Runaway Future

21.2.2013

Every man must fall

Filed under: The Daily Grind — forbes @ 1:11

I’ve been pondering this particular post for a while and it just seems like every day, something gets added to it.

Even in the past few weeks, I’ve found myself encouraging a friend that he shouldn’t dwell on a missed opportunity, that he would learn from his mistakes and be better next time, while at the same point in time admitting to another friend that I felt I was just continually making the same mistakes over and over again and was doomed to the Einstein quote on the definition of insanity.

At the same time, one of my other good friends wrote this wonderful post, while I also read this article and this one.

This post is about failure.

It all started percolating back when I made the observation that I learned more about myself in the past year than I learned in the previous seven. My 2012 was full of failure and that led to a lot of things in a lot of directions.

At times, I felt like the old joke about the guy walking to work on an icy day taking one step foward and slipping two steps back. (“How’d you end up making it to the office?” “I gave up and headed for home!”). But in the end, I think in order for things to progress, in order for life to move forward, sometimes failure is necessary.

Sometimes things need to happen in order for other things to take place and go forward. It’s the natural progression of things. I had to leave my job to understand what I wanted to do with myself. I had to lose some of my passion for hockey to understand the value that writing has in my life. Things need to happen for life to progress.

So failure is necessary, mistakes are important and keeping that perspective is important.

Final thought: circling back to my previous post on passion, which I think speaks to this a bit too. Without passion, without caring, without giving a shit about what’s going on, are you actually even failing?

11.2.2013

struggles with celebrity culture

Filed under: The Daily Grind — forbes @ 11:53

I actually wrote about this before a bit, but here goes.

First off, apparently most of the Chris Brown’s community service work seems to have been falsified. So let’s just throw out the whole paying back a debt to society piece.

Second, he’s apparently back with Rihanna, but it’s okay because she says if he steps out of line again, she’ll walk.

The stance that Rihanna is taking in all of this is a privileged one, based on her fame and on her fortune. She can leave, because she’s independently wealthy and doesn’t depend on him to provide for her. Hell, it’s probably quite simple for her to leave as she no doubt still owns a separate home, if not several.

For the past six months or so, I’ve been learning a lot about fairness and about feminism. About women’s issues and gender roles. It’s been an eye-opening and extremely enlightening journey. Rihanna has plenty of advantages that many (if not most) in an abusive relationship don’t have access to. Which I guess is why there’s such this fixation with him and with her and with their relationship together: it doesn’t exist in any sort of reality that we can comprehend.

This isn’t just some girl who’s boyfriend beats her, this isn’t even Ike and Tina Turner, it’s an entirely different beast that is complicated and almost impossible to understand. Of course, celebrity culture and worship made Chris Brown and Rihanna. It also likely had much to do with them seeking one another out. I’d wager (like I attested in my original post) that Chris Brown’s anger issues are particularly antagonized by his role as a celebrity, leading to numerous incidents in the public forum. The couple’s reconciliation could also have roots to the ostracized from reality world that they live in. As would Brown’s apparent belief that the real world penalties for his actions (like his community service) perhaps don’t apply to him.

And maybe that’s the take-away here. Maybe that’s why everyone is so uppity, so self-righteous and indignant. So eager to continue to carve up Brown in the court of public opinion. Because we all know, deep down, that we put him on that pedestal to begin with, we built a world for him where no one was going to tell him ‘no’. Maybe we all hate him because we realize that we helped enable him.

Heresy

Filed under: The Daily Grind — forbes @ 10:15

So the Pope is stepping down and so this has become just a well of comedic material.

  • The Pope met some lucky lady and their forbidden love is just too strong
  • I hope the above turns into a romantic comedy
  • This time, I hope they choose someone young. Get a Pope that can host SNL and play one-on-one against Obama.
  • That would actually be a smart move for the Church. Look at how much good PR the Will & Kate has had for the monarchy.
  • Hell, give it to Justin Trudeau. He’s Catholic and probably just as qualified as he is for the Liberal Leadership
  • Then we’d end up with an astronaut as a possible Prime Minister in Marc Garneau. Everyone wins.
  • On second thought, this explains Brian Burke’s departure from the Toronto Maple Leafs a lot more. Pope Burkie?
  • Unfortunately, both Tim Tebow and Dikembe Mutombo are Baptist and thus unlikely to become the next Pope.
  • Can you imagine if the Papacy was handled like a regular election? With campaigning and attack ads?
  • I liked Italy when I visited and I hate wearing pants, so the Papal robes sound awful enticing. Where do I have to send a resume off to?

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