Saturday, August 27, 2011

Relationship Addiction (Part 2 of 2) — Why you shouldn't get married

Some people desire marriage for all the same reasons dogs chase cars.


Xenocrates

A happily married couple — as delightful as this looks, marriage is not for everyone.
One of the biggest lies propagated in western society is that everyone should be in love with somebody and that love is universally accessible. Nobody tells you however that love has a set of very specific requirements. Some people do not have these qualities in their personality by default and will probably never develop them. Some people should stay single. They are just not mature enough to identify themselves—and that's precisely where this post comes in.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Relationship Addiction (Part 1 of 2) — Love by any means

Settling for someone less than you deserve makes for two unhappy people instead of one.

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Most people want to get to this state. The trouble is, some people don't care how.

I've heard many people complain about their unsatisfactory relationships, only to see them break up and start another one just like it. What's the reasoning for this? Wouldn't it make more sense to learn from the past? As it turns out, that is not the problem. Most people would much rather to be in a relationship than be in love. They are relationship addicts — slaves to the want of being desired at any risk. The addiction has now reached pandemic proportions.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Enigma of Life (Part 2 of 2) — The Meaning of Life

Human lives are no more significant in the grand scheme of the universe than the lives of cockroaches on the same scale of magnitude.


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Humanity and all life enveloped by it, is a by product of a cosmic matter engine. — Image by Jamie Beck
When you think about the complexity of life on this planet, our first instinct is to think that the meaning of our lives extends from the complexity inherent in life as we know it. The truth is that wherever life exists in the universe, irrespective of its complexity, the purpose of that life is exactly the same. There is no greater relativistic significance that is attributable to humanity.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Enigma of Life (Part 1 of 2) — What is life?

...life is a miracle of astronomical mathematical improbability.


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The transitional beauty of life from land to sea as juxtaposed against the epitome of a seashore owes more to a natural phenomena than a mythological inexplicability. — Image Credit: Kert Gartner, 2011

In response to my previous post, someone had asked me in person: "If god was invented by humans to satisfy the need to worship something, then what is the meaning of life?" The very question is based on the premise that one needs a god to give life meaning (or that having a god would make life more meaningful). It's like saying that tooth fairies make losing a tooth more meaningful or that storks make childbirth more miraculous. We know what the meaning of life is. Just like losing a tooth and the miracle of childbirth, the meaning lies in our biology.