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Day 117 – Logical

We had a suduko/crossword fest on Thursday night in my house so obviously on the Friday I decided to photograph the remains! I actually don’t think there was a completed one to show for, although in our defence they were rated very highly. Particularly the one I spent a fair few hours on Friday doing, which was rated ‘Diabolical’! WHY did I even start?! In fact (and because I had to redraw it in my notebook plus I’m only updating this on the following Wednesday!) I was still looking at it on the train this morning thinking I could make the breakthrough in it! When will I give up!

I think in some ways its easier to give up in a lot of things than it is a mathematical puzzle. Maybe that’s why we like doing them, there IS a definite answer, no matter how long it takes to get to it,  it’s one of the few certainties we have. I remember looking up the ‘Criteria of Truth’ before for a college assignment and I was genuinely shocked at how little it seems to suggest we actually accurately know. You can think you know something but so little of our knowledge can be put through a verifiable test.  That doesn’t mean it’s not true, or that by believing it and it happening to be true that we have knowledge, or that we can’t make day to day judgements based on what we believe. I’m not relating to religion, which for all intents and purposes is supposed to be based on faith, not knowledge or proof. I’m referring to the day to day assumptions we make based on what we think we know for sure.

We believe that when we have certain experts in certain fields we can find the truth from them, but were there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? We believe that if an idea works it must be true, but what if a doctor gives a patient medcine and that patient is cured by something else apart, the doctor will believe their medcine worked. We believe that the majority must be right, but Hitler initially rose to power by constitutional means. We believe in things lasting the ‘test of time’ but for how long did people believe the world was flat?

We believe that there are truthful, honest people, and there are, but to think that everything that comes from them will be truth is to ignore the fact that everyone is guided by their own subjective emotions, intuition and memory, subconscious thought and action. We barely know why we act like we do, and in the modern world, where technology is evolving faster than we are and time spent on self reflection can be measured by the money we’ve stopped ourselves from earning, will we ever know?

Quotes:

“You never find yourself until you face the truth” – Pearl Bailey

“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.” – Ivan Panin

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” – Socrates

Now back to that suduko!

Day 47 – Sadness in Parting

Practical people want to expect the unexpected and creative people want to do the unexpected! Both are clouded in an eternal mystery that no one can close to understanding. There is very little art that doesn’t come from something that has already existed (well according to one theory, and my college lecturer!) and there are very few ways of predicting where our lives will take us, no matter how planned out you think you may be.

I mean who would’ve predicted the Irish economic collapse, the death of Princess Diana, the rise of Hitler, various world events that would’ve had people laughing at you if you dared suggest their imminence. My life has always been unexpected. Aged 15 I never expected I would someday look back at my school years and be glad the experience made me who I am. Aged 16 I never expected to play camogie or football again, I ended up playing both for Munster. Aged 18 I never thought I would love my college years the way I did. I never thought Killeedy would win a county title, even 5 minutes before we won the first of 4! I thought I would come to Australia in 2005 for no more than 3 months, I’ve now spent 3 years. I look at life now and no matter where it seems to be leading, for good or bad, I can smile and think you just can’t predict it at all.

I never expected to find myself in Melbourne today, and I’m sure my grandmother never expected to watch her brother’s funeral on a computer screen at the other side of the world. Death is unavoidable, and sometimes expected, but always fraught with emotion that can be an essential part of the grieving process. Maybe funerals are reminders of our own mortality, or an event where we ponder our connection with a person who is no longer as we are, alive. Whatever the psychology its hard not to be affected, its hard to feel the pain of the loved ones whose lives will now be uprooted from a happy daily routine. No matter how old, how young, how sick or how tragic death is, it can never truly be expected, conceived or fully prepared for, and neither can life.

Quote of the Day:

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”

Day 37 – We are all deserving of love

I guess I’ll have to go on a philosophical tangent here today, this picture does have a meaning for me. I took it during a 30 second window at Central Railway Station, waiting on the bus, well actually the bus was technically waiting for me as I never noticed it pulling up! If my friend didn’t alert me to the waiting bus I’d probably still be there!

The picture isn’t anything special, it’s over-exposed, has non-atmospheric flare, a crocked clock tower and maybe even an over-done HDR toning! Tough sh1t photo critics! To me its about looking onwards and upwards, a ‘sun-bursting-through-the-clouds’ outlook on life. Its also a kind of a metaphoric ‘look-up’ to all those who inspire me in my life, family, friends, acquaintances, and even those i don’t know, or don’t know me! Some days I guess it hits you in the most unexpected ways how people can inspire you, people you don’t even know and yet it has a profound effect on your heart and make you look at the day and the future a little brighter!

Anyway this brings me to my ‘quote of the day’, it relates to something one of my college lecturers talks about a lot, how it is a very dangerous thing to believe any one culture is better than another, and he points to the example of Hitler and the Jews, or even the plight of the Australian Aboriginals, to prove just why. And there are plenty of less extreme examples too that affect people’s lives daily.

Quote of the day: “I would like to thank Helga D (her mother)…. for reminding her daughters that there is no race, no religion, no class system, no colour, nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else” – Sandra Bullock accepting her Academy Award, 8th Mar 2010

Thank you for inspiring me today