I think it's pretty clear you do nothing because you make excuses. You're hiding behind "I disagree" when what you really mean to say is that you want to be inert. This article was an opportunity, and you bickered it away by making excuses. That kind of person never "does anything."
What excuses would they be kind, sir? I honestly think that you are confusing my screen name with that of someone else, or perhaps you are devoid of reading comprehension; thus far I have posted twice in opposition to the hostile approach that you are so vigorously employing in this and other threads. I do not think that conversing with people and at the same time making yourself out to be two steps ahead of them really achieves too much. If anything, it makes them less likely to listen and more likely to think that you do not really want to work with them. Co-operation, patience and humility are the best friends that you can have when trying to make a difference.
I have not disagreed with you yet, nor anyone else. I really do not see it fit to add my opinion to this thread because it has already been posited by other users. Perhaps next time try not to be so blood hungry and you will see that I was trying to give you some valuable advice, not trying to "make excuses" or "disagree with you." I have wasted years of my life being an arrogant arsehole, I still have not completely shaken the habit, but treating people with a degree of sincerity and humility, no matter who they may be, opens up the chance for you to learn a lot more about them and yourself. I enjoy talking to all sorts of people, whether they are "objectively worthless", sit at home idly or participate in activities I find distasteful or demeaning, one can learn something from everyone he talks to, whether or not intentionally or unintentionally. This I think was the beauty of figures (whether they be exaggerated in their literal senses or not) such Socrates and Nietzsche's "Zarathustra." They did not immediately snub that which was at first sight unimpressive.
Treat this little speel as some kind of "openmindedness" or "humanist" philosophy if you will, but if you look harder there is a subtle difference.
MOC, tell us what you've done in life.
Thamuz, you too.
I will not try to impress you, because I fail to see how my life story would interest someone 20000 kilometres away that has never met me, other than via a few blocks of text on the screen. Instead I will merely tell it as it is, for whatever little it will achieve.
I graduated in Commerce late last year, after three years study majoring in Accounting at the University of Ballarat. I now work for a small local accounting firm where the pay is average, but the upside is that the people I work with are co-operative, usually unselfish and willing to help each other out where required and have a little bit of fun on the side where ever it can be had in the mundane environment that we call the workplace.
I have been interested in history, philosophy, classic literature and such for a few years now, although I do not read as much as I could. Then again, the upside of this is that I never overload my brain with thousands of words a day so I am more likely to soak in the essence of the particular thing I am reading at the time, I guess. More than anything I enjoy in a writer the different way, or perhaps similar way, that he views the universe in comparision with that of my own perspective. At one stage of my life I used to read to 'become knowledgeable' or some sort of 'wise man', but I soon figured that this was the wrong way to look at it and merely started reading for enjoyment. Ironically (well perhaps not) I have learned a lot more since.
I also listen to a lot of music, and my perspective and listening experience is generally pretty close to most of the people that frequent this website. Although lately I have been experimenting with different styles and have come to enjoy different artists like Kyuss, Bjork, Loreena McKennitt, Sarah McLachlan, Massive Attack, Portishead and a slew of other artists that I would not have seen myself listening to six months ago. Sometimes I do wonder if a lot of what we hear is in the mind of the listener and you take from it what your powers of perception allow you too. There may be some objectivity in art, but I find myself not underestimating the strength of subjective interpretation. I am also a guitarist, not a very impressive one, but I enjoy sharing my ideas with my friends and hearing their own ideas and in general sharing the gift of music. Occasionally we may do some recording with each other, but none of it has ever seen the light, more so a personal enjoyment thing at this stage.
I also like to do the odd spot of writing, usually a few paragraphs every now and then or the occasional album review, all are these are on the Metal-Archives if you are interested; my best are probably for 'Battle's Clarion', 'The Umbersun', 'Crossing The Fiery Path' and for a bit of fun see 'Painkiller.' If you want to see some of my written perspectives on life and related things feel free to ask and I will post links to the source.
I am also an avid chess player. I find chess to be a deeply intriguing and beautiful game where two completely different people engage in introspective warfare; strengths of character are utilised and no resource is left unused. I have learned a lot of lessons from chess that I have been able to find parallels with in real life, and learned a lot of how I react in certain situations. Chess is about self-discovery and an outlet for creativity and the battle spirit that is sadly supressed in these modern times.
I think one of my strengths is that of firstly listening to what people have to say, then considering, and finally replying with patience and understanding. A lot of people that I have talked to in the flesh have been amazed at the way I listen intently and provide them with a fresh source of inspiration with which to face the daily battle of existence.
I also enjoy things such as bush walks and walking in general, driving, drinking, thunder storms, socialising with friends, intelligent conversation, watching the nightsky and other such wonders of nature.
I am not sure if I have any tangible achievements to impress you with, but I do not myself measure people by their visible achievements but rather their character and their willingness to share and celebrate this wonderful thing called life.
Is life so grey that we must constantly put each other down and spending time bickering over who has done or who hasn't done this or that? The best things in life are the things that can only be if you stop for a moment and calmly take the time to observe them. We should share them, rather than look at each other as targets for rebuke.
I enjoy the e-zine that you posted, but I am not sure as to why you would measure the worth of a person by it.
Snoopdawg, I would enjoy it very much if you were kind enough to post some anecdotes about your own life.