Archive for September, 2006

Words of Wisdom

Tonight, at Aikido class, Sugerman-sensei had some wonderful words of wisdom, which are paraphrased below:

If you trust people, and expect them to be honest, and treat them with respect, it is likely that they will be honest and treat you the same way.

Now I know that it doesn’t seem like much, but with the way the world is going, I think it’s important to remember. For example, to be excused from anything at school, you need to prove that you were practically dying. It’s basically like being guilty until proven innocent. WHICH SUCKS. There are 1000 more examples I could make, but they’re all the same.

PS – 100th post!

Coincidence

I just finished watching V for Vendetta, which is a wonderful film. If you haven’t seen it, I heartily recommend it. Coincidentally, one of the first things I see is this, on Digg:

The US president, George Bush, today dismissed the Geneva conventions on the laws of war as “vague” and called on Congress to back controversial new rules on the handling of terror suspects.

Kind of interesting, given the subject matter of the movie. I know it’s not directly related, but it’s in the same vein, so I thought I’d comment.

I do see our country heading down a path where something similar to the world of 1984 the novel. Which scares the shit out of me. I just hope other people see it coming as well, and will stand up when the time is right.

I’m not so sure about that, though. I recently bought a shirt which has the Arabic text that translates to “I am not a terrorist” on it. My brother thinks I’m incredibly stupid to want to wear a shirt with Arabic text on it to the airport, while I think it is an extremely important way that I can help protect free speech.