Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Barack Obama to Win

rolling_stone_obama_cover.jpgWith a face like that on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, who needs a makeover? I just can't imagine a dumpy old man like McCain on Rolling Stone.

I am Republican in ideology but I think that Obama represents more than just a party's policies.

Obama is also symbolic. And people also vote for symbols. Obama is perceived to be black (though he is just as much white). So he will be the first African-American to be POTUS. He also has links to Africa and Asia, his election will be a significant turning point in history.

But I think that I would vote for him not because he is symbolical, but because he does come across as politically astute, very intelligent, courteous. He distanced himself but didn't disown his own pastor despite the pastor mouthing racist sermons, he was loyal to him in spite of it. And that to me shows character.

I think that McCain got the short end of the stick from his party. They figured that it would have been difficult for a Republican to win another term. Very, very few parties hold on for more than 2 terms unless the incumbent was really popular (like Reagan). So McCain is the sacrificial lamb for this term. Republicans will probably win in 8 years time in 2016. I think that Barack should stay in power if he performs fairly competently and nothing really catastrophic happens in his first 4 years.

However, I think that people are expecting too much from him. One man in charge of the nation will still not solve the whole world's problems. Reality will set in that things are going to be tough, terrorism and the economy will still be issues and that faith in man will still disappoint.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Deciding To Be Evil

I don't think people wake up in the morning deciding to be evil. Nobody wakes up in the morning thinking "Let's see how much havoc I can wreak today". (There could be one or two exceptions). But I think they do make decisions on values and identity.

They may make decisions on other people. They may decide that "People are lazy". "People are stupid", "People need guidance", "People are ignorant", "My wife doesn't understand me", "My children are a burden", "I want to show my teacher I am significant"

They may also make decisions about themselves and what they want to do about it. "I want to get pleasure in life." "I am a great seduction artist", "I am a great leader", "I am a loser", "I am a winner", "I know a lot of things".

It's from these decisions that all other decisions and attitudes follow, even if reality doesn't bear out that truth. A person who thinks he is a great boss but doesn't have the people skills that match it will encounter difficulty when things don't seem to be working out. He may then rely on outdated skills or things learned from his parents or his ex-bosses. Or a person who believes he knows a lot of things that starts boasting, yet in reality people think him over-inflated and a bore.

I don't think HItler decided to be evil one fine day. But he did decide that Jews are bad and the cause of Germany's problems. He did decide that some people's lives are worth less than the cost of maintaining them if they weren't productive.

It's these decisions that shape you and I. Thinking about it. It's all the other tiny decisions that we make, the words we say, "You're bad", "You horrid thing", "You're an asshole", "I'm never going to make it" that make us who we are.

That's why again, it comes back to what we think. Thinking good thoughts is good but deciding and believing those thoughts are true is a different matter. I can think but not believe, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength". To believe in it is different. To think and know, "God loves me" is one thing. To believe "God loves me" is something else.

Donating Blood

Birthday Donor Sticker

Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

I donated blood today on my birthday. It wasn't on purpose, just that I had time today.

So it seems that they even have stickers for people who do so. Quite a few people actually use their birthdays to donate blood. It isn't a rarity.

What did I get? An piece of cake, a cardboard photo frame, and a paper bag to go with it.