Spoken Thoughts

My thoughts, recorded

A Video

So this video is actually a clip from a movie (The Great Dictator). The Actor is Charlie Chaplain.

Of course the added visual effects make it seem a lot greater than it actually is, but the message is clear, and important; work for the progress of humanity, not for the demise of your brethren.

Education

Warning: This post is going to be completely ridiculous

So, I have realized that all the information I have learned between 7th grade and now has been in the attic of my brain. (If it was in the basement it would be remembered every once in a while, but lets be real, who goes into their attic?) After learning the order of operations, nothing else mattered.

My theory is that the government knows you only need up to a sixth grade education, but doesn’t want a bunch of 11 year olds to be in graduate school. They aren’t trusted to be our doctors and lawyers because they still haven’t developed maturely.

But the more I talk about this the more ridiculous it actually sounds.

I should probably go back to studying.

Well then…

Good morning.

(I still believe this theory has some validity, it just needs to be developed more.)

Slashed Tires? Who cares?

So, today my tires were slashed. Being in the area I was, I’m not surprised. I think normally I would be off the walls about this for days. At first I was ticked; then, I just didn’t care. I did not care. I didn’t even try to care. I think there comes a point where you realize, ridiculous things are going to happen to you, and you can’t control that. You can’t control if someone hits your car. You can’t control if your favorite breakfast place closes down. You can’t control if someone is going to slash your tires. There is so much that can’t be controlled, and it kind of, sucks. However, after all these things start to happen, you come to a realization; it’s pretty simple actually.

Things happen. Things have always happened. Things will continue to happen.

Why bother caring?

I’m not saying we should be completely numb and emotionless to the things that happen to us, but there is no reason to freak out every time something ridiculous happens to us, like slashed tires. Once it has happened, there is nothing you can do about it but rectify the situation; and get new tires.

On a related note — The Andrew Saad fund is accepting all donations, preferably sizable donations.

Dig deep, people.

Just a quote

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
― Mitch Albom, Tuesday’s with Morrie

 

This is by far one of my favorite quotes. Maybe if the world could give this a try…

Service — always positive?

I was speaking with someone today, and he brought up a very good point: whenever we look at the statistics of a service, all those who have turned from their bad habits are often exemplified, so that the service can be continued, how often do we see the negative effects of something we call a service though? If we were to see those numbers and weigh the scale, would we want to continue those services? Unfortunately those numbers are rarely readily available… Maybe the negatives can be evaluated before a service begins, but with a more in depth look than we generally have when starting a service, rather than just starting blindly. I don’t know, just a thought.

Faith throughout generations

Yesterday, sitting in the family meeting, a woman was explaining to us a situation she was in. She told us that while talking about it with her daughter her daughter said, “God will take care of us”. She replied to her daughter and said, “When hasn’t God taken care of us?”

It was so refreshing to see someone so young with faith enough to leave everything in God’s hands. It was just as good to see someone more experienced knowing that God always comes through, and isn’t worried about it.

Live by faith and live trusting in God; everything will be taken care of.

Understanding Details

I’m starting to notice that, more than anything, being a lawyer is highly dependent on two things:
1. Your ability to notice the details of every sentence.
2. Your ability to extract the meaning of every word in every sentence.

I found this definition when reading an article by His Grace Bishop Angaelos of the UK about same sex marriage.

Marriage is originally a religious institution.

Marriage was originally between man and woman, therefore the existence of same sex marriage was never established to be banned.

—But that’s a topic for a different time.

Although my attention to detail isn’t nearly as intricate as I would like it to be; it’s something that I will be working on.

Silence allows details to reveal themselves in every quiet corner of a page, speaking hinders attention.