Thursday, October 20, 2005

Dis - criminate --

"Dis" means to "oppose" or "negate," as in "disengage" or "disappear." To "criminate" means to "liken someone to a criminal," even if you aren't supposed to include the word being defined in the definition itself. So to "discriminate" means to do the opposite of likening someone to a criminal, with the previously stated rule still standing. In other words, "to discriminate" against someone is to liken someone to an innocent person.

The Objective Truth

An object is a tangible thing. When we want the objective truth, we want facts without bias, we want to be able to see the object of study clearly. This is related to "objectifying" something, or "objectification," which is the same as seeing something as an object, such as a person, and is demeaning, so may we never be objective. However, it is acceptable to object to objectivity, and therefore see to it that it doesn't happen.

"Subjective" is the opposite of "objective," because we are subjecting something to something else, usually an object to our subjectification. It is the subject, the concept of focus, and since it is good to focus, may we always be subjective. Also, a doctor has a subject, and since doctors heal people, we have even more reason to be subjective. Furthermore, in school we have subjects, and school is a place of learning; even another reason to be subjective.

Virginity - The state of living in Virginia

Compassion - The act of using a compass

Patient - The adjective used to describe the necessary attribute when waiting for a doctor to see you

Restroom - Because you sit there

Dumbwaiter - Hey! So bring your own dang food!

Assimilate - To become like an ass

Racism - The world view by which one sees everything as a contest for speedy competition

- Something that is not in the center of the paper

Unfair - Ugly

University - 1) A place where professors teach you things that you should accept are
believed across the board (universe, universal)

2) A place where professors answer questions in one sentence
one sentence only (uni-verse)

Diversity - A place where two opinions are taught

Citizenship - A boat that brings immigrants to another country

Distinct - To remove a bad odor from an object

- The act of measuring death

Pubic - Of or relating to pubs

Neighborhood- A phase or passing time in someone's life when he or she lives in the vicnity of other people (childhood)
- A form of sound
Completely Random Information

I was sitting in the ILC at the UofA in the USA after the light of day, when someone said screamed "hey!" after a loud pop, and everyone stopped to see what it was, marked the ceasing of the buzz. The intrusion caused momentary confusion and then the people resumed to be consumed by their homework, which just a while ago kept them subsumed. Thus was the nature of the event, I considered it relevant, if only for a moment, and subsequently I'm writing this eloquent and quaint anti-lament.
Thought(s) of the Day --

Let's roll out our big tinfoil ball and see what it says today!

Why are their religious Jews that oppose the existence of the Jewish state (Israel) and not religious Muslims that oppose the notion of the not-yet in existence Muslim state named Palestine?

What is so antithetical to Judaism about Israel to necessitate the opposition of Zionism by religious Jews?

Is the fictitious state of "Palestine" not antithetical to Islam enough to necessitate opposition of Palestinian nationalism by religious Muslims?

Are Jews (religious and not) really both free-thinking enough to be able to oppose such a concept as a Jewish state when Muslims are not? (the answer to this question should be "no")

Do Jews (religious and not) really possess a level of spiritual and/or intellectual maturity and honesty to be able to question fundamental notions about themselves when Muslims are not? (the answer to this question should also be "no")

When will Muslims begin to show signs that they are publically renouncing certain traditionally-held Muslim viewpoints?

If Jews are doing such things, shouldn't Muslims be?

Is hatred of Judaism (and all things Jewish) an appropriate basis by which to base Palestinian nationalism on?

The existence of a Jewish state dates back to the Torah and is therefore a part and parcel of Judaism; does a Palestinian state date back to the establishment of the religion of Islam, and is it therefore a part and parcel of Islam?

Are there any Muslims in opposition to the notion of a Palestinian state?

How will such a state help Islam?

How will such a state help the Palestinians?

How will such a state help anybody?

Where was Palestinian nationalism before the 6 Day War?

Is the abandonement of the notion of a Palestinian state a viable option for peace?

If academics and intellectuals want Israel to abandon Zionism in order to establish peace, why cannot those same people want Arabs and Muslims to abandon Palestinian nationalism for the same reason?

*** My friend Racheli suggested that some of the questions I asked in this post sounded racist, perhaps answering the question before I actually gave the reader an opportunity to ask it. Clearly this is not the intent, but the intent, however, is to ask uneasy and uncomfortable questions and to intitiate a response. That is all, you may be dimissed. Yaniv... ***