Thursday, March 28, 2013

Smile..Even Though It Hurts

My family migrated in the United States few years ago. I still have a clear memory the first time we arrived at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. I was bundles up with 4 layers of clothes. One thing is for sure, I am not in tropical country anymore where we get an average of 75 degrees. Most of the people I see are white and blonde. I felt like an outcast. And worst,  I felt like all eyes are on me.

Remember Inception? Yes, I perceived everything that time as dream. Until I woke up the following day, and I am still cold. It was not a dream after all. I am in America. We went to a restaurant and instead of using fork, I used a spoon because that was what I'm used to. I heard a giggle from the other table. I felt embarrassed. It hurts.. but I still smiled.

I attended school in America,  the professor criticized my writing so many times saying that "I don't belong in this class". She said I write differently. Being different is not considered a sin. It is not wrong. It is not similar as being deviant. I don't belong, but I still continued pursuing my dreams.

yes, I do things differently, I say things very different from how people say things. I tell you what, I guess at this point of my life, I don't really care. Let's live life tot the fullest.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Zombie Apocalypse

It has become a trend in film industry to include zombie-like actions. Walking dead, The Stand and many more have been some of the great examples on how zombie movies are very well accepted in the society. Several episodes and sequels have occurred to fulfill people's "fantasy" for zombies. Why? Do we really need all these when humanity is gradually shifting to a zombie-like society?

The zombie apocalypse is already for us to witness. People are alive not because they are living, but they only live to survive. The apocalypse is coming so quick unless we act and put a stop on it. There is no culture for anything anymore. There is only imitation of everything, adapting everything we see in the TV and hear on the radio.

We walk like dead people, we do not have our own ideas anymore. We only seek for pleasure all the time, and we become threat to each other. This is a contagious disease, let's do something about it..

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Unstoppable

There so many good things in this world that people take for granted. We always want what we don't have. Is this the right way of living? I don't think so..

People are unique in their own ways. Even identical twins have differences also. But why do we make so much individual isolation between the world and ourselves? It's easy. The answer is that we all want the best part. Social diversity leads to conflict. Conflict leads to a more difficult development of social cohesion. We want what we just want, but never think of other things. We eliminate so many things in life when we isolate ourselves form others who we perceive as different from us. We are used of labeling people that will fit them in our own categories. Is this right? Of course not. This is just making the world end very quickly.

When we try to become different and unique, we tend to isolate ourselves from others. People are unstoppable for search of what's best, what is pleasurable for them and eliminating strong bonds and open channel of communication. It is not about culture, it is about our individual prides.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Back to the Future

If given the chance, will you go back to the past and try to fix the future? As much as I hate to agree with that idea, I would still try to back and change the past.And as mush as I hate to admit that all of us in this world are all in pain in some ways, i would still say yes.

Yes, we need to do something. Everyone has turn their back to the culture they use to have, rather, that we use to have. Mass society greatly transformed into what we now call as mass media. The culture I use to remember when I was still young is gradually fading. We have become highly specialized society that we no longer have any connections at all. We interact in a very shallow level, but not "real" interaction. We built walls between ourselves and others and created a virtual reality.

Is a time machine a solution or it's time for everyone to wake up from the dream? The time machine is waiting for you, but only if you can no longer stand a chance to a machine and give up for life. We are humans, we are more capable than any machines out there, if we just choose to be one.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Problem with Conformity

"Everyone has it, so I need to have it too". A statement that one day will harm each and everyone of us. We conform to what society and media dictates to us what we need to do. If not, we don't belong. We are considered outcast of the community. Is it chicken and egg? Do the society dictates us what we need to do or do we tell society what is acceptable or not?

iPhone, iPads, Flat-screen tv, and many more gadgets that can be mentioned. Do you have them? I do. I asked myself one day, "Do i need all these stuffs?" Obviously, the answer is, I don't need it, I just want it. This is not the culture I use to know. I don't carry all these extravagant, branded things that become tools to conform tot he society.

Everything changes. I changed a lot. And i know everyone did, and we keep changing over time. The only thing that never change though is we keep conforming, even we know it's wrong.