Saturday, January 21, 2006

Just for the sake of fun...

I took some of these pictures of me while being bored tonight & playing with my camera & photo editor. I thought they turned out kind of cool so I thought I would share them with you. Enjoy!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Missing you today...

You were always there when things got rough. You always listened and offered your friendship. I miss you terribly, and for some reason, moreso today. Please know you always were and always will be loved. I miss you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Thought to Ponder...

What isn't there is just as important as what is. That's what someone once told me. At first glance, I did not really absorb that statement. I didn't give it much thought, but after reflecting upon it, I think it might be least partially so.

Take art for instance. A subject matter is only as good as its surroundings. The negative space compliments the positive space and vice versa. If you take a picture of a beautiful person but there is too much in the background, the picture doesn't have the same effect as it would if there were a nice, neutral background.

So does that also apply to our qualities as beings? If a person possesses inner beauty but not outer beauty, regardless of society's standards, do we notice the inner beauty more because the outer beauty is not there? And what about a person who possesses patience but not good judgment. We notice both. We especially notice people's negative seems like we notice them more or are more quick to point them out at least. When we have little or no money, it becomes a lot more important than it does when we do have it...when it is there.

We are driven by needs but also by wants. We want to acquire things that are not there because we feel they will make us happy. We spend most of our lives working and working so that we can obtain more and more. Maybe we should focus a little more on what we already have and be grateful for that. Or is it just in our nature to aspire to want what is not there too?

I guess there is a lot of truth to what was once said. What isn't there is often just as important as what least it seems that way to me.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Just one little pill to make it all go away?

This morning, as I was attempting to awaken from a deep night's slumber, I caught something interesting in the news. It was an article discussing a possible new pill to erase bad memories. Scientists feel that memories as a result of traumatic stress are stored differently than normal, regular memories (due to brain chemistry). They think this pill could possibly cure Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by deliberately triggering the "bad" memory then giving the pill which would lessen the severity & clarity of the traumatic memory.

My thoughts on this are mixed and I am sure they will be until this magic little pill undergoes more testing.

I guess my question is, if offered, would you take this pill?

At first, it seems very tempting, a magic little pill to wipe it all away & "make it all better". But, as I consider it further, I wonder exactly how it lessens the severity of the memories. I have some traumatic memories myself and it seems great.

Up to this point in my life, everything I have done or experienced has helped mold me into the person I am. That means the good with the bad. Even the bad experiences and traumatic ones have influenced my future behaviors and continue to do so. So, since we are a culmination of our experiences in the past, good and bad alike, would "numbing" the memories contribute to sudden changes in our current behaviors since things that have influenced our thoughts for so long are now much different?

To show you what I mean by this, take this example. Let's say someone was driving drunk and hit & killed an innocent person. For years now they have suffered regret & nightmares over the incident, spurring sincere remorse. Let's say they now take the pill, and part of the memory is not as bad now...or maybe they don't remember every detail. Would that lessen their remorse & regret? And if so, is that necessarily a good thing?

What do you think?
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