All posts tagged: 21st Century problems

“I will do it tomorrow”

I am sure that the title sounds almighty familiar. It is also the very definition of procrastination. A few posts ago, I had talked about the book (and film) American Psycho written by Brett Easton Ellis and one particular theme: Emptiness (which can be found here). I don’t know why but I love dark themes and have really been getting into them lately. Yesterday, I also watched Nightcrawler, which by the way, is an AMAZING film. So, as like my recent posts, I’ll tell you a story (sort of). I bought an academic diary at the beginning of July. Strangely enough, the diary corresponded to the next week – it was like it was meant to be. And then, I had an epiphany. I realised it had been a year or almost a year since I had wrote in such diary and planned my days here and there like I had almost always done whilst in education. I forgot how good it felt to tick things off the list and to get something done because it …

Good Teachers are Good Therapists (true story)

Forgive me for my absence from the blog in the past month or so (excluding my last post which I posted a few days ago). I needed some more time to digest other parts of my life although my mind was always conscious of ideas for this blog as well as a collaborative blog. I passed my driving practical test Friday afternoon. It was my first driving test ever and I passed it. I know how easy that sounds, and that’s when words can be deceiving. But the journey was somewhat long and felt even longer (because you get impatient and start doubting your abilities, and also have bad days). I went through a few instructors before I found one that was actually encouraging enough but not patronising, who cared and gave me two hours of their time that wasn’t a waste. (You wouldn’t believe how many seem to rob your money and your soul). Now that that path is over and fulfilled, I actually don’t know what to do with my time (I do, but mentally …

Everything I Believe In, In One Place

Did anyone ever watch Daria growing up? I did although I definitely didn’t 100% grasp all the sarcasm and culture it mocks until I watched the full series some years later. I urge everyone to watch the series and observe the idiocy of a society that appears to know nothing, or at least nothing beneficial. Although an animation, with exaggerations on stereotypes, it does not stray away from reality, the result of alienation. Daria, is the anti-heroine. …what does it mean to be the anti-heroine exactly? To me, an anti-hero(-ine) is one who goes out to do something, not because it’s “right” or “wrong” but because it’s out of their own will. It is FOR themselves without the intended heroic gesture of “doing good”, “being righteous”. And so, it is less forced. You are not liable to “save the world” because you are a known hero, but you are liable to making yourself the hero of your OWN story. At least, that’s how it should be. Except I don’t know much people who are like that or …

Alienation in the 21st Century

Currently, I am two thirds of the way through, reading American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis on my Amazon Paperwhite Kindle. Admittedly, I cannot read the book for too long at a sitting, because it is as satire as it is graphic as it is…somewhat extremely relatable. Hence, after each scene or two where there has been yet another murder, I have to take a break just to take everything in. Yet it is so engaging because even though no one in the book understands Patrick Bateman, listens to Patrick Bateman, I feel like I can sympathize and say, “Hey, it’s okay to not feel okay”. If only it were that simple, eh? I say that because I feel that in the real world, no one really comforts you and say those words or similar, therefore there is somehow a Patrick Bateman in all of us. It is very much like a defense mechanism that people automatically guard themselves in the city and do not offer the type of emotional help that some of us …