Friday, 26 September 2008

Random Post

For those of you who didn't already know it, Sigmund Freud was a nutcase who was in love with his mother. It's kinda embarrassing that he's the father figure of psychology. He wasn't even a scientist!

Anyways, here's something my dad and I were discussing recently: is there such a thing as true randomness? Does such a thing as "luck" exist? I've always linked randomness to the free will vs. predestination debate, but never really come to an opinion on it. But oh, the implications this topic has on theology and God's role in human life....

If there is nothing random, then everything is predestined, and I'm not responsible for what I do. If there is randomness, then "it was fated to be" or "it was meant to happen" doesn't make sense, because one random thing could completely throw everything else off.

Perhaps there is only one goal, and whatever randomness happens will eventually lead towards it... but then it's not random. Maybe there are say, three possibilities, and one of the three will be randomly chosen. Does that still count as random? If there is any causality at all, does that negate its randomness? AHHHH!

Maybe this is only confusing because I'm thinking of time as linear. Perhaps, when viewed outside the cage of time, and everything is happening in one eternal moment, it makes more sense. I suppose "fate" wouldn't mean much then, because there's nothing to travel towards, and randomness wouldn't really exist, either, because there'd be no point at which it could start being random.

I don't even know if this is coherent at all. Oh, well. I think I was fated to get confused.

Either that, or it was just my luck.

From Signs:
"People break down into two groups when they experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign,evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in Group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation isn't fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in the Group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?"

Friday, 19 September 2008

Bathroom Reader

Today at the uni I discovered a theological conversation scratched into the door of a bathroom stall. We've all seen graffiti scratched in bathrooms before, but this was something. I thought, "Who doesn't like a little good bathroom reading?" and copied it down so I could post it on my blog.

-Coffee is evil, caffeine is salvation
-Partying is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell
-The quest for a man may be fun but the quest for God is more satisfying!
-She's correct. Wait 10 years and you'll understand.
-Oh bugger off!
-Don't be patronizing
-The quest for chocolate is better
-There's more to life than questing for God
-Find the gods in everything
-The optimist
-If you enjoy looking for that which does not exist, have at it
-Religion is how you make your life feel like it has purpose and meaning when it really DOES NOT

Also on the bathroom door:
"All life and order in the universe is all poo patterns."
"The universe is supported on the back of a great poo tortoise."

Off to the side, someone wrote, "If you make them angry, that's as good as winning."

Oh? That's what these discussions are about? Winning?

Well, one person at least seemed to have a little sense. Scrawled, almost unnoticed amidst the larger etchings, was the simple statement "Life is strange"

Yes, so it is.

To steal a quote from Emily, "Yeah, that's profound. I think I'm going to write it on the bathroom wall." -Fonzie

Monday, 15 September 2008

No Feminism for Palin?

This is an interesting article on feminism and Sarah Palin. With the way feminism hits you in university, this was kind of refreshing.

I know I've become more feminist in the past year or two, but this article struck me as quite right. I don't know much about Sarah Palin (other than she's pretty and has a good, solid, yet pretty name), but, in this article at least, she seems to be pretty well grounded.

"You don't have to be anti-man to be pro-woman." Jane Galvin Lewis

"[Feminism is] a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." Pat Robertson

"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels." Faith Whittlesey

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Is There a Line?

So here's an ethical dilemma that's been on my mind recently. I realize it's extremely hypothetical, but I'd still like to have some conviction on the matter:

Suppose some big, nasty government takes over Canada, strips away democracy, starts killing and torturing people randomly, brainwashing people with evil ideas, etc. etc. As bad as you can imagine it. This is a force to be resisted to the utmost degree.

Underground resistance groups begin to form, but due to the insurgents, the new awful government is forced to crack down, performing even more random searches and arrests and such. You are a part of this resistance movement, and have a whole stash of weapons to hide.

The only place near you that this regime has left alone, and neither searched nor destroyed, is your community church, because, for some reason, this regime respects the idea that churches are sanctuaries and houses of worship.

Supposing that you could be relatively certain that you would not be discovered, would you hide your stockpile of weapons inside this community church? Please comment.

From Battlestar Galactica:

(After nuking one of their own civilian ships)
Commander Adama: I gave the order, Son. It was my responsibility.
Captain Lee Adama: I pulled the trigger. That's mine.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

It's Alive!

And has a mind of its own.

My computer is being stupid. It restarts randomly and without warning and takes its jolly sweet time connecting to the Internet. It's having some sort of internal dispute about whether or not there's a firewall turned on. My computer has been slow for the past while, but this illness is quite sudden.

So anyways, it's driving me crazy, and I don't think I'll be spending so much time on my computer until this gets sorted out, so if I'm a little behind on posts or Facebook or email or whatnot - that's probably why. Methinks if this doesn't get fixed soon, I'm buying a laptop.

This is an eco-friendly post. It was typed with recycled pixels.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Pass the Corn

I ate some corn on the cob today. When all my corn was gone, my dad observed that I had eaten it all in such a way as to shape the cob into an elongated rectangle. Almost a perfect square, except it was obviously much longer. And it was entirely unintentional.

What do you know? I think in colour and eat in geometric shapes.

“Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won't think you're going gaga.” David Ogilvy

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

First Impression

'Tis orientation week at the uni. Thus far I have gotten a free t-shirt, laundry bag, frisbee, pen, New Testament, day planner, pizza, ticket to a theatre production, and another free Christian book. I got there late on the first day, and so missed out on the free tote bag, and somehow today I missed the free mugs. Nuts. I also a got a free pass to a nightclub downtown, but the picture of the topless lady on it leads me to think that I probably will not use it. Oh! And oh, joy, there is a campus map in the day planner! I'm so happy. I've never gotten hopelessly lost there yet, but sufficiently lost enough to waste a fair amount of time.

I actually know more people on campus than I remembered I knew. I keep bumping in to more people. Or rather, I hear someone call my name. I'm rarely observant enough to notice them first. Odd thing is, most of the people are guys. I thought I knew more college-age girls than guys, but either I'm mistaken, or the girls are shunning the uni. If that's the case, I wonder if they're just shunning the U of C, or post-secondary schools altogether. Hmm...

I got to watch a play today about college life. It was very well done, but I'm already getting a sense of the spiritual flavour on campus: almost not even tolerant - just all around dry, although there is a multi-faith chapel. It was quite cheering to see the Campus for Christ club being among the first people to greet the new students.

I did learn something today, which didn't happen yesterday due to a massive scheduling error on the school's part. It's funny how quickly you're bombarded on campus with information on STDs (I refuse to euphemize by calling them STIs). I suppose I'm comparing to homeschooling and Sunday School, although even St. Mary's Uni didn't smash it all in your face like the U of C. The pictures were quite repulsive. Yet for all that, no one said "don't be promiscuous", just "have safer sex", which I suppose is actually a small victory, insofar as no one said "have safe sex".

Engineers have all the fun. I wish there were a shrinking hallway, liquid oxygen pond (at least, I think that's what it was), and doorway to nowhere in MY house. And I've always contemplated how much square footage you lose when you paint a room, but I've never contemplated how much larger a rock gets every time you paint it. One of the decorative rocks at the U of C has been painted so many times, the paint itself is now over an inch thick.

So I'm looking forward to hanging out at my cousin's apartment and getting my new Japanese friend settled into Canadian university life. It'll be an interesting year. I think I'm definitely going to have to get involved in one of the Christian groups there.

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” C. S. Lewis