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so…trust is a beautiful thing

too bad nobody does that whole trust thing anymore. I mean, nobody believes eachother, and from every corner and every person all we hear is “trust no one, suspect everyone”, “keep your enemies closer”, etc…

so…if you had a dream that someone you cared about did something BAD, would you just automatically decide that it was true? well., i would hope not.

I read an article that other day about how guys do weird shit. one of these shits was googling your gf’s name on GOOGLE and seeing what turns up. welll….here’s my little story….

iv been googled lol and what turned up? TEENGLE…. WTF? um anyways, so this leads me to conclude that dudes suck and don’t trust anyone which is just so TYPICAL

happy new year……

olas

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happy pre-new year’s

good afternooon holiday hoppers. hows the christmas shopping goin? unless u dont celebrate ….w/e either way, the 2 weeks off are finally upon us (highschoolers) and as shitty as it is that its only 2 weeks, welll…clearly we have no choice.

now, what shall we all be doing during this wonderful time. whoever’s not working..well you’ll prolly be partyin it up

a few things to remember while on break:

-dont get smashed outside where its icy

-be cool

-eat lots of grapes, milk, and cookies,  and cheese

-do NOT eat snakes

-help your parents clean out ur driveway, dont be lazy assholes

-shop till your bank account drops to -$1 000 000…..

-go skiing/skating/snowboarding

-read books on how to cheat on tests more efficiently

-apply to university/college and collect money for candy

-throw out sheep meat ..its not healthy

-eat lambchops, they’re good

-don’t drink and drive!

-ladies, hide ur butts, no one wants to see them when they’re frozen..
 men…..wear longjohns cuz….with this kinda weather, u won’t be havin children if u let it all hang out 😀

happy holidays everyone, love OlgA

Are you DreaMing?

hello there monsters of the earth….err….yes hello

i am tired as hell. on a lighter note, you should check out the AWESOME new video for my martial arts place its at revmma.com its a pretty SWEET video filled with instructors’ abbs……

anywayz, so have you ever wondered….are u dreaming? I mean..is it at all possible that your waking life is not really your waking life, but simply a life-long daydream, with breaks in between which are your sleeping hours? So where are you when you are asleep? Is it only your mind that drifts off, or is it possible that it may be a spiritual part of your body that does to? Well, if you have always thought dreams are just random images put into your head from a RANDOM source or ranDOM experiences during the day, you could..potentially be right. As well, if you are one of those who thinks that dreams are not random, but a reflection of our daily deeds and thoughts from our waking life, and EACH and EVERY symbol in a dream represents something specific, you may be right as well. But…which is the truth? A better question…is there a universal truth? is it…perhaps..subjective?

As you can see, in philosophy there are alot more questions then answers, which is the whole point. it makes u use your supergalactic brain power..or whatever’s left of it anyway. If you’ve seen the movie, The Waking Life, you may be famililar with some of the questions asked in the begining about dreams or whatnot, and whether it could be possible that we are wake walking through our dream world or sleepwalking through our waking life. so…….think about it…… i dont mean to sound all matrixy and shit, butttttt maybe our dream world is a lot more than we’ve ever considered it could be. it could be the answer to a lot of questions? or……………

NOT!

It’s for you to decide. let me know what you think, and let me know if you’ve ever had dreams that u literally died..(which is supposed to be BAAAAD), or if you’ve had lucid dreams (you can control what you’re doing), or…if yoou’ve had a dream within a dream, where you kept waking up, and u found yourself still dreaming? Have you had dreams that predicted the future?……crAzyyyy

mucho luvo, olGs

watch this link on you tube, and others from The Waking Life movie. they’re QUITE trippy.


Tarragon – How it Works

alright well, today was another day of play watching for myself and my plays of the modern era class. Once again it was at Tarragon theatre, which never fails to give us amazing deals and incredible performances.

Tonight’s play is called “How it Works” and it is about the experiences of a young lady of 19 during tough stages of drug abuse and the attempt to quit. At the same time, she must deal with her parents’ past divorce, and her father’s new woman. Brooke continously attempt to step away from the real world through drugs and we soon discover that there is much more to her past than any of us knew. Does this justify her need for relief in the form of drugs?

Now..what did i think about it? Well, comparing it to some of the other plays we have already seen at Tarragon, it was simply okay for me. The acting (especially that of Brook) was really amazing and the set was unique in the way that it allowed to audience to concentrate on the acting and the personalities onstage instead of the details of the set. However, the story itself was alot less than what I expected, but that’s probably because i have read many extreme drug addict stories. In a way, I felt like this play was written/directed (same person did both) by someone who did not actually go through the experience but tried their best to represent it in the best way possible. Although the play itself is supposed to be more about family bonds, and the ability of a sudden stranger to change one’s life, i would have liked to have seen more intense scenes of her drug abuse and their concequences. In any case, it was still a well-done canadian play that deserves much respect and is still worth every penny.

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you should definitely check it out, the play runs until dec 16. for more info, see http://www.tarragontheatre.com/season0708/show-how_it_works.php

man’s search for meaning

alright, well here I am once more, to blabber about my new found philosophical discoveries/knowledge. mind you, this is not new to the world or anything, I’m just still learning and keep finding information that is extremely amusing and is worth other people hearing about. …or..you can judge for yourself if it’s worth your time

I have recently been suggested a book to help with my spirituality essay for philosophy called MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING by Victor E. Frankl. This book was an international success and after I finished it, as fast as I could possibly read, I wanted to read it again, and again and again. As is quoted on the back of the book…I think that “If you are to read but one book your whole life, this should be it”

The book is based on logotherapy, the idea that man’s life revolves around his constant search for meaning. Obviously, there is much more to it. The discovery of this new philosophical idea happened during his (Victor’s ) experiences in concentration camps during world war 2. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, there goes another “they were horrible, evil times in history etc etc” story, but NO the idea is not to concentrate on the incidents, torture, abuse, and sadism that we already know happened in concentration camps, but to study and understand just how incredible our mind is, and how in every dire situation, there is but one last freedom.

***** the book is worth your time to read, you will be astounded

here, I will sum up the book’s most amazing points, and quotations (some of them are not by Victor himself, but by other known philosophers as well)

  • we make our own choices (life does not depend solely on fate)
  • there are decent and indecent people in any type of circumstance (among both guards and prisoners in the camps)
  • “Man can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, of independence of mind, even in such terrible conditions of psychic and physical stress” (pg. 86)
  • there is only one last of human freedoms “to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” (pg 86)
  • …”it is spiritual freedom…that makes life meaningful and purposeful” (pg. 87)
  • if there is a meaning to joy and happiness, there must be a meaning in suffering (if there is any meaning at all)
  • “Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete”
  • in order to see a future and hope, one must have a goal (something to live for)
  • life becomes meaningless when one uses the past to make present seem less real -> this exceptionally difficult external situation (such as that in a concentration camp) gives man the opportunity to grow spiritually beyond himself
  • “the truth…love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which a man can aspire” (“the salvation of man is through love and in love”) (Pg. 57)
  • “Emotion, which is suffering ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it” (Pg. 95)
  • “He who has a WHY to live for can bear with almost any HOW” (Friedrich Nietzsche, quoted in 1963, Pg. 97)
  • There is a strong connection between the state of mind of a man – his courage and hope or lack thereof – and the state of immunity of his body
  • “Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”(pg 98)
  • the light of the past shines on in the present darkness -> “What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you ” (pg. 104)
  • “I called to the Lord from my narrow prison and He answered me in the freedom of space” (pg. 111)
  • Meaning of life -> “One should not search for an abstract meaning, everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. He cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it ” (pg 131)
  • “The true meaning of life is to be discovered in the world rather than within man or his own psyche, as though it was a closed system” (pg 131)
  • The more one forgets himself – by giving himself a cause to serve or another person to love – the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself -> self actualization is not an aim but a side effect of self transcendence (pg 133)
  • Love is the only way to grasp another human being to the innermost core of his personality” (pg 134)

“A life of a short duration could be so rich in joy and love that it could contain more meaning than a life lasting eighty years” (Pg 140)

for more info, visit these sites or just google him

http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/frankl/frankl.html

http://www.logotherapyinstitute.org/life-and-works.html

http://logotherapy.univie.ac.at/

people: Good or Evil?

so……..more philosophy from me, myself and I………..olGs

basically all the crap I end up writing about philosophically comes from my philosophy class as it is highly amusing and educational, therefore I would like to thank my awesome teacher …..Mr. B……. cuz he’s AWeSome!

alright, back to the point. As the title suggests, the topic of discussion as of right now is of the origin of human beings. All religious beliefs aside, and judging just from experiences with people, and the very complex human nature , the question remains…

 Are people born good and become evil or BAD through corruption of our messed up society, or are we born BAD or EEEVIIILLL, and must learn and be taught to be good by manners and society?

Maybe the answer is obvious to you when you first read the question, as it was to me, but after a while of researching the different points of views of the equally important yet opposite philosophers, you tend to become more and more confused because both sides have extremely amazing points. Someone like Thomas Hobbes (http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/philosophers/hobbes.html) who is a true materialist and believes that humans live by animal instincts, and cannot help being EVIL and selfish can be found to be extremely logical by many materialists who think we depend on our raw, dog-like instincts. Then there’s Joseph Butler who opposes this by saying that self-interest and self-love is normal to our nature, and human nature includes benevolence (the desire to do good). Wheras someone like Plato has a bit of both in him and HE reallly seems to make sense as well. He said that there’s two separate parts to our nature, reason and desire. Desire is our impulses and can evoke aggressiveness which may in turn lead to evil. However, through reason we have the power to control those apetites and impulses because our ability to reason and make choices sets us apart from all other beings (animals). One of his more wellknown spiritual beliefs however is that the purpose or destiny of the soul is to be free from our body and eventually ascend to heaven. He’s awesome because in his mind, he somehow incorporated the MAKING DECISIONS part which is NOT a part of religion at all (God controls us), and mixed it up with soul and heaven which is just a nice little melange! 

               

Plato (left) and Aristotle (right) disputing human nature (heaven vs knowledge and experience)….painting by Raphael

So…..what do we believe? In order to attempt to answer this question, each in our own way, we have watched  the movie City of God which demonstrates the principles of good and evil in humans quite effectively and really makes you think. Is human nature really only depended on nature vs nurture, or is there so much more to it than that? It’s really an incredible movie with intense cinematography. Check it out http://www.miramax.com/cityofgod/

                

Man’s Search For Spirituality

Philosophy class is indeed one of the most incredible classes I have ever had the pleasure to take. It really makes you think in ways you never would have thought about. I have only begun to realize this as we got assigned our first paper on a philosophical topic. Although it’s not amazing, I hope you enjoy it…it is only the intro and a couple paragraphs of arguments..its a start to our final assignment..(which i would guess is to finish the essay).

Question: Is humanity experiencing spiritual regression?

Answer: Yes indeedio

The Spiritual Regression of Humanity – Olga Gurts

Stem cell research, computer engineering, and robotics – they are all advancements that have largely contributed to the understanding of our potential as a society. Or have they? The technological evolution from century to century is undeniable as humanity continues to discover, create, and invent. However, do these incredible advancements really give us anything more than a simpler, and more materialistic way of life, with less human labor and more ways to shape and control nature? Is it possible that materialism and physical evolution can be directly related to the apparent decrease in spiritual fulfillment and well-being? The more I learn, and the more people I establish myself with, it seems clearer to me just how far away we are as a society from even understanding what the meaning of spirituality truly is. Our perception of spirituality and the comprehension of the world in a view far from scientific reason has – at a specific past point in time – already reached its peak, and has therefore begun its downward spiral, or regression. As technology and materialistic advancements continue to improve and grow, we – as humanity – continue to lose our spiritual sense of self and connection with the natural, and more fulfilling things in life.

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