Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Men of Few Words

What happens when a man who's been silent speaks for the first time on film? Thoughts that action cannot portray. Proof that a book is not to be judged by its cover. There was nothing goofy, lighthearted or funny about this man. And in those 3 minutes we perhaps got to understand him for the first time in his career.
No matter what we do for a living we can all inspire and fight for a greater good. Even if we fail, we tried. To have never tried would have been the pity. Few will ever think of this speech when they read the name Charlie Chaplin. But this is the message he wanted to leave behind; this is his legacy.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Alt + Delete, Where's Ctrl?

Control is a funny thing because few people understand it. In their pursuit of control they literally let the chase control them. This ironic result is due to most other problems in life and that's looking through the lenses in the wrong perspective.

What's most interesting to me is that humans tend to want control over the most insignificant things just because they feel like they CAN control the outcome. Yet when it comes to things that are perceived to be bigger than themselves they abstain involvement because they're convinced that they have ZERO control over the result.

Just recently Yonge and Sheppard area started constructing for new condos and going north on Yonge has slowed down to a crawl. People will scatter east and west taking small streets and huge detours in their effort to arrive north of Yonge and Sheppard at a faster speed than if they were to just go north patiently. What's funny is that after their huge detour and effort to assert control over the outcome, they arrive about the same time as if they were to just do nothing. But a huge number of people will choose the first action because they want control. The end result is rarely their concern as the impact of their actions were pointless at best.

The other extreme of this need for pointless control is when people abstain from voting. Most people that don't vote will say something like "I don't know enough about the candidates" or "I don't like any of them" or something along those lines. Truth is they simply feel their ONE vote will have no control over the outcome of the election.

What's comical is that people merely exert effort as long as there's a sense on control. They ignore the actual IMPACT of the end result. It is TRUE that by turning  and cutting through small streets you MIGHT be able to shave 2 minutes off waiting - at the expense of higher probability of getting into an accident, wasting more gas, and possible being later because of 12,000 other people who want control going the same route. It is also TRUE that your one vote is insignificant among 500,000 other votes. But what of the outcome? One you influenced on saving 2 mins of your day; the other you forgone the opportunity to save the country from a term ruled by a complete moron.

My point isn't to make you go vote. That's merely to illustrate my view on control and how people perceive it. But what I do want is for people to THINK more about their need for control and if there really is any benefit to having it. Sometimes it's better to not be in control because there's really nothing you can do even if you tried your hardest (traffic example). Sometimes you have to try your hardest even if you have so little control over the outcome (fighting cancer, voting etc). If you choose to be lead by someone then don't be a back seat driver. Your control exertion should have occurred at the time you chose the leader not after you have chosen them. After that you should only choose if you will continue to let them lead or if you will stop following them.

So by my logic why have I chosen to follow God yet try so hard to control Him? Because just as I've written this whole thing on the logical fallacies of control; we commit logical fallacies against God.