Monthly Archives: April 2004

Hear the music..

When was the last time you watched a bird fly, sweeping across the sky? Or watched the ripples in the water made by a lone duck waddling away? Or just sat by the window and watched the snow fall?

Came across a piece of inspirational poetry that made me ponder about enjoying life’s simpler joys. The last two lines of the poem say it best!

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast
Time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask ‘How are you’, do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores running through your head?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast
Time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told you child we’ll do it tomorrow
And in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die
‘Cause you never had time to call and say ‘Hi’?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast.
Time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there
When you worry and hurry through your day
It is like an unopened gift, thrown away..

Life is not a race.. Do take it slower..
Hear the music.. Before the song is over..

— Unknown
(a terminally ill young girl in a New York hospital)

Atheism vs agnosticism revisited

Got a comment yesterday from Thirdeye, on the agnost vs atheist blog

to me agnostics includes all people who fall between the absolutes of a theist and an atheist! more like the shades of grey between black and white…

Got me thinking again.. Is agnosticism really a middle ground? A ‘playing it safe’ option?

Often, the perception is that agnosticism is a more reasonable view while atheism is more dogmatic; that atheists are closed-minded because they deny the existence of god, whereas agnostics are open-minded and more amenable to reason. But is this really the case? Are being agnostic and atheistic mutually exclusive?

I believe, agnosticism, is not as much about a belief in god as much as it is about knowledge – knowledge of knowing for sure if a god exists or not. If a person _believes_ that god exists (theism) without claiming to _know_ for sure, that would result in agnostic theism. Similarly one could _disbelieve_ in gods (atheism) _without knowing_ for sure if god exists or not — agnostic atheism. So the way I see it, agnosticism isn’t so much a ‘middle ground’ as much as it is about the knowledge that surrounds the belief that in turn determines one’s theistic/atheistic leanings.

Thoughts?

Fools R Us

So Google announced today that it is interviewing candidates for positions at their lunar hosting and research center. As the intro blurb puts it —

This unique opportunity is available only to highly-qualified individuals who are willing to relocate for an extended period of time, are in top physical condition and are capable of surviving with limited access to such modern conveniences as soy low-fat lattes, The Sopranos and a steady supply of oxygen.

Interested? Learn more and apply! :)

Of course, this li’l joke got mixed up with their legitimate announcement about Gmail, Google’s free e-mail service which will offer significantly more storage than Yahoo or MSN. Guess people are more easily convinced that there are job opportunities on the moon rather than believe that a free email account with large amounts of storage space can really exist!

Hoax or not, the speculation has managed to market the Gmail concept even before it is launched. One way or another Google wins this one!