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God or god?

“I pray that God will me fight temptation.”  Lee Strauss, Perception.

But what does that mean?

I guess, from a Christian’s point of view, you are asking God to help steer you away from temptation, the temptation of sin. But, in turn, that raises new questions. Why should temptation be refuted? Who decided whether something is a sin or not? And why is God the only person who can fight this temptation? Surely something as strong as this should come from within yourself?

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Kathmandu 

you can’t seem to turn on your TV or step onto public transport without some form of poster advertising Nepal’s need for aid and I wouldn’t expect any different. However, the constant hounding and nagging hasn’t seemed to help their cause. I often claim to be “all for humanity” and “trying to end climate change” but I haven’t yet seemed to reach deep in my pocket for that extra change, ready to donate to help the people in the need across the globe.

I’m not a huge animal person but somehow, I find it much easier to justify my convictions against harming them unnecessarily rather than sparing a couple of pounds to help out fellow humans. By doing nothing, their blood is basically on my hands.

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monday nights

I’d argue that Monday’s are the worst days of the week. You’ll have woken up, hit by the depression that’s oh so familiar to Monday mornings and been determined to stay in bed. However more often than I’d like to account for, you’ll have forced yourself out of bed and done what life requires you to do: get on with it. That means it is inevitable for you to make some bad decisions, fueled by a negative attitude and dark filter. We all know you could’ve eaten the salad in your bag rather than pig out at Macdonald’s. You took the bus instead of walking for 10 minutes? I can’t believe you didn’t give that old lady your seat on the tube.

“It’s ok. It’s Monday morning.”

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misogyny 

I have just read the most infuriating and misogynistic piece of writing I have read in a long time. At the moment. I am just hoping and praying to my atheist God that it was written by a man because, although I know it’ll will only make a journey to equality harder if we face such oppression, it would kill me inside just that little bit more if a woman genuinely thought this is how we, the female race, should set about “realistically improving our lives”.This writer expresses that if you disagree with the statement “women are happier in the home” you are deluded. He completely discredits the whole movement of feminism, boldly claiming that “feminism is a lie” and that it is a “misandrist, supremacist movement”. Sorry but last time I checked, women were nowhere near perceived as the supreme sex so you’ve left me quite confused as how exactly feminists are supremacists. He goes into to ignorantly state that as all feminists are “insidious” they will “make you ignore your biological yearnings (for children, for a husband, for a hearth)”. Not only am I offended that this moronic man obviously thinks that our only purpose on this earth is to procreate, why would a feminist tell someone not to have children? Since when did feminists decide to end the world by choosing to never reproduce? At last, he says something that vaguely resembles some notion of intelligence, “Read deeply, improve yourself, learn new things.” I completely agree with this and I love reading but of course he has to ruin with his misogynism, shattering my dreams of him becoming a respectable person. “Don’t whore. Men don’t wife whores”. He tries to defend the double standard on sex for the different genders by stating: “Men are admired when they have lots of sex because sex is hard for them to get. Women are scorned when they have lots of sex because sex is easy for them to get”. I’m not too sure where he got these facts from but moving on from the fact his whole argument lacks any credibility, why should how easy a person is able to acquire sex determine how much they should have? And if there is a difference between the two sexes, surely we should be seeking to bridge that gap rather than scorn one sex? Gender equality goes both ways.

If you thought that was enough, think again. This writer continues his barrage of harassment, now attacking what women look like: “Men will not be attracted to the fat girl with the beautiful face.” I do not believe you should change the way you look, act or feel for anybody but yourself and especially not for women hating morons. He continues building his wall of hate with the harsh sentence: “Fat acceptance is a cancer.” Let me tell you what disease is truly killing the souls of women, young and old, and the prospect of equality. Misogyny.

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exams

exams are over. But are they really? When you first enrol for school, you set out for a set of standardised testing, comparative grading and attainment sets. To what gain? You are constantly under the pressure and stress to achieve what is disguised as “the best you can do” but is really how well you will do compared to everyone else. After unrelenting group of exams start and finish again and again, all to prepare you for the roller coaster that we call adult life, you realise the testing will never be over. After GCSEs there will still be A levels. And when your A levels are over, job interviews will be patiently waiting, another opportunity for you to be compared and dissected beside other people until, oh time for the bank to decide whether your suitable enough for them to validate a loan so you can afford to buy your house. That’s if you were able to jump through the necessary hoops to find your soul mate and bring up the perfect family of course. Life is a huge test – exams will never be over.

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half-term

half-term is tomorrow, after another one of the school’s “traditions”, yet again meant to make it look smart and individual, pretending that it’s pupils are also bright and disciplined. Speech day is when we, the pupils, march through the avenue of our school and turn our eyes to our VERY special guest, the Lord Mayor. It’s an unnecessary procession that delays our holiday by 4 hours, just for a few seconds of synchronised walking. How lucky I am to be able to partake in such a wonderful tradition.

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data

I’ve just received a text from O2 saying I’ve used 80% of my data. Knowing that I’ve used the majority of it stalking people on Instagram, this isn’t a huge shock. However, seeing as I only had 300 MGB to begin with and have only 60MGB to last me 20 odd days, with no wifi at home, I’m not too sure how things are going to go. 

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