Superbowl Pre-Gaming With 2015 Superbowl Commercials

For those that didn’t know, you can watch the upcomming superbowl adds right now! http://www.superbowl-commercials.org/2015

But does this have any impact on the companies themselves?

Watching the adds before the game can leave a sense of “oh, wow this company is cheap and is re-using adds.”  “Old commercial, or boring already saw that.”

On such an expensive add day I think the way the companies have done it perfectly.

Consumers have to search for these adds before-hand which increases their investment into the commercials and also giving them more value.  This way when they see the commercial on the big day they enjoy watching it for a second time which re-enforces the product as well.  They get a sense of the time they had to invest to watch it before the game which sets them apart from those who did not.  This is different than having the commercial re-enforced with paid avertising that is pushed on the consumer.

Have fun watching the game everyone!  Consider pre-gaming with the commercials so that when the actual game is showing you don’t feel as bad walking away from the screen to re-fill.!

Isolationism

In my book the leader that is forming the new government is leaning towards isolationism.  He wants to build a government that is not corrupted by the outside world while not wanting to force the entire world to live as he feels is politically necessary.  Although his “power,” gives answers that are not possible otherwise, excess power alone does not mean that it is the correct path for eutopian government.  So the main problems with isolationism?

*As a citizen and you know another country is hurting you’ll likely want to go help them.  You’re likely to want to know if they’re hurting as well.

-Solved by telling the countries that you’re willing to help them reformat their government to match yours, but not forcing them to go along with it.  Just getting involved anyway is similar to the Christian Crusades.  Just because you feel like you are right does not mean you can impose those ideas.

*Wouldn’t people be upset that the government is holding back information, and about what is going on in the outside world?

-In theory those who are born to this type of government will find the outsiders strange rather than themselves, and there would be no need to hide information.

*How do you prevent another country from getting involved?

-Huge defenses that could also counter as offenses.  Power basically, if they attack you then you can attack them back.  So if you have power this isn’t an issue.

*Don’t exchange goods / information.  This could slow down growth.

-Nationalism.  Don’t feel the need to ask for help, and the nation as a whole would find a solution to their own problems.  It would slow the trade of information, and technology.  It depends on what the person prioritizes, and technology is not one in this situation.

How You Think About Sin Influences Your Life

What do you think about sin?  What do you think of yourself when you sin?  I am personally saddened by this belief that humans are sinful corrupted creatures that cannot help themselves.  That it is taken for fact that they are tainted.  The following thoughts do not challenge this anti-human way of thought, but instead covers how it might be affecting your life, and potentially holding you back.

If you are doomed to sin, are you fully accepting responsibility for the sin?  You are going to do it eventually, and you will be forgiven for it.  It disturbs the balance because you are rewarded for doing the sin, but you are not punished.  Forgiveness of all evils done to you is a Christian characteristic, and this further punishes the victim.  It is accepted human nature to sin, and they are repenting.  The victim is the one who is doing wrong by not forgiving the person who is “trying their hardest” to repent.  So when you’re trying to not do a sin, just cave, the easiest path is to do the sin and repent.

Are you human if you don’t sin?  If it is corrupt human nature to sin, would you be considered human if you don’t sin?  And accept that you don’t sin?  To be a part of the group, to be one of the flawed group you also have to have flaws, even if you have to make them yourself.

Are you sinning in order to get closer to God?  It is certainly the easiest way to get attention.  You get the response: you are forgiven, God forgives you, and Jesus died for you so that your sins are forgiven.  Isn’t there a sense of feeling of respect and love when you sin because it connects you to the love of Jesus?  And what He was willing to do for you?

By forgiving all of your sins the message was intended to be fairly clear: Don’t stress out too much about what happens, and what you did.  Move on, and He is saying that it is ok to move on.  You are allowed to become a better person regardless of what you have done.  With an eternity coming it is humane to allow forgiveness so that someone is not eternally punished, but that is not the point.

The major consequence of this train of thought follows rather straightforward.  You are told that to be a member of Christianity you need to sin and repent for your sins.  This stops you from not sinning, this stops you from taking that last step.  That small difference between wishing and striving to be the person you want to be, and being that person.  Are you being taught that you can’t be this person that you want to be because you are Human, because you are flawed, because you’re not perfect enough?

I don’t like the word sin.  I don’t use it often, but here for nomenclature.  Saying that something is a sin degrades the act into something that can be forgiven with two words.  Forgive me.  It feels childish.

They’re Only Together Because Of Me

I wasn’t really home sick, I had homework projects that I had to get finished. I had been stressing out over the projects so much and for so long that my mother finally pronounced that I had to take the day off from school.

I wasn’t supposed to be home.  I wasn’t supposed to hear what my mother was saying on the phone.  Normally when she was having problems she would talk in her bedroom.  But she had forgotten that I was home.

My father was giving love poems and flowers to this girl at his work.  She was pretty in ways that he wished my mother was.  The way she was when he married her.  He wasn’t one to cheat so he had been telling my mother about this.  Like he was rubbing it in her face.

They went to weekly relationship counciling.  The female psychologist was on my father’s side.  Are you jelous of him having friends besides her?  She wasn’t happy that my father wouldn’t do nice things for her.  He didn’t make her love poems or buy her flowers.

The psychologist wanted her to stop taking her anti-depressents.  My father agreed with her, he thought that the meds were messing with her mind.  My mother did not want to stop taking the meds.  She was so close to just killing herself that she worried that if she stopped taking them she finally would.

She couldn’t leave him because he was financially supporting us (the five kids).  The church frowned on divorce, both sides of our family told her that divorce would mean she would go to hell.  She was trapped where she was.  And part of that was because of me.

The Lottery of Birth

Right before I started working on my book tonight I ran accross this movie called, “The Lottery of Birth.” I was expecting it to be directed towards people who have never questioned how things are different based on how and when you were born.  Even though it was it brought up enough interesting facts to keep my attention for about 3/4 of the movie.

*Depending on how and when you are born determines your genetics, parenting, upbringing, and faith.  That’s pretty obvious, and if the movie kept to that I would have only watched it for half a minute.

*Stockholms syndrome, or what I consider Advanced Stockholms Syndrome – people are trained to follow the guidelines of their culture.  They will learn to not only do what their parents tell them to do, or follow their bosses instructions, and buy into the credit system, but they will also learn to enjoy it.  They will learn to expect it, and will be scared if that system wasn’t there.  I wouldn’t say this makes them happy, but rather that it makes them comfortable.  People are willing to put up with a great deal of pain for long periods of time as long as it is within their comfort zone.

*So what am I getting at? In college one of my proffessors talked about how we wanted to push everyone to gain an education, and how he wanted to force (increase expectations) for everyone to gain a college education.  He pointed out how he thinks the society is better than those of the native americans and how we’re living longer and living better lives.  We have medicine we need to share and cultivate.  Having an education makes your life better, he said, and a life without an education is not as good.

I didn’t agree with this idea, and when instructed that I had to write a paper based on this argument I refuted his argument.  I was called stubborn, illmannered, and ignorant.

But let me explain:

You expect someone is going to be at your coffee shop making you coffee.  You expect a waitor at a high-class establishment, and you expect someone is going to deliver you a pizza.  Someone is going to have to reshelf the shelves at the grocery store, and someone is going to have to pick up the trash that you want to get rid of.

You want to force those people to get college degrees, and force onto them these jobs because they aren’t in a position to fight for the better jobs?  If you don’t agree then watch this movie.

*Money makes money – if you don’t have money to start with then you have to pay more.  Rich people pay less for rent, they don’t have to pay interest if they need a loan.  If they have less stress because they have backup money then they get sick less often.  They’re in less of a rush, and are willing to ask for more when there’s the potential to get more.  Raises/jobs/ect – they just have more confidence period.

Sure. Give them a fighting chance. Make, and force them to fight to try to better themselves. They will expect more though, and when they don’t gain what they expect then whose fault is it that they are in pain.  Theirs for not doing better on that test, not going the extra step?  Is it their fault for expecting too much?  I think people are expected to do too much, and that people don’t take into account happiness enough.

“Ok dude, way to be overdramatic, so what would you rather have us do.  We noticed this problem and dumbed down the education system.”  *Aww, you think I’m being a conspiracy theorist for saying that the education system is dumbed down purposefully.  Nah, I known I expect too much from people, and there is a genuine possibility that our leaders are stupid enough to not make the public education system more geared towards learning.

So what am I going to counter with?  What would I suggest?  A system where parents don’t raise children.  Trained teachers teach the children, and they are raised more equally. (Notice how I accept they will likely not get raised exactly the same, but they will have more of a fighting chance.)  Note the difference between having rich parents and poor parents can have a huge influence on your standards of living.  You don’t need a job if you make 100K/year in interest that was earned from someone who died a hundred years ago.

The incoming population can be controlled this way, and wealth doesn’t pool.

**Interested?  Have huge political ideas that you want to yell at me about? Good.

Bible Study Post #14 (Numbers): Magick & Curses

Numbers 5:19

  • And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse

In Numbers it talks about a spell that the priest casts that determines if a woman has cheated on her husband.  The curse in itself isn’t important concerning the specifics although it is a bit sexist.

  1. The Old Testament is the history of Christianity that is believed to have happened, and therefore believing that the bible is the truth would also mean that you believe this curse existed.  And if this curse existed curses in general existed.
  2. You can argue that the curse used the power of God as its origin of power, and a good portion of older magick is based on a higher power.  Using the power of Gods, the Sun, the Moon, the Earth.

Does this mean being a Christian also mean that you believe in Magick?

The Conquerors Decide The History

People talk about how the winners are the ones who write down the history, and that history books are biased towards the winning side.  The losers are portrayed as the villians and the winners become the heroes.

The North (U.S.) won the fight against the south who were evily trying to break away.  What terrorists they were.  God’s fight against Satan, what would Satan have written about God if he had won?

The thing about history is bias needs to be appreciated.  The truth helps us study the past so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes, but that is nill compared to how re-written history allows us to be proud of our ancestry.

In theory re-writing the bible to make it more present to the current generations would be a great service.  Religion binds people together, and the great amount of filler in the old testament is no longer applicable.

I just don’t always think that changing the history of the past would be a bad thing.  Much more of a factor when considering fiction books & eutopian/dystopian fantasies.