Tuesday, December 26, 2006

God vs. Science

A battle is being fought in our society. We see scenes of this battle all in the media. Its battle grounds have even reached our homes. We see this battle inherent in the question of "evolution or creation". People ask us this question and many others. No matter how you put it, they all boil down to one thing: God vs Science. This ideological battle is more important than any battle we have seen so far in the 21st century; including our battles for oil.

This battle seems to have torn our country apart. Not in a physical way. There are no destroyed buildings because of this battle. People are not starving (at least that I know of). Governments have not been overthrown. Mass amounts of people have not been killed (at least in the 21st century!! Copernicus probably knows a thing or two about persecution). Yet ideologically, we have been torn asunder. You either place your hope in science or your faith in God. You must choose. There is no in betwee; no compromise. A side must be chosen.

I believe that there does not have to be a conflict between God and science. I believe these two can peacefully coexist. I see God in science. That may sound weird but it is true. When I look at the cell and how it works, I see God. The comet streaking through the sky, I see God. The intricate forces that hold an atom together, I see God in that also.

People believe that science disproves the existence of God. Many believe that science disproves the existence of God. I believe that Nature's Laws are God's Laws. God's Laws do not end at the 10 Commndments. They include the laws of gravity, thermodynamics, and elasticity. People may say God works in mysterious ways. I believe science may be God's way.

I am not preaching an "Intelligent Design" theory. I am just putting out the idea that maybe God works within scientific laws. Yet maybe we have not pushed science far enough to explain/not explain God's existence. Who knows.

I just know that for me I see God whenever I hear about quantum physics. I hear God's music in the movement of the Earth. In essence, science and God are two different ways of telling the same story. I saw a quote that was funny yet poignant:

"Science and religion are not at odds.
Science is simply too young to understand."

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Im So Lazy

I have been home for Christams Break almost a week now. I have had nothing but free time but I have not updated. I just have not felt like it. But don't fear, Epsi is here!!!!

I got in last Friday and hit the track running like a nosebleed. I went bowling with my Blue Monster Crew (will explain sometime later). K was there (look back). She was awkward around me especially after she found out that I knew she was kinda seeing some dude. I told he rthat she is not my woman so no need to worry. I am not jealous over something that does not belong to me. So the Blue Monster Crew went bowling and just enjoyed ourselves.

I spent a few days resting at home and then I went to dinner Tuesday nite with Cnel and So Wise. So Wise is the first blogger that I have met in person. I do not count Cnel because I knew him before we started blogging. We went to this spot near Loyola College called Loco Hombre. I heard of it before but I never ate there. The restaurant was good though. They make good mojitos ;) (thanx Wise). So me, Cnel and Wise just chilled. All I am gonna say is Wise is gorgeous and funny. She dished out some of that life experience to some young dudes and it is priceless. It was a good time. We will be doing it again.

So now I have to force myself into the Christmas spirit. I hate Christmas music and if it was up to me, I would not celebrate Christmas. I just have never been a fan f it. I canno explain why. But anyways, let me go watch Star Trek Voyager and figure out what gifts I have left to buy. Peace.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Practice of Happiness

The Practice of Happiness

1. Give yourself permission to be human. When we accept emotions -- such as fear, sadness, or anxiety -- as natural, we are more likely to overcome them. Rejecting our emotions, positive or negative, leads to frustration and unhappiness.

2. Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable. When this is not feasible, make sure you have happiness boosters, moments throughout the week that provide you with both pleasure and meaning.

3. Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not on our status or the state of our bank account. Barring extreme circumstances, our level of well being is determined by what we choose to focus on (the full or the empty part of the glass) and by our interpretation of external events. For example, do we view failure as catastrophic, or do we see it as a learning opportunity?

4. Simplify! We are, generally, too busy, trying to squeeze in more and more activities into less and less time. Quantity influences quality, and we compromise on our happiness by trying to do too much.

5. Remember the mind-body connection. What we do -- or don't do -- with our bodies influences our mind. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy eating habits lead to both physical and mental health.

6. Express gratitude, whenever possible. We too often take our lives for granted. Learn to appreciate and savor the wonderful things in life, from people to food, from nature to a smile.

- Tal Ben-Shahar

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Response

I wrote a poem about a week ago called "God, Can You Hear Me". You can scroll down and find it. It seems to have garnered quite a response. I also read it somewhere too. I have received an interesting response. Here is a treatise on the poem.

The fact that God has died is not me commenting on religion. Well, I am commenting on it but in a certain way. In no way am I condemning God. What I am saying is that is God is not playing as large of a role in our society as he used to. His "death" signifies this. I am not commenting on whether or not religion or God is important. I am just saying something that I have noticed in my experience. A lot of people I have come across are starting to feel that God is irrelevant. Whether or not that is a God hing, I leave that to your personal opinions.

Also, I do not believe that it is sacreligious to write about God in such a way. I do not believe that the poem degrades any religious point of view. It is just a metaphor. A very safe and creative one.

Yes, the "God" I am referring to is the Christian one. I have raised a Christian and Christianity is the religion I am most familiar with. I did not feel it would be appropriate to write a poem from the point of view of a religion I do not quite understand fully. Plus, I consider myself a Christian. I may not be the most frequent churchgoer or the most faithful but that is the religion that I adhere to. So thats what I chose

Oh, I forgot to add. That poem was a Epilonicus exclusive. Its on my next mixtape!!! Hahahahahaha!!!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Weekend Buzz

Let me tell you about the weekend:

My night started pretty benign. I did a shift at the radio station. Me, Mari, and Nick do Caribbean nite on Fridays. So we were just chillaxin at the station. Then I run to a Student Activities event in the Rec Center. I win a photo album in a raffle. Then me and the girl named Christina go the archaeology party.

I normally do not go to the archaeology parties. I dont socialize with many people in my major so that is why I normally do not go. But I went Friday. I learned a veru important lesson: MAKE YOUR OWN DRINKS!!! This girl name KB made my drinks too strong and got me tore up!! Now when I drink, I start giving lap dances and taking my clothes off. I also laugh at everything. So lets just say I got a lil friendly. Then KB was flirting with me talking about I have to work in order to "horizontally dance" with her. I told her I never work, I always play. Then when she came back and told me she had a man, I said to her "Your boyfriend is a speed bump under my tire". Lets just say that I talk mad junk when I am drunk and you tell me I cant do something.

KB then got upset because I wanted to leave. She wanted me to stay. I told he I am either going to stumble home or she can walk me home. Well lets just say two friends of mine walked me home because I refused to stay. I do not feel comfortable staying at other people's place when I am drunk.

I just chilled that night. Me and Christina (from above) watched "The Da Vince Code". I loved that movie!!! It makes a brother think. After the movie, me and Christina sat up and talked until 5:30am. The movie went off around 1:30. It was just great to sit up and talk to someone. Now do not get ahead of yourself people!! She has a boyfriend and them two seem happy. Looks aint everything but if she wanted it, Saturday provided ample opportunity for her to put on a move. But we discussed religion, politics, homosexuality and the church, relationships, friendship, everything.

I went to the Diversity 101 (which is a club here on campus that I am the treasurer of) office and cleaned it up. My friend Eric used to date Christina. So he brought it up and made an interesting face.

I called him out on it. If he had a problem with me and Christina hanging out, he should have manned up and said something. He said he was fine but I know he has a problem. I hate when dudes have a problem and wont say anything. I met Christina before me and Eric were cool. Eric aint my best friend. We are just cool. Our friendship has just started. So has me and Christina's. So I am not honor bound to pick sides and I wont. I believe I can be friends with both. Either one has a problem with it, they can build a bridge and get over it.

I listened to Cnel's last radio show and called in. It was good until his hot made a blanket statement saying that all Muslims hate Jews. I told her that she was wrong. I also said as an intelligent person, you should not say things like that. I believe the statement was very biased and prejudiced. She disagreed and took it personally. Cnel let us argue and he kinda referree-ed the situation. But I believe I was coreect in saying that the statement was prejudiced. If a White person made such a statement, we would rip them a new asshole. So I do not think anyone, Black, White, Brown, or Purple should be allowed to make prejudiced statements.

And that was my weekend. Let me go do some laundry now. I am almost out of clean socks.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

It Gets No Better Than This

A friendship that ceases was never real - St. Jerome

does not exist in my world anymore. She made the decision for it to be like that. You will not hear anymore about her. I will not waste another word, another drop of ink, tap of the keyboard, or another breath on the essence of her existence. I am done. I do not even want to talk about it anymore.

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

A friendship that ceases was never real - St. Jerome.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

God, Can You Hear Me

God, Can You Hear Me???

I found God stretched out on the sidewalk.
He laid face down on the concrete
Hair muddled in a pool of blood,
Breath barely present,
An inkling of life still in his eyes.

There was God, dying on the sidewalk
With countless people walking by.
No one dared to touch him, or even look his way.
So I sprinted to God’s side and I asked him
“God! God! Can you hear me?”
He murmured, “ Indeed. I hear you.”
I rolled God onto his back and asked,
“Who did this to you?”
”The people,” he said. “The people did this to me.”

Now I was confused and confound
Because I was used to God being the most powerful around.
So sitting on the sidewalk,
I held God in my arms.
He whispered in my ear, telling me stories
Of how he walked with Adam in the garden
And flooded the earth with his liquid fury,
His conversation with Moses on the mount.
He shared with me his memoirs of Babylon and her gardens
And how he cried when his son died.
Then he talked to me for a few more moments.
While he whispered to me the secrets of the universe
He died
Right there in my arms he died.
No one noticed
The entity that created the world, destroyed it, and renewed it again
Right there in my arms.
And no one noticed.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

What Does Your Birthdate Mean??

I took this survey that Bklyn Diva had on her blog. I kinda took it and ran with it.

You are a natural born leader, even if those leadership talents haven't been developed yet.
You have the power and self confidence to succeed in life, and your power grows daily.
Besides power, you also have a great deal of creativity that enables you to innovate instead of fail.
You are a visionary, seeing the big picture instead of all of the trivial little details.

Your strength: Your supreme genius
People have been telling me this for all my life. It has definitely been a burden. People expect too much someimes. Like they expect you to know everything at all times.

Your weakness: Your inappropriate sensitivity
I have been working on this and I have definitely improved.

Your power color: Gold
This is actually one of my favorite colors.

Your power symbol: Star

Your power month: January

Couldn't I have gotten a warmer one?!?!?