HAHAH i hope you do, so you can write another tumblr post about it and make me laughh.
oh I see how it is, preying on other peoples’ troubles. >:O
loljkeeding. duude, i was so relieved when i saw that wasn’t there, HAHA.
HOWEVER, there was this indian guy who kept staring at me while i was doing my usual workout in the pool. every time i glanced over at him, he’d be staring straight at me, and that happened like 5-7 times too.
and then he followed me as i left the pool deck..
it’s okay though, that last part happened to be coincidence, but still. two people in two days?! something’s not right.
then again, it doesn’t exactly help when i’m wearing nothing but a speedo while on the pool deck, LOL.
I just woke up from a nap, and I had one hell of a vivid dream. Part of it involved me rescuing an unconscious mermaid with fried chicken wings (literally, attatched to her back) from a pond, giving her some life-saving magical treatment, reviving her, then placing her back into the pond & setting her free.
At the same time, I was running from some apocalyptic military invasion of a huuge building, itself a fusion of Dykstra and De Neve, and I was quickly advancing down successive floors to escape death. I woke up somewhere amid all that chaos.
I’m not gonna lie though, my mind designs some badass looking worlds, haha.
A description of my self-esteem, eh anon? Okay. I don’t see why you have to be anon, though.
Anywho, my self-esteem is surprisingly pretty damn solid right now. I’m more or less satisfied where I’m at with life at the moment, and there’s not much that I have to worry about, at least not yet. I’ve learned not to think too much, and to just take life one step at a time. It makes things so much easier, and so much more bearable, haha.
So, after writing that other post, I did a little research on the Bible and Slavery, and found something pretty damn surprising. None of this is too heavily-researched, so the information, arguments, and interpretations may be outdated or misinformed. If you would like to refute me, PLEASE do so, as I’m pretty damn confused at this moment.
This verse caught my attention:
Exodus 21:20-21 ”And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be severely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished, for he is his money.”
Let me begin with saying that the meaning doesn’t change when placed into context, as these are merely rules of the Old Testament, not parts to a story. ”Money” is roughly translated to “property” in modern terms (check the NIV translation if you don’t believe me).
So, this quote is basically saying that it’s okay to beat your servant, as long as you don’t beat him to death. This implies a tolerance for servitude, especially since it’s never explicitly denounced anywhere in the Bible.
Now, I don’t really know what “slavery” was defined as back in the day of Christ, but you and I both well know how slavery works in modern days, and it pretty much fits in with that quote from the Bible, and it brings me to a question.
Does the Bible tolerate slavery?
People may say “oh, but the New Testament overrides the teachings of the old, as Jesus sort of re-worked the laws to perfect them under God.” Honestly though, I’m not too sure of that.
Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill."
The Law is often referred to as the Old Testament.
Define fulfill: ”to make full,” taken from the Greek word that it was originally translated from. Jesus isn’t destroying the laws and commandments, but rather carrying them out to their fullest extent and intention.
Still, that’s rather ambiguous, as you could still argue the case that Jesus is imply modifying the laws, until you read one verse further…
Matthew 5:18 "For assuredly, I say to you, not one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."
For clarity’s sake, here’s the NIV’s interpretation of Matthew 5:18:
Matthew 5:18 "For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."
There you have it. Jesus does not intend to modify the teachings of the Old Testament in any way, shape, or form. Therefore, my argument for the definition of fulfill still holds, and Jesus only seeks to fulfill, to enforce them, to their fullest extent, in God’s name.
And so since the Old Testament’s teachings remain validated, does the Bible tolerate slavery, at least in the modern sense?
“See the game? (According to Chris Wallace at Fox News,) I make fun of conservatives or Republicans because I’m a liberal, partisan ideologue; I make fun of liberals and Democrats because I want — as part of my brilliant yet cynical strategy — to maintain enough credibility to continue to make fun of conservatives and Republicans.
And that narrative of conservative victimization is the true genius of what Fox News has accomplished: any editorial judgment in news, or schools, or movies that doesn’t favor the conservative view is elitism and is evidence of liberal bias. Whereas any editorial judgment that favors the conservative view is evidence, merely, of fairness — and done to protect them from liberal bias.
And if you criticize Fox for this game, guess what that’s evidence of? How right they are about how persecuted (conservatives are). It is airtighter than an otter’s anus.”—JON STEWART, calling out Fox “News,” on The Daily Show (via inothernews)
I’m trying to get back into competitive shape again, which means two workouts a day, five days a week—running in the afternoon, swimming at night. And if you’re sitting there thinking “holy shit, that’s hard…” you have no idea, haha. That shit’s outright painful at times.
I was dyyying during the beginning of my swim workout, even though I gave myself three hours of rest after running today. Luckily though, my body somehow recovered and I was fine for the rest of the workout. My shoulders and upper back burned like crazy throughout, though.
I forgot how hard it is to cross-train, since the first workout drains a large amount of energy, and especially since swimming and running emphasize to completely different muscle groups. Either way, it felt good to finish the workout, and I wrapped up my gym session with a good 20-30 minutes in the sauna. On a sidenote, there were two cute filipino girls in the sauna with me, LOL. Hollaaaa.
Either way, today was a really good measure of how my conditioning stands compared to my prime, and it’s given some encouraging results—I’m not that far off! :D I just needa work on getting more of my running pace & endurance back—my strides are tinyyy right now, lmao.
Right now: 2-3 miles of running per afternoon (probably at a 10-12 minute mile pace), 1 mile of swimming per night (40 minute mile pace).
Fuuuck I just realized, a 10-12 minute pace?! LOL I failed hard today. But then again, I paced myself since I didn’t know how my body would handle it. Egh, no excuses. GOTTA WORK HARDER!
Goal: 4-6 miles of running per afternoon (7-8 minute mile pace, 6-7 if possible), 1 mile of swimming per night (30-35 minute mile pace).
Gotta hold myself accountable. Hopefully I can get under 20min again for a 5k. My record was 18:38, but I don’t think I can get there in three months, haha. Well, maybe. We’ll see.
Every time I leave the gym, the worker at the front desk says bye, right? Well, they’re supposed to do that for everyone, so nothing strange about that. Thing is, every time I look back, **he’s** always biting his lip while giving me a sly smile.
I got nothing against gay people, but that’s just hellafuggin’ creepy.
34 i think? Question of my own. How do you stay so goal motivated? You seem to be so passionate about everything you do. How and why I guess
I’m motivated, but I wouldn’t say I’m passionate, even though I need to be. I actually get lazy quite often, but I always make sure everything gets done in the end.
What I’ve learned during my freshman year is that college is just one huge mindgame when you look at it a certain way. When you look at a homework assignment, the more you dread it, the less you’ll enjoy yourself while doing it, and the harder it’ll be to motivate yourself to finish it. This especially factors in at UCLA, where I usually spend 20-30 hours per week studying.
And so, my secret is to just stop thinking about it and just do it. Fuck your own thoughts, and just get shit done. Keep it simple. Over-thinking will only throw you off balance. However, if thoughts come into the fray, you just have to will yourself and stop thinking. It’s kind of like playing basketball or something, you just have to focus on taking your shot, and nothing else. The moment you think, you miss the shot.
Don’t think of it so much as a chore—try to find some way to enjoy whatever work you’re doing towards a goal. It’s kinda like learning an instrument or working out, if you don’t necessarily view it as “work,” you’re more eager to get it done, and also more efficient, since you’re so focused on achieving that goal. It’s all in the mind.
Perhaps try fixing some long-term goal in the back of your mind to tie everything together. As for me, I focus my efforts towards one day settling down and raising a family. I want the financial security necessary to raise my kids comfortably and send them to college.
So today I found out how out of shape I was with running… haha. It was a 2.5 mile run, and everything was pretty chill during the first half—my pace was okayish, my form wasn’t too bad, and my lungs felt fine. After the halfway point, however, my right calf started to buuuuuurrrnnn, and after about 2 miles, my lower back felt like it was fire. Still, I somehow managed to fight through the pain and keep on running, although I’ll admit the pain slowed me down quite a bit.
Running the “block,” as well as the intense pain brought back memories of good ol’ cross-country. The endless running, innumerable stomach cramps, and ever-so-satisfying races. Oh, how I miss it, haha.
Sure, the pain sucks balls while you’re experiencing it, but it feels good when you can cross the finish line without having to have walked part of the course. It’s a challenge, basically. If anything, fighting the frequent pains associated with running taught me the concept of working for something—it’s not always easy, and can sometimes be outright painful.
Meh, all said and done, today was a good measuring-stick of where my running conditioning has gone after a year of neglect. Let’s hope I can get everything back by summer’s end.
Uhh…… well you’ve seen many of my not-so-glorious moments, and I think you already know this one: when I was wee little kid, I peed into the bushes/plants in my backyard during a family party, with my moneymaker in complete and full view of many family members. Yup.
An anon would ask the more personal questions… I guess you’re expecting some dramatic, romance-induced, Korean drama-style replies, right? Sorry to disappoint you.
32 - While I’m not quoting it directly, I’ll just say the main point: ”You would make the perfect boyfriend.” It’s not so much the sweetest thing as far corniness goes, but it’s the nicest complement I’ve ever gotten from people. It’s both encouraging and humbling whenever a girl says that to me, although I still don’t really believe it. It’s nice to know that I’m leaving a positive impact on peoples’ lives, though. :]
33 - Shoot… I don’t think there is one. I’m one who likes to apologize and clear things up before relationships/friendships get broken off, so I can’t think of any outstanding cases at this moment.
13 - To be honest, there’s no girl that I actually like at the moment, but there is someone who’s caught my attention. Lemme see.. she’s cute, easy to talk to, and super chill. YUPP. very specific, HAHA.
29 - Ahh, brings back high school memories. I used to always wish for a successful, happy, and fulfilling life. You know, a beautiful wife, loving kids, and a job that brings financial security so that I can provide for them. That’s all I really cared about in terms of my long-term future, and that’s pretty much all I care about today.
6 - “Raw-ness.” It’s by far the biggest one. If a girl can be herself around me, I find that to be extremely attractive. On a shallower note, I have yellow fever, so I tend to drift towards Asians (especially Koreans, LOL).
7 - I don’t like manipulative girls. Period. I also don’t see high-maintenance (which, sadly, usually is common with really pretty girls) as something particularly attractive, as they require a crapton of work to keep up with. And lastly, I’m hesitant to get with girls with high expectations, not so much in what type of guy she likes, but in terms of what she expects a relationship should be. Experience has taught me that excessively high expectations only lead to drama and fighting.
This one’s slightly more offensive, but I can’t date stupid girls. Stupidity usually involves all of the above expectations (not always), but if they’re just brain-dead, then no. My future girlfriend doesn’t have to be a genius (nor do I expect it), she just can’t be outright stupid.
12 - I said it in the last post, but I’m more than happy to repeat it again: manipulative girls. It usually takes ALOT to make me dislike someone, but manipulative-ness is one eeaassyy shortcut to that categorization. I also hate the feeling that I didn’t do my best after some difficult test, race, or some other type of challenge. Oh, and self-righteousness too. It breeds ignorance and intolerance. Oh oh oh, and stupidity too! Common sense is too rare in this world.
Seriousness aside, I it bugs me when there’s no food in the fridge (or no food in general), when people sing/play/dance off key or offbeat, when instruments are out of tune, getting stomach cramps while running, especially during cross-country races, and when fat people wear thongs under their pants and you can see them.
28 - I LIKE THIS ONE. LOL. I’ll just bullet it since there are a lottt.
I Remember (Vocal Mix) by Deadmau5
Raining (dance.love edit) by Kaskade
Don’t Wait by Kaskade
Something About Us by Daft Punk
Waiter by Jeremih
Entourage by Omarion
Shut It Down by Drake
When Two Are One by Atreyu (yee scene days!)
Your Betrayal by Bullet for My Valentine
Pain and Pleasure by Bullet for My Valentine
Bring Me to Life by Evanescence
Gunslinger by Avenged Sevenfold
Save Me by Avenged Sevenfold
Some Sense of Security by Saosin
System of a Down in general
The Deep End by Scary Kids Scaring Kids
World Long Gone by Scars on Broadway
Belle by Jack Johnson
Better Together (Hawaiian Version) by Jack Johnson
just kidding. since i’ve spent quite a bit of time on this site so far this summer, i’ve decided to give this a little try. i’m not sure why #3 is gone—it was like that when i copied it, but i’d rather not inject a question/topic myself.
1- Who my best friends are. 2- What I hate most about myself.
4- What I’m really good at. 5- What I’m really bad at. 6- Biggest turn ons. 7- Biggest turn offs. 8- What I want to be when I get older. 9- My relationship with my sibling(s). 10- My relationship with my parents. 11- My idea of a perfect date. 12- My biggest pet peeves. 13- A description of the boy/girl I like. 14- A description of the person I dislike the most. 15- A reason I’ve lied to a friend. 16- Where I have lived before. 17- A description of the family I want to have when I’m older. 18- What my greatest achievements are. 19- What I hate the most about school. 20- How my last kiss when down. 21- Most embarassing moment. 22- What my last text message says. 23- What words upset me the most. 24- What words make me the best about myself. 25- A description of my self-esteem. 26- A description of my best friend. 27- The reason behind my last break up. 28- My favorite songs right now. 29- A wish that I’ve wished for repeatedly on 11:11. 30- An internal conflict I have with myself. 31- The meanest thing anyone has ever said to me. 32- The sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me. 33- An apology to someone that I should have given a long time ago. 34- Your own question that you want me to answer. Just write it.
if you’re curious about something, just drop a number in my ask box. just a disclaimer though: if you ask one of the more “personal” topics, don’t expect an explicit answer. i like my privacy, and i don’t want to edit/remove questions, so expect something vague. you know, a politician-type of answer.