Condoms

I listened to an interesting podcast today about the many different uses of condoms in Cuba.

That’s right.

Because of how poor the country is and the deficiencies they have in many resources, many savvy Cubans have found alternative uses for condoms to perform other tasks.

Blowing up the condoms with air to ask as a buoy for fishing. Yes. There are floating condoms in the water.

Some people use the lubricant of the condoms to help polish their cars.

The elasticity and durability of the condoms can help repair certain plumbing-type issues.

Condoms are so cheap in Cuba because they are subsidized by the government. Savvy Cubans have thus found numerous ways to take advantage of these rubber products.

But still, when an interviewer asked a male Cuban what his favorite use of the condom is, he still replied: “the original use”

“It has never been so cheap to perform the country’s national sport”

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Fog of lethargy

Some days I have this looming fog of lethargy hanging above my head

I don’t know how to get rid of it, and often, this cloudy mess of an ugly concept ruins my entire day.

I end up taking several naps in an attempt to regain energy but I inevitably wake up groggy anyways

I try to relax, but then I spiral down into an unproductive spiral

And if I try to be productive and get sh*t done, it usually ends up not working out and I produce bad content

But I think the issue is that I’ve been trying to fight this cloud physically.

It’s a fight I can never win. This entire concept of lethargy, this fog, I can’t touch it, I can’t see it, and I can’t really understand it. So attempting to fight it won’t work.

Instead, it’s much simpler to allow it to pass on. Don’t resist. Because behind this fog I know is a clear blue sky. And cloudy days never last forever.

Time heals many things.

Should we separate the art from the artist?

Watercolor of St. Charles's Church in Vienna by Adolf Hitler

Should we separate the art from the artist?
 
Separate the player from the game?
 
The inventor from his creations?
 
Steve Jobs was an asshole.
 
Michael Jordan trash talked everyone. So did Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Shaq.
 
Chris Brown hit Rihanna.
 
It’s actually quite a relevant topic. Particularly in today’s age, where the ethics of a person are more under the spotlight, as well as the increasing demand for quality art.
 
I personally think: yes. We should.
 
A good painting is a good painting regardless of the creator.
 
But the answer to this question isn’t as simple as just “yes”
 
Because if we separate the art from the artist, then it also means that the art cannot justify the actions of the person.
 
Just because Steve Jobs invented the iPhone, doesn’t mean we can let him get away from being an asshole.
 
The iPhone is amazing. And if Steve Jobs as not particularly kind to Apple employees, it doesn’t take away from the fact that Jobs pioneered the smartphone industry with the iPhone. Give credit where credit is due–but also realize that it doesn’t negate the fact of Jobs’ demeanor.
 
If you like Chris Brown’s music, then sure. You can like his music, separate from the person.
 
I dislike Kevin Durant as a person, but I have to admit that he is one of the greatest basketball scorers the NBA has ever seen. Respect the player, but not the person.
 
Let’s say we don’t separate art from the artist. Tied together, it allows for way too many inconsistencies.
 
Does good art justify the person? Or, does a quality human being justify his art?
 
I’m sorry but in the face of creativity, regardless of how good of a person the artist is if his art is not good, it is just not good. We must separate the art from the artist.
 
Good art is good art. But good art DOES NOT justify the creator to use his art as an excuse to be anything less than a quality human being.
 
Good people are good people. But the goodness of a person does not suddenly make his art good.
 
To summarize: I agree that art should be separate from the artist. This way, we can respect good art, without respecting the creator, and we can respect the creator even if his art is bad.
 
What do you think?
 
Also, the cover photo of this blog post is a painting by none other than Hitler. If only Hitler pursued his art, rather than his other endeavors…
 
P.S. If I am completely crazy, please let me know. I genuinely want to know what you think and I encourage insightful debate and discussion.

Philosophical Skepticism

Philosophical skepticism is a basis of skepticism that asserts the rationale behind proving the existence of an all-powerful God is beyond human comprehension.

Because an all-powerful, all-good God, is a deity that lives beyond the confines of humanity, then the natural world cannot sufficiently provide evidence or reason to prove God’s existence.

My question is this:

Will God, as a concept or religion or deity, always remain incomprehensible to humanity?

I agree that in today’s world, given the evidence and logic available, it is beyond doubt that we cannot certainly say God exists. Moreso, the belief aspect is just that: a belief.

Now, I am a skeptic myself. But I do believe that there is a greater power that exists. I simply cannot prove it, and therefore I simply cannot comprehend it either.

But I am quite certain that before modern sciences, humanity could not comprehend the basics of physics, chemistry, or biology.

Gravity existed but was not proved or reasonably explained until an apple fell upon Newton’s head.

Dark matter exists; yet, can we see it?

Just as string theory and parallel universes are simply just that: incomprehensible theories–can we not also lump in the discussion of religion within this realm?

We cannot comprehend God, but I don’t believe that is sufficient enough to prove his non-existence.

Not all existence is comprehended. Existence may exist passively.

 

Don’t forget to breathe

I got my teeth cleaned today and throughout the ~45 minute procedure, I had to keep reminding myself to breathe.

For some reason, I always tense up my body.

I call it barber anxiety.

When I get my hair cut, I need to remind myself to relax.

When I get a massage, I also need to relax.

When I get my teeth cleaned, I need to remember to breathe.

It just feels inherently awkward to me: another person “operating” on me, while I sit there. I can look at their face and realize that they aren’t even really looking back, because, well, they need to make sure they don’t cut my ears off.

In reality, there is no reason for me to feel tense. Maybe I can feel awkward or slightly embarrassed. But tense? Why? I’m literally not doing anything. Feeling tense while getting massaged by someone who you are paying to massage you is perhaps the most paradoxical sentence I’ve written this year.

Barber anxiety sucks… But it also doesn’t make sense. So don’t forget to breathe. Don’t forget to relax.

Knowledge is power

How much do you value education? Books? The internet?

And how much do you value your knowledge?

Knowledge is power. It’s an overused aphorism that remains true.

The 21st century saw the world enter into the digital information age, propelled forward by the internet, the smart phone, and soon, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Those with access to this overload of information should be utilizing it as much as possible. Obtaining knowledge left and right.

IN a world where everyone is trying to connect the dots, sometimes it’s instead the time to collect some dots.

Hey

Hey Jeff

I’m sorry for the way I used to be

I’m sorry for the person I am

I’m sorry for putting you in awkward situations

But actually, I love my life right now

Not because it’s perfect.

No. My life is far from perfect.

But I love life because somehow, despite how broken I’ve felt, despite my failures and pains and rejections and tripups and awkward situations…

Despite my vulnerability

I’ve still managed to be happy.

There is beauty in my life and I just need to find it.

Once I do, I’ll never let go again