often in life, one doesn't instantly get what one's heart so fervently desires. but all is not lost. for if one could wait. and if one could dream, and if one could persevere, and if one could keep the flame of that yearning shining brightly, then there would still be hope. and when there is still hope, then all is not lost. i choose to wait patiently and do my best in hope of better things to come.
here it is, the "poem" (I don't really know if this deserves to be called poetry *lol*) i wrote during a bout of exhaustion and drowsiness while reviewing for my midterm exam:
tic tac tic tac tic the night drags on the eyes struggle burning, drowning hobbling back and forth back, forth across the goddamn sheets catching words on fluttering wings gobbledygook
Ah well, the midterms were okay, i guess. I'm not really expecting an excellent score, but it was okay. Same for the physics10 2nd exam we took last friday. The eng 11 exam on short stories, we took earlier today. That one was okay too--actually, more than okay. Only, I know my score won't be perfect; I'm sure of at least one mistake there. Ah well. Seesh for that, but hey, I can't very well expect to get a perfect score every time. Can't very well have it all, can I? Haha. I hope it isn't too obvious that I'm terribly GC (grade-conscious). Oh well. That's just me, I guess. My life practically revolves on the (occasional) "drudgery" (for some) of academics.
Being born in January straight-up means your the most good looking person possible. Youve also got the best personality (bar none) and am an absolute pleasure to be around. You are probably a massive Burzum fan, and more than likely have an a very attractive partner (or three!). It is also more than likely that you have a massive record collection (that is better than anybody elses from any other month). YOu have a great choice in films, and may one day become a famous actor yourself - hell! youve got the looks for it!!! You are definitly more metal than anyone born in February (especially Simon from Seventh Cross).
Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizing dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.
Attractive personality. sexy. Affectionate Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.
Active and dynamic. Decisive and haste but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people's problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. moving Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. sexy in a way that only their lover can see.
Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Totally BADASS. Best person you'll ever meet!
Easy to talk to. Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having lots of ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Has that someone always on his/her mind. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Abiding. Able to show character. one guy/girl kind of person. Loveable. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. loves music. pretty/handsome. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Sensitive. Down-to-Earth. Stubborn.
Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people's feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Hot. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.
Outgoing personality. takes risks. feeds on attention. no self control. kind hearted. self confident. loud and boisteroius. VERY revengeful. easy to get along with and talk to. has an "everything's peachy" attitude. likes talking and singing. loves music. daydreamer. easily distracted. loves to flirt. hates not being trusted. BIG imagination. loves to be loved. hates studying. in need of "that someone". longs for freedom. rebellious when withheld or restricted. lives by "no pain no gain" caring. always a suspect. playful. mysterious. "charming" or "beautiful" to a special person. stubborn. courious. independent. strong willed. a lover.
Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people's mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal and always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Positive Attitude. Thinking generous. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves sports, leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic. sexy but has brains.
Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to takes things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn't pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly.Brave and fearless. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of to control emotions. Unpredictable. Extremely smart.
Trustworthy and loyal. Very compassionate and caring. Wild at times. Knows how to have fun.Sexy and mysterious. Everyone is drawn towards your inner and outer beauty. Playful, secretive. Very emotional and takes a lot to make angry. Meets new people easily. Fearless and independent.Can hold their own. Stands out in a crowd. Essentially very smart .
Loyal and generous. sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Changing person
The definition of "right" is relative. Usually, something becomes "right" when the norms of society dictate that it is so (and it is often the dominant class which defines what is "right"). A certain practice that is righteous and honorable in one society or era may shock another civilization or generation with the cruelty or inequity of its nature. Slavery, for example, was once deemed acceptable-advisable, even; the worth of man was once measured by the number of slaves he had. However, such a practice is condemned today.
As I've said, the definition of "right" varies from person to person. For me, something becomes "right" when it is in accordance with truth, justice, and morality. Something becomes "right" when my conscience tells me, and when I feel, that it is so (however subjective that may sound). An action is "right" when it pursues that which is good (be it personal or common), so long as it does not violate the rights and liberties of others, when it treats human beings with respect and dignity, and not as mere means to an end (however noble that end may be), and when it gives value to all life.
2. When does an act become "just"?
For me, justice is about fairness. It is about sticking up for the truth and being free from bias and bigotry. It is giving people what is due them. It is respecting and upholding the rights of other people, which are protected by the laws of a community, for the community's common good.
Men are created diverse, and justice requires that this diversity be respected. Despite their differences, all men are equals, and justice asks that they treat each other as such, no matter how elevated one is from the other in terms of wealth or power. Justice does not discriminate between "rich" or "poor", "influential" or "marginalized", "black" or "white".
Thus, an action is "just" when it acknowledges and respects the equality among humans, when it condemns domination, oppression, and violation of others' rights for the pursuit of narrow self-interests, and when it gives a person what s/he so rightly deserves.
3. What is reality?
Reality is what exists, what is true, whatever is actually there. It is what is, despite appearances, and despite our different perceptions of it. Reality cannot be determined by our senses alone, for they sometimes deceive us (as is the case with visual tricks, hallucinations, and the like). Just because we can't perceive something doesn't mean that it isn't real. For example, we don't see nor smell carbon monoxide, but we know that such a compound exists.
Reality is opposed to the imaginary, the make-believe, the fictitious. It is quite dissimilar to what is merely apparent or alleged. So I guess, for something to be considered real, there must be some factual proof of its existence.
I think it was Plato who said that what is real is invisible to the eye. In his theory of forms, he said that what is real is the idea, not its material counter-part. Well, I think that an idea is an idea; that much is true. It exists as an idea. But the material stuff is also real, since it exists as well.
This question brings to mind this quote from Mark Twain: "Life is but a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream." It made me think… when you're dreaming, you often get the feeling that all those sensations and sights and smells are real; a dream is real while it lasts, it seems. But when you wake up, you realize that all those weren't real after all-just another dream. What if life as we know it is just a dream? What if we're just dreaming? Would dying be a sort of waking up from this dream? Is there another "reality"? Oh well, I think I'm starting to wander off the point…
4. Does God exist?
I think that the existence of God can neither be proved nor disproved. If God is indeed what most people suppose Him/Her/It/Whatever to be-omniscient, omnipotent, infinite, perfect-then Him/Her/It/Whatever would be beyond the scope of what human reason, limited as it is, could fully understand. To put it simply, we can never really know for sure whether there is a God or not. I mean, I don't think the existence of God could be ascertained empirically, can it?
I suppose it is just a matter of belief, of faith. An idea can become true if one believes it. Therefore, God is true to those who believe that He/She/It/Whatever really does exist. Having said that, I think God exists because I believe in Him/Her/It/Whatever. He/She/It/Whatever may or may not be what all the theology courses I've taken claim Him to be-a loving Father, an omnipotent and omniscient Deity, a jealous God-but of this, I feel positive: that somewhere along the line of causes, there must have been a beginning, a point where nothing else apart from that Prime Mover, that First Cause, existed. And c'mon, whenever I gaze at the stars, watch the sun rise, feel the wind blow against my face... I can't believe that all the wonder and magnificence around me was not designed by a Master...
5. How can a person attain enlightenment?
I believe a person can attain enlightenment by acknowledging, first of all, that his/her wisdom is imperfect and lacking, and that concerning it, much is left to be desired. But a person does not become enlightened by this realization alone. S/He must possess a thirst for wisdom, an eagerness to learn. S/He must be bold enough to dare to go beyond what s/he is familiar and comfortable about, to immerse his/herself in murky waters-all in the name of realization, discovery and enlightenment. And since what s/he desires cannot be attained easily, nor quickly, s/he must also be prepared to face plenty of challenges in his/her life-long quest to make sense of this crazy world.
Books and formal education contribute a lot to a person's enlightenment, but learning should not be confined to these things alone. I suppose the real school is life itself, and experience, the best (and at times, the most brutal) of teachers. Other people also play a part in a person's quest for wisdom. I believe that every person-no matter how much (or how little) knowledge he/she possesses, no matter how old or young he/she is-has a story to tell, some insight to contribute, from which a person may learn something.
But learning is not all external. Understanding and acquiring wisdom requires much introspection as well, for how then could we formulate insights we could call our own if it were otherwise? Shall we forever live by another's ideas and values, ready-made for belief, without really understanding, examining and affirming them? No. Certainly not.
6. What does it mean to live properly?
I think that to live properly is to live a principled and examined life. It is always striving to act in accordance with what is moral, with what is just, with what is right. It is constantly pursuing enlightenment. It is cultivating oneself; each day should yield to something fruitful or beneficial-something learned, perhaps, or a good deed done-that leads to the development of an individual into a better person.
To live properly is to have constant awareness and appreciation of life. Truly living is not merely existing-drifting purposelessly from one day to another, following the same old monotonous routine, never anything to be enthusiastic about, never anything to look forward to... One must have some goal in mind, some notion of what one wishes to accomplish in a lifetime. Of course, one must also do his/her best to achieve that goal.
To live properly is to place value and consideration on others-loving and nurturing other people-and not just on oneself. One must make a positive impact, create footprints in the sands of another's life, so to speak, and, as Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it, "to leave the world a bit better". When I come to think of it, I feel that Ralph Waldo Emerson gives a pretty good picture of what it means to live properly in that poem of his about success.
What is love? This question is so hard to answer. Can it ever really be answered—sufficiently, thoroughly, absolutely? I doubt it. I doubt if such abstractions can be conquered by words, limited as words are. Trust the human mind to come up with such complicated and complicating matters… haha. But anyway, what I really wanted to do was to share some of my favorite things said about love:
“Love is that enviable state that knows no envy or vanity, only empathy and a longing to be greater than oneself.”
“Intimacy [substitute ‘love’ for ‘intimacy’] is a four-syllable [substitute ‘letter’ for ‘syllable’] word for ‘Here’s my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger and enjoy.’”
– Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
(Though I disagree with the feel-free-to-hurt-me sort of sentiment, I must say that love does entail pain, and one would be an utter fool to think that love can only be all rosy and bubbly and warm and nice.)
“Love is an act of will—namely both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love… Love is the will to extend oneself for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth. Genuine love is volitional rather than emotional.”
– M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled “You shouldn’t establish love upon something volatile—say, your emotions. People end up breaking up because one says, ‘I don’t love you anymore,’ or ‘The degree of love I felt has reduced,’ not realizing that, after all they’ve been through, love is not a feeling. It is a verb, not a noun.”
“People don’t complete us. We complete ourselves. If we haven’t the power to complete ourselves, the search for love becomes a search for self-annihilation; and then we try to convince ourselves that self-annihilation is love.”
– Erica Jong, Fear of Flying As for me, I think love and “falling in love” are two different things. That the feeling one gets when one falls in love IS love is an untruth, a misconception. “Falling in love” is just people’s genes trying to hoax and coax their otherwise sensible and rational minds into procreation. Love isn’t a feeling; it’s choice. And love isn’t supposed to make people stupid or crazy or just plain clingy; it’s supposed to make them learn and grow and mature—and that holds true for all those involved in a relationship of love. Well, that’s just what I think, anyway.
When I see your smile Tears roll down my face I can't replace And now that I'm strong I have figured out How this world turns cold and it breaks through my soul And I know I'll find deep inside me I can be the one I will never let you fall I'll stand up with you forever I'll be there for you through it all Even if saving you sends me to heaven It's okay. It's okay. It's okay. Seasons are changing And waves are crashing And stars are falling all for us Days grow longer and nights grow shorter I can show you I'll be the one I will never let you fall I'll stand up with you forever I'll be there for you through it all Even if saving you sends me to heaven Cuz you're my, you're my, my, my true love, my whole heart Please don't throw that away Cuz I'm here for you Please don't walk away and Please tell me you'll stay, stay. Use me as you will Pull my strings just for a thrill And I know I'll be okay Though my skies are turning gray I will never let you fall I'll stand up with you forever I'll be there for you through it all Even if saving you sends me to heaven
"LoVe GiVeS YoU CoUrAgE, BeInG LoVeD GiVeS YoU StReNgTh"
Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift?The one that says,"you mean so much to me in this season of goodwill.Let's also take a look at the heart of innocent who can't figure out what really Christmas is.Seeing Christmas is hard to visualize for those who lived in the darkness of life.
As i rushed from the department store yesterday, thinking of what gift to buy for my exchange gift in our class, three little girls caught my attention.They were standing in front of a store window full of toys.One of them was blind.I heard the other two describing the toys to their friend.She had never considered how difficult it was to explain to someone without sight what something looks like.
That incident really touched my heart,thinking how the children illustrate the truth, knowing the blind girl couldn't visualize the toys.On this season of Christmas, only a few people understood who Jesus really was.We heard story about Christmas, the baby in the manger as the son of God.
But today, multitudes are unaware of true meaning of Christmas because they are spiritually blind.I'm wishing that the real spirit of Christmas brings us joy and love in our heart.. :heart:Merry Christmas To All.... "God..commanded light to shine out of darkness."
The Philippines are the highest portions of a partly submerged mountain chain and is
made up of 7,107 islands; Main island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Spain (1565-1898) and the United States (1898-1946), colonized the country and
have been the largest influences on the Philippine culture. The Philippines is
one of the most westernized nations in Southeast Asia, a unique blend of eastern
and western culture.
Other nations close to the Philippines: Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam,
Related countries: Japan, Spain, United States.