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

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What if we lived in a hypothetical universe? Pt.1

As promised, the quantum mechanics post.

Thus far, I’ve been talking about the macrocosm…basically anything visible to the naked eye.  Relativity, the universe as a whole, etc.
If the posts on the macrocosm confused you, you WILL be confused by quantum mechanics and the microcosm, but who knows, maybe you’ll find it interesting!

Most of you are probably familiar with Einstein, Newton, Galileo, and others who made contributions to the understanding of the macrocosm.  The microcosm, well, the story has a different cast of characters, the most famous being Planck, Bohr, Born, Schrödinger, and even Einstein, also playing a part in laying down the fundamentals of this entirely strange branch of physics.

Why does Schrödinger sound so familiar, you ask?  Well, if you know me or even just see me online, you probably know that I am somewhat on the level of being obsessed with the Schrödinger’s Cat thought experiment.  I mean, I have a cache of Schrödinger’s lolcat pictures and comics on my hard drive.  Only me.

And those of you that don’t know what it is, a quick introduction to the bizzareness of quantum physics: there is a cat, a vial of poison, a radioactive source, and a Geiger counter.  They are all placed in a sealed box where no one can see any of the aforementioned items.  Once the Geiger counter detects a level of radiation, it will trigger the vial of poison to break, causing the poison to kill the cat.  Or so it seems.  According to the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, an atom cannot be one state or another until it is actually observed.  Rather like idealistic quantum mechanics.  Anyways, Schrödinger applied this to an everyday object (a cat) to demonstrate the absurdity of this claim.  Yes, Schrödinger was, in fact, trying to point out a flaw in the Copenhagen interpretation, not make his thought experiment a valid claim for the Copenhagen interpretation.  Now, going with Copenhagen, the cat must be both dead AND alive at the same time since atoms are neither decayed nor normal unless one looks in the box.  It is at that single moment at which we look into the box where the cat becomes dead (or alive).

Another weird factor!  It’s called the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.  When looking at electrons, one cannot determine both the speed of the electron and the location of it at the same time.  If you determine it’s exact speed, you cannot determine where it is.  If you determine it’s location, there’s no way to tell how fast it’s going.
One thing that goes along with the Heisenberg uncertainty principle is the wave-particle duality nature of electrons, light, and any other matter.  When not observed, electrons are actually just waves.  Schrödinger showed that these waves don’t even move, meaning that the traditional “electrons travel in orbits” theory is wrong.  When you observe their location, you see the electron as stationary particle.  Then look away and observe it again later, and you’ll see that it has moved.  But it really hasn’t.  It just appeared in that spot around where it should be.  So what happens when we look away?  Oh, nothing much, the electron doesn’t exist…

And that concludes Part 1.

Thanks for reading all the way…you’re a brave soul.  I commend your efforts.

LOLCAT?

COMIC?

“What cannot be observed does not exist.”

 
– Beyond Apathy

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

I am resentful of the following things

  • Stolen credit for own work.  I’m guessing that Tesla isn’t quite fond of this either.
  • Being dependent on others.  I myself hate to lean on other people, and I also hate it when people need help finding a universal truth–there’s something called the Internet, yes?
  • Graduation requirements.  The system overcompensates for those that are (cough) not so bright and struggle to graduate, that the people that can do so much more than what they already do are stuck, mired in the swamp of legal restrictions.
  • Ignorant people.  We all dislike them.  They just might agitate me to a verbal explosion.
  • People who say a book is bad just because they can’t understand it.  You have no right to say anything if you don’t even comprehend the plot or theme.
  • The fact that the adjective “Christian” oftentimes is used as a synonym of “kind, good-hearted, a good person”.  Ex. “Oh, he seems like a good Christian boy!  I trust him fully for this sole reason!”  I didn’t mean any offense to anyone, I just think it’s ridiculous to judge anyone’s morals based only on their religion.
  • Monopolization.  Not the game, people.
  • U.S. History.  It’s just that…it’s so boring.
  • Sarah Palin.  No explanation needed.
  • What most pop/rap music has deteriorated into.  In fact, I DO like a pinch of meaning in my songs.
  • Comma splicing.  I don’t know why.  It just drives me up the wall, even more so than other grammatical errors.

I’ll stop at this.

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity – Hanlon’s Razor

 – Beyond Apathy

The answer to life, the universe, and everything

Forty-two.  Actually, I lied.  I’m actually only going to talk about the universe.  Which I suppose includes everything which includes life.  So I guess I didn’t exactly lie.

If you enjoyed my previous post on time, this one is going to take it a whole step beyond that.

So let’s start at the beginning.  The beginning of our universe, that is.
The beginning is really quite simple in what happened, but rather ambiguous in why.  The commonly accepted theory, yes, you’ve all heard of it, the Big Bang, is what happened.  A single point, a singularity, exploded and created the universe which infinitely expands in all directions (or does it?  More on that later!), might have become a supermassive blackhole, blah blah blah…that’s the boring stuff.  As for what caused the Big Bang and how could something like that happen, well, there’s more fun in describing that.

Think of our universe as a little fold in existence.  It’s just a little wobbling sheet (a flat universe–more explanation later) that exists somehow, somewhere in something even grader than the pitiful human brain can imagine.  This place is called the multiverse.  It is where all the universes in existence reside, and it is where new universes are formed.  Imagine if you can, a time where there was no universe of ours.  Hah, of course, time started in our own universe when the universe started, so rather, it’s just the nonexistence of our universe.  Anyways, there’s a theory that our universe was formed when two sheets of universes collided together at a single point, our singularity, and that collision is basically what we call the Big Bang.  Exactly how did that trigger a giant explosion?  Well, a tough question to answer because of the small mental capabilities of a human brain, but I’ll try.
I’m going to start assuming a lot of things, but for the sake of the argument/discussion, accept them as truths for now.
Our universe is infinitely expanding.  Wow, that just sent shivers up my spine.
Anyways, if our universe is infinitely expanding, there must have been an infinitely dense point from which the universe originated from.  And if every time two folds of a universe collide, they make a new universe, then there must be an infinite number of singularities present in the multiverse.  From one of these points of infinite mass, the Big Bang occured.

How is a point of infinite mass possible?
The answer is very simple in idea: there is something and nothing within that point.  The something is easy to understand, you see somethings everyday.  The something is the mass and objects and stardust that exist in our universe in the traditional sense.  We ourselves are made of stardust, bits of exploded star, and that in the clearest sense is just absolutely astounding and beautiful at the same time.  The elements that make us up–they weren’t present when the universe started out, when the Big Bang occurred.  No, the compounds and elements that our bodies are comprised of…they were made in stars.  Awe-inspiring, is it not?
The nothing on the other hand…well, it is what it is.  Nothing.  So define nothing.  Nothing – the nonexistence of something.  So if there’s nothing there, then it should weigh nothing, right?  Actually, no, due to quantum mechanics…in quantum mechanics, essentially, everything can come from nothing and miniscule particles that did not exist a few milliseconds ago exist, then pop back out of existence.  It is this popping in and out of existence that gives nothing its very very tiny mass/weight.  And this is the ever-so-famous “dark matter”.  We’ll get back to that in a moment.

There are three main geometric shapes of the universe that any aspiring cosmologist/avid astronomer/bored reader should know about.  They are
1. Open
2. Closed
3. Flat
The shape of the universe can quite easily be figured out by a simple ratio that cosmologists have dubbed “omega”.  It’s looks like this –>Ω (ohmyOHMS!  But we’re not dealing with that type of physics here.)
Ω = total mass of universe  (matter and dark matter) / amount of mass needed for a flat universe.
If Ω = 1 , the universe is flat (simply beautiful, isn’t it?).
If Ω > 1 , the universe is closed.
If Ω < 1 , the universe is open.

In a flat universe, the universe keeps expanding, slows down, but ultimately never stops, leading to a cold, sparsely populated death by maxing out the universe’s entropy.  In a closed universe, ah, you probably aren’t going to like this, but the world ends with a highly satisfying, extremely heated “Big Crunch”.  In an open universe, the same thing as the flat universe occurs, but expansion never slows down.

As of now, the shape of the universe that most cosmologists tend to favor is the flat universe.  It is only in this type of universe that a universe can come from nothing!  Say thanks to quantum mechanics for that.  Actually, you can thank quantum mechanics for allowing you to exist too.  It has been found that in a proton, about 90% of it is actually made up of dark matter.  And well, you’re made up of a lot of protons, which means that basically, you’re 90% dark matter too.
Going back to the flat universe though, it is this universe that corresponds with most atheists’/agnostics’ view of the start of the universe.  There is no need for a God to create this universe anymore–there is no need for a deity to shout out “Let there be light!” into the nothingness and suddenly illuminate the universe.  A flat universe can just start…with quantum mechanics at work.  It is this very nothingness, the dark matter as I said above, that contains no energy, that quantum fluctuations can unleash in a Big Bang to create the universe.

Ah, gravity at work in the universe.  gmrk1 requested that I talk about this, however, I do not know in which direction you want me to elaborate in.  So here’s a quick overview (there probably will be a separate post about it in the future).  Gravity is easily interpreted as a force on a small scale.  For example, we drop a glass vase, it comes crashing to the floor along with your fleeting sense of panic which is then replaced by dread as you wonder what your mother is going to say.  It is, in a colloquial manner, “what keeps our feet on the ground”.  Take gravity into space, however, and it becomes something that probably makes a lot more sense as a curvature in space-time.  What?  To be frank, gravity is actually a very, very weak “force”.  The other three forces, weak force, strong force, and electromagnetic force, are ridiculously powerful compared to gravity.  Looking at the Sun pulling on gigantic rocks in space and keeping them in orbit makes one dubious of what I just said, but a curvature in space-time is something that makes a lot more sense considering that gravity is weak.  Any object that exerts gravity is actually just creating a dent in space-time, sort of like a Temperpedic pillow and your head, and it is in this little sinkhole that objects circle around, like one of those plastic things where you roll a penny on its side and it goes around and around in a giant circle, slowly drawing closer and closer to the gaping hole in the middle.  The idea of gravity is actually a difficult topic to cover in just one paragraph, but here’s an ending remark on that for now: both Newton and Einstein came up with theories that can be reconciled with each other, and it does make sense on a large scale, but both of these giants in physics still couldn’t come up with a theory that can be fitted with quantum mechanics to create what scientists call “quantum gravity”.  The search is still on-going.

Err, I realize that this is an extremely random post, but the universe is quite a large place to cover.  In fact, the human brain cannot comprehend it, so no use trying to really imagine it.  But here’s something extremely important to try to understand.  You and I are just a couple of humans in a sea of over 6 billion others.  This in itself is hard to imagine, if not impossible for most people.  And 6 billion people live on one planet out of eight (poor Pluto) in this solar system.  And there are millions of solar systems in this arm of the Milky Way galaxy alone.  And the Milky Way galaxy is a spiral galaxy, meaning that it has multiple arms, plus an extremely populated center, probably dominated by a supermassive blackhole.  And when you look up in the sky, a one degree by one degree square of the sky contains up to 500,000 galaxies (visible by the CFH Telescope, excluding those hidden behind dust clouds, nebulas, dark areas, etc.).  And well, multiply that by the total number of those squares in the galaxy, and you get….a staggering number.  An unimaginable number.
Go on playing your videogames.  Go on rick-rolling people.  Go on debating about bioterrorism.  Just remember that when you’re hit with the overwhelming, helpless feeling of isolation and insignificance, and you curl up in your bed and start shivering uncontrollably, that human ego will override that moment and you can go on killing your slimes, attatching captions to cats (no staples please), and poring over evidence.

Have a good day.

Forget Jesus–the stars died for us!  – Lawrence Krauss

We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong. – Sir Arthur Eddington

 – 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

Time flows on–an idiom explained

Sorry about the delay in posting!  It’s been a busy past week as most of you well know.  I suppose I’ll miss you all during the summer unless I happen to see you over summer.  In that case, yay for those of you out there.

So!  The topic of this post…yes, you guessed it: time.  One clap for you.

And by delving into time, some philosophy and some physics will be brought in, so leave while you still can.

Or stay.  Staying and reading would be good too.

Time continuum sounds like something to do with scientifiction (nod to Hugo), but really, this is probably the generally most accepted version of time theory out there, the official creation credit going to Mr. Albert Einstein.  As most of you all know, there are three dimensions (in the traditional sense): length, width, and depth.  Now apply Einstein to the world, and voilà, you get four dimensions after adding in time.

Some of you may argue that time is not a dimension.  The tangible world around you, your chair, your desk, whatever you can touch in this reality is length, width, and depth.  If that object, let’s say a pencil, occupies a certain place in this plane, then it is tangible. So if it’s tangible, it must have dimensions.  But what if it’s not there at a certain point in time?  You couldn’t possible touch a pencil if it doesn’t exist in it’s place in space.  This means that time is indeed a dimension, allowing an object to exist in space while the other three dimensions mold its form.

Now that we’ve established that there are (at least) four dimensions in this universe, let’s focus in on the nature of time.  As described by Einstein, when all four dimensions are applied, it is called space-time.  This space-time could be what some call “the fabric of the universe”.  Imagine space infinitely stretching out in all directions.  Trick statement, it’s impossible to even fathom it.  Anyways, think of a table cloth, stretched out parallel to the ground in the air.  This table cloth is our very puny universe.  Drop a bowling ba–no, that’d induce the “Big Crunch” of our universe or rip a hole in its space-time…  Fine, a marble.  That small indentation in the cloth surrounding the marble is what gravity really is–a slight curvature of our universe.  Thus, the large/more mass an object has, the larger and deeper the area of indentation is.  Basically, this is why Jupiter has a truckload of satellites.

In order for space-time to be an accurate representation of the universe, it has to be a continuum.  Continuum in a mathematical sense is: Range = (-∞, ∞).  Discrete on the other hand is: Range = {…-3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3…}.  Good if you got that.  If you didn’t…sigh.

What if the universe was discrete?  That is one big “what-if”.  Time would not “flow” as it does in a continuum.  Between two points in time, there would be no essential “middle” that connects the two points in time.  If you’ve ever put a camera on the multi-shot option, discrete time would be somewhat like those pictures.  Snap shots in reality is what time would become with no existence between those pictures.  Really, we would not exist.

And here lies fault with determinism as well.  To the determinist, there is no choice nor reason in this universe for everything happens as it will predestined to.  Predestination indicates some planning, and if there are points in our life that we are to follow with no choice between those separate points in time, then, with the lack of the essential middle ground, one can infer that a determinist inadvertently (or mindfully) believes in the discrete version of time.  Which was concluded to be impossible in the previous paragraph.

Time travel is a tricky thing to envision, but again, only possible in the continuum theory of time.  So say Einstein’s “thought experiments” were not for naught, and that at the speed of light, everything freezes (if what we see is light, and light obviously travels at the speed of light, then we, moving at the speed of light, should see only one point in time, frozen.  This also leads to the conclusion that the speed of time and light are the same).  Go faster and the idea is that it would allow you to go back in time.  Of course, with light being the universal speed limit (for now), this is impossible to prove.

But to go forward in time, that requires a whole new set of rules.  To go forward in time indicates that there is something that already happened in the future, that there is something that exists in the future.  AGH, those darned determinists.

And this is why time theory is all still a theory.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein

– Beyond Apathy

Poetry – The Hollow Men (T.S. Eliot)

The Hollow Men

Mistah Kurtz—he dead.
A penny for the Old Guy
I
We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.
II
Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death’s dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind’s singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.
Let me be no nearer
In death’s dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat’s coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer—
Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom
III
This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man’s hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.
Is it like this
In death’s other kingdom
Waking alone
At the hour when we are
Trembling with tenderness
Lips that would kiss
Form prayers to broken stone.
IV
The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms
In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river
Sightless, unless
The eyes reappear
As the perpetual star
Multifoliate rose
Of death’s twilight kingdom
The hope only
Of empty men.
V
Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o’clock in the morning.
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom
Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long
Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom
For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
– T.S. Eliot

The End

The first year is coming to a close, and I should feel relieved.

But I don’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love sleeping in and all the great things about summer, but the end becomes “I should’ve…” for me.  And then over summer, I brood, I forget about it all, then the school year starts.  Then I’ll do/not do some important things, and the cycle starts all over again.

And in the midst of all this internal turmoil, my thoughts always go back to one thing…the human struggle to change our existence.

What?  How did I get there?

Think of it like this—you get stabbed in a dark alleyway.  Now, were you stabbed because it just happened or was it your bad luck or was it just your own stupidity?  To determinists (the first reason), nothing happens for an actual purpose because this is just how things are supposed to be.  So it was your destiny to be in a dark alleyway at 2 at night with psychos armed with knives lurking around, and nothing could have steered you away from your untimely death.

Or maybe you knew a shortcut to the pharmacy because you needed to buy some cough drops.  Maybe there usually weren’t psychos in that alley (and you know by experience).  If you hadn’t chosen to take the shortcut, if you hadn’t been sick, you’d still be alive.  But no, you chose to take the shortcut, and you died while trying to buy some cough drops.

Or maybe you were being a human, and you were being stupid.  Maybe you walked into that dark place, fully aware of Psycho Alley, and you thought that you could make friends with them.  Well then, that’d make you mentally unsound, but it was a choice that you made with your limited human capacities.

I constantly argue with myself, “Was this meant to happen?  Probably not.  But will this affect me in the future?  Probably.  Then isn’t my future determined by what I do right now?  STOP IT.”  But that’s just dealing with events like my stupid choice back in sixth grade that is killing my math career right now.

If you erased a person out of your life, would anything be the same?  Would your life be the same minus all the things that the one person touched in your life?  Or would something drastically have changed, diverting the flow of my life into another tributary?  Or would this never be an answerable scenario because all things were meant to happen (oh, you determinists, always the easy way out)?  I’m probably going into time theory right now, so I’ll stop at this.

I don’t have all the answers, but no matter what your perspective on free will is, remember that the verb form of “life” is “to live”.

– Beyond Apathy

For Change

For Change

I hate people–

their stuck up ways,

arrogant noses turned up at the world,

never accepting…their minds never unfurled.

I hate society–

Hoards of sheeple,

lifelessly bleating out the same tune.

The world falls apart as they’re stuck in their rooms.

I hate power–

the golden poison glows

in their eyes, searching for more

as good becomes worse, and the worse, the poor.

I hate ignorance–

people never want to know

about our society as one whole;

Don’t bother to look over the rim of your own bowl.

I hate apathy–

someone’s got to care,

“Change our world!” they all cry,

then go back to a hypocritical lie.

– D.Y.

Isn’t it great that half the people in the world want change, but they don’t know what they want to change?  Take global warming.

Now before this so-called “Climate Gate Scandal,”  before people found out that scientists were fudging data (and a lot of data it seems), nobody gave a crap about global warming.  Sure, society in general might have had a few scares, but really, did they care?  “Our planet is (evidently) burning up! SOMEBODY FIX IT! Kthxbai.”

Ooh, corruption, that always catches everyone’s eye.  Now everyone says that they care about global warming, and everyone’s going around with their own, mostly uninformed opinions, but they still don’t really care about global warming per se.  They care more that something exciting, something out of the ordinary, something CORRUPT happened (shocker!).

How could those terrible, terrible scientists have done that to us poor, unaware general public?

We really are quite excitable goats…..umbrella of scandalous affairs, GO!

– 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