The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness. – Nikos Kazantzakis

Writing

A method in my madness

There is a reason why I write my blog, and why I choose some topics.  If my blog seems aimless and random, here’s an explanation that might clear things up.

I write to convey a knowledge, any kind of knowledge, to someone out there in the audience.  It is my hope that because of me, someone out there will be a little more enlightened.  I know, I’m easily pleased.

I write to insert some humor into the most menial things…although you may not find it humorous.

I write to clear and settle my mind.  Most of these posts aren’t for you–they’re for me, and your reading pleasantries are a happy by-product.

I write to be informative and maybe even innovative.  Who knows.  But as some of you have probably noticed, my posts are largely academic and can relate to anyone.  As I see it, opinion is the worst thing you can have when you’re trying to get to the truth, so I leave my feelings and emotions for actual paper and pen.  Besides, the Internet has enough places for raging teenage hormones.

This is not an inspirational blog, so don’t go whining about how depressing it is.  In fact, it’s not a depressing blog either.  It is simply a vehicle to carry my thoughts across the continents/miles/neighborhoods.  What you take away from it is up to you.

One last thing, I’m taking requests for blog posts.  I’m trying to, as some call it, “expand my horizons”…so I’m trying to write in different ways and about different things other than what I’m used to.  If the topic is reasonable and/or within my interest range, I’ll probably write about it in the next blog post.  Leave a comment or PM me for such requests.  Hearing me lecture about space gets boring, I know.  Or maybe it already was boring.  So here’s your chance to hear about something that you like!

Things I will not discuss:

  • Politics (My ideas are too underdeveloped and rather naive and probably nothing new.  You don’t want to hear them.)
  • Myself (who I really am, my past, my dreams, etc.)
  • You (greenigma, I’m talking to you.)

I’ve left everything else completely wide open…go on, don’t be shy.  My bark is worse than my bite.

And those of you that await my next informative post (I know it’s been a long time since my last space post), I’ll wait to see if anyone suggests a good topic that I can write about.  If I don’t find anything, well, quantum mechanics it is.

To make the individual uncomfortable, that is my task. – Friedrich Nietzsche

 – Beyond Apathy


The rockstars of poetry

Before I list my poetical heroes, I should let you all know some stuff.  The header picture has been changed and accompanied by a little “description” if that’s what you would call it.  Also, there’s a new page called “Poem of the Week”.  It’s over on the right column under the topic titled “Other”.  And well, that page is what it is, the poem of the week.  Any suggestions for the poem or have something to say about it, leave a comment.  I’ll update this page every Monday, even if I don’t write a blog post, so check back every week for something new!  Thanks!

And now onwards to my heroes.  I’m taking a break from analytical posts, and I’m going back to the other side of me for a while.

1. Edgar Allan Poe – Now this wasn’t expected at all, was it (sarcasm, people, I know it’s difficult to register over the internet)?  He’s my all-time favorite, and a great short story writer.  His style is distinctive, and he seems to have experimented a lot in writing different kinds of poetry (structure, diction, usage of different figurative language, etc.).  And his themes appeal to me, and he’s gotten me through some tough times.

2. Edna St. Vincent Millay – She sometimes reminds me of Poe, but less oppressive and with a more varying subject range.  I especially like “Dirge Without Music”.  Somewhere inside of me, she strikes a profound chord with her writing.

3. Vikram Seth – The gentler side of me is reflected in his works.  A welcome poet after all these dark, gloom-and-doom ones, hm?  His poems are simple, yet deep, not long-winded, but not too short either.  Perfect lengths and great themes.

4. Matthew Arnold – I admit, I only heard of him after reading Fahrenheit 451, but after “Dover Beach” I found so much more that was amazing.  I absolutely love his way of writing.  He shot up to rockstar status in no time.

5. T.S. Eliot – A towering figure in poetry indeed.  I especially like his longer poems like “The Hollow Men” and “The Wasteland”, and my style has been greatly influenced by how he writes these darker poems.  Although “The Hollow Men” has no rhyme scheme, which I normally dislike, I find it to be as good as one that does traditionally rhyme.  Absolutely resolute and clear allusions to Heart of Darkness, which, by the way, is a great book.

6. Robert Frost – He may be a little overrated, but you know what, maybe there’s a reason why everyone likes him.  Please, no quoting “The Road Not Taken”.  Cause that just gets annoying.

7. Carl Sandburg – His way of injecting himself into the point of view of many poems give me much inspiration.  Of course, I can’t really walk with “little cat feet”, but that’s what poems are for.

8. Emily Dickinson – Although–I find–her style to be–a bit–obnoxious sometimes–there is the–occasional gem–that I stumble upon–in the mass of–her extremely–almost unnaturally–prolific–life.

And with those people in mind, here’s some random haikus by me.

Between the act and
the thought, I stand wavering.
I don’t know what’s truth.

Snowflakes drift slowly
to the ground, intensifies
to blizzard, like life.

[Entitled “Escaping Destiny”]
Did you really think
that a lifetime of running
would save you from me?

– Beyond Apathy


What to expect

Don’t expect much.  This is just a place for letting ideas and thoughts loose–thoughts ranging from current events to philosophy to religion to idiocy to the human condition.

Not that they’re good ideas and thoughts, but you’re reading this post, aren’t you?

There will be occasional media accompaniment with my thoughts of the blog, mostly comprised of youtube videos, xkcd comics, and pictures…

Oh, and I’m also very fond of quotes.  Many, many quotes.  Perhaps one at the end of each post if I can find a decent one.

I also write poetry, so look out for some of my poems.

Feedback is much appreciated.

“Whether or not you write well, write bravely.” – Bill Stout

– Beyond Apathy