What Monster Have You Created?

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Another Frankenstein film has been released.  The retelling of the same old story – A doctor ignorantly creates an angry, grotesque aberration through his unholy experiments as he arrogantly tries to unlock the secrets to immortality and perhaps fame and fortune along with it.  This is a story that should be familiar to each and every one of us even if you have never read Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”.  At some point, we all have created monsters whether intentionally or not!

As we journey through this life we inherently create (and destroy) essentially without realising it.  Much like Dr Frankenstein, we create our own monsters which in-turn wreak havoc on the world around us.  Can you ever recall a time when someone has done something to you that was so thoughtless, so disturbing and so mean and evil that it negatively altered your perception of the world around you or tainted your ability to trust and believe in others?  Maybe a trusted friend, confidant or family member has stolen from you or deceived you.  Perhaps a lover or partner has violated your trust by cheating on you.  It could even have been a government or institution that has violated your trust in such a way that it has forever changed who you are and what you believe in. Now take the time to contemplate your own actions with others.  Were you created by Dr Frankenstein or were you the doctor creating the monster?

Monsters IIEvery day monsters are being created by ourselves, others, society and the institutions around us.  These monsters will inevitably come back to haunt or destroy us and sometimes in an unexpected way.   The unfaithful spouse who has created a partner that now finds it difficult to trust in others; the parent or other adult

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LITTLETON, CO – APRIL 20: (VIDEO CAPTURE) Columbine high school shooters Eric Harris (L) and Dylan Klebold appear on a surveillance tape in the cafeteria at Columbine High School April 20, 1999 in Littleton, CO during their shooting spree which killed 13 people. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)

that has abused or violated the innocence of a child; the business organisation which has used or cheated its employees or has mislead consumers; and the unethical actions by those in government which gives birth to a deluded society that now demands revolutionary change are all examples of ways in which we give birth to our monsters.  Of course there are countless other ways in which they are created and all of them with unforeseen consequences.

Monsters VIIIPride, greed, lust, envy, jealousy, arrogance, ignorance and other negative factors are but a few of the facilitators of those monstrous creations.  Is it any wonder that those monsters are shooting children in schools; selling dangerous and deadly drugs in the streets of every city; stealing, raping and murdering without a conscience or even blowing up buildings or massacring hundreds if not thousands as easily as one would order fast-food takeaway.  The evil that we do or visit upon others hasMonsters III consequences. Each and everyone of us needs to be aware of our own actions and how they may impact others and the world around us. If the news we watch daily tells our story then we are failing miserably as a race of so-called intelligent beings and creating more dangerous and evil monsters to frighten, torture, and kill us at an alarming rate. As my niece so bluntly put it, “Karma is a bitch”.

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Hacktivist group members wearing Guy Fawkes masks march towards the gates of the House of Reprersentatives in Quezon City on Tuesday to protest against the Pork Barrel of lawmakers. Hackers recently defaced some government websites to call for a united march against the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or the commonly known Pork Barrel of lawmakers. (MArk Balmores)

The world in which we reside seems to be unraveling with no end in sight.  If, or when the swan song for the structured and ordered societies that we have created finally plays,  what will be its epitaph?  I am thinking something along the lines of, “Here lies the proud societies of human-kind.  They had the potential for true greatness – exceptional compassion, infinite wisdom and understanding,  and the ability to forgive and love all unconditionally.  Instead of achieving that potential, they were destroyed by monsters of their own creation. May the next inhabitants of this world be wiser in all things.”




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Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II






How Many Languages Do You Speak?

languages IIHow many languages do you speak? A lot more than you realise I am willing to wager. Language, according to one  definition is a method of communication between individuals, groups and societies which can be verbal, nonverbal or written. It can consist of structured words and sentences, expressions, sounds, numbers or even pictographs to name but a few. Whatever the form language takes, to be effective it must be understood mutually by both sender and receiver.  Therein lies the problem that most of us experience when trying to relate our thoughts, ideas and feelings to one another.

Language has evolved much over the span of human existence from the cave paintings and drawings of early man to the cuneiform characters of Mesopotamia and Persia; from the ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs to the evolution of Greek and Roman forms of communication and on to our modern languages in all of its many forms and dialects.  Lets not fail to mention the evolution of computer language. Yes that’s right, even machines have their own way of communicating with each other as well as with us.

Most of us are fortunate if we can effectively use our native tongue correctly to properly communicate with one another in our own society wherever that may be. To understand and speak a second language places you in a unique category among the worlds population. Beyond that, well you are in an upper echelon of communicating with others and probably just showing off.  But I would like to submit to you more food for thought.  For those of us that are in the one language category take heart. I am going to propose to you that your language skills are increased seven fold without you realising it and they are constantly evolving. You may thank me later if you wish.

Beyond the traditional languages out there such as English, French, German, Spanish etc. are the non-traditional ones that we usually don’t consider. They are based in factors such as our gender, race, religion, age and environment to name but a few. That’s right, each one of the aforementioned serves as a specific language that we all uniquely speak and everyone of those factors combine with others forming the basis of our communication ability. So for instance, a 19 year old, Hispanic, Catholic male from the Southern California region of the United States will speak a different language and have different frames of references than a 40 year old Caucasian Protestant female from New York even though both may understand and speak the English language perfectly.  The same is applicable to any group or subgroup from any country or society.  If you factor in other peculiar aspects such as our political affiliations, educational background, personal experiences, whether you are liberal or conservative and so on an so forth, you can clearly appreciate the unique language that every human being speaks.  Conversely, all of those unique factors contributing to our language skills are also what makes our ability to communicate effectively with one another that much more difficult regardless of what formal language or languages we speak.

language - Babel IRecall the Christian biblical story of Babel and the confusion experienced when all of the workers began speaking different languages foiling their attempt to erect a tower to heaven? Well think of how that confusion is magnified exponentially based on the specific characteristics mentioned earlier.  Yes we speak many languages but, in my opinion, find it difficult to comprehend or appreciate the unique language of others when attempting to communicate our thoughts and ideas. So the next time you engage someone in a conversation appreciate the fact that both of you are multilingual with very different perspectives and endeavour to understand and respect each others distinctive point of view.