Friday, August 19, 2016

Four Essays On Smashwords

Recently, I've been learning the ropes of uploading to Smashwords. There has been success as well as failure, but I have four essays uploaded and it looks like they're of a high enough quality as to not be removed. One such failure is that two of the essays are limited in their formats. This is because I spent time formatting one as to make for a decent e-book, but it did not, so I was apathetic and did not make further alterations. The other problem is that I used Chicago citations on one essay which is apparently unacceptable for e-books. Anyway, at least they're there as PDFs, I figure.

Here are the essays I uploaded:

1. On Eastern Orthodoxy: Exploring the Afterlife

2. The Relation Between Social Justice and Christianity 

3. Internet Use in Canada, the Let's Talk Campaign, and the Sociological Perspectives 

4. A Sociological Exploration of Antidepressants

I'm sure there will be more to come, but for the time being, I think I'm content with what's on there for awhile. I may as well post some pictures to make for a "full presentation."

Edit: I have taken two down for the time being. As the story goes, I sent these to a research journal under my actual name. Since I write under pseudonym here, I didn't want any possibility of making it seem as if I had somehow plagiarized. Perhaps I'm overthinking this whole thing, but I don't want to squander my opportunity.








Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Inkblots

This all starts with an impression. Day carts tremble on the cobblestone. The nights are quiet and I guess that's wrong. But do I guess right? Feelings - they err. I remember that. A memory alive, though the current has died. A painting has regressed to a Rorschach; and I don't know what it means.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Prattling About the LGBTQ Ideology

I remember sitting through an intro sociology course in my first year of university (2014), in which the topic of the lecture was some essay that I forget the name of that elaborated on a young boy who enjoyed wearing dresses or something to that extent. The professor divided us into groups to talk about the article of interest (pun intended), and I must say, my sentiment about the matter remains much the same: queer theorists covertly take advantage of unsuspecting children to further their research interests. The others in my group were (somewhat surprisingly) more or less on the same page as me, at least, I'd like to think so.

If there's one thing that I don't exactly care for in sociology, it would have to be the whole ideology of feminism / the LGBTQ. Many implications of these ideologies, it seems to me mostly intuitively, are so very obviously opposed to orthodox-Christian beliefs; and the use of scriptures to try and dance around the problem is just embarrassing, honestly. It simply doesn't work.

Anyway, it seems to be widely assumed that the LGBTQ are solely concerned with their group, that is, with maintaining their beliefs and practices without their freedom being impinged upon. But is this accurate?

On the topic of legalizing same-sex marriage in America, William Lane Craig comments in this podcast clip about how American society as a whole would change if such legislation occurred (which it did, last year). As well, the Family Policy Institute of Washington published a video in June of this year, talking about how "Washington is planning to introduce gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV prevention to the elementary school curricula in 2017" (taken from video description).

If I'm putting the pieces together correctly, the idea that the LGBTQ is solely concerned about their group is, at least to some degree, mistaken. Notice how the second sample of evidence gets back to children and their beliefs, too, much like that memory I shared in paragraph one. That said, there certainly are issues of the LGBTQ as a marginalized group in society that need not be overlooked. The members of this group are actual people and not mere bundles of ideas. But the intention of this writing was to strictly look at ideology, and so, these are a few of my observations.

And perhaps I'm beating a dead horse by commenting on this, but there also seems to exist this idea that agreeing with this ideology and supporting the practice of those who embrace it is done out of love. I, however, do not agree with this. And no, that doesn't mean I'm calling for some kind of bureaucratic social control of the LGBTQ. What it does mean is that I recognize God as love and thus recognize his commandments as means in which souls can be drawn closer to love. By not being in tune with those commandments, it follows that one is actually being directed away from love itself.

Also, I may as well add some links about similar matters from writers with greater credentials than me:

1. William Lane Craig - A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality 

2. Peter Kreeft - The Liberal Arts and Sexual Morality

Two Essays Uploaded

I have uploaded two essays to my Smashwords profile. One of them was published on a past blog of mine (Sketchbook Worship) while the other has not been published before. I had a blast designing the covers for the essays, as I enjoy doing some graphic design every now and then. The essays look fine as PDFs but quite awful as EPUBs; perhaps I will fix them in the future. I referred to the Smashwords Style Guide, so I'm not sure what went wrong. At any rate, it's been interesting better acquainting myself with the dynamics of publishing on Smashwords. I'd like to suppose that I'll improve with time.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Essays on Smashwords: Coming Soon

I have a Smashwords account that I haven't done much with yet. Last summer I wanted to publish a cafetorium of writings entitled Mental Archaeology, but I withheld considering the lack of cohesion. My plan as of now is to upload a few individual philosophy religious studies and sociology essays in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Aureole

Today's depth goes to the bottom of a well. Above the swallow of blackness, there hangs a flaxen aureole. The well makes a coy proclamation of empty thirst. If only the light could nourish the darkness. Darkness once unknown is now mere darkness exposed. Alas, the emptiness remains. Aspiration builds upon the tumbles of time. From where shall holy water pour? Let this aureole rain, O' God. Let the empty bask in your light.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

When did it come to be an expectation that men ought to be talkative?

The title of this entry serves as a basic summary of an observation I've made in my experience of working minimum wage-esque jobs. Time and time again, I've encountered, in some form or another, vocal observation about how introverted I am (based on my numerous takings[?] of the Myers-Briggs personality test in recent times, I'm somewhere between 80% and 100% introverted (INFJ, to be exact - though I'd probably rather be an INFP - but nah, I can't lie to myself like that) - yes, one time the result was literally 100% - now where's my reward - I mean, I had a good laugh at the time but ... wow, look at this meandering).

But enough of this psychological personality banter. It's not really about me, since this is about men in general, or, I should say, what I perceive to be an expectation of men in general. From what I'm aware, there existed in the past a stereotype that men were less talkative than women, and it would seem to me that this stereotype remains vital to some extent. So the problem then becomes: why am I expected to be more talkative?

Believe me, it's not that I'm so deluded as to think I have some inherent right to not talk (is the right to remain silent not contrary, though? ... guess I've never been in the back of a police car). It's not that I'm particularly interested in how this macro level change occurred, assuming it occurred at all, either. I guess it truly is more existential than I thought; it all points right to me.

Nor do I really care to stop people from analyzing and evaluating me - though I do have some trouble with in-person critiquing, since I'm not particularly "quick on my feet." I cannot for the life of me understand how some people always have something to say ... well, maybe I could find something to say all the time, but it wouldn't always be related to what other people talk about. Hearing strings of words and drawing blanks is a usual correlation.

What's the point of all this? I guess I am, deep down, curious to know whether or not men in general have become more talkative over time and whether or not they are expected to talk more than they once were, particularly, in public settings like the workplace, for instance. And ... contradictions are at full speed!

But my ambition in writing this must have been greater than that? I guess this was a topic I left on the back burner for awhile and it came to mind tonight, and tonight I attempted to write a poem but that effort plummeted, so I resorted to this. I guess life is sometimes strange as an introvert, if I must give myself that label. Not that I'm calling for some quasi-Marxist overturn of extroversion / extroverts ... I'm sure life is strange for everyone. Consider this a sample of what I find strange.