Monday, December 21, 2009

Do you believe in God?

Often times when one is asked this question he or she replies "Yes, of course! Don't you?" or "No. God doesn't exist." But have you ever pondered whether the definition of 'God' as we have in our dictionaries is even correct?

I believe in God. But I don't believe in God. "How can you believe and not believe at the same time?" you may ask. Well, you should define 'God' and then I'll tell you if I believe (or not believe) in the 'God' you have defined. I can take the most common definitions and give you an explanation.

Do I believe in God in the traditional sense of the word? You know, like those churches, temples and the M places teach you? If you mean God as people normally define it, in a traditional or religious sense, the answer of my belief is a strict NO.

The reason? To think that a blatantly self-proclaimed 'messenger' of God would have all the answers we ever need to live our lives is simply a clear insult to our own (religious people claim God-given) intelligence. I would rather listen to Symantec than to a 'messenger' of God about cyber security.

Does 'not believing in a religious God' make me an atheist or an agnostic? Neither! You see, an atheist you meet on the street is as arrogant as a 'messenger' of God. He is a messenger of "no God," if you will. He says, "Look, there is no God. You better believe me." While atheist thinkers like Richard Dawkins present credible evidence and acknowledge that the existence of God is very very very extremely highly improbable (that would be an exaggeration, for all you know), your everyday atheist simply says existence of God is impossible. I'd rather be on the humbler side of atheists and stick with the improbability, because the impossibility of it is not proven.

So then if impossibility of God's existence can't be proven, does that mean I doubt its existence? Does that make me an agnostic? I don't doubt God's existence. (Absence of doubt does not mean belief.) The thing I doubt is what you thought the word 'God' means in the last sentence you just read. As you already know, if you thought of a bearded man in the sky, I'm an atheist. If you thought of someone 'great' watching over you with invisible surveillance cameras, recording your every move, I'm an atheist.

OK so, I'm not an atheist, I'm not an agnostic, and I don't believe in 'God' as the word is commonly defined. Where does that put me?

Perhaps I'm an Einsteinian. I believe Einstein was the messenger of God. His holy book is, well, he has not been inspired by God to write any holy book. But his religion involves doubting, testing, learning and inventing (among other related things). There was never any element of faith or believing in his religion. (I chuckle at the term 'blind faith' because all faith is blind anyway. Faith means to believe in things you don't see. Right?)

There is a name for the religion of Einstein. It's called SCIENCE. And Einstein was not the founder of this religion. If we will ever reach the true God (assuming he/she/it exists), it is going to be through Science.

Finally I'd like to remind you that if we can ever accurately and completely define what the word 'God' means, we would be greater than 'God'. This is what Science tries to achieve and other religions try to prevent.

PS: This has nothing to do with Scientology, which is a bad joke or a beefed-up version of Christianity.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Is this insanity or religion?

“Clearly there is sanity in numbers.”
- Sam Harris, author and philosopher.
[Read full quote]
Sam Harris says, and many other philosophers agree, that when one or a few people commit insane acts, we call them insane. When enough number of people commit the same insane acts, we term the group as a cult. When a large number of people commit the same insane acts (specifically as justified by their group leaders' so-called 'holy' books), we call it a religion. And religion automatically bestows a clearly undeserved sanity upon its followers. Clearly, there is sanity in numbers. Check out the following news article. Ponder over how a man can endanger the life of a toddler simply in the name of his own beliefs. Does a cult or a religion have any true morality?

Man confesses to impaling toddler with 40 needles
Mother tells newspaper she suspected ex-husband had been involved in ‘black magic'
RIO DE JANEIRO — Reuters Published on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 9:23AM EST

A Brazilian man confessed to putting more than 40 metal sewing needles into the body of a 2-year-old boy in what may have been a cult or religious act, media reported on Thursday.

The boy, whose condition is serious but stable, was being transferred on Thursday to a specialist medical centre in Salvador, the state capital of northeastern Bahia state, after doctors found two needles were dangerously close to his heart.

The boy was brought to a hospital in the remote town of Ibotirama by his mother last week after he complained of pain.

X-rays taken by doctors, and shown on Brazil's Globo news network's website, clearly show dozens of needles deep in his body, some clustered near his lungs and others in his abdomen, neck and legs.

According to Globo television, police in Ibotirama said that the boy's ex-stepfather, 30-year-old Roberto Carlos Magalhaes, had been arrested and confessed to putting the needles into the boy's body. They reportedly said he was helped by two women, one of whom was involved in a religious group.

Surgeons had planned to operate on the boy but cancelled the surgery after deciding it was too dangerous, Dr Fabio Contelle at the hospital in Barreiras town said in an interview with Globo TV. The boy was moved to Barreiras from the smaller hospital in Ibotirama after doctors realized the seriousness of his condition.

The A Tarde newspaper in Bahia quoted the boy's mother, Maria Souza Santos, as saying she suspected Mr. Magalhaes had been involved in some kind of “black magic.”

“My son didn't like to go out with Roberto. I didn't think he was capable of doing something bad to him,” she was quoted as saying.

Police in Ibotirama could not be immediately reached.

Bahia is the heart of African influence in Brazil, where many people practice Afro-Brazilian religions that combine spiritism, indigenous and African beliefs.

Source: Man confesses to impaling toddler with 40 needles - The Globe and Mail

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I'm glad we have good Muslims :-)

Disclaimer: To the best of my belief, this post is not in violation of any act. I am merely relaying what an Islamic cleric is teaching his Muslim viewers through an Islamic channel. Anyone who believes this to be a violation, please contact me and describe exactly how it is a violation.

Watch this (or read transcript below):


Youtube video link: YouTube - Trick Jews into becoming Mohammedans
Original video at MEMRI: MEMRI: Egyptian Cleric Mahmoud Al-Masri Recommends Tricking Jews into Becoming Muslims
Original transcript at MEMRI: Clip Transcript

Following are excerpts from a sermon delivered by Egyptian cleric Mahmoud Al-Masri, which aired on Al-Nas TV on August 10, 2009.

Mahmoud Al-Masri: My dear brothers, we want to repent, and we want to take by the hand those people who have not yet repented. We should feel pity for them. By Allah, we should not be tough with them. These people are sick. They are sinners. We should feel pity for them, we should care for them. We should act like doctors who care for the sick. You should care for them and feel great pity for them, and seek any ingenious way to make a person repent.

I’d like to tell you a very nice story. Once there was a Muslim who lived next to a Jew. The Muslim saw in the Jew a measure of goodheartedness – however small – and he wanted to find any way to make him convert to Islam. So he went to him and asked: “Don’t you feel the need for Islam? Why don’t you become a Muslim?” The Jew said: “The only thing preventing me from becoming a Muslim is that I love drinking alcohol. I would have become a Muslim ages ago, but the only thing stopping me is that I am an alcoholic.”

The Muslim devised a plan. He said: “No problem – become a Muslim, and continue to drink.” The Muslim didn’t meant this, of course, but he said to him: “Become a Muslim, and continue to drink.” The Jews said: “Fine.” He said: “I proclaim that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” The Muslim said to him: “Now you have become a Muslim. If you drink alcohol, we will carry out the punishment for drinking alcohol on you, and if you renounce Islam, we will kill you.” So the man remained a Muslim and never drank alcohol again. This was a nice trick by this good Muslim.

End of Transcript

Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Logically Designed Birthday!

Well yes, it's a Logically Designed birthday today. I'm going to have my "Logic Design" exam in about four hours, and it is, sad to say, my birthday. That one day in a year, that one dreaded day, those 24 hours out of the 8760 hours of a (non-leap) year -- my birthday. Well, I shall not go on blabbering any further. Let me show you some posts from the dusty archives of my blog:
I hope that this year at least my birthday or the days following it won't be too bad. Let's see how it goes. Happy Logically Designed... never mind.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Einsteinism - My religion

The following is a hypothetical conversation between a receptionist of a company, and a person who wants to submit an application form.

Sir you have not filled in your religion in the application form.
Yes, I know.
What's your religion?
Perhaps I should not tell you my religion, lest I offend you or anyone processing this application form.
I'm sorry, but unfortunately, incomplete forms won't be accepted.
Well then, my religion is Einsteinism.
Ein.. what?
Einsteinism.
What kind of a religion is that? Do you believe Einstein is God?
Thankfully, Einstein himself didn't believe he's God. Moreover, he didn't believe there is one.
So you're more like a free thinker.
That's not what I am. That's what the supernatural religionists say I am.
Ok, but I have to write you as a free thinker.
Then I am forced to withdraw my application. You should also be aware that I can sue your company for not allowing me my right to religious freedom.
But you're a free thinker! What makes you think we're taking away your religious freedom?
Exactly what you just said. You are forcing "free thinking" on me. I'm not a free thinker. I'm an Einsteinist. I have my right to be an Einsteinist and not a free thinker.
What's the bloody difference?
What's the similarity?
[That] You don't believe in God?
Sorry, it may surprise you, but I do. Just that my God doesn't bother with me, doesn't punish me for sins or reward me for "good" deeds, nor does he answer prayers.
So you're a deist then.
Ah yes, the classic argument. Unfortunately you're wrong again. my God didn't bother with the universe, didn't bother with how humans must be shaped, and certainly didn't bother with the chemistry of how water is formed. Tell me, is the law of gravity a human being or a spirit?
Neither, everyone knows it's a law.
Then my God is a law, or I shall say it is a bunch of laws. There is no "God" but there are simply laws of nature, laws of physics, laws of chemistry and any other law that is irrefutable.
You contradict yourself.
I expected to hear that. And I'm going to prove you wrong. Does God have control over our lives?
Yes. We can't decide when we will die.
Do laws of physics have control over our lives?
Meaning?
Meaning, if you jump down a building, does the law of gravity have total control over your life or can you break it and save yourself?
Certainly I can't. I'm sure to die.
Hence, God is equal to the laws of physics. Which brings me to another point.
What?
Did the "God" of Bible tell you "Do not murder."?
Yes, but people do murder, if that's what you're coming to.
You're right. And you contradict yourself. If "God" has control over our lives, why is it that people still break his laws? My God has set for me the law of gravity, and I have tried breaking it. I can't! My God is the true God.
Makes sense. Anyway here's your application form, since you wish to withdraw it.
My pleasure.

Some nice quotes

Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God's final word on where your lips end.
  - Jerry Seinfeld
A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.
  - William James
Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives.
  - Sue Murphy
How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.
  - Norman Douglas
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
  - Pablo Picasso
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
  - Jane Austen
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
  - Paul Valery
In a mad world only the mad are sane.
  - Akira Kurosawa
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
  - Sir William Osler

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

d**k with a glove

Must blog about this!

Misheard Lyric: Might as well face it, you're a d**k with a glove.
Real Lyric: Might as well face it, you're addicted to love.
Artist: Robert Palmer (Click for more)
Song: Addicted To Love (Click for more)
The story: I thought that it was a song about Michael Jackson and I asked a friend if he had heard this song. He had me recite the lyrics. He laughed at me for days.

Source: Robert Palmer: Might as well face it, you're a d**k with a glove. - KissThisGuy.com (Find it funny? Go there and vote for it!)

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Shield of India

If there is another man on par in excellence with Mahatma Gandhi, or even above him I may dare say, it is Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th Guru of Sikhism. He is the unsung hero of the 17th century India, without whose selfless servitude for his own nation, India (as we know it) would never have existed. When I studied about Aurangzeb in my primary and secondary school history lessons, there was no mention about Guru Tegh Bahadur or the sacrifice he made for India. Shame on you biased and 'politically correct' history textbook makers!

Reading the story (the more detailed account, not the watered-down Wikipedia version) brought tears into my eyes. I normally do not say I'm proud to be an Indian, but after reading this story of great heroism and sacrifice of Guruji to save the true heritage of India, the country of my birth, I gladly declare that I am indeed proud to be an Indian.

The Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur - A Brief Account
[Retrieved from Wikipedia (Version date and time: 21 November 2009 at 01:52)]

The Delhi Emperor, Aurangzeb cherished the ambition of converting India into a land of Islam. This philosophy was also pleaded by Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi (1569–1624), leader of the Naqashbandi School, to counter the liberal policies of Akbar's reign.

The Emperor's experiment was first carried out in Kashmir. The viceroy of Kashmir, Iftikar Khan (1671–1675) carried out the policy vigorously and set about converting non-Muslims by force.

A group of Kashmiri Pandits (Kashmiri Hindu Brahmins) approached Guru Tegh Bahadur and asked for help. They, on the advice of the Guru, told the Mughal authorities that they would willingly embrace Islam if Guru Tegh Bahadur, did the same.

Orders of the arrest of the Guru were issued by Aurangzeb, who was in present day North West Frontier Province of Pakistan subduing Pushtun rebellion. The Guru was arrested at a place called Malikhpur near Anandpur after he had departed from Anandpur for Delhi. Before departing he nominated his son, Gobind Rai (Guru Gobind Singh) as the next Sikh Guru.

He was arrested, along with some of his followers, Bhai Dayala, Bhai Mati Das and Bhai Sati Das by Nur Muhammad Khan of the Rupnagar police post at the village Malikhpur Rangharan, in Ghanaula Parganah, and sent to Sirhind the following day. The Faujdar (Governor) of Sirhind, Dilawar Khan, ordered him to be detained in Bassi Pathana and reported the news to Delhi. His arrest was made in July 1675 and he was kept in custody for over three months. He was then cast in an iron cage and taken to Delhi in November 1675.

The Guru was put in chains and ordered to be tortured until he would accept Islam. When he could not be persuaded to abandon his faith to save himself from persecution, he was asked to perform some miracles to prove his divinity. On his refusal, Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded in public at Chandni Chowk on 11 November 1675. Guru Ji is also known as "Hind Di Chadar" [Hindi, translates as Shield of India] ie to save Hinduism, Guru Ji gave his life.

The Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur - A Detailed Account
[Retrieved from The Sikhism Home Page: Guru Tegh Bahadur]

While the Guru [Tegh Bahadur] attended to his devotees at Anandpur, things in the country were rapidly deteriorating under the tyrannous rule of emperor Aurengzeb. Since coming to power by imprisoning his father and killing his two brothers, Aurengzeb had been consolidating his power base. After ten years he now began to apply his power throughout the country. Aurengzeb was an orthodox Muslim who dreamed of purging India of all ‘infidels’ and converting it into a land of Islam. Aurengzeb had no tolerance for other religions and proceeded on a brutal campaign of repression. Famous Hindu temples throughout the country were demolished and mosques built in their place. Hindu idols were placed in the steps of mosques to be trodden on by the feet of Muslim pilgrims. Aurangzeb issued a number of harsh decrees. In 1665 he forbade Hindus to display illuminations at Diwali festivals. In 1668 he forbade Hindu Jatras, in 1671 he issued an order that only Muslims could be landlords of crown lands, and called upon provincial Viceroys to dismiss all Hindu clerks. In 1669 he issued a general order calling upon all governors of all provinces to destroy with a willing hand the schools and temples of the infidels; and they were told to put a stop to the teachings and practicing of idolatrous forms of worship. In 1674 lands held by Hindus in Gujarat, in religious grants were all confiscated.

In this climate of intolerance the viceroy of Kashmir Iftikhar Khan took to the task of forcibly converting the Hindu population to Islam by the sword. The Hindu Brahmin Pandits of Kashmir were among the most highly learned and orthodox of the Hindu leadership. Aurangzeb felt if they could be converted, the rest of the country would easily follow. He did not want to see the talik (holy mark on the forehead) or janaeu (sacred thread) on any of his subjects. Given this ultimatum, a large delegation of 500 Kashmiri Pandits decided to journey to Anandpur Sahib to seek the help of Guru Tegh Bahadur. This delegation was led by Pandit Kirpa Ram Datt (who would later on become the Sanskrit teacher of Guru Gobind Singh and eventually become a Khalsa and died fighting in the battle of Chamkaur). The Pandits met the Guru and explained their dire predicament to the Guru and requested the Guru to intercede on their behalf. As the Guru was pondering over the issue his nine year old son Gobind Rai walked into the room, noticing the serious and gloomy mood in the room the young Gobind asked his father what was happening. Guru Tegh Bahadur replied, “Unless a holy man lays down his head for the sake of the poor Brahmins, there is no hope for their escape from imperial tyranny.” Young Gobind replied, “Revered father, who would be better equipped for this than yourself?” Guru Tegh Bahadur hugged his son and wept for joy. “I was only worried about the future, for you are far too young”. “Leave me to God”, Gobind replied, “and accept the challenge of the Mughals.”

Even though Guru Nanak [founder of Sikhism] had refused to wear the sacred thread when he was young, the Gurus still believed in the freedom of religion and the right of the Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs to live in peace and practice their own religions. With this Guru Tegh Bahadur laid down the gauntlet in the fight for freedom of religion and told the Pandits to inform Aurangzeb that the Brahmins would gladly accept and embrace Islam if Guru Tegh Bahadur can be convinced to do so. Guru Tegh Bahadur made preparations to leave for Delhi. He bid farewell to his family and followers and dictated that his son Gobind Rai should be installed as the next Guru. Accompanying the Guru on his journey and also prepared to accept the consequences of whatever happened were Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Dyala and Bhai Sati Das. As soon as Aurangzeb heard the news he ordered the immediate arrest of the Guru. Guru Tegh Bahadur and his party were arrested soon after they left Anandpur Sahib and taken in chains to Delhi.

When brought before Aurangzeb, he was asked why he was hailed as the Guru or prophet and called ‘Sacha Padsah’ (the True King) and if he really believed in his being one he should perform a miracle to justify his claim. Guru Tegh Bahadur reprimanded the emperor for his blind orthodoxy and his persecution of other faiths, “Hinduism may not be my faith, and I may believe not in the supremacy of Veda or the Brahmins, nor in idol worship or caste or pilgrimages and other rituals, but I would fight for the right of all Hindus to live with honour and practice their faith according to their own rites. The Guru answered further, “Every ruler of the world must pass away, but not the Word of God or His Saint. This is how people not only call me a True King but have done so through the two centuries before me in respect of my House and also in respect of others who preceded them and identified themselves not with the temporal and the contingent, but with the eternal and the ever dying.” The Guru refused to perform any miracles saying, “this is the work of charlatans and mountebanks to hoodwink the people. Men of God submit ever to the Will of God.” Guru Tegh Bahadur refused to embrace Islam, saying “For me, there is only one religion - of God - and whosoever belongs to it, be he a Hindu or a Muslim, him I own and he owns me. I neither convert others by force, nor submit to force, to change my faith. Aurangzeb was enraged and ordered Guru Tegh Bahadur to be forced to convert to Islam through torture or be killed.

Guru Tegh Bahadur was subjected to many cruelties, he was kept in an iron cage and starved for many days. [In order to terrorize him further into submission, his companions were tortured to death. The Qazi (Muslim priest) told Bhai Mati Das to embrace Islam: “Brother, embrace Islam and enjoy the pleasures provided by the government. Moreover when you die as a Muslim, you will go to heaven where there will be streams of milk, many kinds of wine to drink and beautiful women to enjoy. If you do not embrace Islam, your body will be sewn into two.” Bhai Mati Dass replied, “I can sacrifice hundreds of such heavens for my faith. I don’t need women or wine. I see all the happiness in the path of my faith.” (Source)] The Guru was made to watch as Bhai Mati Das the devoted Sikh was tied between two pillars and his body split in two by being sawn alive. Bhai Dyala was boiled alive in a cauldron of boiling water and Bhat Sati Das was wrapped in cotton wool and set on fire. The Guru bore these cruelties without flinching or showing any anger or distress. Finally on November 11, 1675 Guru Tegh Bahadur was publicly beheaded with the sword of the executioner as he prayed. The Gurus body was left in the dust as no one dared to pick up the body for fear of the emperors reprisal. A severe storm swept through the city and under the cover of darkness a Sikh named Bhai Jaita managed to collect the Guru’s sacred head and carried it off to Anandpur Sahib to the Guru’s son. Another Sikh Bhai Lakhi Shah who had a cart, was able to smuggle the Gurus headless body to his house. Since a public funeral would be too dangerous, Bhai Lakhi Shah cremated the body by setting his house on fire. Meanwhile the head was taken to the grief stricken young Guru Gobind Singh and the widow Mata Gujari. On November 16, 1675 at Anandpur Sahib, a pyre of sandalwood was constructed, sprinkled with roses and the head of Guru Tegh Bahadur was cremated by young Guru Gobind Singh.

Thus ended the earthly reign of the ninth Nanak, Guru Tegh Bahadur. Never in the annals of history has the religious leader of one religion sacrificed his life to save the freedom of another religion.
“He who trusts in God and makes an honest living to share with others and injures no one, nor harbors ill-will against another need perform no other rituals. His soul ever stays in health.” - Guru Tegh Bahadur

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The extent to which people are willing to go...

Can you imagine what extend people are willing to go just to achieve what they desire? They don't even think about the consequences. Read this short news report:
From 'fat-burning' to burnt fat

Woman suffers burns on body after trying to slimming treatment at spa
By Amanda Yong
November 17, 2009

Enticed by a local spa's promise of a "fat-burning treatment", one housewife literally got burnt.

Madam Li Mei Gui, 35, tried an unusual beauty treatment in which a spa therapist placed a towel on her waist and poured alcoholic fluid on the towel. When the towel was lit up, the flames spread to her bare skin.

Now, she is left with horrific scars on her back, one as abig as a two-dollar note.

For the full report, read The New Paper today (17 Nov).

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hierarchy of Cyber-Needs

I could have posted this in my computer blog, but I think this is more than just about computers. Have you seen the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? Well, there is a Hierarchy of Cyber-needs! Check it out:


Source: YouTube - Evgeny Morozov: How the Internet strengthens dictatorships

Thursday, September 24, 2009

How long will a faith last in today’s world?

A strong vibrant and solid society, community, religion can be identified by its:

Openness to evolve and change.
Tolerance to other ideas and thoughts
A willingness to accept reason and logic based on verifiable facts
A confidence that there is nothing to fear or lose.
No fear of losing its members or faithful
No insistence on punishment for those who leave it
No physical enforcement of rules and commands.
Rejection of anything that is based on blind faith and circular logic
A revulsion and contempt for violence based philosophy
A deep respect for women
A strong belief that no thought or idea is permanent.
That change is the only thing that is permanent.

On the other hand
Any community that has values opposite to what is written above..
is weak and unstable and in the long run cannot sustain or hold itself.
It always felt it is under threat.
Scared that it will lose its identity
Unsure of its beliefs and hence enforce and hold its followers by harsh rules
Need to constantly stick to the Blind truth and faith principle.
Feels submission is more important than reason and question.
It lives under constant fear of losing out to change and collapse.
Until a built up momentum destroys it to oblivion by implosion.

"No power on earth can stop an idea whose time has come" – Voltaire

Courtesy: Faith Freedom International • View topic - How long will a faith last in today's world ?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thought Provoking: The paradox of choice

Barry Schwartz explains why “The secret to happiness is low expectations.”

Watch more videos from TED at their YouTube channel or on their official website’s Talks List.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Venn Diagram Analysis of Religions

There are many religions in this world, ranging from major religions with believers from all parts of the world to tribal religions in the jungles of Africa. For the purpose of simplicity, let us assume three major religions, Religion A, Religion B and Religion C. The set of believers in each religion is thus given:
image Let us also assume that the world population forms the Universal Set. For the sake of simplicity, we assume that these three are the only religions in the world. However, we know that there are people in this world who do not believe in any of these three.

We also know that the sets of believers of all religions are mutually exclusive, just as your race is. Therefore it is not possible to have a believer in two or more religions. Thus we have:
image
It is known that any major religion believes it is the only true religion, and that all other religions are false. Therefore, assuming red represents false religions, and green represents true religions, the diagram would look like this to a believer in religion A:
image This can easily be changed to a believer in religion B, where the set of believers of religion B would be green, and the set of believers in religion A would be red. How do we now conclude which is the actual true religion? If you take only the green colours and do an “Union” operation, all religions are true. If you do an “Intersection” operation, no religion is true. If you take all the reds and do a “Union” operation, all religions are false.

Also, it is interesting to note that in the above example, one religion is confirmed twice to be false, compared to the one time it confirms itself to be true. In the real world, a religion is confirmed to be false, as many number of times as the number of other religions claiming themselves to be the only true religion. Therefore any given religion is confirmed to be false several times, while it only confirms itself once to be true.

Now, it is a common knowledge that the believers of religion A believes that anyone who does not believe in religion A goes to hell. Let us assume that heaven and hell exist. If you take the colour of the set of people going to hell according to religion A as golden yellow, we have:
image We can easily change the above diagram to represent the view held by believers of religion B. Their set would become white, while the set of religion A would become golden yellow.

If you do a “union” operation on these three diagrams, the entire population of the earth is going to hell. If you do an “intersection” operation, anyone who does not believe in a religion that would take them to heaven, would essentially go to hell. It doesn’t matter which religion he chooses, as long as it will take him to heaven.

Conclusions: Thus we see that we cannot determine with absolute confidence that any of the world religions could be the true religion, but at the same time, we cannot conclude that all religions are false.

Also, to go to heaven, we must choose a religion that most appeases us, as a person who rejects all religions would go to hell. This means that we are essentially given the freedom of faith – to choose the religion we want to believe. This also means that we can create our own private religion as well, as the only requirement to go to heaven is that you believe in a religion that takes you to heaven. Your own private religion can also take you to heaven if you want it to!

The third conclusion is that, we cannot be absolutely sure that we would go to heaven even if we believe in a religion. If God chooses to do an “union” operation on all the religions, we are doomed to hell. Let us hope that He does an “intersection” instead.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Onam!

When Maveli, our King, ruled the land,
All the people had equality.
And people were joyful and merry;
They were all free from harm.
There was neither anxiety nor sickness,
Death of the children was never even heard of,
There were no lies,
There was neither theft nor deceit,
And no one was false in speech either.
Measures and weights were right;
No one cheated or wronged his neighbor.
When Maveli, our King, ruled the land,
All the people formed one casteless race.

Happy Onam!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Nice Advice

Always speak a kind word about anyone.

If you do not have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Never criticize.

Don't tell lies.

Don't tell tales on anyone or be a snitch.

Don't be jealous. Be pleased when something nice happens to someone. Wish good things to happen to anyone.

Put others first, unless you are being taken advantage of.

Don't take advantage of anyone, especially if they are nice to you.

Do not steal. Ask if you want something and do not take things for granted.

Look after things, especially if they do not belong to you.

Try not to borrow or lend things.

Be confident of yourself. Believe in yourself and always be humble. Do not boast.

ALWAYS BE CONTENTED.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Discrimination – Part 2

If a language cannot be considered superior to another, as both of them are merely two means of communication between humans, why is that a religion is considered superior to all other religions by its followers? Isn’t religion simply a means of communication with the Divine? The claimed superiority of one religion over the others have created bloodshed throughout history, when there is no such blood-filled history regarding language difference or any other difference for that matter.

If it doesn’t make sense to be friends with someone only of particular country or particular skin colour, why does it make perfect sense to the followers of a religion that they should shun themselves from the rest of the society and make friends only with those from among the followers?

If in God’s eyes, all human beings are considered equal, why do followers of a religion claim themselves to be above other human beings simply in the name of religion? And why do they find it absolutely right to do so?

If a text of any religion should be proven to be accurate beyond the shadow of doubt, there should be no human being questioning them. As nobody questions the fact that gravity exists or that earth is spheroidal, nobody should question the so called “facts” in their own religious texts that are claimed by the followers of that particular religion. Why is this not so? Why are there so many proponents as well as opponents for any given religion?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Discrimination - Part 1

Could any language be considered better than another language? Would you tell your friend that your language is better than his, and he should learn yours? In that case, is it not fair that he has an equal right to claim his language to be better than yours, and invite you to learn it? Language is a means of communication that had been developed by human beings. How would one mean of communication be superior to other, when there is no real basis to compare the two on?

Are we to choose our friends by the country they’re born in, or by the culture they are part of? Would you tell someone you meet, “Oh you’re from Country-X. Sorry I don’t make friends with people from Country-X and Country-Y.”? Or, how about “Sorry, no offence, but we can’t be friends because your skin colour is darker than mine.”

Should any human being be considered greater than other human beings, in terms of being a human being? Presidents and ministers are only there as they have a responsibility. Beyond this responsibility, they are merely human beings, at the same level as a layman cleaning the street, and an engineer working on an aircraft.

Is there anyone who would dare question a fact that is proved using a solid, tangible proof? Facts proven by science, does anyone question them? Is there anyone who claim today than the value of pi is not 3.14159… and have theories or proofs to back his claim?

Your comments are welcome, please feel free to post.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

School Days

Here are some sayings from school.

Teacher: 'What is your name?'
Student: 'Mera naam Suraj Prakash hai.'
Teacher: 'When I ask a question in English, answer it in English.'
Student: 'My name is Sunlight.'

Teacher: 'What is your name?'.
Student: 'My name is Beautiful Red Underwear'
Teacher: 'What kind of a name is this? Don't joke tell me the right name'
Student: 'My name is Sunderlal Chadda.'

Teacher: What happened in 1869?
Student: Gandhiji was born.
Teacher: What happened in 1873?
Student: Gandhiji was four years old.

Teacher: What is the full form of maths?
Student: Mentally affected teachers harassing students

Teacher: Now children, if I saw a man beating a donkey and stopped him then what virtue would I be showing?
Student: BROTHERLY LOVE

Teacher: Because of Gandhiji's hard work what do we get on 15th August?
Student: A holiday

Teacher: 'Can anyone give me an example of Coincidence? '
Johnny: 'Sir, my mother and father got married on the same day same time.'

Teacher: How old is ur father.
Sunny: As old as I am.
Teacher: How is it possible?
Sunny: He became father only after I was born.

Teacher: There is a frog, Ship is sinking, potatoes cost Rs3/kg...Then, what is my age?
Student: 32 yrs.
Teacher: How do you know?
Student: Well, my sister is 16 yrs old and she is half mad.

Smile!

Interest Rates dropped from this month!

I just noticed from DBS (link) and POSB (link) websites that they decided to cut down the interest rates with effect from 1 July 2009. The starting interest rate had been cut by half!

Whoever still thinks they can make money from the measly interest rates banks offer to people are plainly not using their brain. I do not treat my bank account as a place for me to make money. I only treat it as a “safe-deposit box” to keep my money inside. It’s safer that keeping all the money in my house, and also provides the convenience of card-based payment such as NETS and Debit Card.

But it simply is a folly to think that saving money in a bank account would make you money. A $3000 deposit would give you $3.75 interest per year! I would rather do something with the money than to “save it” as the banks always love to advertise! In fact, the last time I went to the bank, the person servicing me suggested of opening something in which I would “save” $100 every month. No way! I just told him a big “No, thank you very much.”

Even if I have a job and an income I would definitely not sign up for those “saving” schemes where you put aside money for the future. It’s all a waste, because no matter how much you put aside, it’s still nothing compared to what you will actually need in the future. It’s much better to create pipelines such as a business or an investment than to save up a little water from the buckets you carry everyday into a small water tank labeled “For the Future.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi, and myself

When I look at Aung San Suu Kyi and the detention she is willingly accepting for the freedom of Burma, I can’t help but notice the analogy of the situation in my own life.

Burma is governed by its military regime, which is known to be powerful, sadistic and egoistic. Aung San Suu Kyi is fighting for a democratic government in lieu of the military dictatorship. That’s the father.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the elections in 1990 but was refused assumption of the office of Prime Minister, was placed under house arrest. She had been placed back into detention several times and is still under house arrest on this very day, after going through several trials.

Through her 13 years of house arrest (in the 19 years since 1990), she held her strength as a person with a cause. She kept herself hopeful of the future in which Burma, her dear motherland, would be a free nation where a democratic government voted by the people would be in charge. That’s the lady.

Many nations, looking back into history and seeing great advocates of non-violence such as Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, are rallying together in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. The United Nations are getting involved with their negotiations. Each person who chooses to help her finds his own little way to help her get closer to freedom. That’s us - those who choose to help the lady in our own little way.

A little though to ponder: Small drops makes an ocean. Stop the drops and you have a desert.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Learning to Master Fear

Extracted from “Ask Yourself Questions and Change Your Life” (Copyright © 2008 by Arlene Harder, MFT)

There are a number of emotions that can create the Velcro® Syndrome*. The most common, though, is an emotion that has an inordinate capacity to interfere with our intention to change. Fear. When fear is your master, it controls you in many ways, particularly when you want your life to change in a fairly significant way.

When fear is your master, you bring the future into the present.

When you master fear, you accept the future only when it actually arrives.

When fear is your master, you forget that you can learn to solve new problems.

When you master fear, you remember how good it feels to bring your skills into new situations.

When fear is your master, you believe you have to face life’s challenges all by yourself.

When you master fear, you remember the many times when you’ve expressed your feelings and your needs clearly and have been supported by others.

When fear is your master, you stop trying because you might make a mistake.

When you master fear, you gain strength from the many times you’ve made a mistake, forgiven yourself, learned from it, and moved on.

When fear is your master, you focus on the separate details of life, judging one thing as good and another as bad, with a particular emphasis on the bad, unable to see life as a whole.

When you master fear, you remember the times that you have transcended your sense of separateness, times when you experienced the ordinary, individual details of life as a whole, when you felt a connection with the essence of life.

Finally, when fear, a very serious emotion, is your master, you ignore the pleasures that life offers.

When you master fear, you live in each moment as it happens, discovering that you can’t be overwhelmed by what may – or may not – happen in the future because you’re fully focused on the present.

* Want to know what Velcro® Syndrome is? Get hold of the book “Ask Yourself Questions and Change Your Life” (by Arlene Harder, MFT)

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Power of Your Own Mind

Napoleon Hill-What the mind can conceive, believe & achieve.

Transcript:

My search led me to the study of the spiritual forces with which all of us are blest. And it was in this field that I came upon a clue, which has enabled me to help millions of people to find their earthy destinies.

I want to describe my discovery in the simplest terms possible. Because it will reveal to you why it is true that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past, or how lofty your aims and hopes may be.

I caught my first fleeting glimpse of the profound law which provided the means by which we may choose our own purpose in life and attain it while I was being coached by Andrew Carnegie during the organisation of the Science of Success Philosophy.

I just finished telling Mr. Carnegie that I feared he had chosen the wrong person to give the world the first practical philosophy of personal success, because of my youth, my lack of education and my lack of finances.

Well, at this point Mr. Carnegie delivered a lecture that I shall never forget, because it changed my entire life and paved the way for my helping to change the lives of millions of people, some of them not yet born.

“Let me call your attention to a great power which is under your control,” said Mr. Carnegie, “A power which is greater than poverty, greater than the lack of education, greater than all of your fears and superstitions combined. It is the power to take possession of your own mind and direct it to whatever ends you may desire.

“This profound power,” Mr. Carnegie continued, “is the gift of the Creator and it must have been considered the greatest of all of His gifts to man, because it is the only thing over which man has the complete and unchallengeable right of control and direction.

“When you speak of your poverty and lack of education,” Mr. Carnegie explained, “you are simply directing your mind power to attract these undesirable circumstances. Because it is true that whatever your mind feeds upon, your mind attracts to you.

“Now you see why it is important that you recognise that all success begins with definiteness of purpose, with a clear picture in your mind of precisely what you want from life.

And then Mr. Carnegie continued his speech with a description of the great universal truth which made such an impact upon my mind that I began then and there to give myself a new outlook on life and set up for myself a goal so far above my previous achievements that it shocked my friends and relatives when they heard about it.

"Everyone,” said Mr. Carnegie, “comes to the earth plane blest with the privilege of controlling his mind power and directing it to whatever ends he may choose. But,” he continued, “everyone brings over with him at birth the equivalent of two sealed envelopes. One of which is clearly labelled: ‘The Riches you may enjoy if you take possession of your own mind and direct it to ends of your choice.’ And the other is labelled: ‘The Penalties you must pay if you neglect to take possession of your mind and direct it.’

And now, let me reveal to you,” said Mr. Carnegie, “the contents of those two sealed envelopes. In the one labelled Riches is this list of blessings:

  1. Sound health.
  2. Peace of mind.
  3. A labour of love of your own choice.
  4. Freedom from fear and worry.
  5. A positive mental attitude.
  6. Material riches of your own choice and quantity.

In the sealed envelope labelled Penalties,” Mr. Carnegie continued, “is this list of the prices one must pay for neglecting to take possession of his own mind:

  1. Ill health.
  2. Fear and worry.
  3. Indecision and doubt.
  4. Frustration and discouragement throughout life.
  5. Poverty and want.
  6. And a whole flock of evils consisting of envy, greed, jealousy, anger, hatred and superstition.”

Now, my mission in life is to help you and everyone who needs my help to open up and use the contents of the sealed envelope labelled Riches. And the starting point from which you must take off if you wish to write your own ticket from here on out, for the remainder of your life, I will describe for you in these simple instructions.

  1. Procure a neat pocket-sized notebook, or something on the order of this one here, loose leaf affair. And on page one write down a clear description of your major desire in life. The one circumstance, position or thing which you will be willing to accept as your idea of success. And remember before you begin writing, that your only limitations are those which you set up in your own mind or permit others to set up for you. And,
  2. On page two of your notebook write down a clear statement of precisely what you intend to give, in return for that which you desire from life. And then start in right where you stand now to begin giving. And,
  3. Memorize both of your statements, what you desire and what you intend to give in return for it. And repeat them at least a dozen times daily.

And always end your statements with this expression of gratitude for the blessings with which you were gifted at birth:

“I ask not, oh Divine Providence, for more riches, but more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to whatever ends I desire.”

If you are not too successful or self-satisfied to accept and express this profound prayer; if you accept it and express it in the same spirit of humble sincerity in which I pass it on to you, a new and better world will reveal itself to you. A world in which you will see reflected the circumstances and the things which you yourself have created.

And now let me close this, our first visit, with my favourite expression of gratitude:

“Oh Divine Providence, I ask not for more riches, but more wisdom with which to make wiser use of the riches you gave me at birth consisting in the power to control and direct my own mind to whatever ends I desire.”

End of Transcript.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Family

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
'Oh excuse me please' was my reply.
He said, 'Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you.'

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.
But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old..

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
'Move out of the way,' I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.
While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,

'While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love,
you seem to abuse.

Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.'

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
'Wake up, little one, wake up,' I said.

'Are these the flowers you picked for me?'
He smiled, 'I found 'em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue.'

I said, 'Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way.'

He said, 'Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway.'

I said, 'Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.'

FAMILY

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think?

So what is behind the story? Do you know what the word FAMILY means?

FAMILY = FATHER AND MOTHER, I LOVE YOU

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Next Train: Disk Boot Failure

Next Train: Disk Boot Failure

It’s been years since I saw a computer screen like this! I saw this in one of the information screens in Jurong East MRT. Apparently this screen is hooked up to a computer with AMD K6-2 processor (running at 300 MHz) and 16MB RAM memory. The computer’s hard disk has failed, causing it to display the message “Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter.” Now, where do the train passengers find that System Disk?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Relationship Audio Books

Some audio books that would help you in your dating, relationships, marriage and life.

Why men don't listen and women can't read maps - Allan & Barbara Pease  [Review]

The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman [Details]

Right-click the links and save the ZIP files. Then extract them to get the MP3 files inside.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Water and Wellness

Why is water good for you?

We all know water is essential to life. But most of us are not aware of the crucial role water plays in sustaining the function of every organ and function of our bodies. Water does more than sustain life. Good water can actually improve our health, our fitness and even our appearance.

What happens without water?

We can go for weeks at a time without food, but we will die in a matter of days without water – even faster in warm climates where perspiration causes us to lose water quickly. Going without water can have disastrous results:

  • A 1% deficit in the body’s water creates thirst.
  • A 5% deficit causes a slight fever.
  • A 10% deficit and the tongue swells, the kidneys start to fail, and the muscles go into spasms. Walking becomes impossible.
  • At or before 20% loss, skin cracks, organs grind to a halt, and death occurs.

What does water do in the body?

Water is the single most important nutrient the body takes in; every cell, tissue, and organ needs water to function properly.
  • Water transports essential water-soluble vitamins and nutrients (such as protein, minerals, vitamins B & C) that cells, tissues, and organs needs to function properly.
  • Water moistens our eyes, mouth, and nasal passages, helping organs perform properly and keeping us physically comfortable.
  • Water allows the body’s cells to retain their structure and carries oxygen to the cells.
  • Water cushions the organs and acts as a shock absorber to minimise stress and damage to organs.
  • Water helps regulate body temperature, keeping the body cool when it is hot and insulating it when outside conditions are cold.
  • Water flushes the kidneys to rid the body of toxic substances.
  • Water carries solid waste from the body.
  • Water balances electrolytes (minerals such as potassium, sodium, and chloride) that help regulate body temperature and control blood pressure.
  • Water provides optimum lubrication for joints.
  • Water is a valuable source of trace minerals such as manganese, magnesium, cobalt, and copper.
Drinking water can improve your health and well-being.
  • Water helps maintain blood volume, which maintains your energy.
  • Proper hydration improves your concentration and reaction time, especially during exercise.
  • Water increases the number of calories your burn during regular daily activities.
  • Water can help lessen the stomach distress concentrated medicines can cause.
  • Water helps rid the body of excess sodium, which can cause fluid retention.
  • Studies show links between high water consumption and reduced risk of minor ailments, such as colds, constipation, and urinary tract infections, to more serious conditions, including kidney stones and bladder cancer.
  • Frequent water intake prevents dehydration among the very young and old. (Dehydration is on of the leading causes of hospital admissions for those over 65 years old.)
  • Water may help you lose weight and improve your appearance.
  • The body often mistakes thirst for hunger pangs, so people often eat snacks when their bodies are thirsty, not hungry. Studies show that people who drink large amounts of water usually feel less hungry.
  • Water gives you more energy during exercise and increases the calories you burn during exercise.
  • Studies indicate that water may also help reduce fat deposits.
  • Water helps hydrate the skin, leaving it smoother, softer, more supple, and more wrinkle-free. (Water reaches the skin last; if the body doesn’t get enough water, the skin will feel the effects sooner than any other organ.)

How much water do you need?

Your body needs water even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • While individual needs depend on many factors, as a general guideline, the average person should drink between 1.5 and 2.5 litres of water (about 1.5 – 2.5 quarts) every day. (Check out our Water Intake Calculator to find out more about how much water you should drink based on your exercise habits and your current weight.)
  • Beverages with caffeine – coffee, tea, and colas – actually dehydrate the body, robbing the organs by using more water to process than they provide.
  • Alcoholic beverages also cause dehydration.
  • Juices and sports drinks quench the body’s thirst, but they may also provide unwanted calories.

A variety of sources were used for the data on this page, including the Center for Disease Control, the Water Quality Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association (USA).

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Help me and Ronaldinho make Every Kick Count

Hey - check out what Ronaldinho is doing to raise money for kids in need. I'm kicking it to you, and then we can track where the kicks go from there.

Here's the link to my kick: www.everykickcounts.com It's yours to pass on now...


From: Ronaldinho
Sent: 05-21-2009
To: send2adtc@gmail.com
Re: Every Kick Counts

Hi Arun,

Sure, I kick a ball for a living. But this time, my kicks aren't important. YOURS are.

I've been working with Nutrilite (they make my daily multivitamin) to figure out a fun way to raise money for the AMWAY ONE BY ONETM Campaign for Children. And we've done it at www.everykickcounts.com.

Just start a virtual kick. Or continue a kick that's sent to you. When you do, NUTRILITETM will make a donation to the AMWAY ONE BY ONE campaign. You can even check out where in the world your kick has gone. Could there be a simpler or more fun way to help kids who need it?

Can you help us reach 10 million kicks? Click Here and get started. Because Every Kick Counts.

Obrigado!
Ronaldinho

Monday, April 27, 2009

Robert Kiyosaki

Check out the Principles of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” (link).

The most interesting thing I learnt in one of these wonderful videos is that active income (going to a job) can make you pay 50% of the income in taxes, while the tax levied on passive income (income from a business) can be legally brought down to 0%!

Another thing I learnt is the "Cone of Learning” devised by Edgar Dale. Here are a few links you can take a look at the cone of learning, and learn more about it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Laos Photo Albums on Facebook

It’s a big mess! Forty-one photo albums on Facebook! I decided to organize them here in this blog post. Note that you have to be signed into Facebook and you have to be in my network to see the photos.

Day 1

1. Flight to Bangkok
2. At Bangkok
3. At Vientiane
4. SG Embassy and Dinner
5. Walk along the streets

Day 2

1. Lao Peoples Revolutionary Youth Union
2. Packet Lunch at LPRYU
3. Meeting the Lao People (Intro and Games)
4. Dinner at some back alley

Day 3

1. Morning
2. That Luang
3. Patuxay Park
4. Talat Sao Mall
5. Hor Pha Keo Museum
6. Inspire Centre & Night

Day 4

1. Morning Market
2. Buddha Park, Going Up
3. Buddha Park, Coming Down
4. Walk, Dinner and Debrief

Day 5

English Lessons

Day 6

1. Teaching IT
2. Bowling at Lao-Itec Shopping Mall

Day 7

1. Soccer Practice
2. Group Photo Taking
3. Soccer Match
4. After the Match

Day 8

1. Morning Classes
2. Photo-taking and Lunch
3. Beerlao Brewery Tour
4. Dinner and Shopping

Day 9

1. Farewell Function
2. Certificate for Laos students
3. Certificate for OCP volunteers Part 1
4. Certificate for OCP volunteers Part 2
5. Certificate for OCP volunteers Part 3
6. Performance Morning Part 1
7. Performance Morning Part 2
8. Water Festival, Lunch and Farewell Dinner

Day 10

1. Leaving Ulayvanh Hotel
2. At Vientiane Airport
3. At Bangkok Airport

Note that you have to be signed into Facebook and you have to be in my network to see the photos.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Nightmares I live every Day – Screwed Up

I’m screwed up. And most of this person’s friends would agree to that statement. This person I wish to talk about here, is not the same person as in my previous episode of ‘Nightmares I live every Day’ series. It is a different person altogether.

As you have noticed already, I will not give you any details that reveal anything about this person. But if you know me well, you should know who this person is. Just like before, I once again screwed up a good friendship that could have been there. And I foolishly destroyed it, all in the name of my selfish pleasure.

I regret it and if I could go back in time, I would tell my past Arun what nightmare I am living with now, and what I wish to avoid. I have not done the right thing at all. More than any other bad event in my life, seeing this person makes me want what I will never have. An eraser than can rub away past mistakes and set things straight.

Regardless, I’m learning to let go of it as a mistake, a huge one indeed, one that I pay for whenever the person appears in front of my eyes. I’m learning my lesson from this mistake, and it’s the most important lesson I have ever learnt in my entire life. For this lesson, I want to give this person a big “Thank You.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bellaelysium

That's the nick of my new friend Esther Peh. Well, actually we were acquaintances for three years of my diploma course, but only recently did I get a chance to know her better. Thanks to Facebook for that. I was really taken aback by the awesome and creative collection of cards hand-made by her. If I knew she's so good at card-making I would have bought all my greeting cards from her.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Check out my Facebook profile

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Hi Reader,

I set up a Facebook profile where I can post my pictures, videos and events and I want to add you as a friend so you can see it. First, you need to join Facebook! Once you join, you can also create your own profile.

Thanks,
ADTC

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nightmares I live every Day – Friendship without Foundation

Some years ago, I developed a friendship with a person. We thought the friendship was going great, but in the end it all fell apart too fast. I tried to hold on to the friendship, but the more I tried, the more it slipped away. In the end it was completely lost and we are like enemies now. I don’t hate the person, but the person hates me to the core.

If I could go back in time and change the way our ex-friendship went, I will do it and make things better. I will make sure that the friendship has a foundation which it never had, before I start building it up. This was the mistake I did, I rushed things and tried to build the friendship without a foundation.

A 20-storey building has a 40-storey foundation that keeps it on the ground.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

What time is it?

FootballTime

It’s football time! –Tiger Lager Beer

[This poster is on the back of my room door.]

Oh btw, I don’t drink beer.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Nightmares I live every Day – Birthday Slip

A long long time ago. I was in a hostel and it was my birthday. The hostel warden arranged a birthday cake and a celebration. My mom was also visiting the hostel and was with me. Everything was going on as usual, but when it was time to cut the cake… I forgot to blow the candles! I just cut the cake right-away… (pause) ‘Why isn’t anyone clapping?’

At first, I was really confused that the whole hall suddenly became silent. But instead of going insane about it, I just blew the candles – in the middle of cutting! Some of the hostel mates clapped, while others didn’t. Usually the whole hall claps, and loudly too. But not today.

A few moments later, I realized what I did wrong and was really embarrassed. In front of some 50 people I did something obviously wrong and everyone knew. But no-one talked about it, at all. Nobody ever mentioned about the slip. Usually, anything stupid I do, they all will have something to say about it. But not the birthday slip. Well I’m glad they never mentioned it ever again.

Why did this happen? I blame it on nobody guiding me. I’ve seen in movies and all that in situations like this, the mother or close friend or relative would guide the birthday boy saying “C’mon make a wish and blow the candles.” But the warden just gave me the knife and I really didn’t know what to do. It isn’t like I celebrate birthdays all the time!

This is the first time I’m telling anyone about this incident. I had kept this a secret for a long time. It’s time to let go. And you know, whenever I see a birthday cake or hear about a birthday celebration, I remember this embarrassing incident and live the horrors of it over again.