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Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also a film journalist/critic for Cocktails & Movies and CinemaBlend, as well as the author of several short stories such as "The Devil v. George W. Bush". Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: mikereyeswrites@gmail.com

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Friday, April 3, 2009

What Have We Learned? (Week of April 3rd)

Another week has ended, and it’s time once more to think about what we’ve learned.

For starters, we’ve learned that through tragedy and adversity, there are those who will help us up and put us back on the path we should be walking. It is in these relationships, in these moments that we see humanity for what it really is, and that is a community of individuals who should be working toward the common good and triumphing over individually insurmountable odds.

We’ve also learned that faith alone sometimes helps those who are in need of comfort or reassurance. I would also add that faith is more of a secular ideal than that of organized religion. While organized religion will use it as a cover all to explain the lack of empirical evidence, those who do not subscribe or aren’t slavish to their dogmatic tendencies seem to benefit and engage in faith more; mostly because when you don’t believe in deity, you tend to believe in other things like the decency of people, karma, fate, and what have you. What you believe in is up to you, but faith is believing - plain and simple.

Finally, I believe that we’ve learned the lesson that one of the biggest positive attributes of our modern society is that we’re able to laugh. Whether it be at ourselves, at someone else, with someone else, or just out of nowhere; laughter helps us deal with what has to be done. Sometimes, laughter is all we have to separate ourselves from the darkness; it is our comfort, our light, and in our instincts to make light of something that has passed because it brings us one step closer to understanding and accepting things we’d otherwise be too scared or angry to even attempt empathical action.

(Photo stolen from AICN's post of British television carrier SKY's ad campaign for their premiere of Aliens vs. Predator.)


Sarah The Anime Librarian said...

I have always been a big advocate of laughter. If it comes down to it, I laugh rather than freak, because life really is in the long run, a pretty damned good joke....not a mean one, or a sad one, but a joke that makes you feel pretty good when you are laughing at the absurdity of it all.

Mr. Controversy said...

Amen to that. I think I need to start seeing things a little more like that.

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