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Singing

Good old Al and Jazz!

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Singing

Sounds a bit funny to me and a bit meh as well. If you know the original song then you will probably laugh. I know I did!

Anyhoo, really like this song. It’s extremely innocent and upbeat. None of that ‘different ho’s in different zip codes’ type of business.

I used to listen to this a lot on my DISCMAN. Remember those? You could carry your entire CD collection with you and listen to it while on the road! Amazing! That was in an April kinda like this one… farking hot!

The song itself makes more sense to me now than it ever did before. Though the song suffers with too much studio effects sadly. And yes it’s sung by Natalie Imbruglia. I shall get in to the whole gender crossing business another time I assure you.

Life is complicated. The song is not.

Anyway here it is. As usual the completely unfair disclaimer applies and you don’t get your money back.

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Tick Tock Tick Tock

Our lives unwinding

Like the gears on a clock

Moments passing

Moments approaching

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Your time will come

This is it

This is your life

Do what you must

Before your last tick

And your last tock

Holy Templar

The number of religions on this Earth is quite staggering. Through the ages men and women have come to practice a multitude of faiths, each with the absolute conviction that they are the definitive religion. One thing is clear, only a few have survived the test of time. These are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and there may be others. Buddhism isn’t supposed to be a religion but it has become one in certain countries.

But have you ever heard of Wicca and Satanism? These are just two of what I like to call ‘non-mainstream’ religions that are still alive and well. There is a Church of Wicca and people practice its teachings all the time. It has something to do with elements. Satanism on the other hand has to do with believing in the darker side of man, though it’s a lot more complicated than that. They have their own beliefs which obviously they believe.

Then let’s not forget Scientology and its biggest advocate, Tom Cruise. It’s somewhat scary when you watch his Scientology video and you can see that he has absolute faith in what he’s saying. But maybe to us it looks like he’s been brainwashed, but you can’t really judge until you read the basic text behind the entire religion or cult as some would call it.

A further area of concern with religion is in the fact that indoctrination is always used to keep membership. What is indoctrination?

“To instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., esp. to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.” Taken from dictionary.reference.com

Now the word biased might have you up in arms… but it could be biased in the right way. Still the word indoctrination has a negative ring to it.

Anyway I once told a friend of mine that all religions use indoctrination, namely with children. I said that it was wrong and that people should make up their own minds as to what religion they should follow. He replied “then who would ever follow a religion” and went on to say that it was ok to do so.

Personally I believe people should be able to come to conclusions freely and I highly disapprove of religious schools that drum messages in to kids. Why can’t children make up their own minds as to what faith to follow? Why must they have it drummed in? If religions are that good, why can’t we let people grow up and make their own choices?

My mother has often said when she is mad “you turned out this way because you don’t have a religion” and at other times “it’s not too late. You can still have a religion”. I just LOL at those. Yes, I am a terrible, terrible Godless person who has never been to a religious educational institute in my life. Therefore I am evil and clueless. I drift without enlightenment.

But what I find most hilarious are the people who have gone through the religious system their whole life, behave like absolute bastards and then have the nerve to holy book thump in my face. I find this highly irritating.

Even more fascinating is the way people just pick up a holy text and then proceed to interpret everything the way they want to thereby justifying whatever it is they are doing. Look no further than the crusades and terrorist groups such as the Taliban.

Religion revolves around faith. What is faith? To avoid selective interpretation I bring you all 6 out of 8 (the missing two being irrelevant) from dictionary.com:

1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.

2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.

3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.

4.belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.

5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.

8.Christian Theology. the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.

I would select no.2 because there is no concrete irrefutable proof that will convince everyone of the existence of God. I also like the example about hypothesis because in that regard I have faith too though sometimes you are proved wrong. 4 is also good.

I can have faith in something, but I want to be damn sure before doing so. Once you put your faith in something it’s pretty much the end. Coming back from that is near impossible. I leave you with the Cruise scientology clip. Look at his eyes and you will see the conviction he has in his faith. He KNOWS that he is right. Is he insane or just a devout follower? That’s up to you to decide.

Momentum

It’s a strange thing. Keep doing something and its much easier to keep doing it. But suddenly the moment you stop, the moment you begin to put it off till later, suddenly its begins to get harder and harder. The more you delay, the harder it is to get back in to it. It seems to hold true regardless of what you’re doing, whether its studying, exercising, writing or whatever else.

I suppose its just the body and the mind getting used to things as it eventually adapts. It all depends on the newness of the experience. A friend of mine once wanted to become a nude model, but she said she was kinda shy to start. So I said it’ll be weird the first few times but after that you’ll get used to it. And that’s pretty much the same story for just about anything that a person can do.

Unfortunately the same holds true for a lot of negative behaviours including killing. Seasoned killers don’t blink or think about killing too much. That’s one of the worst things about war, it trains a large number of people to become killers and get used to it on a regular basis. I suppose you can’t wait to see if the other guy is going to shoot first cos then you’ll be dead. Problems really do arise when soldiers are forced to return to civilian lifestyles.

Anyway it seems that if you really want to do something and I mean really… you just keep at it. Even though you suck at the start, the only way you become good at it is by continuously doing it over and over again and someday somewhere you’ll find that you’re no longer half bad at this. But if you look for perfection from the start, then you’ll never get there.