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An anchor

In about me, отношения, moral issues, people on October 30, 2013 at 00:13

In any book,  or movie,  or TV series I need at least one “hero” through whom I could connect to the story.  A generally good person in my particular understanding (who not necessarily always does good but wants to). A person with conscience.  Without him or her I feel like floating without an anchor in the story.

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В любой истории мне нужен “якорь”: хотя бы один персонаж, положительный в моем понимании. Не идеал, живой человек. Если все пеосонажи воспринимаются как отрицательные или нейтральные, ни что в истории не цепляет, читать или смотреть не буду.

Started watching “The World without End”

In ethics, fantasy, freedom, good life, history, moral issues, relationship, science fiction, time, traditions on February 3, 2013 at 00:59

I am not into historical fiction. It feels like while science fiction opens up the possibilities – historical fiction closes them. We don’t exactly know what the past looked like, it could be so many things. The fiction shows you just one possible way and tries to make you believe this is the right one.

People need to be remained of the horrors of the past although. To recognise the seeds of that rotten mentality and to stop them from growing. We don’t need more Dark Ages. .. Rather a new Enlightenment.

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2013 at 17:50

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone. – Edgar Allan Poe… #girl #edit #linandara_people #linandara_retro #all_shots #room #books #alone #mydaughter #child #silhouette #profile #light #strange #eerie #faded #ребенок #книги

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2012 at 15:19

in an #old #library … #Attingham #room #red #globe #globes #interior #fireplace #yellow #Regency #mansion #manor #museum #table #clock #библиотека #глобус #linandara_stillife #Britain #British #book #books

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2012 at 19:00

A #room in a #museum in #Norway #vintage #interior #retro #light #window #table #books #chair #blue #комната #интерьер #all_shots #picoftheday #instamood (Taken with Instagram)

Evolution…

In books, religion on September 4, 2012 at 13:58

It has been a couple of years since I gave up my religion but only now I’ve got Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” from a library. I though I already know all that could be said. Apparently not. One case has really infuriated me – and this is what happened in the USA which calls itself a “democracy” (text selected by me):

 “A Christian faith-healer ran a ‘Miracle Crusade’ which came to Mills’s home town once a year. Among other things, the faith-healer encouraged diabetics to throw away their insulin, and cancer patients to give up their chemotherapy and pray for a miracle instead. Reasonably enough, Mills decided to organize a peaceful demonstration to warn people. But he made the mistake of going to the police to tell them of his intention and ask for police protection against possible attacks from supporters of the faith-healer. The first police officer to whom he spoke asked, ‘Is you gonna protest fir him or ‘gin him?’ (meaning for or against the faith-healer). When Mills replied, ‘Against him,’ the policeman said that he himself planned to attend the rally and intended to spit personally in Mills’s face as he marched past Mills’s demonstration. Mills decided to try his luck with a second police officer. This one said that if any of the faith-healer’s supporters violently con- fronted Mills, the officer would arrest Mills because he was ‘trying to interfere with God’s work‘. Mills went home and tried telephoning the police station, in the hope of finding more sympathy at a senior level. He was finally connected to a sergeant who said, ‘To hell with you, Buddy. No policeman wants to protect a goddamned atheist. I hope somebody bloodies you up good.‘ Apparently adverbs were in short supply in this police station, along with the milk of human kindness and a sense of duty. Mills relates that he spoke to about seven or eight policemen that day. None of them was helpful, and most of them directly threatened Mills with violence.”

First I though: “Somebody just have to do something about this situation!” And then my thoughts came to natural selection & evolution. Who is more likely so survive: one who goes to a trained doctor or one who throws away ones medicines and listens to a “faith-healer” instead? And in the countries where they deprive women (50 per sent of population) of education isn’t their potential for new achievements and discoveries halved because of that? And imagine what harm could do denial of evolution in medicine if fanatics take control. 

They may threaten or even harm others but they harm themselves even more. I do feel sorry for their innocent minors and whole naive uneducated brainwashed lot.

Online reading room

In books on February 9, 2012 at 20:04

I’m one of these peope who likes wreking their books with question and exclamation marks, highlighters and notes. It could be fun if people could read free books online together – you either can follow each other’s notes or to see what most peope highlighted with different colors meaning “great”, “rubbish”, etc.

Online reading room

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2012 at 17:35

I’m one of these peope who likes wreking their books with question and exclamation marks, highlighters and notes. It could be fun if people could read free books online together – you either can follow each other’s notes or to see what most peope highlighted with different colors meaning “great”, “rubbish”, etc.

Freedom, ideas and crowds

In books, freedom, philosophy, relationship, religion on August 14, 2011 at 08:17

I’ve started a new project: I collect stories of natural human kindness as opposed to idea-infused cruelty. I would appreciate any suggestions. Initially the idea appeared when an Orthodox Christian lady said to me that she is absolutely sure that non-Christians are incapable of good deeds. She also believed that non-christian souls won’t be saved and at the same time boasted about her “friendship” with pagans. All this seemed so perverted to me yet so typical of fundamentalism (which is the core of any viable religion) – and it eventually helped me to say final goodbye to religion. Another thing was that many religious people commenting my posts in both languages seemed either to judge me most of the time or even tell me what I must think and do. None of my true friends would ever done something like this, be so disrespectful of my freedom.

In the times of riots in Britain, once in the evening, I went to the shops here in Newtown and seen an interesting picture. Four teenagers, 2 girls, 2 boys, white and looking well of, were obviously ready for trouble. Empty yet aggressive faces, hoodies on, throwing traffic cones around. But in the small town like his there just wasn’t enough of them. It is illustrating to me the fact that people feeling themselves as a part of a crowd are losing their normal judgements, “going mad”. Obviously undeveloped brains are more ready for this sort of behaviour.

Both ideas and crowds (mad or organized) can make people cruel against their normal nature. We are born compassionate. It’s a social animal’s instinct. Even hungry rats can’t eat if they see other rats suffer (I thing this is from the book “Wild Justice” if I’m not mistaken). I remember reading a bit of Nazi official’s diary (in the book “What Is Good?”). He was organizing death camps or something like this but when he went to inspect what he’s done he felt terrified, he couldn’t bear that. Yet he didn’t repent: the Nazi idea and complacence to the authorities were stronger.

I thing the idea that people are born sinners, bad, cruel, homo homini lupus est, etc. leeds to a distorted world view. Being good is more about both going to you “roots” (natural empathy) and thinking free with a clear independent mind unclouded by invasive ideas (mems).

Fellow-passengers

In books, moral issues, religion on September 30, 2010 at 19:18

Reading Dickens. Don’t want ever call anybody a heretic. All of us make mistakes. Constantly. Don’t want to call anybody evil. There is good in every person. And we all are just “fellow-passengers to the grave“…

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