It’s a well known fact that the truth can hurt. You can either run from it or learn from it as a wise monkey once said. Choose the truth.
In the interest of keeping up with current events, I keep an eye on news stories and politics as I go throughout my day. I like to see what things are happening in the world as they normally end up effecting some aspect of my life. Most recently, the largest amounts of news media has been focused on the upcoming presidential election here in the United States. I get frustrated with politics a lot. Some of this is because we have become so partisan as a society, so extreme in our views that every discussion becomes a heated battle. There is constant bickering and what seems like endless and useless rhetoric from everyone, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Right, Left, Communist, Federalist, and the list goes on. Most of the time, it really seems like nothing ever gets done. I can understand people’s complaint and subsequent animosity towards political systems the world over.
One of the defining reasons I love the space program and admire the astronauts, cosmonauts, and many others, past and present, who have ventured out beyond these political spheres of influence is because they have come to see Planet Earth for what she truly is. Hopefully someday, we’ll all have that same opportunity. Even if we don’t though, we should be able to grasp that we’re all in this together and need to come together and work together to make the world a better place in all aspects. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell stated these same sentiments best, at least I think so:
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’ ” – Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut
The new Avenger’s trailer is out. Marvel has done a good job with it’s string of movies over the past several years, and this next one promised to not disappoint. Starpulse’s article on this puts it in the best description that I’ve seen so far. “Warning: New ‘Avengers’ Trailer May Be Too Awesome For The Human Mind”. So unless you have a heart condition, heart disease, high blood pressure, are pregnant, have risk of epilepsy from viewing awesome material, and etc, go watch and enjoy.
The new Avenger’s trailer is out. Marvel has done a good job with it’s string of movies over the past several years, and this next one promised to not disappoint. Starpulse’s article on this puts it in the best description that I’ve seen so far. “Warning: New ‘Avengers’ Trailer May Be Too Awesome For The Human Mind“. So unless you have a heart condition, heart disease, high blood pressure, are pregnant, have risk of epilepsy from viewing awesome material, and etc, go watch and enjoy.
In rewriting our About page, I have done a lot of thinking about what truth is. “What is truth?” Pilot asked Jesus. The question has been asked throughout all of history. “Truth is in the eye of the beholder” a common proverb states. I believe there is a basic truth, an ultimate truth that underlies everything. Many times we find ourselves searching for it, but we don’t really want to find it, mostly because we don’t want to hear it or know it.
“Under law the Quest for Ultimate Truth is quite clearly the inalienable prerogative of your working thinkers. Any machine goes and actually FINDS it and we’re straight out of a job, aren’t we? I mean, what’s the use of our sitting up half the night arguing that there may or may not be a God if this machine only goes and gives you his bleeding phone number the next morning?”
– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Do we search for truth in vain then? I hope not. I hope that whatever comes out of this blog can be of some benefit to someone in some manner. Now whether this benefit comes from the humor we present or in the form of actual motivation to search for truth yourselves, that is up to you. Just be warned. Can you handle the truth or do you even want to handle it?
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable companion to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infinitely complex and confusing Universe, for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters, it does at least make the reassuring claim, that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate. In cases of major discrepancy it’s always reality that’s got it wrong.
This was the gist of the notice. It said “The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.”
This has led to some interesting consequences. For instance, when the Editors of the Guide were sued by the families of those who had died as a result of taking the entry on the planet Tralal literally (it said “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal for visiting tourists: instead of “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal of visiting tourists”), they claimed that the first version of the sentence was the more aesthetically pleasing, summoned a qualified poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth, truth beauty and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty party in this case was Life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true. The judges concurred, and in a moving speech held that Life itself was in contempt of court, and duly confiscated it from all those there present before going off to enjoy a pleasant evening’s ultragolf.”
― Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Not to dissuade you, but can you stand up to Jack Nicholson and say you want the truth? If so, then let’s get to work!
With our recent Captain Reynolds vs Captain Hammer post, we thought we’d ask your opinion in a poll.
If you are unaware of who any of these people are, here are some reference pointers. Even if you are familiar with them, here’s some video’s for your enjoyment.
Malcolm Reynolds (Played by Nathan Fillion in Firefly) http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0003809/
John McClane (Played by Bruce Willis in Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Live Free or Die Hard) – http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0001752/
I would have included videos, but John McClane is known to be rather vulgar. If you need reference video for him, proceed at your own risk.
Alright, so it’s been a while. We’ve been rather busy. What can we say, we like ourselves more than we like all of you. Sorry. It’s the truth. Our original concept for We Want The Truth was to be a online podcast, but that takes a lot of time and effort. So, recently in discussion about us having this blog, we figured we could use it for what it is, a blog, and record some of the same topics and share the same things we had hoped to with the podcast format. I don’t promise anything though, so don’t get your hopes up. If there’s something you’d be interested in hearing about, let us know by leaving a comment.
We Want the Truth is set to premier on February 28, 2009. Don’t miss the first show!