There is an interview called The Mythology of Star Wars, which was conducted between George Lucas and Bill Moyers.
A bit into the interview, the concept of God is brought up. Lucas shares some of his thoughts pertaining to what humans think they know of the cosmos.
GEORGE LUCAS: Well, I think there is a God. No question. What that God is, or what we know about that God I’m not sure. The one thing I know about life and about the — the nature of the human race is that it — the human race has always believed it’s…
When I sit down at the keyboard every day, I acknowledge one core fact of my reality: I don’t have a lot of time to get a blog post written.
I start writing in the morning after I’ve completed my workout routine for the day, but before I have to leave to start my Uber Eats shift, which will occupy my entire day, roughly from 12 pm-8 pm, 6 days a week.
Given this reality, I’ve had to think about a method that will help me get into a writing flow as soon as possible so I can waste less…
“Wimmy wham wham wozzle!” said Slurms MacKenzie, a character who first debuted in season one, episode thirteen of the hit comedy show Futurama.
Titled “Fry & the Slurm Factory,” this episode takes Fry and the gang to the production facility for the popular [intra-inter-extra-galactic] drink known as Slurm, which, earlier on in the episode, became something of an addiction for Fry.
Slurms MacKenzie is a party slug that acts as the drink’s chief hype-man.
Or should I say, hype-slug.
The Futurama wiki indicates that Slurms had been partying for nearly 40 years with his two partners in crime, the babes…
For the most part, it’s safe to say that I currently exist “outside of society.” It’s been nearly five years since I graduated college with a degree in biochemistry, and life has never felt quite this “still.”
Having done rideshare the first few years after school — and having switched entirely to the more introverted-friendly option of food delivery — is what has allowed me to feel like I am on the “outside looking in,” so to speak.
I don’t have a boss to answer to, I don’t have a schedule that I have to rigidly structure my life around…
Most of us will readily profess to have an “open mind,” which is to say a mind capable of altering its beliefs when presented with concrete evidence or persuasive argumentation.
The truth, however, is that most people do not have an open mind.
Nor do they even want one. Not truly.
But rather than turn this post into a rant against the hordes of internet sheeple that I think is responsible for all the world’s close-mindedness problems, allow me to begin with scrutinizing myself.
I am just like everyone else when it comes to the beliefs I hold and the…
Throughout the ages, the quest for immortality has been a recurring motif in humanity’s stories and myths.
Whether it is an ancient hero — such as Gilgamesh — venturing forth in search of an elixir of eternal life or a more modern example — such as the Avenger’s very own Thanos — the motif has remained essentially unchanged: human beings are, perhaps, the first life forms on Earth to have evolved the ability to reflect upon their mortality, and since time immemorial this has acted as a source of mental torment.
To this extent, every human being currently alive today…
To live authentically can be frightening. Writing helps us develop the courage and conviction needed to stick to it.
Once upon a time, most of Earth’s surface was an endless stretch of “terra incognito” and “mare incognito,” Latin terms for “unknown lands” and “unknown seas,” respectively.
Today, we have largely mapped the surface of the Earth. What remains of its mystery has retreated into the deepest trenches of the oceans or into what little is left of the planet’s wildernesses.
But perhaps it is most apt to say that mystery has migrated to two seemingly opposing poles: the infinite expanse…
There is no shame in admitting that we want to improve ourselves and cultivate our talents. Eliminating bad habits and replacing them with good ones is a commendable virtue that we should encourage each other to pursue.
Striving for goals and growing into our individuality is part of what makes life a fulfilling experience. The desire for self-actualization is seen as one of the primary forces motivating human behavior for those that buy into Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
I don’t know exactly when it happened.
All I know is that at some point I began to recognize that I felt more like a piece of unfeeling stone than a living, empathizing human being.
I remember that, prior to entering university, I could watch a video on the internet of a regular, average person talking about a painful experience they had gone through and be roused to tears myself, even if I had never gone through a similar experience myself.
Likewise, with films and art, scenes that were supposed to make me cry would do so, even if I…
In the Hindu Upanishads, it is stated that he who thinks he knows Brahman — the Supreme Self, or motivating energy of the Cosmos — knows it not, while he who understands that he does not know it, in fact, knows.
I’ve tried to apply this principle in my own life as of late, mostly because I’ve had enough of internet crusading. It saps you of your energy, makes you feel rotten inside, and probably does little to improve the quality of anyone’s life.
Trying not to know, however, is a tricky endeavor. In Buddhism, for instance, one encounters the…
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Joseph Campbell