How I wish last week’s episode of Game of Thrones turned out.

I’m pretty positive that many in my class are huge fans of this show. After last weeks episode however I believe many of us have become disheartened and filled with despair on how this show treats it’s characters. They build them up and fill them with personality and display rich character development, and when we don’t expect it they die in the most gruesome way possible. They are no longer the heroic badass we deemed them to be but they are now the “man who got his skull crushed”, or the “women who got her throat cut”. In last weeks episode a rising star in the series has just perished. However if certain events had been edited out, it would seem like he had lived and even achieved victory. The video I posted below portrays how things could have ended if a few parts were cut out. I know it isn’t canon but it allowed me not to be filled so much with negative emotions, and even put a smile on my face. Hopefully George R.R Martin could watch this video and see how great it would be if he didn’t play the Grim Reaper.

 

 

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Awkwardly Holding Hands

After we finished reading our latest play, we began to discuss how significant our hands are both physically and mentally. We view hands as very personal and sacred objects. We ended the discussion talking about how awkward it would be for a random person to hold our hands. Hand holding is seen as an intimate action, only seen between people who are affectionate towards each other. I found a social experiment/prank on Youtube that displays just how awkward it might be to have your hands held by a total stranger.

Our Journey

 

 

Like being a chrysalis is evolution to a butterfly

graduation is part of the journey, not destination

for each of us with different quests

Some decide to pursue the path of knowledge

others the path of adventure and discovery

while some even choose mischief

 

Like a cozy chrysalis we built friends around us

friends to laugh and cry, friends to love and fight

each a distinct silk thread

Like the butterfly’s wings made strong by the breaking

we emerge kind and stronger, confident and wiser

thanks to those threads called friends

 

Like the lifting wind under the butterfly’s wings

let your resolve and ambition, focus and passion

glide you to your quests

Leaving some friends behind some may fly away

but all shall have memories of laughter and tears

and in those we will fly together again.

Godzilla The Movie ( with Spoilers )

This film was a complete and utter disappointment from the acting to the CG moments with Godzilla himself. Before I talk about the movie however I must discuss the trailer. This trailer was false advertisement at it’s best. Firstly it made be believe that the brilliant Bryan Cranston would be the protagonist of the movie, which he is not. In fact he’s in less than half of the entire film. Secondly the trailer antagonized Godzilla to no end. It made him seem like some omnipotent threat who’s sole mission was to annihilate humanity. It was actually the opposite however, while Godzilla did cause mayhem and destruction his focus was actually prevent harm to mankind in stead of start it. Finally the trailer made me believe that Godzilla would play a prominent and active role in the movie. But like Bryan Cranston he was only partially in the movie ( more towards the finale ). The main threat of the movie was not Godzilla but a different type of monster. Godzilla’s role in this movie was to maintain “balance in the world” and thus he arose from the depths to end the tyranny of these new beasts. While the fighting between these beasts was impressive, the fight sequences were very rare and extremely short. Also when compared to the fight scenes in Pacific Rim  the CG did not hold up. For the small segments Bryan Cranston was in however he was brilliant, he brought the same passion he brought to the character of Walter White. He was replaced however with his bland and boring son ( in the movie ). I did not understand why the limelight would shift from Cranston to him. I wouldn’t say it was entirely the actor’s fault however, the script and dialogue was as mundane as the acting. Most characters were your common archetypes ( the brave soldier, the concerned wife, the mad scientist etc ). In addition to this none of the actors obtained any significant development.  Overall this movie did not impress me at all, the hype it accumulated was only due to the trailer and it did not live up to any of it.

Inadequacy and Success

Everywhere I go, I seem to be plagued by looks of inadequacy from others. These glances I perceive to be looks of disappointment might not even exist, but for me and many other teenagers in the world we are constantly being attacked by feelings of being inadequate or not up to par. This is primarily due to pressures put on teenagers. In this part of our lives we are told and even conditioned to believe that if we do not obtain perfection we will crash and burn. Take for example university applications. I know many people that are going into fields they do not particularly enjoy because their parents “made them”.  They may be skilled and passionate towards other things in life, but are made to believe that if they follow such passions they will not be able to reach “success”. The problem with this statement is that success is a subjective issue. Success may be seen as accomplishment, but this sense of accomplishment may differ between various individuals. For example an artist may feel successful if they create a masterpiece that gets acclaim, where as an athlete may feel success if they made progress in their skills or won a competitive match they were a part of. In North America however success has received a manufactured definition, this is partly due to the capitalistic society we live. The media ( and even people close to us ) define success as being extremely wealthy, living in a extravagant house, having a six figure salary and etc. We are conditioned to believed such things and thus teenagers go into fields that do not hold any interest to them. In the name of this “success” they study tirelessly and when they fail on a test or exam they begin to feel they are not good enough. That brings me to my next point, in high-school may directly correlate test scores with intelligence and self value. If we get a low mark on a test and we see others get high grades on it we feel as though there must be something lacking within us. We do not take into account different factors for marks and immediately jump to the conclusion “I’m not smart enough”. If we stop placing such a paramount importance on test scores, we would feel much less stressed, more confident and it could cause us to do even better in school. Finally I would like to discuss the values of different disciplines. In our society some occupations are valued more than others, and thus people in certain jobs are more respected. This should not be the case as it is not true and only leads to the lowering of self esteem. In conclusion, we should be able to do what we enjoy and are passionate about, without worrying about foolish social norms and ill-informed notions of success. We should believe that we are indeed “good enough” to handle our own lives, we should be able to pave our own pathway to success.

The Legacy of Malcolm X

In this entry I would like to discuss a revolutionary activist who contributed a lot towards the common good and was initially misunderstood. Malcolm X  humanitarian rights activist who fought for the rights of the oppressed black people during the American Civil Rights Movement was a very radical and militant individual in the early part of his revolution. He preached hatred towards the Whites, promoted violent protests and even discussed the concept of an all Black state. In other words by trying to combat racial tensions he would be just creating more of it. However this all changed when Malcolm X took the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj. When he went to Mecca he saw the true brotherhood of mankind and realized people were not just colors. When he returned to America he came back as a reinvented optimistic individual. His prejudices and biases towards white were eliminated, he now truly believed that a bloodless revolution was possible. He started organizations that allowed Whites and Blacks to settle their disputes peacefully. Sadly however right after he started creating a positive change in the U.S he was assassinated by radical Black Muslims. He created a great legacy. For a small period of time after his death some reporters and commentators ignored the reformation Malcolm had gone through after his pilgrimage and branded him as a radical. However this was only for a short period of time and after this people praised Malcolm for what he did for the Black community in America. He was highly praised as one of the most significant figures in Black activism and many people from different backgrounds started to look up to him as an idol and an agent of change. Malcolm X’s legacy was seen soon after his death and continues on to this very day. He has many books and other forms of literature dedicated and written about him. These written works have become bestsellers and are highly praised as they highlight the influence Malcolm X had on America and the world through describing his stories and values in great detail. One of these books was the Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley. This book instantly became a hit and received high praise.

Malcolm X gave many the hope that change can be achieved if anyone with a strong enough conviction had the will  to do it. He lives with us to this day as a man who changed himself, America and the views of this world.

Is God a fact? Is morality objective? Does objectivity and certainty exist?

The topic I will be discussing and the arguments I will make in this blog are all my  of my own opinion ( this statement is quite ironic and you will see why ). I have come to a personal realization that God ( in the general sense ) may not be an objective truth. There are too many contradicting perceptions and views about God to constitute His authority and existence as being an absolute fact. For example the God who is worshiped by a Canadian Catholic family  may be radically different than the God worshiped by an Islamic man in Pakistan. One can make the argument that if one believes in God in the general sense and accepts all the different views on God it is the same as believing in nothing at all.

The same argument can be made for morality. I do not believe morality is an innate quality in humans. When a baby is born it does not know right from wrong, if the baby witnesses  a murder or another atrocity taking place it will not be able to distinguish it from another action. When one grows up they are socialized by the community they live in. They inherit certain values based on their religion, gender, education etc. Like religion and God, certain moral values and ethics across the world contradict one another. This begs the question can one judge the morality of another? To many in North America, we view the way others act in the world as cruel, unjust or alien. We think their governments and sense of authority are flawed or unjust. If we look at it through the other’s perspective however they are making the same accusations against us. Fundamentally it is one’s subjective views attacking another’s subjective views. Does anyone truly have the jurisdiction to judge another for how they act or behave?

Finally I would like to ask the question does objectivity exist and is anything in the world certain? In my opinion objectivity does exist. However this is only in certain disciplines and concepts, such as the physical world, perceptions ( our senses ), mathematics and science ( some may argue against this claim however ). In terms of other concepts such as “the good”, religion and morality I believe these to be mainly subjective topics. The French philosopher Rene Descartes challenges us to doubt everything around us. He is not saying that nothing is certain but rather he is telling us to doubt everything to test if they are certain. So as to answer this last question I am not entirely sure if certainty exists. Finally I would like to add that subjectivity isn’t wrong at all. It characterizes who we are and shapes our character. By being subjective we ensure that we are unique. If the whole world and everything in it was objective I would imagine it to be static and frankly rather boring.

Careers and Highschool students

Ronald Reagan started his political career at the age of 55 and became the President of US when he was 70. Colonel Sanders started his Kentucky Fried Chicken business when he was 65 years old. JK Rowling established her successful career in writing when she was about 35 years old. Varied fields, diverse successes aside there is one commonality among all three of them, besides blooming at a late age they were all successful in careers that they started late after doing different stuff in their lives. Knowing one’s calling is not easy for most of us as it includes knowing ourselves well besides knowing what we are good at and what we would be happy doing.   When it is difficult for mature adults to figure this out, how can people expect teens graduating from high school to have a sense of what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Business, arts, humanities, engineering, healthcare the list is vast and makes it even more difficult for teens to make a decision. Most teens go with what their parents advise, some go with the career counsellor, some go with their instincts and some with friends! But is that the right way to go? What would be helpful is if universities and colleges offered programs that allow you to do some common fields of study in the first year which could help you choose and prepare you for your career in the subsequent years.