Saturday, June 27, 2009

Angels

Ok, I am feeling somewhat lazy for the moment, and nothing comes to find. So, I have decided to give you a special treat! This is from an earlier writing, where I researched some information on angels and demons, since they are something I am very interested in (I don't know why, don't ask lol). Since it is a lot of information, I shall split this into two entries. This will be the angels, and below this one will be the demons.
Angels- the mystical, winged creatures often spoken of in Christian stories. Sometimes pretty children, sometimes handsome adults, angels usually make their presence to people in the form of humans. They have appeared at various times in various places, usually entrusted with important messages or visions from The Almighty. These messages or visions are given to special people, who are almost always considered holy in some way, and then share the knowledge that God has bestowed upon them to the rest of humanity.

The word angel comes from the Latin angelus, which comes from the Greek angelos (άγγελος), which is "messenger". They are the ones who deliver these special messages from God to humanity. There have been records of angels in several different cultures, whether it be Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, or Muslim culture. There are several differences between each culture's rendition of God's messengers, as well as the hierarchy of these angels in Heaven.

Usually, an angel's name ends with -el. In Hebrew, El means "God". So when an angel's name is given, like Michael, his name literally means "Likeness of El", or the likeness of God. Basically, most angel names describe something to do with God.

ex: ___el = "___ of God" ---> Gabriel = "Hero of God"

The Choir of Angels
According to Christianity, the most accepted choir of angels is structured thus-

First Choir:
Seraphs- The highest of the angels, seraphim are the ones closest to God. They sing His praises constantly, never ceasing to give Him adoration. The seraphim burn continuously with love for God.
Cherubs- The second highest class of angels, cherubs are the guardians not only of the Garden of Eden, but also of the celestial objects (the stars). They are said to have an amount of knowledge that rivals the love of the seraphim.
Ophans- The last of the First Choir, they are connected to the cherubim. They are described as "great wheels of fire". They are tasked in carrying the throne of God.


Second Choir:
Thrones- They are the personification (deification?) of God's authority and justice. They are the ones that reflect God's goodness the best. They deal out justice in the most perfect objective manner.
Dominions- They are the ones who silently keep the universe running in order. They are also the guardians of nations. They rarely show themselves to humans.
Principalities- They follow the orders of the dominions and oversee groups of people. They inspire humans to pursue such subjects as the arts and the sciences.

Third Choir:
Powers- They can be considered the recorders of history. They concern themselves with academic subjects such as theology and philosophy.
Archangels- They are the chief messengers of God. There are two archangels according to the Bible, Michael and Gabriel (Raphael is referred as an archangel in the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit). It is said that there are seven archangels who are the highest in rank of archangels.
Angels- The basic messengers, angels are the most frequent of angels who visit humanity. They are the ones that concern themselves with human affairs.

List of Angels:

The Seven Archangels
Michael- ("Who is like God?") Said to be the chief of angels, Michael is one of, if not, the highest ranking angel in Heaven. He is the leader of the Heavenly Army and the defender of Israel.

Gabriel- ("Hero of God") Another of the Seven, Gabriel is the messenger to Mary regarding the birth of Jesus.

Raphael- ("God Heals") He is one of the Seven. Raphael protects Tobit and Sarah from the demon Asmodai (Asmodeus). He is one of the highest angels, and usually appears in the same ranking as Michael and Gabriel. Raphael supposedly healed Abraham after wrestling his dark adversary at Peniel. Legend states that he personally delivered a charm to King Solomon in order to control demons to build the Temple.

Uriel- ("Fire of God") One of the Seven, and almost always included as such.

The last 3 are in dispute among several sources, so only the names will be given here.
According to the Book of Enoch:
Raguel- ("Friend of God") One of the Seven.
Zerachiel- One of the Seven.
Remiel- One of the Seven.

According to the Psuedo-Dionysius:
Camuel- ("He who sees God") One of the Seven.
Jophiel- ("Beauty of God") One of the Seven.
Zadkiel- ("Righteousness of God") One of the Seven.

Metatron- One of the highest angels in creation, Metatron is the heavenly scribe. He writes down all the deeds that occur in Heaven. It is said that Enoch was turned into Metatron when he was taken up to Heaven. The twin brother of Sandalphon. He is sometimes referred to as the "lesser YHWH", the lesser Tetragrammaton, since it is said that there is an angel that God said "My name [YHWH] is in him". In the Kabbalah, Metatron shows up twice; once as the crown, and another time as kingdom (Sandalphon). When Enoch was transformed into Metatron, he turned into a spirit of fire, was equipped with 36 pairs of wings and gained innumerable eyes. Metatron in many cases is exalted above all angels, said to be the greatest of them. The meaning and origin of his name is a mystery.

Sandalphon- The twin brother of Metatron, Sandalphon is usually associated with the prophet Elijiah, who was turned into an angel when God took him up to Heaven in a fiery chariot. Sandalphon appears in the Kabbalah as crown (Metatron). Kabbalists say that he is responsible for the differentiation of gender in embyros. His name is said to mean "lover of sandals".

Lucifer- (Latin lux ferre, light bearer) Although not a real angel, Lucifer has an interesting history attached to him. The term "Lucifer" was translated by St. Jerome from the Hebrew Helel ben Shahar, the Son of Dawn, used to described the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. When the term in Hebrew was translated into Latin, it was errornously turned into the proper noun "Lucifer", which was then associated with Satan, thus the story of the great angel Lucifer falling from grace and becoming the evil Satan was born. As a note, the word "Satan" in Hebrew means "adversary".

Raziel- ("Secrets of God") He is said to have the teachings of Jewish mysticism of Kabbalah.

Samael- ("Venom of God") Samael is sometimes referred to as one of the greatest angel, and sometimes as one of the worst demon. He is referred to as a husband of Lilith on occasion. He is also considered an angel of death. In many occasions, he is interchangeable with Satan.

Hanael- ("Glory of God") A minor angel.

Azazael- ("Strength of God") A minor angel.

Azreal- ("Help of God") An angel of death.

Demons

Ok, I am feeling somewhat lazy for the moment, and nothing comes to find. So, I have decided to give you a special treat! This is from an earlier writing, where I researched some information on angels and demons, since they are something I am very interested in (I don't know why, don't ask lol). Since it is a lot of information, I shall split this into two entries. This will be the demons, and above this one will be the angels.

Demon comes from the Greek word daemon (δαίμων), which simply means spirit. In Judaism and Christianity, demon has come to mean an evil spirit. Demons have been blamed for a wide range of problems, from disasters to disease and devastation. Demons are the opponents of angels, and in some ways almost ironic, since the demons come from the ranks of angels. They are referred to as "fallen angels". Like angels, fallen angels come from all of the chiors. They are said to be very strong, and very evil, although usually they are defeated either by angels or by willpower, as in the case with exorcism. Demons were things to be feared and hated, which required God's intercession to defeat.

Demonology became a popular area of study in the Middle Ages; books called grimoires proliferated around this time, with ways to summon, subject, and otherwise use demons to the caster's advantage. Many people wrote grimoires, including kings and popes. Some were even attributed to King Solomon. These grimoires recorded many different demons with many different stories to them.

Many demon names are either taken from Jewish evil spirits or other deities; it seems that the Jews/Christians consciously or subconsciously demonized other deities, like Baal and Beelzebub, in order to show the superiority of YHWH/the Trinity over the other gods. An interesting way to integrate the deities of other cultures while simultaneously declaring the Trinune God as the one true God.

Since the demons are really fallen angels, they also correspond to the Angelic Choir. It would be impractical to give the demon's original location in the Angelic Choir since there is much dispute over their origins.

List of Demons:


Adramelech- He was a sun god worshipped in the city of Sepharvaim. The "melech" in is name means king, and the "adra" is fire, thus, "king of fire". Adramelech has been related to the Babylonian Anu and the Ammonite Moloch. He is given the appearance of a peacock or a mule.

Astaroth- Called the Prince of Hell, Astaroth has the appearance of a man with dragon wings, hands, and feet, while riding a wolf and holding a serpent in one hand. He is said to be able to teach science, math, and handicrafts, and also has the power to turn men invisible and answer any question asked of him.

Asmodeus- Also called Asmodai. He appears in the Book of Tobit as a demon attracted to Sarah, when he was defeated by Tobit and Raphael. His name comes from the Avestan language aēšma-daēva ("wrath" "demon"), but the Zoroastrian aēšma-daēva and the Jewish Asmodai are different entities.

Abbadon- A demon, or angel appearing in the Book of Revelation, who is the leader of a horde of locusts. Deriving from the Hebrew name "destruction", he is the guardian of the abyss and the angel of death.

Apollyon- The Greek for "Destroyer", he is the leader of the locusts of Revelation, and thus can be equated to be Abbadon. He is also similar to the Greek Apollo, although Apollyon is not influenced by Hellenic ideas.

Baal- a chief Semetic deity. He is one of the most popular deity to worship in Biblical times. The name Baal can also mean "Lord", such as Beelzebub (Lord of Zebub). In Semetic religions, many gods were referred to as Ba'al (Lord), and thus, later demonologists simply thought all these Ba'al's to be one and the same. His Semetic predecessor was usually in the shape of a bull or a man.

Belial- It is not sure what his name means, but most commonly translated as "without worth". Belial has been called a respectful demon. He is also a prince of Hell. Belial's name has been used to indicate the worthless in the Old Testament.

Beelzebub- A chief demon in hell. His name is said to arise from the Hebrew Ba'al Zebub, "Lord of Zebub" (or Lord of Things That Fly, thus "Lord of the Flies"), which is thought to be a corruption from Ba'al Zebul, "Lord of the High Place". His name is sometimes used interchangebly with Satan. He was worshipped in the Philistine city of Ekron.

Grigori- Greek for "The Watchers", a group of fallen angels who mated with mortal women and fathered the Nephilim, the giants in the times of Noah. They taught mankind secrets of civilization, like cosmetics and weaponry.

Nephilim- The children of the Grigori and mortal women. They were said to be wicked giants, and were the reason why God sent the flood. The Nephilim were likened to the indigenous peoples of Canaan.

Lucifuge- Latin for "he who flees the light" (lux fugio, "to flee light"), Lucifuge inflicts diseases and cause earthquakes. He is errornously equated with Mephistopheles. He has power over all the world's treasures.

Legion- The demon that was made from a conglomeration of other demons. This demon was named in the New Testament when Jesus drove him out from someone and promptly possessed a herd of pigs.

Rahab- A giant sea monster, he is also considered a demon. Like Leviathan, Rahab is a lord of the sea, and later on, became synonymous with Leviathan.

Satan- Chief demon in Hell, Satan is the usual leader of the demons and also associated with Lucifer. In Judaism, Satan's role in the Heavenly Court is that of an adversary, if you consider Heaven to be a court of law. He is the "tempter"; even his name, HaSatan, means "the adversary". Satan in the Hebrew sense is not inherently evil; in the Book of Job, he tests Job with many ills and devastation, but he can only do what God allows, which doesn't match up with our conception of a Satan that does evil to spite God and ignores His mandates. The jump from Judaism to Christianity made Satan into the villain that he is perceived as today. He is attributed to Beelzebub, Baal, Samael, Lucifer, and a host of other names.

Lilith- Said to be the first wife of Adam, before Eve. The first form of Lilith was a class of Sumerian storm demon called lilitu. The only mention of Lilith in the Bible occurs in Isaiah, where it is said that Lilith rested in the desert. Lilith is also said to be the wife of Samael (who is sometimes synonymous with Satan). She is a tempter of men, and brings them to their ruin, much like a succubus.

Baphomet- a demon with a goat head. His name is most likely a French corruption of Mahomet (Muhammad). Some people have accused the Knights Templar of worshipping Baphomet.

Mephistopheles- A minor demon, he was the center of the story of Faust and the demonic pact. Faust made a deal with Mephistopheles in order to gain occult knowledge. Mephistopheles becomes more popular as time went on, becoming the main character in the Faust legend. He is sometimes equated to Satan.

Belphegor- Originally the god of licentiousness of the Moabites, Baal-Peor, he became a demon associated with laziness. He has the power of discovery and helps people with inventions. He appears in the shape of a young woman.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Anime and Manga Review: Part 1

Well, it’s that time again. Since my last entry was a bit on the serious side, today I want to relax and talk about something that I enjoy: manga. Oh, and anime too. I honestly don’t remember too well when I first got into anime and manga. If memory serves, it started a very long time ago, back when Cartoon Network was good (read: it had Toonami) and when I actually had cable. Earlier on, we didn’t have cable, so I missed the whole DBZ phase and thus never got into it, or Sailor Moon for that matter. However, I did get to see this other show, called Ronin Warriors. It was a story about bishonen (“pretty boys”) youths who had magical armor with different powers who fought bad guys who also had magical armor with strange powers. Stuff happened, and they fought and caused things to blow up. It was a long time, so I don’t remember many details, but I just remember seeing this show and going “COOOOOOOOL”. However, I didn’t know it was anime back then. I got into things like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh and Digimon (one of my all time faves), like everyone else did. Fun times.

When eighth grade rolled around, there were other shows on Toonami, like Yu Yu Hakusho and one that would become my favorite anime series for a long time, Rurouni Kenshin. By this time, I had a vague idea that these shows I was watching came from Japan. Pretty soon I would learn that there is a common name for these “Japanese cartoons”, which is anime. This kid told me about Rurouni Kenshin, having already seen it in DR as a kid. Since it was the first time being shown in the US, and my first exposure to something like it, at least with a better memory than before, I didn’t know what to expect. He told me what the show was about and decided to give it a shot. Lo and behold, I fell in love with the show. At the same time, I had bought an American version of Shonen Jump, which is an anthology of manga that had some of the manga as its Japanese counterpart. Admittedly, I bought it only for the special edition Blue Eyes it had, but nevertheless, this became my first exposure to manga. I liked what I read, and decided to read more. And what better series to read than the one I was seeing on TV, RuroKen! It eventually took a long time to get all 28 volumes, since they released them gradually, but it was a wait worth waiting. To this day, RuroKen is one of my top 3 manga series, not only for the entertainment value, but because it actually helped me influence my current philosophy on life and its value. From then to now I have read several series, some obscure, some mainstream. The same with anime, where now I’m yelling out “ALL HAIL LELOUCH” and downloading anime soundtracks to listen to while I do homework.

Well, without further ado, let’s get into part one of my reviews. For now, I think I will talk about manga, and later on I’ll get into anime.

Rurouni Kenshin: Written by Nobuhiro Watsuki, this is the story of an assassin (hitokiri) who never kills. Strange, right? Well, in his earlier days, the main character Kenshin Himura was knows as the Hitokiri Battosai for his legendary skills in assassinations, with his sword style Hiten Misturugi. He fought all kinds of people, like the Shinsengumi. Eventually though, he met with tragedy, and made a vow to never kill again. Ten years later, he met Kaoru Kamiya who teaches her father’s sword style which emphasizes fighting without the intent to kill. Pretty soon, he meets other people like Yahiko, the son of a samurai who decides to learn from Kaoru, Sanosuke, a rebel who fights alongside Kenshin, and Megumi, a doctor who wants to help Kenshin after being rescured by him. Even more characters surround Kenshin, even as he struggles against himself and his past. Overall, I say it was a good story, with very likeable characters and especially interesting fights. What I liked about the fights is not only the creativeness, but also the expression of each fighter’s philosophy when fighting. The art is beautiful, I almost cannot believe that the chapters were drawn on a weekly basis. I really recommend this manga to everyone. It’s not only a fairly decently popular to this day, but it is one that deals with several things, like life, death, and atonement, in a very interesting matter. I thank this series to be one of the biggest influences to my current life philosophy (that and the Bible). If I was to rate this manga, I would give it a 9.5 out of 10. It’s that good.

666 Satan: Written by Seishi Kishimoto, brother to Masashi, who does Naruto. Similar in premise, but different in execution (I’ll talk about Naruto later). The story follows a young kid, called Jio Freed, who wants to take over the world. He meets this girl Ruby Crescent, who wants to become an archeology like her father. She is investigating O-Parts, which are tools that have magical powers, ranging from weak fires to destructive lasers and living organisms. In addition, there are 20 recipes, which are part of a secret weapon. There are ten recipes which correspond to the Kaballah, ten angels, and also 10 demon recipes that belong to the Reverse Kaballah. Jio is actually the strongest demon from the Reverse Kaballah, the 1i Satan, and he struggles with this existence while protecting Ruby with new friends like Ball, who becomes an O-Parts user, and Kirin, who becomes a teacher of sorts. The mysteries of O-Parts and Kaballah draw the group deeper into the secrets of the world. When I began this manga, it seemed like Naruto, since they share some similarities, like the main characters having a demon inside them. However, 666 Satan starts branching out in its own direction. I really enjoyed the whole angels and demons aspect of it, since I am a big fan of both (ask anyone, they know me well enough). The art was pretty good too, although not as great as RuroKen’s. Still, it was great, and the characters were all cool looking. The story is interesting, even if it get confusing at times, especially with the scanlations I read. If you can find a full set of good scans, then you should understand the story well enough. My rating for this manga will be 8-8.5. I recommend this one to people who either enjoyed Naruto, like angels/demons, or who like good and interesting fights with somewhat plausible explanations. However, I expect the name might be off-putting to some.

Eyeshield 21: This manga required the efforts of two people, Riichiro Inagaki as the writer, and Yusuke Murata as the illustrator. The main character, Sena Kobayakawa, a small kid who is always being bullied, is made into a running back by the leader of the football club, Yoichi and his assistant Kurita. Along with his childhood friend Mamori, Sena is pulled into the football world where his insanely fast speed and his new identity as “Eyeshield 21” begins leading the football team he joined to victory, along with more people who join the team. They all fight hard to win in the high school championship tourney, the Christmas Bowl. I really enjoyed this manga. At first, I didn’t think I would enjoy it this much, since it was about football and I’m not particularly a sports fan. However, I really got into it, and especially the crazy ways the Deimon Devil Bats win their games. The art is pretty good too. The story built up the teams well and the matches were full of suspense. I really enjoyed it and it actually got me interested in playing football, although I never get a chance to. Either way, it was a good manga to read, and certainly different from all the magical sword fighting I usually check out. Sports fans, definitely check it out. Some things might require a large suspension of disbelief, but other than that, it’s a fun read. I think it deserves about an 8.

Would you look at the time! Sorry that I could only look at 3 series, but next time, I promise more will be in store!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Persona

Hmm….what does it mean to have a “persona”? According to Merrian-Webster, (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persona) a persona is “an individual's social facade or front that especially in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung reflects the role in life the individual is playing”. In other words, a facade, almost like a controlled projection of one’s self by one’s own choosing to the world. The persona is what YOU are willing to show the world about yourself. Think of it as a mask that you wear in social situations. You wear the mask of “friend” to those you consider valuable comrades, the mask of “family” to parents, siblings, and cousins, and the mask of “lover” comes in handy when dealing with your temperamental spouse. Yes, the persona is a very handy ability for us humans in our day to day communications with each other.

Why am I talking about personas? Well, to be honest, I have had thoughts like this (but in a different way), about dealing with people in social situation, how to act and know what to say around people. However, what got me thinking about this in a different light is this nifty little game I recently purchased called “Persona 4”. It’s a great game, which mixes tradition RPG elements like dungeons and fighting monster, with dating sim elements like raising stats (Knowledge, Courage, etc.) and making choices of what to say to people. The main character is a white haired kid whom you can name (or you can just call him the “Brotagonist”). During the course of the story, he meets up with other people, like the wacky Yosuke (or “Brosuke”), the athletic Chie, the beautiful Yukiko, and more. They all get together to try to solve a string of murders happening in their small village, all while dealing with day-to-day things like schoolwork, dating, and relaxing with friends.



Why is this game so special, you ask? Well, the title of the game (Persona 4) gives a clue as to what the game has to do with this blog entry (Just so you know, this is the fourth installment of the “Persona” series. Yea, I start at the end, sue me.). In the game, you, as the MC, get to fight with several different creatures that are called “Personas”. They include spirits, angels, demons, gods, demigods, goddesses, and all sorts of mythological creatures. Anyway, these “Persona” are special, because they represent different facets of your personality, in a way. The MC is special since he can use several different Persona, but the other characters you fight with only have one, which they get after a strenuous look at themselves. In the game, each character that isn’t the MC ends up in this mysterious place where they meet their dark desires and evil intentions, personified. This evil personification goes berserk when their real side rejects them, turning the personification into a hideous monster who attacks you and your friends. Only when the person has the courage of heart to accept the personification as a part of them does the personification become your “Persona”.



So what does this have to do with real life situations? As I played this game, the concept of Personas and getting to know more people by talking to them (this connection is called a Social Link) has been making me think about my own way of communicating with my peers (my own “Social Links”). As the Social Links progress in the game, not only do you get special things from your characters (like extra help on the battlefield), but you also get to know more about them and become closer to them. In my life, I have several social connections that I try to make grow- with my family, with my friends, with other people. It is a hard process, because it not only involves having the knowledge of what to say, but also the understanding to know when and how to say it, the courage to say it, and the patience to listen. Unfortunately, through my own fault or the fault of an other/others, this social linkage is not as smooth as the game makes it seem. Unlike the game, these social links can decrease or even break. This has already happened to me, because of a silly prank and a misunderstanding, and believe me, fixing a social link is a lot harder than breaking it. I was, or maybe still am (to a lesser extent) both naïve and stubborn. Due to my childhood and adolescent experiences, I have grown up to be… different from everyone else. Some can attribute this to my background, but that only explains part of why I am like this. Anyway, I grew up being a bitter person with no friends. It was only in the beginning of high school when I started to finally get to know people and leave my solitude behind. However, this is when I realized that, because of my relative seclusion from my peers, I had little communicative skill and thus could not make many friends. Even now, I have only one real friend from my high school days. However, those skills of talking, listening, planning my speech, came to me slowly but surely. As I entered college, a whole new world of experience met me, with getting to know even more unfamiliar people as well as being in social situations that had never come up in high school, as well as the different sense of relationship with people that you more or less live with. It’s something that I was not used to, and even now I’m still trying to get the hang of it, with mixed results. However, overall I would say it is going well for me.



Now, what do I think about this whole social link/persona business? You could say that I have a persona, or several of them, some very different from others, but all share facets of my core mentality and beliefs. At home, I talk much more openly and rough. I tend to use more slang and vulgarities, since that is how most of my cousins talk. As a Mexican, words like “mamon”, “guey”, and “pendejo” (words that translate more or less to “dumbass” or “stupid [one]”, can be used akin to “dude”) are everyday language, especially when among close friends or family (but not parents!). However, at school, these words are unacceptable. Also, since most people do not know Spanish (at least in my scholastic experience), it would be weird to joke around in a language only you would understand. And again, different customs demand different ways of speaking. Thus, a new social mask is born. When I finally went to college, it seemed that everything I had learned about the social game was twisted on its head. No longer would my old antics be enough to connect with people. I could not assume that everyone would react to me in the same was as they had in the past. My earlier recollection of a broken social link was due to this, as well as a rocky start with several people. By talking, listening, sharing time with these people, I gained insight as to how to better communicate myself with them be a better friend. For the most part, I can say that I have succeeded in that point. However, my persona is, not to say fake, but it is not the most accurate representation of me. Like the characters in the game, there are things which I alone know about and cannot tell the world. Why? Simply a matter of trust, or of something very much treasured by one’s heart. These might be things you do not want to show the world, like fear of heights, or jealousy toward someone, or they can be dark secrets about you, like a tragic past. All of these things are emotions, thoughts that can fester until they consume you. However, you must have the strength to face this “persona” of yours, and have the strength of heart to accept these things as part of you, while at the same time, always making sure that you remain sovereign over your emotions and actions. This is one little thing I liked about this game. When the person in question finally had the courage to stand up to these dark emotions and tell them “Yes, you are me”, the game acknowledged that they had the strength of heart to face the world, as a strong willed individual, and live in society with the ability to share connections with their peers. In this respect I think I have started to make some headway into. There are many things I still have not told anyone about me, but little by little, I both gain the trust of others, and trust them back, to tell them these things. They too, have things they cannot tell me right away, but possibly at some future time. It really does take a different strength to admit to one’s faults and fix them. As I think about this topic of personas, I can say that perhaps the persona I possess now is not the best one I can show people. It is hard to show the real me, yes, but if I never try to express it, it will always remain hidden from sight. This game has helped me to reexamine just what I am doing with my persona, and where my social links are going. I feel as if I need to rethink about how I talk to people and how I make myself be shown. This is a process that takes time, but here and there, small adjustments to my attitude and expression will open the door to more opportunities and intimacy with my peers. I have started to think about just what about my persona needs to change. How do I conduct with people? Is my speech pattern pleasant to people? What is the correct thing to say? At the same time, never forget that a persona is a reflection of self, and it will contain what you think and believe. A persona that does not match at all with you is just a false front. The persona should be the way you approach the world, but by your own standards, not by others deciding for you. Make sure your persona is your own and not just a way to act to please people. After all, it is your social mask. It represents you to the world.



And remember folks- don’t forget to try this game out! I love this game (I’m still playing it) and while weird, it is quirky in a good way. Until next time!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Other Side of the Door

Sooooo

This will be the beginning of this blog, an insight into my mind. A portal into my head, if you will. Anyway, this is just an introduction. I will try to update this blog with various subjects that interest me and that I want to express, like ideas toward certain subjects, interests, hobbies, new ideas, stories I'm writing, and so on. Right now, I'm kind of busy with several commitments, so I will probably write things on Saturday, but when I have more time or when I actually remember (since my memory is poor), you will find out more about the insanity in my mind.

What kind of subjects will I talk about? That is a surprise, but some things that interest me are:
theology
anime/manga
astronomy
philosophy
ethics/morality
technology

As you can see, that is a diverse field of subjects to talk about. Don't worry, there will be something for everyone. So watch out, and stay tuned for the next installment of this terrific blog!

Enter the door, to witness the dark side of the universe.