Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Smartest Thing Anyone's Ever Said

Bill Maher made a documentary called "religulous" about the stupidity behind religion (one of my favorite topics) and at the end said the smartest and most important things I've ever heard:

"The plain fact is religion must die for mankind to live. The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge in having key decisions made by religious people, by irrationalists, by those who would steer the ship of the state not by a compass but by the equivalent of reading the end-trails of a chicken. George Bush prayed a lot about Iraq but he didn't learn a lot about it. Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith and enable and elevate it are our intellectual slave-holders keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified lunacy and destruction. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do. Most people would think it's wonderful when someone says " I'm willing Lord, I'll do whatever you want me to do." Except that since there are no Gods actually talking to us that void is filled in by people with their own corruptions and limitations and agendas. And anyone who tells you they know they just know what happens when you die, I promise you, you don't. How can I be so sure? Because I don't know and you do not possess mental powers that I do not. The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the "big questions" is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion. But doubt. Doubt is humble and that's what man needs to be considering that human history is just a liden of getting shit dead wrong. This is why rational people, antireligionists must end their timidity and come out of the closet and assert themselves, and those who consider themselves only "moderately religious" really need to look in the mirror and realize that the solace comfort that religion brings them actually comes at a terrible price. If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence and sheer ignorance as religion is you'd resign in protest. To do otherwise is to be an enabler, a mafia wife to the true devils of extremism that draw their legitimacy from the billions of their fellow travelers. If the world does come to an end here or wherever or it limps into the future decimated by the affects of religion inspired nuclear terrorism lets remember what the real problem was that we learned how to precipitate mass death before we got past the neurological disorder of wishing for it. Thats it, grow up...or die."

Bill Maher

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Pat on the Back

I was at Liz's the other day, we were joking around and I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror which stopped my train of thought. At that moment I reached a new plateau in my life. At that moment I thought "You know..I'm happy with this guy, I'm happy with how he looks, how he thinks, how he carries himself. He's not done yet, but he's on his way." I've been through a lot in nearly two decades, hell I'm challenged and tested everyday. Whether it be a bad driver on the road or having my identity stolen. I've learned the emotional warrants of a majority of situations in the spectrum. I've made mistakes, terrible mistakes. I've lied, I've cheated I've the broken hearts of a lot of girls. I laughed in secret as they confessed their love for me and I reciprocated. I've set bridges a blaze used their fire to light a cigarette and watched them burn. I've lived my 20 years in two different bodies and have fallen victim to gluttony and bulimia. I've made my purpose to please others, to make them laugh in an effort to disguise my insecurities. It would be fair to say I've lived several lives and through my successes and failures I've learned a few lessons. I've learned to see this world and the race that inhabits it the way it exists. That is, the human race is as good as it is evil in every aspect. We have the power to create as we have the power to destroy it is what side of the choice we fall on that alters our perception. I've learned to always stay in control of your emotions in every situation. Always focus on solving the issue at hand, emotional instability will distort your vision of any goal. Moderation and priorities are essential no matter your endeavors. The list of traits necessary to survive on this earth grows each day. These lessons don't compose a complete list, they're simply the bread and water of those I've learned thus far. To reiterate, I have made many mistakes; yet I have learned from them so much so that I'm comfortable enough to not only acknowledge them but do so publicly. I believe that deserves a pat on the back.

"In order to survive you've got to learn to live with regrets."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Guest Starring: Arash Vatan Parast

"Isolation of one self from others can either have great results or bad. In my specific case it couldn’t get any better for me. In isolation one may learn too much, so much so, that ones who don’t want to be known become known. In my specific case I have been surrounded by many fakes. Fakes, as in those who stick around when things are great and disappear when all is not good. Being isolated for the past few months from certain people has proven to me a lot. In this time of isolation I haven’t been exactly experiencing paradise; mostly disappointment, frustration, and loneliness. Those who have disappeared used to be seen as the closest to me. Maybe they’ve given me one phone call to only express their disgust towards a situation that does not even have to do with me. Instead of showing support they turn their backs to me and love to hate when I fail. And for that very reason, I must succeed. I must succeed to win; to win between me and them and to win for myself. I am ever the most motivated and I say to those who have turned their backs to me, “Watch out!” the forecast shows 100% storm damage. This storm will not stay quiet and is hitting the EAST COAST with full force. Anything and everything in my path is up for destruction! I will succeed so much that those who hate will crawl back and ask for forgiveness, but that’s when it’s too late. I will be so far above them and so much greater than them, that I can’t turn around. It will be too late. Till that day comes I must be stay on track and never lose sight of my end point. My end point of success…
My message of 2009

As always Arash and I are on the same wavelength 180miles away. I too am making a conscious effort to remove myself from others in an effort to grow spiritually and create more progress on paper. In doing so I haven't received as many calls or texts, and have not made many excluding those to two or three people. I'm only concerned with surrounding myself with people who make me better. People who push me to work harder, and people I can ask for advice. One of the elements in my personality that is both positive and negative is that I believe everyone is replaceable. But what you see above is a quote from someone in my life who isn't. I have friends with lots of flare and charisma; however I would think twice before venting to them or asking for their advice on personal issues. Arash stimulates the core analytical being within me. He is the only person I've ever met who is similar to me. Not in likes and dislikes, but in state of mind. He constantly provides thought provoking advice and insight in areas where I fall short. He challenges me to be best person I can be and I believe if we were in the same state once more I'd reach a level of success I had not forcast for years to come. What you've witnessed is a very short version of an "ally-oop of the mind" one tosses up a topic, the other slam-dunks it for a W

Find a good friend