Archive for March, 2013


Oh my God. I actually got up off my lazy arse to write something.

And it was a Casual Fridays post.

This is unheard of to be sure, but yes, it’s the return of Casual Fridays. If I don’t seem to excited, it’s because my exclamation key on my keyboard won’t work. Hmm. I can make a 1, but I can’t make an exclamation. Well, I’m going to sound bored as hell…

Nevertheless, summer is coming, so I’ll have no excuse not to write as much as physically possible here. I might try to make one, but there isn’t any. I checked, trust me. As well as that, I may be featuring works of fiction from dear writing friends of mine, as well as some of my own, for your tortu – amusement. I meant amusement.

Speaking off which, the local drama clubs will be coming together to show off there skills, so if you live in Co. Offaly, Ireland… ah who am I kidding, you’ll all make it, right?

Right?

And lastly, considering it’s the summer soon, I should consider looking for a part time job. Maybe something online journalism – based? Any tips where to look for that thing will be much appreciated.

I will write more, I swear. With pictures and everything.

-Fiachra

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Karma

Dear Saul,

I’m in a talky mood today. This may not be funny, but I like the sound of my own… text?

Are you particularly religious?  I’m sure you’ve at least learned something about religion in school, from work, around your community, even if you don’t subscribe to God’s newsletter. It’s hard to avoid it, and though many, many religions don’t practices what they preach, I’m sure the ideals of some of the more peaceful ones would work wonders in this day and age. I’m agnostic (I don’t believe the existence of deities can be proven or dis-proven). I’m not particularly superstitious, but I enjoy walking under ladders to see what happens. I do however, lend some credence to the (mostly eastern) belief of Karma: cause and effect, action and reaction.

Quick religion lesson, so please bear with: what we see as “reincarnation” is known as samsara, which would translate to “continuous flow”, Many Asian and Indian religions, including Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism and Hinduism all support the belief that our lives follow a cycle of rebirth, which has no beginning or end. All of these religions differ in their teachings of samsara, but it is primarily caused by holding attachment to worldly possessions, and fixating on past events, self and future events, There were various ways to break this cycle and achieve Nirvana, Moksha, liberation, enlightenment, etc., but it all relates to Karma.

Our actions in our current life affects what our next lives will be. In Hinduism, by keeping to the caste system, by ridding yourself of the vices of this word, you are reincarnated higher in the caste, until you reach Moksha, and transcend the cycle of life and death. In Buddhism, by following the eightfold path, you remove attachment to things that are unneeded in your life. By becoming pure of soul, we achieve enlightenment. Nowadays, we see karma merely as “do something nice, something nice will happen to you”

In a nutshell, Karma s pretty underrated as a belief. We see it as a threat to not do wrong, or a train will hit us. Religion sees it as a way towards tranquility and ascendance. I see it as a way of escape.

I’m not a bad guy (I like to think). I don’t have a violent bone in my body. I don’t believe that by hitting someone, I’ll capsize next time I’m on a boat. But I also don’t believe that by hitting people, I’ll be reborn as a low-class citizen. I believe that by not hitting someone, I escape violence. For every action, there is a reaction. By doing good, I have escaped a cycle of harm and suffering. I don’t have to feel particularly religious, or special. By doing good, I break the mold, I stop harm from coming to others.

Essentially, I believe in karma because by doing good things I have brought good to the world. By doing bad, I bring suffering, I keep the cycle going. It’s a silly belief, but it’s mine.

If I had to be reincarnated, I’d love to be reborn as Nick Cage, just to see what it’s like. Would probably drive me mad…

Best Wishes,

Fiachra

Age

Dear Saul,

Feeling old? Are your joints creaking? Do you sigh in relief every time you sit down? Are you complaining that those darn kids are playing that there new hippie music too loud? You should be, because you’ve been around for nearly year at this point. I needed a muse, I thought you up, an you stuck. 6 months later, I dedicate a blog to writing letters to you (granted, I threw the blog’s schedule out the window, but still). You’ve been through much, and you are invaluable. And dangerously close to becoming an imaginary friend, I fear.

And even so, you’re only a year old. I feel old just typing to you, and I can’t even drink alcohol yet. Makes me think why I started this blog. It had been on a whim more than anything, though I don’t really regret starting it. It’s been a fun little exercise in writing, and I’d like to say it’s improved. School and Gaisce have impeded progress, but it’s still going. This blog isn’t likely to disappear any time soon, nor would I want it to.

So, while you may complain about your sore back or their loud music, remember your age, and know that you’re gonna probably get older, Saul.

Regards,

-Fiachra

Sleep

Dear Saul,

I am a night owl. The type of guy who can work into the early hours of the morning, but who hates it when the alarm clock has its hand on any number lower than 12. It’s a weird habit, mainly brought on by my (constantly mentioned) procrastination, and my love for lie-ins. So much of a lie-in fan I go to the zoo every day to see them.

Lie-in, lion, geddit?

That might’ve been a bit off track, but anyway…

This, surprisingly, has little effect on my work. If I felt tired, I would sleep. If I have the opportunity to work at night fully awake, I’ll take it. Besides, it helps tire you out for a good nights rest.

The previously mentioned downside to this is one of the worst. If you have a productive night, chances are you’ll have no productive morning. And sleeping too much carries the same risks as lack of sleep on your heart, but given my age and fitness levels, I shouldn’t be too worried about that.

But I really have a choice don’t I. Good nights rest productive next day, or late night work, sleep in mornings?

Both would help this blog (I know I haven’t been posting as much!) but it always comes down to personal choice. If I’m getting enough sleep, and there are no psychological effects noticeable (barring the bad habits) I suppose, Saul, why not?

Regards,
-Fiachra

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