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The US media has been going stir crazy the past month with their reporting on Park51.  One side of the camp says America is about religious freedom and people should be free to worship where they choose. Then the other says building the mosque so near to Ground Zero is equivalent to a slap in the faces of people that lost their loved ones in 9/11. As in many things in life, it's hard to split everything down the middle between black and white. There is always a grey area... and I think in this instance, the grey area is sensitivity to those affected by 9/11 and survivors that lost people they loved.
 
I know that 9/11, although orchestrated by Al Qaeda, doesn't equate Islam and the entire population of Muslims to terrorism. It does not. Moreover, the Park51 project is more like a community center than a mosque. 
 
But on the other hand, I don't think it's hard to understand why many have reservations towards the Islamic religion after 9/11. Because despite the terrorists being extremist and despite extremists not representing what Islam is really about, essentially to these people, religion was their primary motivation and it was unfortunate that their view of Islam differed from the mainstream. Even more unfortunate, was that their screwed up interpretation of Islam was practically broadcasted across the entire nation. Bearing in mind, that emotions are powerful beyond words.
 
So yes, them being assholes does not mean it is fair for the Muslims in America to lose their right to worship as they choose. But when some have caused grief to others in the name of that religion, (albeit a very screwed up and extreme interpretation of said religion), I don't think it's unreasonable to not want a center/facility/whatever it may be that has, in some way or another, links to a core motivation for the 9/11 incident, to be built near where it had happened. 
You can repeat a billion times over, that Islam had absolutely nothing to do with the tragedy of 9/11. And you would be right. But as I mentioned, emotions? They're bad ass mofos man. All that made many people see, was not that the terrorists happened to be Muslim but that the terrorists were Muslim.
 
Emotions cloud judgment, undeniably so. But it's emotions that make us all human.
 
Religious freedom, to have the right to worship as you choose - I absolutely agree. But on the other hand, I think it wouldn't hurt to thread lightly, be tactful and maybe just show a little understanding and respect, on both sides.
 
Anyway the whole debate among the politicians is such a farce. They should just shut their freaking pie holes. After all, doesn't their constitution state that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."? So hold their comments.

I do think we come across another grey area with regards to when the government should interfere. In my previous post on Prop 8, I spoke of my belief that the government has the duty to make sure that the basic rights of people are not infringed upon by any one religion. In this case, one can argue that the government also has the duty to ensure that the basic rights of people to worship where they choose, is not infringed upon by the misconceptions/biases that some people may hold towards any one religion. But as I mentioned, the other grey area here is that people are not saying you can't have the freedom to worship whomever you choose, but it would be good manners, to not built your place of worship around the grounds that people still hold strong feelings about. A little of give and take would be nice, perhaps.
Anywayyyy, legalities and political motives aside. Everyone else? Show a little tolerance, show a little respect, hug, and let's move on. Hahah. If only it were that easy eh.

So Prop 8 was overturned on Wednesday! Although some people may say that marriage is just a piece of paper and if you really love somebody, you don't actually need that paper to prove it. Plus, there's always a Civil Union? But I think the issue goes a little further than that, true they don't have to get married, but by denying gays and lesbians the right to marry, something that all human beings should have - that's when it crosses a line. Because my belief is that after all, marriage is not just a privilege that only heterosexual couples have.
 
There are those that say, why can't they be contented with a civil union? Well I'd think it's because there are legal differences? I've learnt that with marriage comes various automatic rights and benefits granted by the government which are not applied to those bound by a civil union. Where's the equality in that? You might not like the way they choose to live their lives, but it doesn't give you the right to take away their right to express their love and to have the same benefits that heterosexual couples are entitled to. Seriously, how can you have a law that eliminates the rights of a certain group?
 
Then there are those that say marriage is a sacred arrangement/ceremony between a man and a woman. But with all due respect, how does religion have anything to do with 2 consensual, loving, law-abiding people who want to share and spend their lives together? If one says marriage is for procreation, then does that mean that a woman who is infertile does not have the right to marry the man she loves because she won't be able to fulfill that duty of procreation? 
I'm not denying that religion plays a huge role in this world that we live in, but I also hold the belief that it is the duty of the government to protect the basic rights of every single human being, and that includes the right to be bonded to the one they love, even if they are of the same sex. It is their duty to make sure that this right is not infringed upon by any one religion.
 
Then there's the argument that tradition dictates/insists/shows that a traditional marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman. But tradition also once dictated that women didn't vote, that a black and a white didn't marry. A woman voting, and inter-racial marriages were not traditional. Well, look at where we stand on those issues now. Just because it's traditional doesn't make it right.
 
If they are so adamant on protecting marriage, it might do more good banning divorce rather than banning marriage between people who love each other. Hah. Just saying.
 
Anywayyy, it's the 9th of August! Happy birthday Singapore! The little island turns 45 this year :) The weekend has been pretty awesome thus far. Manchester United - Charity shield winners! Hopefully this signals a good start to the season ;) 
Och jättekul helg med Monica, Steve, Robben, Marie och Simon på 1 Altitude och One St Michaels (Heh). Öl, vin, Italiensk mat, fyrverkerier på lördag, öl, vin, jättegod middag med gott sällskap på söndag. Det var jättetrevligt (:
 
Swedish words this time, 
Fyrverkerier - fireworks!
Gott sällskap - good company

Consumerism

I should update this lj more? Heh.

Anyway, crossposted from my blog:

So a friend showed me this after hearing that I've been to the Tiger Temple at Kanchanaburi. It's a horrible account of a British tourist's trip to the temple in December last year. When we were there, we did think it was kind of dodgy, cause the tigers all looked pretty doped up.. and the handlers were kinda herding us around as though we were animals too. Eric pretty much hated it. But because our 'tour' was the cheapest we could find, we weren't "entitled" to everything that the Brit experienced and did not witness the things she did. Still, it's shocking and horrible and we should have researched more on it before heading to that 'attraction'. I was naive to believe the brief accounts that I read about it being a sanctuary for tigers. The campaign and drive for action to be taken is starting to gain in strength and numbers though and I really really hope that the push is successful. So if you know of anyone who is visiting Thailand, please pass the message on. Lest they fall prey to lending a hand in the abuse of these tigers.

Coincidentally, this actually ties in with an entry that Audrey did, on the pervasiveness of consumerism. In this age that we live in, the act of buying and owning tangible goods have become a way of life. The phenomenon of consumerism has managed to slide itself subtly into every nook and cranny of the society, from the affluent to the developing. Anywhere that a cent can be found, you can be sure that there's an ad inducing you to give that cent up for something else, something that will satisfy your desires, your needs, soothe the itch of instant gratification.

In Bangkok, the ads and brochures for the Tiger Temple are virtually in every tour package, every tour agency. With pretty pictures of roaming tigers that appeal to that animal lover in you, and pictures of monks leading these tigers appealing to that compassionate side in you, it's not surprising that so many cough up money for such an experience. And in the process, unknowingly contributing to these tigers' abuse. But it's not that we're not aware of consumerism at work. We are aware, we know that advertisements are meant to lure us, to tempt us. Yet so often, we just go along with the flow, letting the temptation of satisfying a self-serving need in us win over. I liked how Drey summed it up, that 'our outlook to the awareness of the inherent consumerism that exists today, should settle for some introspection for the things we consume and pursue'. Being consumers, we do have the power to decide where and what our spending money is channeled into.

I'm sure many hope that the tigers from the temple will get their reprieve. But with consumerism and it's prevalence in society today, where it's money, demand and supply that's keeping the economy going, I can't help but wonder how far the government will actually be willing to go, in stopping something that plays a part in the pumping of cash flow into their economy.

Today's swedish word is, missbruka, which means abuse. It can be used in two ways.
Djur missbrukare - means animal abuse.
Ett missbrukat ord - means a misused word.

My Sammy :(

2014!Dean made me so mad in this epi :(

Cold and heartless and OMG THAT CAN NEVER HAPPEN EVER.

Thanks Kripke, for not shattering our hearts further with that fairly hopeful (as hopeful as it can get at this point in time) ending between the Winchesters.

I♥SAMMY. (and present DEAN) hehe.

and hippie!CAS is omfg hilarious. haha.

El Oh Ve Ee II

"I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and... I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I'd know it for myself. My heart, it feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it's trying to escape because it doesn't belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I'd wish for nothing in exchange - no fits. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine."

-Yvaine, Stardust

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Oh Kripke...

The first three episodes of SPN have been so freaking fantastic even though it keeps breaking my heart further after each one. Kripke thy evil eevill man.... I guess we just gotta take his word for it that this whole season's about bringing the boys back together. Just don't let it take half the season pleasseee..? Hah.

In other news, I find myself fumbling again, feeling lost in a way that I haven't really felt for a long time... I need that kick in the ass again right nowww! And oh god, I seriously hope my professor doesn't find out that I faked those assignment letters. :(

I miss Sweden.





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Seriously?

so i dreamt of jensen last night. it was surreal. like, i don't really remember much of the dream now.. just that we already knew each other in there and we were friends. then i woke up and got depressed :( haha.

okay, the end. just thought i'd pen this down somewhere cause i've never dreamt of a celebrity before. okay, once. cristiana ronaldo (which was even more bizzare because we were getting married!) and i don't even like him! haha. jensen though....... mmm.....

rightokaybye.


El Oh Ve Ee

Ohhhh death fic smacked me in the face. How on earth did i miss that warning.

It was awesome, lovely, schmoopy and so heartbreaking.

I'm gonna go sit in a corner and cry now.

Sverige

too many things that i wanna do, too little time, too little money.
epic suckage :(

i missss sweden.

le sigh. today is tres depressing.
i've got all these words, phrases, thoughts all jumbled up in my head but i feel like i'm having a massive indigestion where the words just refuse to come through, to lie where they're supposed to. very much reminiscent of those english exercises we had to do in primary school, rearranging the chaotic order into a coherent string of thought.

i've never been good at saying goodbye; these farewells happen far too often for my liking. there's barely enough time to appreciate and savor the comfort that familiarity brings before the slate is once again wiped clean. like those dances that people do, going round in a circle, switching partners every minute or two. you grasp a hand that seemed to slide perfectly into yours, as though your hand was made to fit hers. yet no chance to ask her name before she's tugged away by the next change in the thumping beats. these fleeting moments of perfection, how surreal and bittersweet.

it's a well-known fact, the soft spot she's always had for him. he looks, in a way that makes her feel she's worthy. he cares, in a way that leaves her oddly nice and warm. it's the subtle squeeze on her neck as he passes, the affectionate way he ruffles her hair. even in a room full of people towering over her, he never ever forgets, to say hello. he never ever forgets, to hug her goodbye.
so even though he steps out to take a call. even though it's clear as day, the affection in the tone of his voice as he speaks. she breathes easy, because the friendship is enough now she thinks. it's more than enough.

joseph conrad once said, to have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.
that is never more true in this age of a myriad of emotions and fickle dreams. we could all do with a little help from the windscreen wiper every once in a while; just to keep us on track so we don't lose our focus on the finishing line. i might have stumbled and fumbled and strayed a little off tangent along the way, but i'm glad to be back on track now. persevere, jasmin. glorious things come to those who fight for it (:

we played "I've never" late last night into the wee hours of the morning. but instead of shots of alcohol, we had shots of pure, unadulterated bliss...... meaning, sugar. needless to say, i didn't get very much sleep before heading off to work. a perfect start to my last day as a onelegal intern (:
expensive sushi treat from patsy, the IP lawyer. court in the afternoon, which is always fun for me. chocolate and gossip in the tiny room in the corner in the evening, which is also always fun (: and that marks my last day (:

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