Saturday, March 29, 2008


In my fourteen years of life, I have realized that expectations and assumptions are a big part of it. As humans, we - okay, I'll speak for myself - I have a tendency to create expectations for anything and everything. Some are based on facts or the opinions of others but most are not. Unfortunately for me, having so many expectations sets me up for disappointment because it is rare that things measure up or surpass the level I set for them. So are expectations a bad thing? A lot of people who have no expectations or goals in life, at least for themselves, don't get very far. So which is better - underachieving or opening yourself up to unnecessary disappointment when things just aren't what we thought they were? Probably neither. If we could find a spot in the middle, having goals for ourselves that allow us to achieve our "full potential" but allowing things to be what they are and not always comparing of setting standards for everything, then maybe we could save ourselves from a good bit of disappointment. The problem lies in finding the balance.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Is it Good to be Desensitized?

This is another "something" that I didn't come up with all that recently. I wrote this in December of last year. Again, it's not edited at all.

It's interesting and at least a little bit disturbing to see how desensitized so many people of our generation have become. If a movie isn't intense, sensual, or violent, it's not really worth watching. If a TV show isn't raw reality or a murder mystery, you can forget it. My brother was excited about watching an old English mystery show until we started it and discovered that the mystery to be solved was a case of arson - a car lit on fire. He was clearly disappointed about this, muttering things about how lame it was, not even a murder, and that Miss Marple episodes were better than that. Miss Marple is a very elderly "detective" who assists the police or Scotland Yard in solving mysteries, generally murders. But that's beside the point. Is this the level we've sunk to? Are we to the point where we are only entertained by brutal staged deaths and gritty reality shows? Even my cousin, who has watched things like 300, Gladiator, and Troy without batting an eye, remarked recently that the number of murder shows on TV was surprising, and even more so was the fact that viewers seem to like watching other people die. I can only agree with that. What's happened to us?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The First Post

Hello, and welcome to my blog. This is my way of expressing my "deep thoughts" in a quiet way because I am a quiet person. I probably won't post very often because I only have thoughts worth reading every now and then, so enjoy what there is!