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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

What is the Meaning and Purpose of Life?

William Shakespeare (Chandos Portrait)
William Shakespeare.
(Chandos Portrait)
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.
(W. Shakespeare, 'Macbeth'. Act v, scene 5)

A masterly description of the everlasting human grief at the futility of life. Indeed, there are two things that inexorably invalidate any purpose and meaning life can have: ageing and death (and all the suffering they cause). Still, I've been musing about this eternal and most transcendental question humans asked themselves as self-aware beings for as long as I can remember. It hurts to think that our life has no Meaning or Purpose at all, so we desperately try to at least build up an illusion. Throughout the history of mankind the belief in afterlife and eternal soul has arguably been the only source of desperate hope that what we do in our lives signifies something. Being unable to see the bigger picture, all we can do is merely speculate why we have been dragged into this vale of tears.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Should parents allow their daughters to be vaccinated against cervical cancer?

vaccine terror
Vaccine terror
In my opinion, regarding this matter the following questions should cross any thinking person's mind.

First of all, why is it only girls who get the jab? It's men who transmit this virus, so boys should be vaccinated first. Following the same line of reasoning, men should take the pill that causes a lot of side effects, including breast cancer instead of women, but since the world is ruled by men women's lives are not so appreciated as men's.

The fact that most scientists who develop these vaccines, pills etc are men is a telling detail, no wonder they gladly sacrifice women's health for their benefit and pleasure.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

There's one born every minute!

While the government and media jobsworths raised such a fuss, bugging the flock with everyday death rate reports (only on swine flu — I wonder what would happen if similar reports were regularly released on other viral and non-viral diseases, such as cancer, normal flu etc), about something that is allegedly no more dangerous than common flu, except that unlike the latter it mostly attacks the young, healthy and ordinary, there can still be found someone willing to play a mug’s game.

Well, it takes all sorts to make the world.
One of such daredevils has recently posed a mind-boggling question:
Isn’t the best swine flu vaccine swine flu itself?

To put his money where his mouth is he decided to deliberately catch this nasty bug and thus kill two birds with one stone:
1. To prove swine flu isn’t as dangerous as it’s cracked up to be.
2. It’s the best way to immunise yourself against the virus.

I usually go by the rule that it’s useless to try to stop a fool from going ahead with what he/she's up to, so in answer to his question I told him he actually put me in mind of a certain 19th century whatever-his-name Russian count, who shot himself in the leg (and in the foot, too!) to prove to his buddies he could withstand the pain, got blood poisoning and kicked the bucket instead of their butts.

His mother was quoted as saying that in the past she was the only person who knew he was a blockhead, now the whole Moscow found it out.

I can't wait to see the denouement of the story.

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