Saturday, 21 April 2012

Living life euphemistically

The English language has developed a 'morally correct' way of saying many things, and euphemism examples are the best indicators of this. There are many phrases, words, or acts that when referred to in normal words bring out an astounded and offended reaction from many people. Euphemism examples are literary devices that attempt to disguise the offending part and replace it with a better sounding and less explicit substitution.

The birth of euphemism examples can be attributed to the spread of media, as more and more people started getting offended by certain words. Moreover, they also felt that these certain words had a negative effect on children and countering this became the moral duty of the people creating content. There are plenty of euphemism examples in literature as well, where the author effectively manages to disguise a certain part of the text that may offend certain sections of the readers.

For example:
“I did not lie, I just say something that is terminological in exactitude.”

Euphemistic language is sugar coating the society from the painful truth. Sometimes to hide the dark secret so that it will seems like something normal, common and not to be worried about.

I paint my crime.

You did something wrong, something bad, something evil.
You have the urge to shout it to the whole world but the consequences are deadly.
So how should you expose yourself, yet be just as safe?

A picture worth a thousand words.

Walter Sickert, a man of passion in art was one of those man with guilt hidden deep inside. With all the guilt trap inside his conscious, he have to find a way to ease his pain.

Walter Sickert was one of the suspects in Jack the Ripper chronology. 
His paintings, were one of the biggest clue the authority have against him.
His painting contain dark disturbing images of mostly women, looking lifeless and been visited by death.

The king and queen of rant.

Rant. An exaggerated continuous with that employ wit, sarcasm and humour to poke fun on a particular subject.

Rant is an art. And what should you do and apply to make it successful?

First, do have a clear topic. If you aren't clear what you're talking about and you don't define it clearly for the audience, don't bother trying to get on a rant.

Second, fill yourself with passion. A lot of comedians aim too low throws passion at misguided topics like 'clothes for pets'. A useful advice, use your real passion for the thing you're really worked up about.

Third is having the attitude. Try to go beyond 'oh great' and find a comic attitude that underlies the emotion, but a rant is not the place to mitigate your attitude. In fact, it's the place to 'maxigate' it.

Next are you had to have a point of view. Remember; don't lose yourself and your particular situation. Why are you so worked up that you have to take this rant to the stage?

Last but not least is do have momentum. A rant is a great place to practice fast-talking. Audiences love a rant because they know what ride they're on and their only job is to try to keep up with you. Your job, of course, is to try to keep up with yourself and not get derailed by your own momentum. A good rant is like a visceral mental high-wire act on speed.

Use your rants to work on your ability to milk more laughs from a given word, phrase or topic. And for God's sake try to have some kind of recording device running so after a successful rant  you can go back, analyse what you did right and maybe transcribe some nuggets to re-use or re-perform.

Praised him, I'm not!

The brutal assassination of Julius Ceaser , was led by Cassius and agreed by the other brethren. But could you imagine dying and someone you love, raised and teach the meaning of love to was standing in front of you ready to demolish the final breath in your lung?
Casca, the child Ceaser raised as his adopted son but given love just like a biological son betrayed him. Ceaser died in agony and shame.
Then emerge Mark Antony, a faithful advisor, a more faithful lad. Never been more ashamed and disappointed in anything more than he is in what Casca did.
In his speech he claimed he is not going to praise Ceaser, just want to set the truth on what Casca had said before.
According to Brutus Casca, who is an honourable man,
Ceaser was ambitious,
An ambitious man will always be hungry for power,
Ceaser refused to be king three times,
Therefore, Ceaser is not ambitious.
Thus, Brutus is not an honourable man.

According tu Brutus Casca, who is an honourable man,
Ceaser was ambitious,
An ambitious man is heartless and cares only of himself,
But Ceaser wept when Romans wept of poverty,
Therefore, Ceaser is not ambitious.
Thus, Brutus is not an honourable man.

No, Mark Anthony did praise his friend, but indirectly.

Acoording to Mark Antony, he didn’t want to praise Ceaser,
Ceaser was not ambitious,
Ceaser refused to be known as king,
But Ceaser wanted to be known as a dictator, not a king,
Therefore, Ceaser is ambitious.
Thus, Mark Antony praised Ceaser.

You're putting so much pressure on me!

What’s life without friends?
What are friends?
Someone turned to me and asked
"How many friends have you?"
Why 10 or 20 friends I believe
And began to name a few...
A blessed one you are
To have so many friends
But think of what you're saying...
A friend is just not someone
To whom you say "Hello"
A friend is a tender shoulder
On which to softly cry
A well to pour your troubles down
And raise your spirits high
A friend is a hand to pull you up
From darkness and despair
When all your other "so called" friends
Have helped to put you there
A true friend is an ally
Who can't be moved or bought
A voice to keep your name alive
When others have forgot
But most of all a friend has a true heart
For from the hearts of friends
There comes the greatest love of all
So think about all this
For every word is true
And once again answer please...
How many friends have you?
After much thought I answered
I really only have just one
"It's You!"
A Friend Is Always Special
Because Friends Love You
Just Because You is you!

But friends are the one who define peer pressure.

I'm an example of peer pressure.

“Come on Nelly, it’s just a cigarette. It is so uncool of you not to even try,”
They are the one who says what’s wrong and right without any valid argument to support their reasoning besides “It is so uncool,” and “Come one, everyone else does it.”
But, no one like to be left out and that is why were always give in to peer pressure, just to suit in and be as common as the rest.

Elementry, my dear Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of the greatest writers ever lived.

“When you have eliminated the impossible, what remains, however improbable must be the truth.”

Elementary process, one of the most famous ways in thinking critically is a process of elimination.
What did create this man as we know now?

Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Doyles were a wealthy Irish-Catholic family, who had a bulbous position in the world of Art.
Charles Doyle, Arthur's father was a chronic alcoholic. He was the only member of the family never accomplished anything of note. At the age of 22, Charles married Mary Foley, a vibrant and very well educated young woman of 17.

Mary Doyle had a passion for books and was a master storyteller and this passion in knowledge was passed on to Arthur. Her son, Arthur carved of his mother's gift of "sinking her voice to a horror-stricken whisper" when she reached the ending of a story.

There was little money in the family and even less harmony on account of his father's excesses and erratic behaviour. Arthur's touching description of his mother's beneficial influence is also emotionally described in his biography, "In my early childhood, as far as I can remember anything at all, the vivid stories she would tell me stand out so clearly that they obscure the real facts of my life."

After Arthur reached his ninth birthday, the wealthy members of the Doyle family offered to pay for his studies. He was in tears all the way to England, where for seven years he had to go to a Jesuit boarding school. Arthur loathed the bigotry surrounding his studies and rebelled at corporal punishment, which was prevalent and incredibly brutal in most English schools of that epoch.

During those gruelling years, Arthur's only moments of happiness were when he wrote to his mother, a regular habit that lasted for the rest of her life, and also when he practiced sports, mainly cricket, at which he was very good. It was during these difficult years at boarding school, that Arthur realized he also had a talent for storytelling. He was often found, surrounded by a bevy of totally enraptured younger students, listening to the amazing stories he would make up to amuse them.

This was one of the catalysts on Arthur’s passion in writing. He has the imagination and on a piece of paper, his imagination can be as real as he wanted to.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

A happy man.

"Very few man can be genuinely happy in a life involving continual self assertion against public skepticism."-Betrand Russell.

What is the measure of happiness in a man? Wealth? Health? Love? Education?

The simplest way to define happiness is based on the individual itself.

Let me paint you a picture. Two man, the first one is a farmer and the second one is a doctor. These two man view their happiness in vastly different way.

The farmer, doing labor all day and the apple of his eyes is his farm. He plant seed, water them and care for them. And when his crop is ready to be harvest, his smile will crescent and his hard work is paid off. Some people view this as vain as the farmer is happy and amused to the littlest things in life.

A doctor. Studied in medical school for four years and trying to make this world a better place. His daily routine is attending to sick people and trying to put a smile back on their face. A doctor went into the surgery room, trying to create a miracle for a dying patient. He spend hours in the surgery room and finally he saved his patients's life. There is a smile on his face, after all this years of learning, going fighting through rocks and bricks in medical school and he succeed to achieve his purpose in life. People call him the savior in life and he is happy.

Yes, both farmer and doctor is happy but differentiate them? According to Betrand Russell, happiness is different for individuals. The happiness of the farmer differ from the happiness of the doctor. The education background will somehow differentiate the happiness you obtained.

Is it true? Try to reflect yourself and the people around you. Are you and people around you are smiling for the same reason?

Add me to know me.

What exactly is virtual clutter? From my own understanding, it is unneeded mess that we put on ourselves daily on our virtual life. Facebook users, Twitter users and Foursquare users are often a comman victim to virtual clutter. This virtual sites are like a field of competition to show people around them what is going on in their life, what they are eating, where they hang out and much more.

Most of us, fail to admit that we have the Virtual Clutter Syndrome(VCS). VCS is the the constant need to update all the things unnecessary in life to the whole world.

When an individual is hooked on updating these small details online, it is hard to quit. The constant need to Tweet, or to update status on their Facebook is what keep the online world merrier to some.

"All the cool kids are quitting Facebook." An article from Jenna Wortham talks about how a very popular social network website is starting to becoming dull with all the virtual clutter caused by the users.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Fingers and Touch

The Pianist. 

Nostalgic, based on a true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Jewish pianist who's life started as any other man. A happy lad, surrounded with family and passion for music.

The movie is a memoir on how the Jews in German were almost wipe out by the Nazis. Reading through the background of the Nazis give me a perception that Nazis are nothing but flesh eating human being that tasted for the destruction of not only the Jews but humanity itself.

Before even watching the movie, my mind was set that I somehow pity the Jews and damned the Nazis. The movie itself took me into a terrifying journey of being a fugitive, running for the sake of religion. 

Music can tame the wildest beast. Yes, that is true.

The Pianist for me was not only about the survival, the death of the Jews or the cruelty of the Nazis. 

What caught my attention the most was the music.

Humanity in human was restored in this single scene where Wladyslaw Szpilman was asked by the German Officer, Wilm to play him a song for him. The German Officer was faced with guilt and call of duty when he encounter Szpilman. 

He then hid Szpilman, bringing him food and providing warm cloth. Something opposite from what the institution of Nazis are built. I saw a spark of friendship, yet the feeling of being guilty and sorry towards Szpilman from the officer.

Music had reunite them and saved Szpilman's life. 

Fingers and touch and a piano. The faith on humanity is restored in just a single scene. 

You might see evil when you close your eyes.

I came to understand why the holocaust happened.

An order was given and an unwilling heart was stuck between a duty and humanity.

Nazis are just following orders.

They are not much different from any of us who life by the rule.

The only thing that differentiates us is we did not kill.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

No Brainer?


Every human is entitled with a voice and a pair of eyes. To voice out your opinion and to see and judge. To keep this two gifts linked but still use it honorably, is the job of the brain. The brain is responsible for balancing how an individual project the voice and how they judge through their eyes.

Brain by Google.

A brain is divide into two section, the left brain hemisphere and the right brain hemisphere. 

Left brainer is usually in tune with their own concept of right and wrong as the basic of reality. The view something from their own opinion and judge based on what they think and understand.

Right brainer on the other hand, are very emphatic to others' concept of right and wrong as the basis of their reality. When they come across a situation or a crisis, they will put themselves in the shoes of the other person. They will try to understand what they went through and what make a certain thing happened.

If an individual is more in tune with their left brain hemisphere, they will tend to feel that they are more superior in term of ideas, opinions and actions. This will lead to being self-centered and me-person. While sometimes being confident with your opinion is good, sometimes, it is not. 

While if an individual is too in touch with their right brain hemisphere, they will put others firsts. This is a good thing but sooner or later, it will effect the individual. Being too emphatic, being too concern and being too kind will take its tool. It will someday come back to them as a wrong act and put them through trouble.

So, when it comes to judging something whether it is rational or not, you have to use both part of the brain equally. Only then can you see a clearer picture.