Category Archives: ethics

Rules

Chew slowly

Breathe deeply

Listen to the music

Dance to your own beat

Love yourself

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No excuses

I didn’t post last night. I am in the process of moving into a  new place, and just got internet today! So no more excuses from now on. And in general, no more excuses, period. If a person does something, there must be a reason at that time and those circumstances for that particular action. Whether it is an irrefutable extreme situation, or maybe just a gut feeling, there is a reason for everything. And though it may seem like a mistake at the time, it may actually be a blessing in disguise that we may never realize. For it is always the road not taken that seems more glorious. So instead of questioning and worrying, a little faith in ourselves and intuition goes a long way. Trust that everything is meant to be, and it will work out in the end.

Of course, it is always easier said than done, and always easier to see from someone else’s shoes. It is always easier to give advice than to take your own advice. But we must try to be our own adviser, and learn to follow your own words. If we don’t practice what we preach, how can we expect others to? Actions speak louder than words, and the best way to lead is by example. We can only prove the value of our words by living up to them in our own behavior.

Waste not, want not

Zero-to-Hero

You know what nobody likes to talk about? Waste. And I’m not just talking fecal matter, I mean any kind of waste. We humans leave behind waste everywhere we go, without a second thought, as if there’s nothin’ to it.
Maybe it’s because I am an immigrant, or maybe because my parents taught to me to value things, but my heart breaks from America’s wasteful attitude. Nowadays, things are not built to last, which explains why they often need to be disposed of after minimal wear ‘n’ tear. But when you grow up saving and reusing stuff, it just becomes second nature. Think of all the containers that are wasted in the food making/takeout industry. All those plastic containers can be saved and reused for home lunches! Instead, they wind up in the trash, and eventually litter the streets…

Sure, there are some loose guidelines about recycling, for example in NY. But who really enforces them? My family can recycle all they want (and we do try), but our recycling is not even a drop in the bucket compared to industrial waste, or even waste from small businesses. How hard is it to separate paper and plastic/metal/glass from everything else?
Then there are those that postulate that even if they separate recyclables, garbage collectors throw everything in one bin. Following that logic, why bother at all?

All I know is, if things keep going at this rate, there will be more waste on this planet than anything else! What are we going to do with all this garbage – there is physically no space for it anymore! Instead of making grand plans to send it up to space or bury it, perhaps we should steer our attention to conserving our resources. We should make things out of natural, durable materials, that can be reused and eventually recycled/biodegraded. And if science does allow for this, the much harder part will be to change the attitudes of people. Cherishing our environment and planet should be a priority for everyone, instilled in us from childhood! It should not be our instinct to waste and spit on our planet that gave rise to so much life and beauty….

See recycling ideas at earth911.com.

Back to Basics

Growing up, I was always reading. I was fascinated by the ability of writers to master a language and create a whole new world within the pages of a book. Now, everything is digital and almost everyone is a writer – just look at the amount of blogs out there!

Using all the resources available to us now, we have expanded the ability to communicate beyond what is physically feasible – people can reach each other across the globe with the touch of a button! With that said, the human element has somehow gotten lost in translation.

I’d like to raise questions and invite people to think about what we are gaining and what we are giving up. The culture today is all about instant gratification, without taking the time to getting to the root of something and finding the best solution. The media and industry has a stronghold on all aspects of our lives. We are being brainwashed without realizing it, every time we watch a show, ride the subway, read a nutrition label, or put on a brand of clothing. Healthcare is running on autopilot: diagnose, prescribe medication, dispense, bill insurance. Our bodies are abused rather than being nurtured.

The world is on the precipice of something – values are shaking up and people are awakening as if from a deep slumber. We are the the masters of our own destiny. If we are careful, we can find a balance with nature and live in harmony, within and without.

My intention for this blog is to organize my ideals for what it means to be human, and inspire people to find their own ideals. Everyone is different, but we must each embrace our individuality in order to stay true to ourselves. Looking within is the key to living a happier, healthier life. I will also post tips on health & wellness, spirituality, nutrition, and living green.

Namaste, to those who are reading and following.

It’s OK to say “No”

We’ve all seen the movie “The Yes Man.” Or at least have heard about it or seen commercials. The point is, good things happen when you open yourself up to receiving all things the universe has to offer, and saying “yes” to absolutely every opportunity, even if it seems wacky. In fact, the wacky ones may pay off in the end, according to the movie.

While the “yes” concept is alluring and all’s well that ends well….well, it may be wise to set limits in real life. Knowing when to say “no” is an equally important aspect of the self-awareness process. “No” is a rejection of something that has no room in your life, so that you can make space for the things that truly resonate with you as an individual.

Oftentimes, we say “yes” to things in the hopes of pleasing those that are making offers to us. But this kind of thinking is sure to end up not pleasing anyone. If our heart is truly not into it, then we are not doing either party any favors. Respect one another and be honest and truthful about your values. This will allow us a fair chance at recognizing whether we share the same interests and place us on a path to either deepening our connection, or heading our separate ways. In any case, it will be better than attempting to fake like-mindedness and forge something that will not benefit either person.

There is a saying that has been going around the web recently, “Today is the day to let go of the things that no longer serve me.” We need to be able to recognize when we have gotten to a place where we are comfortable and happy, and not force a good thing to turn bad.

Writing a Critical Review

For my next assignment in English class, I am required to write a critical review of an aesthetic object of some sort. These types of reviews are commonly found in magazines, journals and newspapers. They span from targeting specific audiences such as teenage girls reading Seventeen to reaching a broad range of readers like the feature section of The New York Times.

I often read such reviews to aid in my decision of whether or not to go to a particular movie or visit an exhibit in a museum. I look for articles written by authors with similar interests to mine and those who seem to have an authority or area or expertise on a particular subject of interest. I also look for an intriguing opening, use of humor and other attention grabbing tools such as images, etc.

Earlier I wrote a few blog posts about my ideas and possible subjects for the review. I thought long and hard, because these types of compositions are particularly of interest to me. I like to go out and experience some aspect of culture such as a theatre/dance performance, movie or restaurant/lounge. All of these are possible topics for such a review. However, I finally decided to write about the musical Rent.

Rent came to life on Broadway a decade ago, and yet there is something so intimate and strong about it, that it continues to draw crowds. Now that the movie version came out, it is much more convenient for viewers to enjoy the magic of Rent in their homes, with the convenience of managing the performance with the touch of a button. In my essay, I plan to bring out the positive aspects of both of these mediums, and the common themes that tie both. Of course, I would have to discuss any flaws I observe as well for a full coverage.

Attached are my invention activities outlining my ideas. They follow multiple guidelines for a critical review. Feel free to look over them and comment.

invention

Politics v. Morality

I was sitting in yet another boring class, and was not looking forward to listening about the history of Christianity, which has been an ongoing monologue by my theology professor. However, suddenly there was a shift in the classroom and my attention snapped back to the discourse as students began to bring up points related to today’s world. I realized that there is an intersection between the values we learn in our classes and what is currently going on in politics, on international, local as well as personal levels.

Somehow, our class discussion led into issues such as racism. multi-linguistic skills, and running for office. Naturally, the latter led into the current President of U.S. race for 2008. Between Hillary and Obama, there are a lot of racial and sexist issues that could potentially be brought up about the whole election process.

One girl in my class announced that she is not voting for Hillary because she is personally disappointed by her actions during the Clinton affair. According to her, this is due to the fact that the Clintons stayed together after the disgusting acts, lying, and then finally admitting it to the whole world . How could Hillary stay with a man who publicly humiliated their marriage? This is personally demeaning and demoralizing, said the girl.

Another girl volunteered a totally different point of view, saying that one of the lessons of the Bible is forgiveness. This is the other side of ethical and moral behavior, and just as Bill may have made a grave mistake, it might be Hillary’s moral responsibility to make the best of it. If her husband did that to her, the girl supposed she would have to find a way to forgive him in the best hope that it would ultimately save their sacred marriage vows and he would respect her even more for being that strong.

Personally, I think that the bigger role that factored into this ethically challenging decision was politics. Had Hillary not turned the other cheek, would she be where she is now? Whether or not Bill was caught, he still had the high political connections, and Hillary chose to use them rather than ruining everything for herself in addition to public admission of their marriage problems. In this way, it was simply a wise decision on her part to stay by her husband’s side.

According to an article in the Las Vegas Sun, Hillary is the right choice for Presidency of ’08. Out of all the candidates, her stances on issues seem most beneficial to our country, which is the important thing. Furthermore, the discussions section of the article pointed out that many American presidents have had affairs and still did their jobs, and besides everyone, even politicians, make mistakes. The only difference is whether or not you have the media stalking you, waiting for it. One fervent comment even goes so far as to claim: “the Clinton are wonderful human beings and you need to stop degrading them.”