Thread: The Sniper
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I'm going too far with this,aren't I?
Feeling of meaninglessness of life is a real problem, and I think that it is well that you see it as a problem. But what can one do?! My own solution was to discover that I should rather ask "What I can offer to this world?" instead of asking "How I can find happines here?"...
A Polish poet and philosopher Cyprian Kamil Norwid devoted a beautiful poem to the question of boredom and meaninglessness of existence. In this poem he called our life "a theatre spectacle paid by life". We are here only for a little while, every moment of our existence is precious and should not be wasted! If the world is grey, let's paint it in all colours! Like Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, who wrote their books among others because they could not find enough of the books of the genre they liked...
Have a good day!
[Edited on 12/11/2002 by Eryan]
A missile defense shield can never be 100 percent efficient, some will always get through; all it will do is cause an escalation in offensive weaponry as a counter measure. Meanwhile untold billions will be spent on armaments that could better be spent on improving the condition of the peoples of the under-developed nations, which would weaken one of the leading excuses for terrorism.
The games are pretty horrible now though.
Don't get me wrong. I have seen some pretty scary things in my life. My very first memory in life, I was 3 1/2 years old and we were living in Seul, Korea. There was a Korean guard with a machine gun, he made us stop, did not believe we were who we said we were. He made us get out of the car and searched it over and over. For a child that young it was terrifying. The gun was bigger than I was.
Later that year, I watched a plane being shot down out of the sky. At first we did not know what was going on, and we stood outside and watched it. Someone had flown over forbidden airspace. I was thankful to discover that the pilot escaped. We never knew if it was an american, south korean that got lost or a north korean. It did not matter to me.
When I was a senior in high school, we were living in Germany. Quadaffi (sp?) threatened to blow up the american military schools there. They evacuated our school and yes there was a bomb. No one was hurt. Thank heaven.
These are some memories (there are several others too) that I don't share often and don't want my son to experience. Unfortunately, with the way the world is going, he will experience things even worse than I have. I know there are people out there that have seen and experienced so much more horrific things than I have. I just pray that someday people can learn to accept each other and stop all of the useless killing and fighting.
I know that is a very naive and childish thought, but I have no idea, how to solve the world problems. I don't want a war with anyone for any reason. I know that there has to be people in war riddled countries that agree with me, I hope they can find a way to escape the awful atrocities that they are experiencing.
If it does come down to war, I will do anything I can to protect my son, husband and myself. (In that order). But for now, I am going to keep teaching my son, that there is hope and love and happiness out there. You just have to look for it, and have a positive attitude. We will keep praying that others will stop suffering. I know not everyone belives that there is a God out there. So may you find whatever peace that you are looking for, no matter what your beliefs are.
[Edited on 12/11/2002 by MelliotSandybanks]
Have they blamed it on computer games yet?
Personally, I blame computer games...
The games are pretty horrible now though.
[Edited on 13/11/2002 by Grondmaster]
Doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is
the quiet voice at
the end of the day
"I will try again
I am glad that the world is less grey now and perhaps even pink!!! !
Finding people with which we may share our fascinations and passions is VERY important! Happily, we all found somehow the PT and we can now enjoy its friendly, warm atmosphere! Long live Taz for having created this enchanted site, long live all its members for their contributions: wise and silly, serious and funny!... Some of yours really moved me deeply Raptor, I share your nostalgy for a better world!
Still some more on depression/meaninglessness of life... When the nervous system develops, young cells destined to develop into nervous cells (neurones) spread out their "tentacles" to reach other cells in their target centres. Then the cells which did succeed to reach the target cell obtain from it a chemical signal which allows them to live and to act as a neurone. The unsuccessful cells must die! This programmed cell death is known as the apoptosis.
I sometimes think that the same is true on the social level, too... The individuals which are not able to communicate successfully with others develop a sense of uselessness and meaninglessness and become depressive... and some of them even die, commit suicide...
The depression related to that factor might even have evolved as a biological adaptation. In the past the individuals which failed to find their place in a social group and, as a consequence, were unwilling to contribute to its wellfare might have been a serious burden for their group, and it was better for the group if they choose to die...
Now the matters are much more complicated, because the societies are much more complex and it is so easy to become alienated, lost... Yet thanks to the Internet everybody may seek and find his "tribe", and, what more, there are no more any geographical limits!!!! I cannot stop to be astonished by the fact that here on PT we have created such a perfect community across all continents and all possible time zones!
Friendships and passions are very efficient, almost magical cures against the sense of meaninglessness of life! But if we are talking about depressive feelings, there is still one thing, quite funny: the so called winter depression (seasonal affective disorder, SAD) related to insufficient amount of bright sunlight. In the summer bright sunlight perceived by us in the morning inhibits the synthesis of our sleep hormone, the melatonin. In winter its synthesis is not inhibited and goes on... and because of that some of us become sleepy during the day and sleepless during the night andstart to have quite gloomy feelings! And sometimes it is sufficient to install brighter light to feel happier and forget the winter sadness!
Don't worry, everything turns out all right in the end, there is a lot of h*ll in this world but as long as you, me, and everyone else at PT can help each other out in things that really matter, there is hope for the world
Have a good day all!!!
ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL
until the depression strikes back......
hittin WTC towers had no purpose
The Pentagon symbolizes the United States of America's military strength.
The WTC Twin Towers symbolized the United States of America's commercial strength.
The White House and Capitol Building symbolize the United States of America's governmental strength. (One of these latter two is the supposed target of the airliner that crashed in the Pennsylvanian field.)
I read a story in the Reader's Digest about the camps that men get trained in, and it is just sick they are taught that all the problems in the world come from Americans and Jews, and that it is there duty to kill as many as possible.
They don't even follow the Koran, they pick and choose what they wan't to hear and off they go.
And what is even worse: children in lands under extreme muslim command grow up with this belief, and since they have known nothing better than this all their lives, they grow up to be terrorists. And they can't be blamed. They grew up with the belief that war and hate for other peoples is the right thing. It's the adults who taught them that who should be set right. If only it was that easy...
What kind of makes me mad though is the fact that not a whole lot of American muslims are condemming these terrorist acts. I know that a few have, but I don't see them speaking with one voice and supporting their country. They hurt their reputation by not speaking out
Sorry to hear they wanted to attack Canada too.. It was because you are USA's closest neighours?
I suddenly found myself singing "blame Canada" from the South Park movie. A bit tasteless perhaps, but the episodes and the movie it made me think Amaricans and Canadians may have the same love/"hate" relationship like us Norwegians have with the Sweeds. We have lots of jokes on the Sweeds and they have the same jokes about us. Lots of namecalling as among siblings. But attacking a neutral (I don't know how neutral you are?) country is just unforgiving!
My 100th post! Wohooo!!!
[Redigert den 20/11/2002 av AmariŽ]
Here in Norway we also feared Bin Ladens terrorism. Well.. some did. No reason why we should. We're a small country which happen to be rich on oil, and we like to think we are equal to USA or something. Hardly anybody has ever heard of us or think we are the capital of Sweeden. There was someone who sendt a envelope with flour to his/her school as a joke. A reallydumb tasteless joke and suprice suprice, the school got really scared and the kid got in a lot of troubble. And it was a small school in a small community in a small country. Why would Osama care about us?
A few days ago I started thinking what would happen if Russia suddenly decided that they wanted our icefree harbours and sent their troops in? Would the USA be as eager to help us as we are to help them? Would the Sweeds stay neutral again like they did in ww2? My boyfriend meant they'd be quick to help because of our oil. Not that we fear they WILL attack, it was just a thought. I hope we'll never find out. Oh well.. Enough rambling for today.
Grondy, I agree with everything you said except that I happen to like the idea of a missile sheild. Ever seen the movie from the early 80's called Testament? It's about nuclear war and how it affects the lives of a suburban family. Very few special effects, just raw emotion. It's the most terrifying thing I've seen in my life and I haven't been the same since... and no, I'm not exaggerating. Next most scariest thing? Read 'The Hot Zone' by Richard Preston. If those two things don't scare you, nothing will.
Though Shatner and Neil Young can stay.
*still being deliberately antagonistic*
and I'm sure I'm forgetting many many others
I did not know Nickelback were Canadian. I sorta kinda like them.
I didn't forget Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Sum41, K.D. Lang, or Nelly Furtado... I just chose not to mention them. I wouldn't want to embarrass our Canadian friends
I did, however, forget Barenaked Ladies!
It's been one week since you looked at me/ Cocked your head to the side and said "I'm angry"...