Thursday, September 27, 2007

Climate Change - a recipe for disaster

This afternoon, our school was visited by a journalist named Gwynne Dyer. He told us all sorts of amazing facts and implications of impending climate change, and it was actually rather scary, and overwhelming at the same time. So overwhelming, in fact, that I briefly considered suicide, just so that I wouldn't have to deal with the things that will be happening globally in just a few decades. I then realized that then the world would have one less human to feed, and chuckled for a moment.

But I don't intend to commit suicide, nor should you. This world can still survive, it will just take the co-operative effort of everyone. I'm considering forming some sort of youth organization.... perhaps like the AYACC (Active Youth Against Climate Change). I'm not really sure.

I just strongly believe that my generation has to be aware of all of the implications of climate change, or else there won't really be many of us left.

I'm not sure exactly where I'm going with this whole thing, so I guess I just want to tell everybody to throw out their incandescent lightbulbs, and stuff like that.

Also, vote for your national Green Party, because politics wouldn't matter if we weren't around to complain about it.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Input and Output cannot be the same (Change requires Acceptance)

Alright. So. If you want to change something, then lets say the something you want to change is the input. Let's also say that whatever is going to result from this change will be the output.

Now. Imagine you're creating a machine that turns squares into circles. I'm not sure why you'd want this, but perhaps you have an obsession with round things. Maybe you hate corners. Whatever the case may be, you want to turn squares into circles. So, this machine has an input and an output. But what shapes should the input and output be?

Well, in a lot of the social 'machines' we see today, they would both be circles. Wait, what? That wouldn't make sense, because then how would you get a square into this machine in the first place? This machine would be useless, because there is nothing accomplished by making a circle become a circle.

Instead, the input should be a square. This may seem unbelievably obvious, but think of what trying to change a person is like, and how most people tend to go about it.

When we have ideals about how someone should be, we generally try to make them fit into those ideals. However, in order to be willing to change, s/he needs to feel accepted for who s/he already is. Unfortunately, when we try to change somebody, usually we start by expecting them to be the person we want them to be. This is ridiculous and unrealistic. A square cannot fit into a machine that has a circle for its input, and neither can a person welcome your suggestions until they are accepted into you.

You can't have your input and output be the same, or you will never do anything. You must be willing to let in someone that isn't perfect or you will never be able to appreciate anyone.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Back to School

Life begins again.

My social life, that is. I had a great summer, all things considered, but except for one wedding, one birthday party, one camp, and one other thing, I didn't really do anything else this summer other than programming.

So I really can't wait to get back to school. I miss all of my friends because I haven't seen any of them in months. Hopefully this year I won't be pointlessly chasing pointless relationships, like I normally do during the school year. Ideally, I'll be able to focus more on friendships and the like. Those are my intentions, at any rate.

Also, recently, after writing a few nice songs, I've started coming up with random phrases and realizing that they would make great song titles:

  • Sink (Into My World)
  • Glad to be Alive (it could be worse)
  • Never Too Close
So at some point, I intend to actually write songs based on these ideas. I've realized that I actually have almost written enough songs to make an album. All that remains now is to come up with some music for them, and make recordings. With any luck, I may release an album by 2010.

Something else funny that I came up with at about 2am last night as Matthew and I finished the Parrsboro Website:

"The cup is neither half full nor half empty - its contents have achieved equilibrium with its lack thereof"

I have other ideas that I intend to post, but they won't make it online until I have time, and right now I really need to be packing for school.