“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”
― John Lennon
I have been absolutely static the last couple of days because I have been so wiped out by working on the weekend. I thought of this quote because I was thinking about the aggressive individual known as Shayne Hunter who is a comedian slash activist in Brisbane. At a rally last week he kept on repeating this idea and sentiment through his own quote, “If people cared less about watching Big Brother” and worried more about the actual Big Brother the world would be a better place”. He has a good message to sell but the problem is he is too busy yelling it. Corey a close friend of his, basically had his ear chewed off because he was unsure about getting up in front of people and talking about refugees and asylum seekers. You don’t change minds that way, especially if you are treating someone who is working with you like that. I do hope both continue to do their activism but I don’t share a lot of there ideals. But then I could just be wrong.
As I have said before I am kind of piggie-backing this post to use as a sort of diary. People always say you should document your thoughts and this definitely seems like the right place to do it. It feels good to share sometime especially if you feel like you are shouting into the void. Some people feel that it is meaningless, I think that it is relaxing.
Whose Line Is It Anyway is back which has my very excited. The first few episodes I have watched have been hilariously funny although I was sad to see Greg Proops will not be on this season. He has said on his podcast that he will be back in the renewed season. I missed out going to see his podcast in Melbourne this year, and I do hope he returns soon. The only other podcast on par with his would maybe be Harmontown for comedy or Fatman on Batman for informativeness.
“Although I have been prevented by outward circumstances from observing a strictly vegetarian diet, I have long been an adherent to the cause in principle. Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”
I have been quite slack but I will probably spend tomorrow night re updating the last two quotes of the day. See you then.
I learnt today that the ever present Flynn is thinking about running for the head of the vegetarian society at UQ. I think he has just given up on Uni politics and instead wants to get elected elsewhere. UQ student elections are on at the moment and the ever ghastly Fresh has pulled the wool over peoples eyes yet again and convinced everyone they did nothing wrong. I will drink hard on the day they are finally taken out of power and reformation begins. I still have folders full of information about the elections.
I think Flynn would make a good leader, he is concise in his ideals and resolute to the last. As long as he has confidence in his message I am sure he has the ability to do so. He will make a fantastic lawyer or scientist whenever he decides what he wants to do.
It was a couple of hours before her gig, and we had decided to meet up in Birdees. In a rush from the Valley train station, I ran straight past a homeless woman who was begging for change. She tried to stop me but I brushed past and declared that I had no coins. This was a lie and put a sour on my mood as I entered the pub. It was also a lie I shared with Becky in the hope that she would find it funny. She didn’t but that is ok.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”
E.E. Cummings once asked “why Eliot couldn’t write his own lines instead of borrowing from dead poets,” when it came to ‘The Wasteland’. Right now I am in the middle of writing a time travel story and it hard not to delve into any classics to explain the ability for a machine to transport someone into the past. Do I go flat out and just steal someone else’s explanation? Or do I sit down and do the research? As I type these sentences it is too clear too me. I just can’t steal someone else’s idea, writing is all about creating something unique to myself. Whether it be story style or choice I must work hard to differentiate myself in a way that gets people to read. I know this all may seem weird under the Gandhi quote, but I am typing this several days after in an attempt to catch up on the writings that should have been done.
Keeping up with this blog has been no mean feat, but it has had it’s rewards. Jim Lee the fantastic DC Co-publisher said in on Fatman on Batman that every morning he would get up and pretend to have the job already. He would wake up get dressed and then would draw for eight hours a day, fine-tuning his ability. While it may be hard to accomplish that much with writing I like the idea of waking up everyday and just continually working. Refining your ability to a sharp point. I am hoping moving out with Angus will give me the freedom to be able to do this. I think initially we will drive each others practice and then breakdown the work we have done. I haven’t looked forward to something this badly in a long time.
“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”
Thomas H. Huxley
A woman at work today made the most outlandish statement. She said that strippers didn’t have morals. Who holds that belief anymore? It is one of those all encompassing ignorant comments that people use to denigrate other groups in societies. I blew a casket and told her that was an incredible hurtful thing to say but she didn’t seem to care. I felt like telling that arguably her job is immoral. She works for a giant corporation that by existing pushes out a lot of smaller businesses and destroys the environment via mass consumerism. People really need perspective before they judge.
I even feel bad for judging her. Because maybe her comment didn’t mean to imply what it implies. Maybe she said it in ironic jest. Maybe I am too quick to judge and jumped down her throat before she finished her sentence. Fucking doubt man, it needles away at your brain like a carnivorous earwig.
Maybe I should have told her why her view was wrong, maybe I should have asked her why she held this belief.
One time at my old job a guy told me he didn’t like homosexuals, the conversation then devolved into an argument between me and a couple of people about gay marriage. One girl told my that, “If two puzzle pieces don’t fit then they don’t go together.” Pig. I asked the guy why he didn’t like homosexuals. He was a young man, probably around sixteen at the time. He told me he had never really thought about it he just felt uncomfortable around them. I told him he should think about why he does feel uncomfortable and maybe he might realise that it has more to do with him than it does with people who are gay. I really hope he took it too heart.