When we are against one another….

While there are many of intense discussions/arguments circulating the recently elected President of US, among people globally.

I feel the need to lighten up everyone’s heart and mind by sharing this video, I hope it could put you into some perspectives on where we stand as fellow human beings in this tiny yet beautiful blue planet.

If there’s an important message to deliver, this will be it.

Here’s my personal favorite excerpt from the video :

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

Also, Happy Birthday Carl Sagan!

For further readings : Pale Blue Dot

Enjoy!

 

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On Marvel’s new movie, Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange, a highly anticipated movie to Marvel fans across the world premieres in cinema last week. I had the opportunity to watch it with some of my friends at a local cinema. To put it short, the overall movie left me speechless in two ways, both good and bad. One strand arrived from the whole cinematic experience, you cannot deny the movie was unpredictably mind-blowing, with all the psychedelic-ish visuals, the randomness, the cleverly infused humours and the impeccable actings.. it is an extraordinary movie.

The other less desirable strand however, and this is just my additional thoughts on why it left me with a feeling of uneasiness is because it somehow gave me the impression that people who follows logic and reason portrayed by the neurosurgeon, Dr. Strange is deemed as arrogance or an act of ego, that evidence-based science / modern technological advances are not the answer to everything (although there’s no claim that it is to begin with). While this is true in the case of the film because it is merely a film, right? But after watching it, I became worried of those who can’t be rational enough to differentiate between reality and an artificially-made film.

I do agree his know-it-all attitude is very annoying and he deserved that wake up call, but what no one seemed to be able to capture is his skeptical attitude at the beginning, his persistence to question things that seemed to be unacceptable and oppressed. I just think those who glorifies this film as a touch of realism carries the same mindset as those who claim that vaccines cause autism. The film did gave people a sense of contemplation on current ideologies/doctrines of the world, but more biased towards one side of the spectrum of course. I think the reason why people can be drawn so much into this motion picture is probably because it comes in favour of their thinking which stemmed from their beliefs, with the help of world-class convincing actors and a great script. Strangely, (no, not a pun) Dr.Strange is the one who ended up saving the world despite his unfavourable characteristics as mocked by the master earlier on.

But my question is, what happens if the film portrayed the characters the other way round and the opposite is true?*  Will people react differently and perhaps feel offended even?  What sort of discussion will it stir up?

*Considering the jaw-dropping visuals remain the same.

Slightly controversial but just a thought to put out there.
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Somewhat perplexed

Remember your retreat into this little domain of which is yourself, and above all be not disturbed nor on the rack, but be free and look at things as a man, a human being, a citizen a creature that must die.‘ -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

These days, I have been feeling rather fragile by how I temporarily perceive the world to be. I know, there are plethora of questions up in my mind that I seek for an accurate and rational answer, however it may be impossible to achieve one as we human tend to be unconsciously driven by irrationality . The information that we received and the information that are already instilled in us determines our behaviour or actions in that moment. Proceeding information that emerges would also create a whole set of new ideas and way of thinking. Therefore, uncertainties are all around us and we cannot deny them. These perhaps generate intrinsic fear among society.

Today, I have watched a 2011 documentary Ethos, directed by Pete Mcgrain. You can find many other notable references and information on their website. I highly recommend you to watch this documentary, as it concerns on how our world being driven by corporate interests, how they are consumed with power and wealth to control the nation and how easily we are to indirectly be ‘influenced’ to their propaganda. I want to highlight a particular quote which I think was truly profound. ‘Rationality belongs to the cool observer, but because of the stupidity of the average man, he follows not reason, but faith, and the naive faith requires necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications which are provided by the myth-maker to keep ordinary person on course‘ by Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society 1932.

As a 19 year old, I find myself constantly on a swing, being pushed back and forth between the past and present. In a state of confusion and agony, I thought the world has betrayed me into living a life I have not chosen to be part of. All in all, there are still so many underlying  truths that we are oblivious about and the intention behind it are still unclear, well at least for me it is. I am determined to want to learn and understand more the world at a bigger picture. I don’t think it would be a very pleasant process but I thought I want to share the journey and the developments I have so far achieved on this blog. I’ve learnt to not take words whole-heartedly even though they conform to my current perceptions but to dig deeper into the modus-operandi behind the facts presented, the simplest way to say this is to think critically at all times.

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring‘ – David Bowie.

As for now, I have found it is important to be more open-minded and think for myself first before having others to accept my way of thinking. I urge you to do the same, and question even the logical way things are currently running in your life.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now its the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.’ – Helen Keller