Big Ideas

March 26, 2008

It seems to me that there are two major areas of understanding that we need to grasp as a species and explore, but the majority never do, being so wrapped up in the mundane task of living day to day.

We need to understand what goes on inside us and what goes on outside us.

I know that seems like a rather stupid and obvious statement, but I make it referring to Philosophy and Physics  and how they combine and where.

I want to see what the Kierkegaard’s, the Kant’s, the Nietzsche’s see along with the Hawking’s, the Einsteins and the Feynman’s.  It’s a lifelong quest I know, but it’s one I undertake every day with baited breath while dealing with the mundane politics of Socialism, the equisit words of Plath, the philosophy of Buddhism and the unending wonders of my partner and daughter / step daughters.  Each has it’s own importance and I hold each dear to me.  It’s the juggling that maybe teaches me the most.

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Death

January 6, 2008

I suppose we all think about it sometimes.  I’ve been thinking about it a lot, I suppose I have always thought about it a lot.

More so I think because I have started delving into the Buddhist philosophy.

A few months ago, maybe even as far back as a year, I did a blog on what I wanted for my funeral arrangements.  Well I don’t want whatever I put there any more.  I think it was my ego talking more than anything else.  I do have something else in mind, but when I’ve thought about it fully I’ll post it.

My thoughts on death are pretty straight forward.  When you are gone you are gone and there is nothing afterwards.  When I say this to people, or there is a discussion I am involved in, people like to rationalise what I say.  Make it sound nicer or easier to swallow.  But when I think of death, that’s how I think of it.  An ending.

It doesn’t frighten me, though when I’m closer to it who knows.  That’s if i know anything about it, I could die today for all I know.  It’s just an inevitability to me, and I try to accept it as that.


A Review of My 2007

January 1, 2008

Like most peoples years, mine has had it’s fair share of ups and downs. Plus the usual personal issues and quirks.

January was the month I found out my daughter CJ was to be arrive in September later in the year.

A little later on I had spent a lot of time reading and researching the current state, future prospects and how I can do my bit towards preventing the current march of man made global warming. This led me to becoming vegan, and joining the Green Political party of the UK. You can see more about this on my about me page.

What about technology? I got my PS3, and it kind of revolutionized my living room as a media center. I continued my linux march forward with a switch from PCLinuxOS to Kubuntu. I only now use M$ products / software on my old laptop, and that’s mainly for itunes. I built my new Desktop, a Core 2 Duo 4gig monster, and purchased the amazing little Asus EEE.

Towards the end of the year I began reading some books on Buddhism. After some extensive research I decided to pursue this ideology as something of a person philosophy, and as I continue my studies, this is one aspect of my life that I really want to improve and learn more about in 2008. I already have feelers out for a possible teacher. You can find info about this in my Buddhism is a Philosophy page

The two most important events of my 2007 were the birth of my daughter CJ and the death of my Gran. CJ came into the world on the 23rd of September and I can honestly say this was the happiest day of my life. She has changed my life in so many amazing ways and given me so much in her short time here. She is the light of my life. On the other side of this coin, my Gran passed on the 29th December. She will be missed so very much. Things will never be the same again.

I opened my ebay store. Added numerous books to my collection. Started my film review site, Chewed Celluloid. Celebrated the first birthday of my blog. Saw my Dad for Christmas for the first time in three years. Did the compulsory change about of my blog, including the move to this domain name. Started my Ecology diploma. Had the usual ups and downs in my personal life and health. Watched the amazing Six Feet Under and Dexter. Watched the world and our race come closer to implosion. But in the end, I have to say that the year just gone was revolutionary in lots of ways. There are plenty of things I missed out here, but the important things must be those that sprang to mind.
Bring on the variety of last year, this year, the sweet and sour, rough and smooth.

Hello 2008.


Buddhism is a Philosophy

December 16, 2007

New page on my blog.