Updated on January 25, 2006, 10:54 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Dreams are a mystical experience. They tell tales in strange ways. When a person is deep in sleep their mind turns away this little movies for them to remember or forget come daybreak. These little movies are known as the Activation-Synthesis Model of Dreaming. Through careful study of one's dreams it is said that answers to their life's problems can be solved. The Freudian theory on dreams is that the content that is consciously experienced and remembered by the dreamer is the Manifest Content. Concealed within the Manifest Content, Freud theorizes that the unconscious wishes, thoughts, and urges are hidden. After carefully interpreting my own dreams I've found that I am slightly contrary to this belief.
The first and most important trait to know of myself is that: I am capable of consciously analyzing and resolving any situation that arises in my daily activities. This makes it difficult for my brain to further need to ponder a solution to a problem, unless it is a true stumper and even my dreams cannot answer it for me. Though my dreams may deal with unconscious wishes (such as the blond-haired, hazel-eyed girl who mysteriously appears in multiple dreams), I am quite aware of most of my ambitions and goals. I do not restrain any thoughts from others; I am very open. And in terms of my urges, well I act out most of them and for others I am able to vent out elsewhere. I deal with my needs everyday, even if I don't need to, or are unsure of what those needs for that day exactly are.
My mind is a complex being of its own. I have opened up my subconscious mind a great deal through my habitual meditation. As a result of dreams being controlled by the subconscious mind, my dreams take on a complexity befitting of my complex mind. It becomes difficult to examine my dreams because they would have to be recorded with a video camera to capture all the symbolisms, metaphors, and secret meanings. The juxtaposition of the images...
Updated on January 11, 2006, 9:56 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Boredom is a cumbersome thing. We all suffer from it, and all could probably write a book about the things we do to fight off the boredom. We could write a book in our boredom. Alas, some of us don't hold the valuable asset of creative word structure. So what do we do with this free time? this boredom? Who can help us overcome it? Often the worst boredom comes from when you have nothing to do with anyone. See, because then, there is no one to help come up with ideas on what to do. It all comes down to the old saying, "The greatest bore is loneliness."
Anyone can claim to have found the most boring activity on Earth, such as hours of long arithmetic, biology of snails and mollusks, or watching water boil. Well, that last one can be boring if you do it alone, but that supports my thesis. All those activities can support my thesis when one does it alone. I'll relate an activity I participated in that I thought was the most boring I'd ever encountered, until I realized that it was because I did it alone. See, if you ever are doing a boring activity with a friend, or even an enemy for that matter, it makes it more interesting because you are doing it with someone and have the opportunity to joke and make fun of what you are doing.
I recently had to wait in a doctor's office for about twenty minutes in the waiting room, and then, an hour and thirteen minutes in the examining room. I timed it because of how bored I was. Out in the waiting room there were people who I could interact with or listen to the stories they told. Once in the examining room, there was no one. There were plenty of toys for me to play with, but how embarrassing that would be because if the doctor suddenly walked in… So I sat patiently for him to enter. My appointment was for 8AM and I got into the examining room at 8:20. At 8:48 I started to wonder where the doctor was. There were no magazines in the room for some reason, nor was there anything to read excep...
Updated on January 3, 2006, 9:19 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
How often is it that the streets on which people walk on, the establishments in which people work inside, and the homes where people rest are filled with the words society has deemed offensive? It's more often than some would believe. There are many names to classify this language: curse words, profanity, blasphemous, vulgarity, sacrileges, and (the most popular) swears. The greatest question is how is it these words become so called swears? and how does speaking aloud the forbidden effect the individual, others, and society?
In days of old the first profanities emerged as words against God or using God's name in vain. Some sacrilege examples of this sort are "Oh God" "God damn it", "Go to Hell", "Damn you", "Jesus", and "Christ" or the vain use of "Jesus Christ" in full. Due to a large spread of Catholicism in Europe through the Roman Empire the use of these phrases or words became taboo. America, founded on Puritan beliefs, also follows with these taboos. Recently, the severity of a few of these curse words has decreased. This could be a result of the common acceptance that has taken place throughout civilization, or the decline of strict religious following. Whatever the cause for the decline of blasphemy, in its place has risen racist slurs and sexual terms.
The most offensive swears of today are usually used in a derogatory manner. Words that at one time had a different connotation have found ground in becoming a popular curse word. "Bitch" is a female dog, but used as a swear it becomes an insult to person. An "ass" is a word for the donkey, but can describe a person as a jerk in belittling context.