Word of the Day #1

When things happen, you act.

When things don’t happen, you want to act.

When things happen and you don’t act, you fail.

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The Absurdity Principle

The moon is made of cheese.

The cow jumped over the moon.

Penguins taste just like chickens.

Most of us have heard the above before sometime in our lives (maybe not the last one, but it’s a novelty anyway). What is it that causes us to dismiss them as utterly ridiculous and unfound before we’ve even heard any evidence? Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the absurdity principle. While most would call it the absurdity rule, I call it a principle. The reason I call it a principle is because it differs slightly from philosophy to science.

In philosophy, it’s a bit more loose. Mostly revolving around grammar and how things are said. A statement can still be technically logical, but at the same time not be completely contradictory. I’ll site some examples used in wikipedia. (I know, but bear with me. The examples they use are standard to demonstrate this)

“I went to the pictures last Tuesday but I don’t believe it” can be true, are (logically) consistent, and are not (obviously) contradictions.

Whether anyone in their right mind would actually speak like that is anyone’s guess -not that I wouldn’t like to see it of course. However it’s about the principle of the thing.

Now I was reading an article earlier today in the Popular Science magazine. One of the scientist featured in it was talking about how the moon ~could~ be made of cheese. He was asking questions to himself about how it could be, and answering them with as much seriousness as one might come to expect from someone who is a master of the scientific method… When he began to talk about how the dense nature of the moon simply could mean that below the meters of dust there was dense “lunar cheese”… but his point was to demonstrate how our minds so quickly react to things that seem obvious, but are they? Of course when he did mention that he highly doubted a cow could obtain escape velocity without multiphase rockets and escape the atmosphere to fly over the moon. In that respect, I think we can all agree.

So the next time you hear something and your mind screams that it’s ridiculous, try to prove it. You might find it harder then you had thought.

What You Never Heard

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Question Mark (Photo credit: higgledy-piggledy)

To obtain knowledge is to have a key. Keys unlock doors, and thus the more keys you have, the more doors you can open. Behind those doors is opportunity to make one a more successful/fulfilled individual. The best way to obtain keys is going to the library. Unlocking doors should begin at a very young age and should never end. So here begs the question.

 

Were you ever told that  a book in a particular section was “to big” for you?

 

As a child, how did that make you feel? Were you offended, determined to prove them wrong, or did you accept it at face value? I visited the library yesterday, and a parent was leading their child through the books in the children’s library. Suddenly the child picked up a non-fiction book about the Egyptian culture. I smiled faintly, but it was short lived. The parent took the book, and told the child that it was “to big” for them. I was flabbergasted. The child’s disappointment was clear, but made no fuss.

I wanted to tell the parent; “You can read it if you feel that’s the case, but depriving a child of knowledge of culture at a young age devalues their appreciation for it.” Of course, as fitting human nature, I said nothing because it was appropriate to say nothing. I never heard those words as a child. When I went to a section in the childrens library wherever I was, any book was fair game. If I couldn’t read it, I tried my best anyway. To this day I think that determination helped me read, because my curiosity was so great. When I saw a book with a catchy title or a nice picture at the front, I *HAD* to have it.

It is much more prudent to say “that book is hard to read” rather then “it’s to big for you”. Why? Because it spreads the book’s *responsibility* of difficulty and lays a standard for fairness in saying just in general that it is hard to read. While the latter is a direct and clearly aimed gripe about the child’s ability, only barely concerning the book as “it’s”. There has been a steady drop in the reading and writing scores of children across the state, while math scores remain high and dry. Schools aren’t taking reading and writing as seriously as they used to, and I think that is an American dilemma. We love science, so of course the ability to read and write is redundant in regards to high mathematical prowess. Or… is it?

You’re thoughts ladies and gentlemen?

A wise man

A wise man told me life is how you make of it. You can’t changes your mistakes in life only look at what you have done wrong and changes it for the better in life. I always have that in mind no matter where I’m at. I use to think that I could changes the past for the better and try so hard to fix things and always fail. Until I realized that you can’t changes the past only learn from your mistakes to make it better. No one is perfect in life; everyone makes their mistakes sooner or later. Life is full of choice no matter where you are. There will come a time that you will have to make a choice and it may hurt another person or it may not be the right choice but in the end it will be your choice you made from the heart.

Love is powerful

Love the most powerful word in the world. Love is hard to understand and accept easily. Love is blind and sadness in this world. People have died by love and other has gone crazy for love. Love has the power to changes people and make them do things in this world. This word is powerful to destroy anyone with. I say this because I have seen it multiple times before. Nothing we can do to destroy love in this world. Only one possible solution. To be strong and not give even to the sadness and pain that love brings to people. Love is words that if you mean it says it but if you don’t mean it, don’t say that word to others because in the end you can hurt someone deeply with only a word. This word will always be around and will always live. In the end love is blind, pain, sadness, happiness, warm, never lasting, and never dies.