method is brainstorming. With brainstorming, unlike my other method, I am attacking the writer’s block head on. While brainstorming is not the best way to beat writer’s block, it is extremely helpful in coming up with great ideas for the future, and essentially bypassing the possibility of writer’s block. Writer’s block is an adversary that every writer will face in life, it is never fun to face it, but with the right tools it is definitely easily beatable.
The suffering man ought really to consume his own smoke; there is no good in emitting smoke till you have made it into fire.
It is difficult to go through tough times, but for whatever reason it is a requirement of life. One would be fortunate to live a life free of difficulty, and I’m certain that it is an impossibility. In this quote the writer is speaking about keeping your own smoke in and by smoke I would say he is referring to emotion. This quote can be seen in two ways, on the one hand it can be seen as you should keep your problems to yourself and not let them burden others, on the other hand and my interpretation of this is that you can share your burdens, just don’t let them become a larger problem due to your lack of action. Some people take a difficult situation and let it upset them, they in turn take that anger out on others in their lives, a series of events that always leads to more undue sorrow. The smoke in this quote is anger, it is better to consume the anger, in that you work on it, rather than let it run amuck in your life and relationships. It is much better to contain a smoky situation than to extinguish a flame. Difficulties are part of life, and the trials of life are not what defines an individual, it is how they are handled that shows true character. Whenever you find yourself in a tough situation, it is good to go to friends to ask for help, just don’t wait until you reach a point in which the small problem has become an uncontrollable flame.
I love writing, and I have said before in this blog that it just might be my favorite hobby. I especially love creative writing since it is a fantastic avenue for expression and a path to creating my own world on a page. Creative writing gives me full control over every aspect of my stories, so I can make a dog talk or a penguin fly if it progresses the story. I don’t write because I am uncomfortable with how the world is, I write because I love to share a contrasting view from how things actually are in the world. Most of the things I write outside of this blog are works of fiction, I especially enjoy writing children’s stories, because children are still learning how the world works and stories geared towards them can have a more carefree tone while still sharing a serious message. I personally think it is easier to explain some of the more complex themes of life through stories told to children. Even before writing was widely used to tell tales, spoken fables and ancient proverbs were told to children in order to teach them important lessons in life. I like to condense as many important themes as a can into a story made for children because it may be a child’s only chance to form an understanding of the issues they will face in life. Writing is important, it is more than just a hobby or a subject taken in school, writing is a perfect way to share knowledge and express emotion. I may be repeating something I said on an earlier blog, but writing is necessary for the future and I would love to see a renewal of interest in reading in future generations.
May the 4th be with you is a catchy pun that sounds like a saying in the Star Wars series, so fans of the movie have dubbed May 4th, Star Wars Day. The pun is based on the phrase “may the force be with you,” which is used by Jedi characters throughout the movie who are telling their comrades to travel safely. This day has been used for a few years, by celebrities, fans, and even politicians to express their fandom for all things Star Wars, May the 4th has gained so much traction that even the series creators are now building celebrations for the day. The way I see it, it would be foolish for the creators and owners of Star Wars to let all of the day’s free publicity go by the wayside, so they are smart to monetize this day in any way possible. I am a Star Wars fan, so I am most likely going to find myself watching at least one of the films today, but for any non fans reading this blog, I recommend starting with Episode Four since it is the first movie released in the series. The visuals and effects in the film are dated, but the story is much more compelling than that of Episode One, and it sets up the desire to view the sequels and prequels. To my readers and Star Wars fans alike, enjoy the day, and May the 4th be with you.
The reason people stay In a bad situation is because they fear falling into a worse situation. The grass is always greener on the other side, but if the grass is brown, why lose the grass you have. It is especially hard to move on from a familiar situation when you have doubts, but risks must be taken to make it anywhere. Most people are creatures of habit, they go about their day drinking the same coffee and doing the same rituals, there is nothing wrong with that, but what happens when something beyond their control disrupts their schedule. Is anyone really ready for the total derailment of their mundane lives? Is there even a way to actually prepare yourself for life’s inevitable changes? Or do we just have to adapt as they come. I think it is best to life your life in a manner that is new daily, try to change up your activities or meals, and don’t get caught doing the same thing too often. I know unexpected change is uncomfortable, but since change will happen anyway why not control as much of it as you can. I like to see certain change like any other obstacle, if you are correctly prepared for it, you can overcome it.
It’s interesting the ideas that come to mind while in the shower, it seems as though the most creative thoughts come out while showering. There is an interesting phenomena that happens when doing mundane tasks, the mind seems to reach into its most creative parts and form thoughts and ideas. It’s almost as if the mind knows what the task is so well that it starts doing its own thing. The show “30 Rock” actually addressed this phenomena in an episode titled “The Shower Principle,” in this episode one of the main characters had a shower installed in his office in order to increase his productivity. The Shower Principle may not actually be a term but the effects a combination of showering and mundane tasks have on the mind are unmistakable. I have personally written two short books in the shower, so I am a strong believer in “the shower principle,” and hopefully a future office shower owner. If you are ever in a pickle or need to make a quick decision, consider taking a shower, you may end up with an amazing solution.
The reason I write this blog is to keep my brain from dying so to speak. In my opinion there are three ways to keep your mind sharp, reading, writing, and mathematics. As you may have noticed from reading this blog, I have a lot of ideas, too many to count, this blog is basically a written translation of my thoughts. I have found that coming up with different topics everyday is harder than I realized, while I do have enough ideas in mind to write about, it would be majorly unwise to post my unfiltered thoughts. Throughout the year as I continue to post on this page I may post some editorials, some reviews, and even videos. I will definitely end up returning to the more interesting topics, most likely due to a change in my views of a subject, or newly found data, so this blog should probably be named “365 Posts” rather than topics. I hope you will follow along throughout the year, and join me as I write about random musings. I realize this should have been my first post, but I didn’t really think about it until I got this far. I am a creative writer and I just wanted to give myself a reason to write everyday. I hope in reading this blog you are enriched in some way, anyhow, thanks for reading.
What is happiness? Is it merely attainable by human means or are we all just deluding ourselves with temporary human achievement and the prestige that goes with it. I once wondered if it was actually possible to be genuinely happy for another person. I mean, I love seeing my friends get promotions, or getting married and things like that, but am I happy for them or happy with them. During my time of questioning legitimate empathetic happiness I had to study origins of empathy. The word empathy comes from Greek origins, the words “en” and “pathos” which translate to “in” and “passion” respectively are the basis of the word “empatheia.” Empatheia was adapted into the German work “Einfühlung” which means “feeling into,” that was ultimately translated into the English word empathy. Empathy is actually putting yourself into the position of another, and imagining how you would feel in that situation. I can basically gather from my studies the idea that being happy for others is all in the imagination, although it is an important trait in basic social interaction. In my opinion happiness is a feeling of contentment, and in general attaining goods and achievements cannot gain lasting contentment. The pursuit of happiness is quite possibly the most depressing journey one can take, while life has its ups and downs, quantifying contentment can be detrimental to one’s overall well being. People who base their happiness on external things use items almost as a drug, and they seem to get a temporary boost from each purchase or win. These individuals find themselves extremely unhappy when they stop competing or have everything they think they want. I guess the truest form of happiness can be gained by looking at your situation, look at what you love about it, and just love it, be content with it. If your situation is dissatisfying, gain happiness by working towards a position of contentment, which is not always a position of prestige. Empathize with people not with things and you will find an understanding of happiness.
A good friend of mine once told me I “need to learn how to relax.” Me? The most easy going guy around, it seemed shocking but there is actually some weight to his assertion. While many people consider me calm, carefree, and even keeled, I am constantly working on something internally. I always have some sort of project that needs to be dealt with and I don’t seem to have the capacity to “put it away” until it is complete. As calm as I am, my ideal level of relaxation is enjoying a rowdy sporting event, or listening to the complicated beats of EDM (electronic dance music). Relaxation to me is an activity, I have to actively keep myself from thinking about the “important” things in life in order to stay relaxed, perhaps this is anxiety rather than relaxation. In order to relax, one must realize the importance of relaxation, it’s actually good for the heart, the mind, the body, everything. Humans need to rest in order to work effectively, and ever reach their highest potential. I have decided to take today as a total relaxation day, and it has been most enjoyable. In order to stave off the thoughts of “important objectives,” I have decided to work on fun and interesting tasks that kept me busy but still subdued my thoughts of other things, less “fun” things. I guess the gist of this posting is you need to learn to relax, take a day off and enjoy life. There is no reason to be miserable while working your way towards happiness.