Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Slavery

One of my pastors, Monsignor Oliver Johnson, gives some of the best homilies I’ve ever heard. He’s a wonderful speaker and has the kindest heart, and his homilies definitively show it! Anyway, I remember the homily he gave around last Labor Day. He discussed that even though we live in a “free” society, many of us are still "slaves."

Many of us are "slaves" to corporate America. We get into a job that looks nice from the outside, but once you’re in, many of your liberties are taken away. You are no longer allowed to celebrate holidays… you are no longer allowed to be sick… you are no longer allowed to have time to yourself… you are always on call… you don’t know what you’re schedule will be from one day to another… you must set aside morals and ethics to survive… you have no guarantee that you’ll have your job next week… your success lies on how much your superiors like you, rather than your skills, work-ethic, or experience… you must accept the fact no matter how well you do, it doesn’t matter… you are a slave.

Fr. Oliver brings up a great point about one of the issues Christ faced with the Pharisees… the Pharisees accused Christ of not adhering to Mosaic Law (i.e. he would cure/heal people on the Sabbath, which was against the law.) Christ’s response to them was that people do not exist to serve the law, rather the law exists to serve the people. Any system developed by people exists to serve people, not the other way around!

Where did we go wrong in America? It seems as if we’re living as the Pharisees would have liked… we’re slaves to the systems that were designed to serve us.

Why do we sit by nonchalantly and allow corporations to enslave us? Why do we give them, the gov’t, and any other system this power? Unfortunately, the answer is fear. We are too afraid of anything and everything. We give these entities power over us because we believe they will protect us. What we fail to consider in doing this is the fact that these entities… these systems… these corporations… none of them are human! They lack emotion, compassion, moral integrity, etc. Most of all, they lack a soul and the capacity to love.

Is the only way to freedom "the way of the cross?"

Monday, May 28, 2007

BoHeman Rhapsody

Any Queen or Heman fan should get a kick out of this video!



Sunday, May 27, 2007

Vader Sessions

This is pretty funny... whoever created this video placed James Earl Jones quotes from other movies over the Star Wars movie. Pretty funny.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

For The Record...

Just in case you were wondering... YES! There are several prime numbers between 1,000,000 and 1,000,100. They are 1,000,003, 1,000,033, 1,000,037, 1,000,039, 1,000,081, 1,000,099. (Lots of commas!)

This was for the record, just in case you were wondering. If not... it still nonetheless is for the record.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Return Of The Jedi

Coming Soon...



Fall 2007

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer


Once upon a time
Not so long ago

Tommy used to work on the docks
Unions been on strike
He's down on his luck...its tough, so tough
Gina works the diner all day
Working for her man, she brings home her pay
For love - for love

She says we've got to hold on to what we've got
cause it doesn't make a difference
If we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot
For love - we'll give it a shot

[Chorus:]
Whooah, we're half way there
Livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it - I swear
Livin' on a prayer

Tommy's got his six string in hock
Now he's holding in what he used
To make it talk - so tough, it's tough
Gina dreams of running away
When she cries in the night
Tommy whispers baby it's okay, someday

We've got to hold on to what we've got
cause it doesn't make a difference
If we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot
For love - we'll give it a shot

[Chorus]

We've got to hold on ready or not
You live for the fight when it's all that you've got

[Chorus]
First off, I love this song. It’s just a classic rock song… and I love it. Secondly, it’s sung by Jon Bon Jovi… total hottie!!! This guy has a down-right sexy voice and hot bod… then and now!

This song reminds me a bit of my life. While I don’t necessarily struggle with making money, I’m pretty much stuck in a dead end job that has very little job security. Seeing how the economy’s been as well as my company’s recent and long term history of laying people off, I could easily lose my job at any given time.

Then what do I do? I’ve wasted my life away with this job. I never finished my degree… I don’t really have much to fall back on. So it’s a bit frightening for me to try to ponder life after this crappy job I have.

This song is upbeat and hopeful. I’m with someone I love very much, so that’s all that should matter, right? Well, that’s what the song says anyway! Heh!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

I'm Back

Ok... I'm back to continue my rants. Also, I started a secondary blog (Incidentally) for stupid movie / tv quotes. I don't know how long I'll keep that up, or for that matter, how often I'll update the thing. New material and media isn't the easiest thing to keep up with!