Valentine Shock

I know a girl who is more amazing than any other. But oh so sad, right now it’s a bother. But you know what they say all’s well that ends well. Still it’s sad to see it end so much like hell. Still it’s not the end. You know the secret goes:

Better is the end of a thing than its beginning.

Well I’ll wait as long as it takes.

Normalization

It seems to me that people in the social justice business, have endeavored to make violence a necessary part of social activism and life. I can see this only leading to more problems for America and eventually to its divide. Love, not hate, will defeat hate, not the normalization of violence.

Kubo and the Two Strings: Christian Review

Kubo and the Two Strings is a good movie. It’s a story about life and loss. The story has some spiritual elements to it, but they don’t go very deep. Rather the emotional elements are much deeper. Kubo is a story about a boy who has lost most of his family. His father is gone, and his mother is not available most of the time. Despite this, Kubo has fun doing a magical show for the villagers in his town, but he must return before night comes, as his mother commanded. Ultimately, Kubo and the Two Strings is a very spiritual movie, spiritual in that it touches on the issue of the loss of life and it’s relation to a child. It gives children an understanding of how to cope with losses, and that people are never really forgotten. I would recommend this family to any Christian parents wanting to show this to their family.

Racism and America

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matt 7:13-14 NIV)

Today in America, racism is a big issue. No one wants to be seen as racist, except for those souls who hopelessly seem to be proud of hating others. That being said, a new curse has awoken in America. That curse is pseudo-anti-racism.

What is pseudo-anti-racism? Good question. Think about it.

Done thinking? What did you guess it was? Alright I’ll tell you: anti means against and pseudo means false, therefore pseudo-anti-racism is a false attempt to fight against racism.

Why is it false? Because it tries to fight discrimination with more discrimination. Someone is racist? Better hate them. Someone is sexist? Better hate them? Someone is homo-phobic? Better hate them.

Of course, this seems pretty reasonable to most people. People who like to hate deserve to be hated. It is the truth.

Actually no, it’s an ancient moral system of “hate your enemies” which is pretty, in fact, worthless. How can we know its worthless? Let’s see what the most famous anti-racism activists had to say:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -Martin Luther King. Jr.

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.  -Mohandas Ghandi

(Martin Luther King Jr. fought for Civil Rights in America and Ghandi fought the caste system in India as well as the systematically racist British rule of India, all in all they did a pretty good job of fighting racism wouldn’t you say?)

 

Moana

So I watched Moana. It was a fun and beautiful movie. The art was fantastic. However, I feel like the end really didn’t deliver. Also they made Maui kind of lame. Which was kind of a shame. The important thing though was that he was played by the rock. Ultimately this movie felt like  going to a fast food place to order food and then the food not being as great as you had hoped. 😦

The Boy and The Beast

I watched The Boy and The Beast. It was pretty alright. It has a lot of pros, but perhaps the end could have been better (honestly the first 2/3’s of this movie is like perfect). It features the best fight scene out of any movie I have ever seen. Furthermore a lot of this movie had me squealing with delight… not a lot of movies do that. Also the movie does a great job about focusing on the father son relationship. Also, if you’re Christian, you’ll notice this movie has an emphasis on two people becoming one. I thought this was very reminiscent of the Holy Spirit. Anyway, I suggest you check it out.

Catholic means universal.

Orthodox means true.

I suppose I would consider myself a true universal Christian.

Does that make me a Catholic Orthodox Christian?

All jokes aside. Language is an interesting thing. In whats his name’s book, 1984 (written in 1948, published in 1949 by the way, I think, I’m not gonna check), the evil Oceanic government has modified the English language to keep people from rebelling against said government. I think they got rid of all words that people could use to rebel or something like that; I was in high-school when I read it I don’t remember. Anyway, it’s interesting isn’t it? Words are how we communicate ideas and yet, some words mean multiple things, and people can get confused. I’m not talking small stuff here, I’m talking whole world views can be shifted just because someone went to church and a pastor used a word that meant something else to a person and all of sudden a crucial part of how they see life has been changed (provided they received his message). Now he thinks he has to give poor people money in order to secure his entrance to heaven. Hmm… perhaps we should be more careful about the words we use. Same goes for presidents.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

I remember when I learned this poem in the 8th grade. And I remember when Family Guy made a joke about Bob Dylan being the author. More recently, it was featured in Interstellar. Although I enjoyed Interstellar, I do not agree with one of its main themes: humanity will be able to save itself from extinction.

Now, you may think “wait Armin, you believe humanity will go extinct?” Well no, no I don’t; I just believe that it won’t be humanity that saves humanity. It will be God.

I mean, the odds of us being here are so slim they are not worth considering, meaning the only explanation is a creator (unless you want to conceive other universes for which there are no evidence for) ((Of course, I suppose you can assume that we are just extraordinarily lucky to be here by chance, but then why are you so desperate to not believe in God? It’s like God asking you to go on a date and you instead decide to go to a casino and roll a nearly infinite sided dice with the chance of increasing your money a little bit, but only if it lands on the side with the number one. But anyway, back to survival)). Since the possibility of us being here is so small, is not the possibility of us remaining also small? What’s to stop a massive extinction or asteroid or some other disaster to happen? If God doesn’t exist, we don’t have a chance of saving the earth. If God does, we’re chill. I hear people often talk about how we are so small in the universe, but they never consider what that means. If we’re so small, then how can we change anything? How can tiny people on this tiny earth stop  the sun from burning out? Thinking of things in the more foreseeable future, I often hear humanists (those who believe humanity will save itself) often lament the possibility of World War III that would destroy us all. If we’re so capable of destroying ourselves, what makes us the best candidate for future survival or stopping our eventual destruction? If on this very day we’re trying to kill each other, when will we band together and figure out how to deal with a solar collapse?

But regardless of all this, if God does not exist, then it does not matter how long humanity survives. At least, it does not matter in an absolute sense. Sure people can have their own opinions on the meaning of life, but once they die, these opinions die with them. But even while they are alive, one man’s opinion cannot change the eternal laws of the cosmos. All your opinions about meaning exist only as brain chemistry in your mind. It’s just in your head.

A man said to the universe:
“Sir, I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe,
“The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.”
-Stephen Crane

Without God, all of humanity is fated to die out. The ultimate state of the universe is scheduled to be heat death, where everything just breaks down into leptons and no more work will be able to be done. Ultimately, all things will come to an end. Imagine for a moment, you have died and if there is no afterlife, you now cease to exist. Your accomplishments on earth no longer have any affect on you. All your suffering cannot touch you, nor can your pleasures. As for the rest of humanity, whether they now think positively about you or not, it cannot affect you nor can you know it. One day all of them will die out too. Then all the people who consider humanity worth any value will be dead. There will be no one alive still to say “life is valuable!” Everyone you have ever hurt or loved, will be nothing, regardless of whether you helped or harmed them. They all fall into the same state. The richest man to the poorest. Animal and Human. The best life and the worst life. Nothing.

Unless, of course, God exists. And maybe you’re not sure that he exists. But if he does, then he has something to say about your existence and about your purpose and the purpose of the universe. But again, you’re not sure… but wait, look at the options. If God does not exist, then whether you seek him or not, ultimately it won’t matter. You’ll still be nothing and you won’t be able to take anything with you when you die. But if He does exist, you have the chance of knowing the most wonderful being that there ever was! Why not take this life to seek him? If He can’t be found, you don’t lose anything; but if He can, oh what a reward that will be. So why not take the chance of searching for an incredible gift when you have absolutely nothing to lose? It’s kind of like being stuck in an underground mine that caved in and you have two options: go deeper into the mine in hope that there is an exit, or stay where you are and wait to die. Why not just try?

Guardians of the Galaxy

Good action movie. Me gusta. I wouldn’t say this movie expounds any deep moral views but it does make for a good action movie. Furthermore, the cast is perfect; well really only two castings matter (Groot and Rocket) and these were perfect. Never mind, just realized that Batista from WWE was in it, ballin! Also Chris Pratt hasn’t been in enough movies yet, but playing the lead role in the LEGO Movie is probably the accomplishment of a lifetime.