Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nothing is Random

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
- Jean Cocteau

Are there random events? This philosophical, religious, scientific and spiritual debate has given us many logical and magical answers to the enigma of chance and randomness. As you may well imagine, scientist can prove with their equations that there are indeed random events. The decay of radioactive material and other sub atomic processes are random, although governed by statistical laws there are no clear evidence of action and reaction. That is: what cannot be seen under a microscope or explained using numbers, symbols and jargon normal people will never understand or find interesting, will be considered as random until further notice. I say until further notice because we all know that science (the great gift to humanity that it is) is not infallible.

On the other hand, for less lineal thinkers, science will never be able to explain the substance of the universe, how beautiful blue days end in golden dimness, or at what hour the milk man decides to get up. It is unable to explain free will or examine and measure the hearts and thoughts of men. Science is unable to explain meaning. In a spiritual universe there is constant action and reaction, where is there room for randomness?

Every thing happens because something made it happen. From a religious perspective the reason for all is an almighty creator, Allah, Buddha, the Christian God, his Son Jesus and their mortal enemy Lucifer, the Jewish God, Selassie, Brahma, Zeus, etc. Here faith gives meaning to everything.

From the perspective of reason, one can deduce that if the universe was created from energy (the source yet scientifically unknown), that would imply cause and effect, and thus an absence of randomness. It is known that the universe was in a far hotter and denser state than it is now. The current state is the result of constant expansion due to cooling, again action and reaction. Now holding in mind that the definition of the universe is “everything that physically exists: the entirety of space and time, all forms of matter, energy and momentum, and the physical laws and constants that govern them, or in a slightly different contextual sense, denoting such concepts as the cosmos, the world or Nature;” i.e. everything. There fore it is reasonable to assume that everything in existence is the result of something else and thus is not random. The question of scientific proof is strictly another.

In a magical universe, very similar to a religious one, there are things that exist that are beyond our reason, beyond science and even beyond the tangible -ness of our world. From this perspective the explanation is even less relevant. Things just are and every thing from the sands of the ocean to the dreams that you have at night are connected. The act of existence is the explanation. Luck and randomness are just simply terms used to cover huge gray gaps in human understanding. The factors involved are numerous and largely unknown, but never random.

The question of luck or chance or randomness is an old one, and one I believe will never be reduced to one universal explanation. But the above was my take on it all, and in a nutshell, to make my opinion clear, I do not believe in luck or randomness. My reason is neither religious nor scientific, it’s just how I feel. I suppose that that would qualify as magical. I can't have lived the life that I have, and not believe that there is a connection between all things physical and intangible,nor can i believe that everything can be explained by us, humans who only know and use a small part of our own physical and mental resources.


Sunday, September 28, 2008


So I love watching movies, although I tend to fall asleep watching them at home with my Hershies Man. Simply cause I'm so darn tired most of the time. So I really prefer going to the movies instead of waiting for the DVD release, although sometimes you know we have no choice. Anyway the two best movies I've seen recently were Reign Over Me (2007) and The Dark Knight (2008).


MOVIE: Reign Over (Me 2007)
DIRECTOR: Mike Binder
WRITER: Mike Binder
STARING: Adam Sandler
Don Cheadle
Jada Pinkett Smith
Liv Tyler
Sometimes we all get lost and need someone to help us along. That is what this movie is about. I was so inspired by Sandler's performance, as he played a rattled and fragile character who hides away from the world to deal with his profound grief. His scooter, his head phones ans his video games are Charlie's escape. But there comes a time when we all must face our nightmares in order to move on. Alan Johnson (Cheadle), plays a man who is also lost, but lost in what he has, Charley on the other hand is lost in what he has lost. They both help each other to find their way. “Reign Over Me” is an amazing movie, the story is almost perfectly supported by the acting. I was truly touched by it's messages. It is definitely worth the watch.


MOVIE: The Dark Knight (2008)
IMDB RATING: 9.5 /10 (#1 )
DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan
WRITER: Johnathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan
STARING: Christian Bale
Micheal Caine
Heath Ledger
Aaron Eckhart
Morgan Freeman
Maggie Gyllenhaal

Chaos is unleashed in Gotham by a psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy. Batman and Harvey Dent are driven to their limits when forced to deal with this anarchy. I was blown away by Nolan's sublime directing, the pacing of this movie was so well paced, managing to keep the audience enthralled for 3 hours. Every actor shines, but Ledger's performance was surprisingly excellent by any standards. The Broke Back Mountain actor transformed himself into the most terrifying Joker ever seen. The movie was not just another super hero flick, its deeply philosophical themes which follows from “Batman Begins” puts a new twist on action movies. If u haven't seen it yet........ well you are missing a part of 'good movie' history.

1. The Dark Knight
2. Brave heart
3. Finding Nemo
4. The Devil's Advocate
5. 300
6. Reign Over me
7. Juno
8. A guid to recognizing your saints
9. Trainspotting
10. Matrix Reloaded

really dad movies (in my opinion)
1. Iron Man
2. The Mummy: Tumb of The Dragon Worrior
3. 10 000 BC
4. Chronicles of Ridick
5. Rambo IV
6. Gigli
7. Half Past Dead
8. Glitter
9. Epic Movie
10. Ameerican Pie 2

Monday, August 4, 2008

the food of the gods

There is no need for me to say this but i am going to anyway; I love chocolate.

I was born loving chocolate, and i will die loving chocolate. Right now I'm having a really hard time because i am on a no chocolate diet , need i say more, i know you all feel my pain.

Chocolate is one of the pleasures of life. For those of us who eat and enjoy it, it is always a good thing. But for many others chocolate , is a nightmare. In many ways its like life itself, on the outside we all appear to be very happy normal people. But really, we all depressed, stressed, and even if we are not fully aware of it, wishing that things were better, that the world was not such an ugly place, or we just totally ignore all the suckey stuff, like I do sometimes.

"The food of the gods" is our favorite flavor and one of the most popular thingies to give away on holidays that now mean nothing more to us, than days when we dont have to work or go to school, Easter, Valentines Day, Christmas, bla bla bla, the list goes on. It's even promoted as healthy, dark chocolate that is. Its good hot, its good cold, it is "the love chemical"makes you feel all chocolately, if you know what i mean. They say eating good chocolate is like havin an orgasm or a good laugh.

it may seem that there is nothing evil or sinister about chocolate, there is no dark movie music playing in the back ground in chocolate factories. But do we really know where Willy Wonka and those creepy, yet some how strangely adorable Oompa-Loompas, get there coco beens from. Well my chocolate loving friends, the answer to this question, is what is wrong with chocolate.

Young women, young men and children at this very moment are toiling under a punishing sun in West Africa picking cocoa beans for Starbucks, Hershies, M&M's and other transnational conglumerates. In other words for my and your favorite chocolate companies. As strange as this may sound, those Oompa-Loompas are dancing to scary movie music, there is a shamefull link between that heavenly candy and unbelievable cruelty. But dont take my word for it learn about it the same way I did from respectable news organizations like the BBC.

One of the greatest advancements and the greatest tragedies of all times is capitalisms, or should I say the implementation of capitalism. This has been the reason for the suffering of many humans beings at the hands of his brothers. The problem is that these companies only care about the bottom line (el billete, money, argent, denaro). Now don't get me wrong I have nothing against private enterprise, but cruelty isn't a necessary part of making money, sadly though, in our capitalist world this has become the norm. We are definitely living in a more modernized less civilized world.

Many of us take pride in the fact that we hold a Starbucks coffee cup, or a collectors item box of Hershies kisses, paying exorbitant prices for these first class products. Ignoring the fact, or ignorant to it (which ever may be the case) that they come to us via slavery.

I don't blame you, after all, we are all allowed our own little pleasures, why should we always spoil them by thinking in the horrors that made them possible? Well the truth is that I write this not to tell anyone that they should stop buying bran name chocolate or drink bran name coffee. I would never impose on anyone's pleasures. I merely want you to be aware of these tragedies and if you know already, well here's a reminder. I hope though, that the next time that you take a bite or a sip that you think about all the pain and misery that it took to bring you that bar, that box, that cup, of highly processed yet delicious moment of pleasure. That those exploited men, women and children, are in your prayers (at least ounce). That you are aware that even the most delicious bite of chocolate just might have someone's blood on it.

Bye now
and have a tasty day.