Showing posts from March, 2013

No More Deep Cleanings!

DECLARATION: I shall floss religiously because deep cleanings at the dentist are torture. It's torture I paid for. It's torture where I willingly sat there while they injected me a total of 16 times throughout my mouth on two occasions. Fuck that. (pardon my language..but seriously)   My Chompers  

Non-Deist Morality

DECLARATION/OBSERVATION: I repost items that interest me: news stories, funny pictures, a few memes, and certain status messages of friends and family. I keep my lack of faith or religion to myself most of the time. If I do discuss it, it tends to be with my like-minded husband, Jarrod. Yet, I feel compelled to repost this discussion of morality because it conveys what I feel about the morality of non-deist, atheist, and agnostic people who live a life that does not revolve around worship, fear of divine punishment, and/or expectation of an afterlife. I view morality as a human construct that stems from the avoidance of bodily or mental harm and causing bodily harm or mental harm to others. This means we know what is right and wrong because we know we would not want it done to ourselves. Those who do not develop this intrinsic sense of right and wrong have a legal system that has codified what is right and wrong. It is for this reason that the United States legal system did not evo

Subjective Morality

OBSERVATION: Morality and ethics are subjective. Subjective to the era, to the society we live in, and unfortunately, to the predominant religion of the land. Some of these rules we had to learn, some we intrinsically feel. But the end effect is the same: we live in a society of rules where we have an understanding of what is wrong and what is right. Those areas of grey and opacity we have proffered up to our governments to adjudicate. That being said, it is this subjectivity that causes conflict in countries around the world. Sometimes what we think is wrong is not aligned with the law of the land. Sometimes what we think is right is not either. As citizens of the world and whatever country you hail from, you speak up. You rally. You stand for your principals. Sometimes the other side has more to stand with them. Sometimes the other side will get their way. But if you don't say anything, you are complicit.

Thrill Seeking

OBSERVATION AND QUERY: Are we the only creatures on the planet that willingly risks our lives? Is thrill seeking reserved for humans? When I look at the beauty of the world, I want to wrap it around me like a blanket and observe. When  Jeb Corliss views the world, I can only imagine that he sees a big bouncy house that he wants to dive into and taste. I'm torn between admiration, envy, and horror. From following his feed, I know that he is highly trained. He has worked hard, sacrificed, and invested time and large sums of money to pursue his dreams. He doesn't lightly throw himself off a mountain or building......but he still throws himself off a mountain or building. I'm not a thrill seeker. Aside from driving fast at times, I'm scared of heights, terrified of drowning, and have a very healthy fight or flight response. Perhaps one day I can cast off my base instincts of self-preservation and throw myself INTO the beauty of the world instead of just observing

My Meaning for Existence

DECLARATION: We are not the center of the universe, but the fact that we are here makes me feel miraculous. We exist in a universe so vast, we will never comprehend it. We exist amidst stars and galaxies that we can see but will never touch. And in the immensity of the universe and in our exceedingly small parking space in said universe, we exist and are able to contemplate that existence. It's a wondrous thing. A star that's millions of times bigger than I cannot ask why it exists. An asteroid belt cannot wonder why it's strung along in space. But I can ask, and I can wonder. I don't need a deity to explain my existence or an afterlife to make it meaningful. We fought our way to the forms we are now and have evolved enough to question our surroundings, and through all this wonder and through all this questioning and quest for deeper understanding, I can only think of my sons. My life has meaning in their creation. In their creation, I am the universe and I

Earthquakes: We're Built For 'Em

DECLARATION: Exactly two people have died in California directly related to an earthquake since the 1994 Northridge Earthquakes that claimed 60 lives. I've had friends from back east contact me see I'm alright after today's 4.7 quake in Riverside. I really didn't feel it. California's codes and regulations for building construction and transportation projects like bridges and freeways have been modified, amended, and improved since 1994 to provide greater sensitivity to seismic issues and risk. We're not risk free, but we are 'built' for earthquakes. Ironically, more people haved died from lightning strikes in California than earthquakes since 1994 (6 from 2002 - 2011). I think we'll be okay.


"Sometimes genius requires the pressure cooker of procrastination."   - Vanessa Hahn