Monthly Archives: June 2015

At least Buddhists don’t question my right to exist…

Ugh, now I’m in a bad mood and I really wonder about our place in the world with so many judgmental groups that are ready to believe that I do not have a right to exist based on my circumstances or my choices.

There are those that believe I must be killed; converted; a misguided fool, because I’m pagan.

Now I do not believe in religious indoctrination don’t get me wrong, exposure to religion sure however don’t keep it narrowed down or enforce that other paths are wrong and that you’ll go to hell if you believe that. Faith and religion should be a personal choice for each of us to explore and develop if we so wish, if you look at the world and see / feel that there is nothing there that’s perfectly fine, but it’s a belief just like mine.


I don’t think you’re wrong for holding it or seek to treat you any differently because of it. We all share our time on a spinning globe rocketing around the sun together and if we were all the same it would be a rather boring place. But intolerance does not make it a brighter future; shaming, attacking, excluding those that choose to have/not have faith serves to further divide us and in the end only serves our own ego.

There are those that believe I shouldn’t have rights because I choose to smoke.

Ok on this one I am somewhat on the side of the attackers, but believe there should be some level of middle ground. Now a lot of smokers can be inconsiderate in where/when they smoke and hold the view that aside from indoors they should have the right to smoke anywhere that is public. Now I don’t quite share this view; people that do not smoke are perfectly entitled to have areas that are smoke free which is why when I smoke I avoid others, and in areas where it is not permitted (even in a wide area) I make sure that I am in an area where it is not banned.

Now that being said, bans are also perfectly understandable and acceptable; however it is also a form of discrimination based on choice. Singapore I thought did this reasonably well with small smokers areas around the place it allows for segregation but not ostracisation. In regards to the burden that we place on the health care system, have you seen the price of cigarettes?! Them and alcohol are two of the highest taxed luxury goods on the market today, through the levies that are placed on them, the additional GST, premiums on health insurance as well as regular income tax I think the income generated more than negates the possible medical cost expenditure. It would be why they are not banned outright.

And to those who wish me dead already, this view does not make you “righteous”, wishing harm on another makes you an asshole. Congratulations.

I should die because I’m fat

Yep I’m fat, but aside from the new doctor who listed off all the things I would have wrong with me ordered a barrage of tests a few years ago (after I had already lost 30kg) everything still comes back in the dead middle of healthy. Most of the time I am not a big eater aside from when I was younger or have done a day of heavier physical activity, and yes it’s something that can be changed.

It’s also something I work on, at my fittest I was walking every day for several hours, cycling 50km on the weekend and hitting the gym several days a week and was never under 120kg. Does it mean that I’m a burden, nope I can hike the jungles of Nepal on my own thank you very much. I may not be able to run a marathon (yet) but overall aside from being a smoker I lead a reasonably healthy lifestyle and still tackle anything.

Should I die because of my size, again nope.

Finally the trigger for this tirade.

Militant vegan questions meat eaters’ right to live

Oh really? Come on!

There is a diverse ecosystem on this planet we call home; plants, animals, single celled organisms that all contribute to a rather diverse food web each with their own biology and needs. We have those whose digestive system and needs stem from plant matter, the carnivores that consume them and then the omnivores that derive their required nutrients from both sources. Now as a species we all possess similar biochemistry, however there is diversity and mutation and different people process (or are unable to do so) the food that we consume in different ways. With the exception of those whose makeup has a reaction to certain things our place in ecology is a virus. Ok well no it’s really an omnivore we just act like a virus in our consumption of everything around us.

Everything from our teeth to digestive systems are designed to process nutrients from both animal and plant matter. Unless your digestive system has issues with processing something in an “ordinary” scenario we should eat a variety of plants, red meat, white meat and fish to form a balanced diet to provide all that our bodies need. When deviating from our defined biology we tend to then need to load up on other things to ensure that the things we are missing from what we are not consuming is met.

Being a vegetarian or vegan unless you can’t actually process meat is a lifestyle choice.

Should someone die for your choice?

I understand the ethical argument that drives many people to that path, the right to eat another living thing or the way in which they are bred and slaughtered for food however as we are sentient and capable of reasonable thought we have this choice. It is not unnatural to eat meat, herbivores eat only plants, carnivores eat the herbivores and the omnivores eat whatever happens to be around. Meat is murder is very true but it is a contribution to the circle of life. Could I kill an animal, I honestly don’t believe that I could however that being said human social interaction is based on supply and demand, I have skills in which I can use to provide to somebody that can do so and they in turn provide me with the meat which forms a part of my diet.

Don’t source your meat or eggs from chains, instead from where animals have a decent standard of living before they become dinner is considerably more responsible than forsaking our bodies design and place in attempting to maintain order in the ecosystem around us. In the end we make our own choices in regards to our diets, for those that choose to live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle it’s understandable and noble, however it doesn’t mean it is how things should be it is still just a choice which should be respected. Just as omnivores are not monsters.

In the end I think as a species we are far too judgmental, and confrontational. As much as I don’t like it I am also guilty of the same failings at times, effectively branding those who wish me dead as assholes is effectively doing the same thing. I often wonder how we will end up as a species, I hope that we grow up.

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Thought for the day

“Once you realize that the road is the goal,
and that you are always on the road,
not to reach a goal but to
enjoy its beauty and its wisdom,
life ceases to be a task and
becomes natural and simple.
In itself an ecstasy.”
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj ~

Kiss the rain

I’m not sure which is more haunting, the music or the words that accompany it…

I often close my eyes
And I can see you smile
You reach out for my hand
And I’m woken from my dream
Although your heart is mine
It’s hollow inside
I never had your love
And I never will

And every night
I lie awake
Thinking maybe you love me
Like I’ve always loved you
But how can you love me
Like I loved you when
You can’t even look me straight in my eyes

I’ve never felt this way
To be so in love
To have someone there
Yet feel so alone
Aren’t you supposed to be
The one to wipe my tears
The on to say that you would never leave

The waters calm and still
My reflection is there
I see you holding me
But then you disappear
All that is left of you
Is a memory
On that only, exists in my dreams

And every night
I lie awake
Thinking maybe you love me
Like I’ve always loved you
But how can you love me
Like I loved you when
You can’t even look me straight in my eyes

I don’t know what hurts you
But I can feel it too
And it just hurts so much
To know that I can’t do a thing
And deep down in my heart
Somehow I just know
That no matter what
I’ll always love you

I often close my eyes
And I can see you smile
You reach out for my hand
And I’m woken from my dream
Although your heart is mine
It’s hollow inside
I never had your love
And I never will

So why am I still here in the rain

The pen is mightier than the sword

Ordinarily I am not a fan of advertisements however they are useful in introducing you to new products and services that you may not otherwise be exposed to. But occasionally there are advertisements with messages, or that stop and make you think or even smile. And whilst this may be an advertisement for online content services the message used in it’s delivery made me smile.

There is an old saying being “The pen is mightier than the sword”, however in my opinion this is slightly inaccurate. Whilst skill certainly does play a part in swordplay anybody can pick up a sharp instrument and use it to cause harm to another, whereas with the pen the power does not lie in the instrument itself but they who weild it. Words hold power, but unlike the sword which is used to protect or injure the words can bring joy, sorrow, harm or healing and in the hands of a master wordsmith they are truly a powerful weapon.

Whilst I may not be a master wordsmith, and more often tend to be needlessly verbose I am happy to say that it is rare these days that I have an unkind word to say about anybody, it is easy to speak out in anger but to have a smile upon your face and a kind word for anybody that crosses your path that may need it and the world becomes a brighter place.

Change your words, change your state of mind and you can hope to enact change in the world around you. In the end we are all broken, slightly cracked or searching for our place and we cannot walk the path of another but we can at least make them smile, or not get in their way.

“Words have power. They work. That’s why
poetry can affect people. That’s why music and
lyrics and songs affect people…”
– Sammy Hagar