- hello Edward Hoseason
- Username: ehosea01
- In response to: "What's the one thing you're never gonna give up?" Trying. The path ahead of me is still shrouded and daunting, but no matter what I decided to do, if I stop trying, I will never experience the journey that will make me who and what I am meant to be.
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- The Price of the Death Penalty
That is a tricky question - there are arguments for and against it battling it out in my head.
Certainly, when I hear about a particularly horrific crime on the news, a crime only a truly wretched and depraved individual could commit, the first thing that jumps to my mind is often 'that person deserves to die' - mostly this refers to cases such as brutal murders. If someone is so cruel as to intentionally and maliciously take away someones life, why should they be allowed to keep theirs? From what skewed angle does that balance out the scales? It's not like prison seems to be much of a punishment these days, at least not in this country - for goodness sake, I've heard of homeless and other people intentionally committing crimes over the holidays because a stop in a cell is preferable to being out on the streets -TV, games, a bed to sleep in, some even get internet and other comforts that, quite frankly, they do not deserve.
And then there's the cold-hearted cynic in me, like each and every one of us has buried at some level within our minds no matter how we may try to hide it, that says that it would be a whole lot easier, simpler, and not to mention cheaper, to have the whole lot executed rather than pay for their far too elaborate bed and board.
But truly, the idea of playing God in such a heinous manner makes me incredibly uneasy. Yes, they have done a terrible thing, and they are responsible for their actions, but so are we; the old saying 'an eye for an eye' is exactly the same as saying 'two wrongs make a right', which they absolutely do not. Mercy and forgiveness is what sets us apart from those we often judge 'unfit' to be part of society.
What they need is compassion (though we may never be able to believe that it is what they deserve), not the noose. If I couldn't beleive that even the most wayward soul had at least the potential, the merest possibility to come back from the brink, to still have the capacity to do something good or meaningful in this world, then I fear I would lose hope.
So no matter how logical it may seem, how righteous it may feel, the death penalty comes at a terrible cost. I would hate to see the portrait of an executioners soul, and the souls of those who condemn a fellow human being to death.
- Something I Lost and Want Back
A few months ago, I was travelling to London on an appointment, and just before arriving at my destination I checked my messenger bag, and found to my horror that my Cloudy Wolf was missing, snapped clean out of its ring.
For those not Wapanese-savvy, the Cloudy Wolf is the symbol worn by the character Cloud Strife, from the Japanese RPG cult phenomenon 'Final Fantasy VII', in the modern movie sequel to the game 'Advent Children'.
I had been given the FFVII-themed bag for Christmas a couple of years previously by my brother, and it still serves me well to this day, but it's just not the same without it's iconic centrepiece.
I took comfort, however, in my memory of one of my favourite books, 'Neverwhere' by Neil Gaiman, of which trips to London always conjure up memories.
One of the first thoughts that came to me as I realised that the silver icon was lost to me forever was "Nevermind. It'll probably turn up at the Floating Market in a few days.", and that made me smile.
- Pendulum, who else?!
I may have left a few out, but I don't want this post to go on forever - so here it is, as close as I can get to my perfect music festival lineup.
These guys really deserve to be the headliners. I've consistently loved every album they've released, with only very few of their songs ever missing their mark in my mind.
They push the boundaries and experiment with sound in ways very few other artists have ever dreamed of doing. Their music is powerful, often energetic and hypnotic, and their sense of pace in unmatched. Anyone who can resist getting up and dancing when these guys come on clearly has a screw loose.
Soulwax/Too Many DJ's
Musical genius, and in such incredible variety that one could scarcely ever get tired of them. Each new album they release is utterly unique and totally different to their last, and yet you could never mistake their work for anyone else's - their sound is unmistakable.
A festival appearance from these god's of rhythm would be magical, so varied that no one could lose interest, and there would be something in it for everyone.
The brilliant 'robotic' duo, their iconic stage setup and unforgettable mixes would doubtless be the keystone of my perfect festival lineup - these guys never fail to impress me, and they keep on getting better, though you can't beat the classics like 'Harder Better Faster Stronger' and 'Digital Love'.
No one plays to the crowd like Kasabian, and their brilliant musical hits have inspired me for years - no way I could leave them out.
Looking for the indoor dance floor, in search of some pure and exciting electro beats? You'll find Tweekend scratching the discs at my summer festival.
Art vs. Science
There's always a little corner of every music festival where you can find the wackier brands of musical entertainment. And there, lurking in wait for their unsuspecting audience, would have to be Art vs. Science. This crazy trio of Australian's are hilarious, ridiculous and completely insane, and a hell of a lot of fun to have at the party, if your looking for a change of pace from the well known headliners.
Flight of the Conchords
If I'm mentioning A vs. S in the wacky category, then I can't possibly leave out this brilliant and lovable duo of kiwi's and their own unique brand of musical comedy that I, personally, could never get tired of. These guys will draw crowds to rival the top headliners, no doubt.
- The Last Time I Thanked Someone?
I honestly couldn't say when the last time was that I said 'thank you' to someone, and the idea that I should recall such a thing seems ridiculous - for me, saying 'thank you' in return for even the smallest act of kindness or generosity, or even being shown simple good manners by another, is as reflexive as my knee jerking when the relative nerve is struck with a hammer (a somewhat outdated metaphor, I will admit, but appropriate in a way, as my sense of courtesy seems to be equally old-fashioned).
I do not begrudge whoever wrote this prompt, however, as unfortunately I recognise that this once common courtesy has become all too rare in recent times, and to some simply hearing the phrase uttered in their direction is cause enough for them to be taken aback, which I find truly depressing.
I do recall one particular incident, not because of what I did, but because of the reaction I recieved. In college, perhaps two or more years ago now, I saw a staff member coming towards me down the hallway through the small window in the door. She was weighed down with boxes of paperwork, and unable to spare a hand. I was running late for a class, so didn't have time to offer to help her carry them, but I held the door open for her, and you should have seen the look on her face! It lit up like a christmas tree, and she thanked me so wholeheartedly you'd think I'd offered to do all her paperwork for her for the rest of the year. The only conclusion I could draw was that this was the first time in her life that someone as young as I had shown the basic courtesy of holding the door open for her to pass, and that is sad indeed.
So it seems that, although I can't remember specifics of when I say 'thank you', I remember when I'm sincerely being thanked, which, sadly, just illustrates my point further.
So, I truly cannot answer the question of this prompt, and quite frankly, I'm rather thankful for that.