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Finding Myself

October 22, 2008 5 comments

So there has been this thought in the back of my mind for the past few years or so.  And over the past month or so, well basically since school has started, I have become increasingly intoxicatedwith the idea that pursuing the career path of a University professor might actually be my calling in life.  For some odd reason, perhaps because I am on the verge of graduating, this idea becomes stronger and stronger by the day.  It is now coming to the point where I am no longer able to dismiss it from my mind.  Everyday, when I walk down the halls of my campus, I get this rush, this feeling inside of me that tells me that this is the place for me.  Every time I encounter a passionate professor, every time I study late night at the library, every time I encounter anything to do with student life, I become increasingly intoxicated.  It has come to the point where I need to address this feeling and just go with it. 

The persuit of knowledge, the exchange of ideas is something that I have always got a high from.  Just the fact that the world in which we live in can be changed through a simple idea rocks my world.  When I learn about a new theory or a new idea, I get so excited that I need to sit there and talk to someone about it.  I get this urge to share these ideas and try and get people to open their eyes and open their minds.  I am not sure how it is supposed to feel, but if this is how a calling in life feels, than this very well might be it. 

I came one step closer to coming to a realization that academia is my calling.  I was with a friend last night and both he and I were sitting in this amazingly designed building late at night.  He was studying for an exam and I was researching a topic for an essay.  I decided to take a break.  After surfing the net looking up useless things, I came across what I consider to one of the hidden jewels on the Internet, ted.com

Ted.com is a website that is dedicated to spreading ideas.  In fact the slogan of the site is actually, “Ideas worth spreading.”  The site essentially comprises of great thinkers of our world who are asked to speak for 18 minutes on a topic or subject on which they specialize in.  They have different categories and themes that people speak on.  Topics such as politics, sociology, psychology, science and every other discipline are discussed in front of an appreciative audience. 

Ted.com may be my new drug.  And it may be the very thing that inspires me to persue a masters and eventually a PhD. 

I sat there last night, watching some of these lectures and I was amazed at how passionate some of these people are about the fields that they study and how articulate they are in presenting these ideas to other people.  It was literally magical. 

I watched a lecture by Carolyn Porco who is a planetary scientist.  She was speaking on Saturn and she actually said that she was getting goosebumps just talking about it.  It almost drove me to tears.  Her presentation in particular in front of TED got me thinking that night…I could literally be her.  I could be the one that spreads my ideas and gets shivers down my spine and goosebumps when I eventually get to share these ideas.

I don’t want to be one of those people that looks back at his life and regrets not at least flirting with such a strong desire to see if it was actually possible.  And I know in the back of my mind that it could very well be possible.  I mean, there really isn’t any reason for it not to happen.  It might not be as prestigious as a career in Law but I honestly believe that if I choose the path of a professorship that I could actually live a life of happiness and fulfillment. 

It’s going to be an interesting year folks, that is for sure. 

On a side note, please, PLEASE visit this site.  I am sure a lot of you people will enjoy it.  It’s been around for two years or so and I am so surprised that I didn’t come across this before.  It is anything but a waste of time.

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Blame The People For Electing a Douchebag

October 22, 2008 1 comment
Douchebag

Douchebag

So the Canadian federal election this past week was no real surprise for the most part.  The Conservatives held a minority government and the Liberals lost seats.  On the other hand, the NDP gained a few seats and the Greens gained a significant part of the popular vote.  In fact incumbent Rahim Jaffer actually lost his seat to an ND by a mere 400 votes or so.  But there was one thing that didn’t surprise me one bit.  And that was the election of Rob Anders, Conservative MP from the riding of Calgary West.

If you don’t know who this guy is, perhaps its better that you not know.  But for the sake of educational purposes, I’ll give you a brief synopsis of what this guy is all about. 

He is essentially a ultra right conservative MP.  His views are so right wing and in reality so messed up that even the Prime Minister himself keeps a muzzle on this guy.  And rightly so.  He embarrassed not only himself but the entire country by blocking a motion to declare Nelson Mandella a honorary Canadian Citizen, claiming that he was a terrorist and alluding in a TV interview that South Africa would have been better off under apartheid.  He is a bigot and racist.  Among other things, he believes that humanitarian work should work on changing the languages of foreigners to English and get them to change their religion to Christianity.  He also believes that the children of immigrants that are born in Canada should not automatically receive Canadian citizenship.  This is just SOME of the douchebaggery that has come out of this guy’s mouth.

So my question is this:  Given that Anders is a known bigot who needs to be reigned in by the Prime Minister himself, do the people who elect him share the same views as him?  I know that we live in a democracy and critiquing the choice of the people isn’t something that many people do.  Even Jennifer Pollack, the Liberal candidate running against Anders in the riding, said that the people voted for the party.

I whole heartedly believe the leaders and those elected under the leader are a direct reflection of general tone of the people.  Those people are the ones that reflect the greater picture to the rest of the world as far is image is concerned in the international community. 

Andres is the type of guy that has shown that he is willing to circumvent the rules of his own party, at the expense of disenfranchising those in his own riding to win a nomination.  He knows that if he doesn’t do that, he’s not going to win the nomination and therefore, not get elected. 

And yet, despite all of that, people in his riding still elect him with an overwhelming majority.  The way I look at it is, the residence in Calgary West are either so amazingly loyal to the party that they would be willing to elect an inanimate object if it ran under the banner of the Conservative Party of Canada, or they are bigoted and therefore stupid.  I choose to adhere to the ladder. 

Anders is one of the many reasons that democracy is a flawed system.  Because it allows stupid people to legitimize their stupidity under the opuses of democracy.  Stupid people, then make stupid decisions that reflect stupidly on the rest of the country.  What makes the people in Calgary West even more stupid is that despite the entire country (literally) denouncing Anders as a man of great stupidity, they still flock in numbers to elect a stupid man.

Moreover, they essentially have legitimized his stupidity and have said, through their ballot, that they essentially agree with his stupidity.  By virtue of that, the people of Calgary West are stupid.  Even those that did not vote in this election, in that particular riding are stupid.  Those that don’t agree with Anders at all but chose not to vote are also to blame for electing such a stupid man because they couldn’t get over their stupid excuse of apathy could have chosen to set aside their grievances for just five minutes, walked over to their nearest polling station and mark an X beside ANYONE’s name but Anders.  But instead they chose to sit on their sofa and watch some stupid program on tv.  After all, those that abstained from voting greatly outnumber those that actually voted.  Those that would have otherwise stayed at home on election day could have come out to vote, and combined with those that voted for candidates aside from Anders could have easily…EASILY told him that he is no longer welcome to spread his stupidity around Canada and around the world. 

So it is the people of Calgary West that really are to blame for this blunder that keeps occurring every election.  In all honesty, its not all that hard to oust someone like Anders.  He has been getting a free ride in that riding for way too long.  After all, Even Rahim Jaffer lost his seat to an NDP candidate.  So the argument that “my vote doesn’t count” is nullified.  Your vote will only count if you get up off your couch and actually caste a ballot.  Otherwise, your vote that you didn’t case that you think won’t make a difference, actually makes a difference.

So really…its the stupid people, stupid.

V-Dub

Whenever I buy something new, I always like to check out the commercials that are out there for either the specific thing I bought or at the very least the company that makes it.  Like I said before, my dad just recently bought a new 2008 Volkswagon Jetta.  Below is an older commercial for a 2002ish Jetta that I remember watching way back when.  In my opinion its one of the best commercials that VW has aired ever. 

The theme of the commercial is The Wedding or The Big Day in which a guy races to the wedding of the woman he loves (in his super fast Jetta of course) and arrives just in time to crash the wedding right when the Minister says, “speak now or forever hold your peace.”  If you are wondering what the song is in the background, its called “One Million Miles Away” by J. Ralph

Pain

As I sit here typing this right now, I am sitting in a classroom with another friend of mine watching him study for the LSAT.  He’s sitting there thinking out loud.  I didn’t realize how painful it is just  to watch someone study for this bloody exam. 

How am I ever going to get into law school?  I think it’s time to start filling out applications for McDonalds.  Maybe I can get further ahead in the fast food industry than I can with Law.

One Crazy Month

So this past September has been one crazy time.  I got a speeding ticket my first week of school.  Then a week later, my car broke down during rush hour.  Then I had no car for like a week and so I missed like a week of school because the area I live in doesn’t have transit yet.  THEN we had to rent a car for a week.  And during that time my dad and I went to countless dealerships to test drive new cars.  And then I got ANOTHER traffic ticket (apparently I didn’t stop at a stop sign while I was in a parking lot).  Not only that, I had to spend a night in the hospital (the details of which I will not indulge in).  A few days after that we ended up buying a brand new car.  AND NOW I sit here in my bed sick with the flu.  My nose runs like a faucet and currenly am running a fever. 

So yea, its been pretty hectic.  I am hoping I can get off of this cold as soon as possible.  I got midterms coming up as well as a project that I have to start working on real soon.  I think I am going to muster up some energy, drink some chai, take a shower and head over to school and plan out the next week or so.  I am can still get away with studying in segments and still be ready in time for my exams.  I just hope my eye sockets stop hurting by the time I leave for uni. 

Signs that winter is soon on its way: Current temperature 6 degrees Celsius.  Overnight low expected to be -3 degrees Celsius.