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I know that religion is a topic that is taboo and writers should stay away. Thankfully, I am not a writer. This isn’t going to be another Christian rant about the lack of God in today’s society. I am not virtually coming to your browser preaching the good news. Neither will I ever throw religion down your throat. Something happened to me today that urged the ending of my silence and withdrawal from my blog.

In my opinion, it is common belief that atheists say that we are attributing all of our success or downfalls to a higher power, being God. Whether it is praising him for a job promotion or the opposite; feeling like he is punishing us in the loss of a job. Moreover, we feel that anything negative happening to us is our fault and we deserved it for some sin we committed earlier. Even if that may be true or not, why is that a problem. Regardless of if you believe in him or not, what is wrong with having somebody or something to look up to? That power that makes you want to “do good” and I don’t know about you guys but I am a strong believer of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. In my example, if I were to get promoted and I want to be thankful, what is so wrong with thanking your boss, your colleagues, your assistant and anybody you wish, including God? To me, this sounds humbling for wanting to show appreciation for your achievements.

Personally, my God serves as a reminder to be kind and to just generally be a well-rounded individual. To anybody else, whoever their God may be or lack there of, those teachings may be from their parents. I can admit that even for myself that might be the case but wherever the source is coming from, I still am trying to be a better person every day. I can only see positive coming from that—very literally can’t see another direction that that mentality can guide me toward. So why all the battling, the silence and hush of this topic and most importantly, the discrimination of anybody’s beliefs and/or ideas?

It most definitely goes both ways, where religious persons are being accused of casting judgment and spewing out bible verses at any given opportunity to try to persuade others to follow them. On the other side of the coin, atheists poke as many holes as they can and laugh at those who do believe in something. Clearly, I am not listing any other specific religions because that isn’t what this post is about. I don’t care what you or the world believes in, if that thing makes you a happier person and contributes to the betterment of society; by all means go right ahead. Please note that I added, “…contributes to the betterment of society…” as to combat any arguments of sadism that my statement may seem to have encouraged.

To end, I will share my anecdote that happened today, which brought about this post. Firstly, you guys need to know that my laptop had stopped working last week so I went to get it repaired. It was a bit beaten up so there was a chance that in addition to fixing the problem, I would have to buy a new casing for my computer. The casing comprised of the upper and bottom case. The problem was about $40 to fix whereas a new casing brought the bill up to $440. Students who can spew out that kind of cash in a moment’s notice should no longer be your friends and you should tell them that you reframe from illegal activity. Anyway, I made a deal with my parents to split it half-half where I dig into my savings and they help out with the other half. Obviously I had my eye on a much different prize with those savings but I figured, life happens so not a problem and it will just be another “shit happens” life moment. That feeling prompted me to suggest the idea to my parents in the first place. Moving along, you could have guessed that my laptop would have needed the $400 extra repairs.

Big surprise!

With the money arranged and the repair given the green light, I received their call today saying that the bottom casing is not needed after all so the bill was cut in half. Just like that I got my savings back. I was happy; I was happy to have kept my savings, I was happy to have never hesitated to offer it, I was happy that I did the right thing and just this once, I got an immediate response saying “Good job Emory!” This could have happened to me in any other way, I may look crazy for thinking this way but I was thankful. I was thankful to anybody and everybody. It made me feel like God is always looking out for me and all I have to do is “do good”. I felt bad for not doing enough good, I felt that I needed to help more people and that I was not holding up my end of the deal that he always keeps up.

For the life of me, I couldn’t think of why anybody would want to question anything that gives me that feeling of wanting to do right for the world when I just received a gift.

Can you tell me why?

My God isn’t hurting anybody and I am not hurting anybody. I leave you be so leave me be with my God please! Some people question where I stand in arguments because I can agree with both sides. I stand for reason; sorry I’m not sorry that I don’t stand on your side. If you are an atheist spreading cheer and good will, I support you. If you are a member of any of the numerous religions in this world and are spreading cheer and good will, I support you.

We all have reasons for being who we want to be, so accept others’ reasons then we’ll start the discussion from there.

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Numbers preview: The Finals

June 5th, the BIG DAY!

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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Considering how dramatic last year’s Finals was, now’s the perfect time for the first rematch in 16 years. The last time two teams faced each other in The Finals in back-to-back years was the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in 1997and 1998.

We’re also returning to the 2-2-1-1-1 format for the first time since 1984. In the 29 years of the 2-3-2 format, the lower seed won all three games at home only three times (though the Heat did it in 2006 and 2012).

In these playoffs, the Spurs (9-1) and Heat (8-0) are a combined 17-1 at home, each scoring more than 116 points per 100 possessions. That’s ridiculously good offense, and we’re sure to see some more of it over the next 4-7 games.

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My respects to Dr. Maya Angelou

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I was looking down my news feed on Facebook when I stopped on this video on Dr. Maya Angelou. This video speaks volumes for both her and Dave Chappelle. I do not need to add any more than what this conversation is saying. Please take a look and enjoy. Thank you Mr. NKrumah Lucien for sharing, as I have shared onto my news feed as well.

 

The ending had me. Rest in peace Dr. Maya Angelou.

 

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Some more artwork

 

 

Painting by Tamara Mangal

Painting by Tamara Mangal

 

I’ll let this art talk for itself. Just want you guys to keep in mind that she just started painting, yet this is what she produces. If i picked up a paint brush I am certain I won’t be able to paint anything that resembles what I wanted it to be. Definitely not after a few attempts like her. She is only going to get better.

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The King vs Indianapolis

Picture created by Emory

Picture created by Emory

LeBron ‘King James’ James is arguably the best basketball player in the league today. I am no LeBron fan so I am not here to argue whether or not I believe this is true or not. I am not even a Miami Heat fan, however, I have a passion for basketball and therefore the entire league in general. Right now Miami is on their way to joining other great teams in accomplishing what is known as a “three peat”. This is when one basketball team wins 3 World Championships back to back. They currently have two and are well on their way for their third this year. Equipped with their very own big three: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. These three pillars have come together, as of a 2010-2011 trade, to crush the competition in hopes of making history! This is seen here, where LeBron himself says he wants multiple championships with this team. Who or what is going to stop him?

With that being said, this 2013-2014 season started off with the Indiana Pacers starting things off with a bang. When I say bang I mean 9 straight games without losing. Even after that impressive run ended, I saw a team ready and willing to take on the Heat. The very same team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year and the year before, at the very same position! For three years in a row the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers have made it to the Eastern Conference finals and every time they’ve met, the Heats come out as victors.

That must stir a fire in your gut!

I am here to talk about that fire. That feeling of retribution, passion and drive to WIN!

It calls for great basketball! 

Great basketball indeed! The last game that aired Tuesday night was spectacular. To fill you in on what exactly is the playoffs and how it works, basically it is a tournament that after the entire season is over, teams are ranked based on the number of wins obtained that season. Only the top 8 of the two conferences, the East and the West Conference, participate in this tournament. Right now Miami and Indiana are battling it out to survive and advance to the NBA finals.

Battle of survival it is!

As the star, a lot of the load of performing is placed upon LeBron’s shoulders. As huge as they may be, still a very large burden to bear. Meanwhile, the underdogs have an up and coming star, but the team still carries the load and they have done so in the last two games so well. Indiana is working together and playing basketball that I’m sure all of us love to watch. This was seen especially in the first game and even in the second, where they incurred a loss.

Unfortunately, they did lose. It’s not the fact that they did lose; it’s how they lost. Their up and coming star, Paul George, may not have played well but they held The King down to 8 points by the start of the third quarter.

Not a very throne-worthy performance.

Yet he did bounce back and finish the game with 22 points while George ended with 14. Notably, only 3 Miami players ended with double-digit points while 5 guys from the Pacers did. One man vs an entire team? 

Sure, but I don’t think it was this man…

Miami veteran, Dwayne Wade, stood out to me most. Not only has he outscored LeBron in both encounters with the Pacers so far, but also his points come in at the most opportune time. Every basketball analyst knows your performance isn’t always measured on the stats sheet. In this case Dwayne Wade’s performance is seen on and off the stats sheet.

Having played all 10 years of his professional basketball career in Miami, won a championship (prior to The King’s arrival) along side future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, and two more with The King, I believe that Wade leaves more than just his mark on every crucial game that Miami needs to win.

 

LeBron maybe King James but is he really The King of Miami?

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Let the chips fall where they may

Drawing by Jay Roeder

Drawing by Jay Roeder

Let the chips fall where they may…

I wish I could do that.

 

I often wonder how many persons in my generation know how to play the game of chess. Of course this view is a biased one, as only those I surround myself with will taint me from the true picture. I don’t know anybody who does and if so, I have never played with him or her. Not a very popular activity by societal standards. I always felt grateful for that advantage from the day my father taught me. I was also thankful for the opportunity to practice with his friends when they came over.

Now, not so much…

I was so young that I have since then forgotten the standard strategic techniques along with their names. I do, however, remember that I once knew them. I remember going on the computer to play (the most entertaining thing at the time) chess. I remember losing so badly. I remember practicing so hard to predict opponent’s movements, perfecting my techniques and executing them. I remember never being able to beat neither my father and his friends nor the computer, but I survived a bit longer.

I remember…

This clearly isn’t the monotonous ‘I worked hard so I miraculously beat everybody else who apparently sat around eating chips all day’ jabber. No this is about the after effects of my dedication toward achievement.

Sounds like the complete opposite to me! 

At such an age, I may have related chess in an improper way and should have discussed this with my parents to correct this future problem.

Oh well!

I find myself predicting people’s reactions. Not in an ‘Uh-oh I know I’ll be sleeping on the couch if I answer this question’ manner. Rather, I sit and contemplate a number of paths that a certain activity may take and based on that visual picture, I make my next move. Potentially leaving nothing for anybody else to work with. As well as leaving half of my thoughts exactly where they are, in my head.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Emory’s World. An all access key to thoughts I should no longer keep to myself.

This has cost me a lot however I have learned that it allowed me to react logically, and with understanding, to numerous scenarios.

I think it’s time I cut my losses and skedaddle.

I gained the positive, now I should drop the negative half. Easier said than done right? There’s one thing my friend’s mom told me that was so simple yet it just stuck to me. Stunned me and made me smile for some reason, at a time when I wasn’t able to smile. I explained this habit of mine and her response was, “So can you not do that please?” I love simplicity; just do it.

 

Let the chips fall where they may.

You made a decision, stop trying to create another network.

Sit back, grab a beer and take a breath.

Let the chips fall where they may.

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Lovely Artwork

Artwork done by Darnell Lacan

Artwork done by Darnell Lacan

This beautiful still life picture was drawn by someone who, not to long ago, I used to call my little brother, Darnell Lacan. Please check him out to find out more about his many achievements in the Art community and before I add too much to take away from the point of this post, his art. Let me just say growing up with him, drawing was a hobby. We all did art in high school until some of us had the chance to drop it. He didn’t but he never saw a future for himself as an artist, he wanted to be a vet.

No matter how much we tried to push him into it.

He even went off to study something else, now he is back home and after gaining more achievements, he won a trip that changed his life forever. A trip to an animation workshop, all expense paid.

Lucky bastard!

Now he creates these beautiful creatures, pieces of art. Finally taking the strides that we all saw in him over seven(7) years ago!

My point is, you never know. You just never know where or what you wind up doing. We all have talent, it’s up to us–and maybe some good friends–to work on it and end up doing what we love for a living.

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about

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Be a man

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 Be a man.

Growing up, this was a very over-used statement. Anybody could say those words or around that ballpark. It ranged from childhood peers, to the media, and even those relationships I held so dear. One of the deadliest statements to make me do something stupid is written in italic right above this paragraph.

Producers for kids’ cartoons nowadays have to conform to the rise in angry parents worried about what their kid is watching. In hopes of preventing the horrible morals, that gave them the success, which they enjoy today, from entering the mind of their child. Pretty late to be playing the “blame mommy and daddy” card isn’t it? Our terrible childhood that has made us punctual, respectful, courteous and understanding must be destroyed. Our parents exposed us too much, hit us, and clearly ruined our lives. So we must vow to let our children run free and hold off on the problems in society until they get to the age where they should have been prepared already, then we tell them how to prepare for it.

Or something like that.

Where does that leave us? The delinquent generation with a predicted, technologically crippling generation to follow?

Sounds like confusion. I, my dear friends, surely am confused.

 

Being a real man.

What does that mean? Did it use to mean something else and now it has changed? Chivalry, is that what being a real man is all about, being chivalrous? I have never came across a woman who agrees with me when I say chivalry isn’t dead. Am I holding on to the past, the past where I’d get one across my back for putting my elbow on the dinner table? Or rather, are my eyes closed to the present where men don’t see that they are degrading themselves by degrading other women?

There goes that term again, men. Here used to collectively call the male gender.

I remember it once being a hurtful phrase by those girlfriends that weren’t happy with how you were treating them. I want a real man. To any of those girls I now say thank you for showing me your level of maturity and good luck with that.

Harsh? Ok, maybe I just say good luck with that.

If you were to search for “be a man” on Google, you would find a wiki link on steps to becoming a man. Also a nice documentary that links bullying and suicide to the phrase be a man. Let’s examine why I don’t see the link between these two; bullying and suicide to the phrase. So let me get this straight. The pressure of being a man in sixth grade drove you to the point of suicide when you failed to act like one.

I remember playing pokémon on my Nintendo SP in the sixth grade.

Where did this pressure come from? Insecurities. What is the definition of insecurity? Lack of confidence in oneself. One smack on my backside sure made me confident that whatever I did was wrong and put me on the right track. Not exactly the definition of self-confidence but with a lot of options taken away, it made the path much clearer for me. How I should or shouldn’t act quickly formed itself in my mind not leaving much space for insecurities where I neither bullied nor let bullies affect my little path.

Thus bringing me to my last point. My parents have yet to ever utter the words to me, “Be a man Edsel”. Yet those very people carve the only resemblance of an idea of what it truly means to be a man, out. Those spare the rod and spoil the child, don’t need to monitor my children’s computer because we trust them to not deviate from their paths, don’t need to write letters to every media station out there because we know their minds aren’t easily molded like putty, kind of parents. You know, the obsolete kind of parents?

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Inspiration can be found in any shape or form

Inspiration can be found in any shape or form

Keep your ears and eyes open my friends.

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Uninspired Inspiration

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Struggles hinder us, as we are emotional beings. Emotional struggles render us human beings useless. It doesn’t matter the nature of the struggle. We all go through it with anything that we decide to make important to us in our life. Friday my dear friends, somebody I made important to me left to return home. Just for the summer. I may even do the same in the next couple months. Yet here I am, plagued with writer’s block and “sit and home and do nothing” syndrome.

It makes no sense to me. So let me try to put this misfortune to paper (metaphorically) in hopes of understanding it.

Does it always make sense? The heart wants what the heart wants. Even when you ask it to stop wanting.

Clearly it’s Batman while the brain is Robin.

What I mean by this is, logically I can’t think of why I feel this way – believe me I have given myself all the time in the world to think. So in a sense, the brain just takes a back seat to the emotions of the heart. We are emotional beings.

Dammit! 

When we broke up I guess you can say that it was a logical decision. Ok maybe it was a bit more logical than what I’m letting on. Based on my previous circumstances, I made changes. This one by far the hardest but it was still made. When did those months put themselves there?  I truly feel like I just woke up from this coma. I knew I wasn’t connected emotionally (there’s that word again) to anything, I knew what I was trying to do and was formulating how to do it, but I didn’t see this happening. Any of it.

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans” – John Lennon

Indeed it truly is. This lesson along with those of his more recent posts, I read so eagerly from this blogger, Matt. Even in his claim of not knowing what he is doing, he still forms a guide for someone like me. His experience is being absorbed by this in-experienced mind. In this thing we call life it’s good to know that you are not alone sometimes.

I think it’s interesting how I felt like I was going through the motion of everything and now that I feel an emotion, I feel connected to that last time. That last moment when my brain tried to be Batman.

Love will be love. No matter your definition of it. I believe that each and every one of us has his or her own interpretation of it and trust me; you’re right, don’t worry about your friend’s relationship. Now don’t get me wrong, this weekend doesn’t make that r-word any less spine chilling. I am certain that this is a mutual thought. The step forward may just be a metaphorical one as opposed to a literal one.

I want to understand this weekend. There’s something to be learnt here. So this is my uninspired inspiration.

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. 

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