All in Life

Welcome to December

It's a pretty great month, right?

Holidays, time off work, focus on family and thankfulness, remembering the greatest gift to us, eggnog. These are all good things. And I'm in need of some good things at the moment. Don't get me wrong, I'm blessed and have a great life, but sometimes my day-to-day starts to wear me down and I just need a break. A change from the normal.

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With Great Power...

Why do we like stories about super heroes?

Every summer, without fail and without abandon, several movies will come out about ordinary people who have extraordinary power. I'm talking about superheroes, of course. Superman, the X-Men, Iron man, Batman, the list goes on. As a culture right now we are inundated with these power-toting, tight-uniform-wearing, death-defying saviors of the entire universe. There's a problem, it threatens the entire world, and there is only one person (or one team of people) who can solve it. The circumstances and scenery might change around these characters, but the constant is that these are all action stories with some other stuff thrown in for flavor.

I'm not saying that they are all the same. Well, I kind of am saying that, but bear with me. When you cut down to the heart of things, almost all stories are the same. But don't let me get all philosophical and blue-sky-thinking on you, there's plenty of that to come. I intend to break down these genres and really dig into them to see what I can find. Yes it's all speculation on my part, yes I'm doing my best to research these topics and cultivate a better understanding of things, but at the end of the day I'm just a guy with some opinions about things. I get things wrong. I'm under no illusion that what I have to say about something is the last word that is to be spoken on the subject. What I'm doing here is trying to work out these subjects myself, and the reason I post this stuff is to get you, dear reader, to think about it as well.

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Giving Up Control

Control is a dangerous illusion.

I'm not saying that everything is out of your hands and that nothing you do matters. It does matter. You do matter. The problem comes when you get it into your mind that everything is on your shoulders.

That if you don't go out there and make something happen then nothing will happen and everything will be terrible and never change and you'll just go on living the same life you always had in the same job doing the same things over and over until you retire or die or win the lottery or until you finally do that thing that you... 

You get the picture.

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