Lately I’ve been fascinated with the concept of subliminal messages and effects. This has a lot to do with images I’ve seen that carried an arguable subliminal symbol (whether on purpose explicitly or implicitly, or not on purpose). These representations have shown me that often there is a hidden motive in the display of images throughout media. I think it’s interesting that when it comes to certain highly publicized movies (or songs or other forms of media), the workers involved have either admitted or denied such images. It’s also amusing to me that not everyone who is exposed to the presentation actually experiences witnessing the subliminal message. Or sometimes people’s accounts will vary on what the message actually is. This definitely seems to uncover the reality of how different each of our minds is. One can postulate that our perceptions of these experiences even go down to the very subconscious of the human psyche.
There have been days in my past where I often imagine being left out. It has been relatively infrequent, thankfully. Of course there are instances when being left out of a function is actually a good thing, and those tend to be more frequent and less of an issue. The “left out” I’m referring to for this entry is the more general sense that I have been somewhat shunned out of a special group, whether it’s a function or a group of friends. In that case, I may have been left with senses of inadequacy or sometimes even shame. I’m trying to remember these occasions, and the result is I end up weighing the significance of each event, wondering if it even matters, you know, in the long run. Was I really left out? And if so, was it a bad thing? I know for a fact I have become a stronger person as a result of learning from these experiences. The same should hold true for other people as well, depending on the reasons for these encounters. The impression that you are somehow “inadequate” can lead to a desire to improve yourself in a way that is healthy for both you and others. For instance, you can try to find inspiration in others who have been in your same situation, and then try to turn any negatives into positives. You can turn to an activity or group that will end up transforming your actions into something beneficial for the community. That can definitely help bounce you back from the trenches.
I have often wondered what it would be like if there were a robot to help me perform everyday tasks. I’m not counting basic electronic devices such as phones or computers. I’m talking a serious, human-like robot that can possibly walk or even have conversations with me. That’s a very funny concept now that I imagine it. It just seems totally unrealistic. But anyway, I would thoroughly enjoy it if there were a robot to help me do household chores such as cleaning and keeping everything in its proper place. There has been work on such a robot, at least in high-tech companies around the world. I’m truly impressed with the work on these robots, and I’m excited for the stage when they actually will be released and put to work. People have wondered if their invention will have legal ramifications related to ethics and controversial roles in today’s society. There has even been talk if they end up taking over a lot of our responsibilities related to career-work. Such a possibility means more people might lose jobs, at least in some sectors. And then there’s the discussion on whether or not they might wind up hurting us physically in one way or other. I doubt it will reach the point where people decide to end their assembly due to such mitigating factors.
In my life so far, exercise has been exceedingly important for my health, social well-being, and ability to persevere through rough tasks. This is something I usually don’t take for granted at all, although when I was younger of course I didn’t realize how important exercise actually is to one’s authentic quality of life. It’s good I took PE throughout elementary school, and for some portions of middle and high school. And after that I have continued various exercises and workout routines. What’s important to remember is that when you’re younger, your body generally recovers from a variety of ailments in much better fashion and in quicker time than when you’re older. This is why we really can’t forget the importance of exercise in our lives. Working out can take many forms, and I’ve learned that mental training is just as important as any other physical training. There is definitely an expectation in today’s society, at least in some careers, that adults will in general perform less physical activity than when they were younger. I can’t stress enough how dangerous that mindset is. Even though we are living longer, a whole abundance of symptoms begin appearing if one doesn’t work out enough. This is in part because exercise (when done correctly) has the capacity to release endorphins, which are “feel good” chemicals that our bodies truly need. These, among other things, can definitely provide hope and a greater sense of satisfaction during times of chaos and stress.
Today, more people than ever before are living relatively longer lives in our society. This is great news. Whenever I go somewhere and notice people of an esteemed age, who oftentimes are laughing and enjoying themselves just as ever before, I commonly smile and wish I could be their age, able to partake in some of their joyous and respectable activities. This isn’t to say our aging population is free from all forms of discrimination. I absolutely hate it when I notice that some people, just because of their advanced age, are subjected to ageist criticism and remarks. Thankfully that does seem to be becoming less of an issue, at least where I live. People must understand that nowadays, many of our citizens are just as able and skillful as others regardless of their age. I have always admired those who reach the age where they can tell exciting stories about their lives to others. That definitely seems to be one of the advantages I look forward to experiencing.
Religion plays a significant role in our society today. A major reason for this, I believe, is that religion tends to try to make sense of things that can often be otherwise completely unexplainable. Much of religion tries to explain how the divine and supernatural are at work in solving most of our everyday crises. For example, in some religions, our personal difficulties are often viewed as certainly unimportant in the grander scheme of things. In that specific case, divine reasons can definitely be a major part of that. I have noticed as well that many religions emphasize the importance of the sacred, or the qualities found in our society/lives that may be seen as supernatural or perplexing to understand. For that reason, even though organized religion has seen a decline during this past century, I consider it to still hold a major role in today’s society. In fact, it is possible that much of why organized religion has become a little less popular is due to the fact there are so many definitions of what religion actually is. This can be seen when one asks people of different experiences and environments what they believe religion to be.
One thing I really wish could happen in real life is for there to be less discussion on insignificant matters and more discussion on the things that matter. I’m the kind of person who usually isn’t startled at all when I’m asked a question that is mostly deep in nature. I’m also not usually bothered by asking, at the right time, certain questions that are deep in nature. I wonder if it comes down to just wanting less of my time(s) wasted. That certainly plays a big part in it. It’s not very realistic, though, to expect this in today’s society. And I know we must respect each other’s questions, regardless of how little they may seem. Actually there are instances in which small chatter is kind of interesting to me, and they tend to be those that reveal a little more about the person I’m conversing with. For example, I might notice a cute or quirky characteristic about that person. Sometimes light subject matter can definitely brighten up a gloomy mood or atmosphere among people as well.
Whenever I’m asked what exactly I’m afraid of, the answer is often a little difficult for me to answer. I always try to minimize whatever fear I have in the moment, because I know how damaging fear can be to one in the long run. However, we as humans just have to deal with fear. It’s a very human quality, and I seriously doubt it can ever be 100 percent, completely and totally eliminated. In fact, I usually consider it very similar to human pain in that regard. But when I am faced with something that is truly scary, I will do my best to lessen that fear. I agree with those who say that the truly courageous are the people who, despite being afraid, face the fear directly in order to try and conquer it. In other words, I don’t equate courage with having absolutely zero fear. This is something I consider extremely important. So when I ponder about the things that frighten me, in order to answer someone’s question, there will always be at least a little bit of comfort.
Lately I have been dealing with quite a bit of stress. I always tell myself I must keep myself grounded in the reality of what is truly important to me. That tends to take away some of the stress. Also, just the other day I was driving around and noticed a pleasant area filled with fountains, trees, and benches. I proceeded to take a nice stroll through this area and let the good sensations, sounds of birds, and lovely weather fill my consciousness. That indeed seemed to take away much of the pressure. So even though I’m in a bit of a quandary with regard to functions and deadlines I must meet, there is always the benefit of also noticing the more pleasant aspects of certain situations.
There are many kinds of people one encounters while out driving on the road. Most drivers are at least somewhat courteous, and respectful of a lot of the rules that are employed on the streets. Then there are those who are quite seemingly oblivious to these rules. One type of person who fits this category is the person who drives so close behind me, I begin to wonder if somehow their car has actually wound up on the top of the back of my car. When this happens, I’m cognizant of the speed limit at hand, and just continue driving at that speed, unless I choose to switch lanes. Another type of driver who has the capability of taking one aback is the person who without warning switches to the lane in front of your car. I understand sometimes there is a logical explanation for why the driver chose to do so, but usually it just seems like the person is sort of being a jerk. Another driver who can carry the title of road rage is the driver who honks incessantly even when he/she knows there is nothing that can be done about it. Seriously, is that really necessary? And then there is the driver who doesn’t even notice the light is red and still speeds on through the intersection. A bit dangerous and often clueless, but I do understand (somewhat) if it’s the middle of the night and there is no traffic. All of these drivers certainly can weigh down on the patience of other drivers who actually do the duty of respecting the rules.