jackofallgeeks: (Contemplative)
So, I was at Mass this morning, and during his homily the priest made a reference to a poem by William Blake, "The Little Black Boy." In particular, he noted that in the poem the black boy's mother says, "And we are put on earth a little space/That we may learn to bear the beams of love," and he went on to explain that the meaning of life, as he believes and as Blake puts it, is to experience love.

I think that through his homily he had the right idea, but when he stated his conclusion he missed the mark; I think he misinterpreted "bear the beams of love." I'm no English major, I've never seen the poem before, and I certainly never spoke to Blake himself, but I don't think the sense is meant to be "experience the rays of love" but rather, "to uphold the structure of love." It says a couple things about me, I guess. First, that I think life is meant to be active, not passive; we aren't meant to just experience things, but to be a part of them, to do things. If we're all just sitting back experiencing love, who's the one providing it? But it also speaks to the fact that I think love is hard, that it takes effort to love and, in fact, that it takes effort to be loved.

Analyze me through that as you wish, but I think it holds.


Mar. 19th, 2007 09:35 am
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
"Every other game is the joke. God of War is just the punchline."
-Gabe, from Today's Penny Arcade
jackofallgeeks: (Deep)
Book: I just... I think I'm on the wrong ship.
Inara: Maybe. But maybe you're exactly where you ought to be.
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.
(Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] mordainlove, who yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] elizabethsheryl.)
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
"There is just something wrong with the adjective 'wack' coming from a guy in a suit."
-[livejournal.com profile] tiel
jackofallgeeks: (Seriously Though)
When you see this, quote Oscar Wilde:

"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."
--Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Oddly, I didn't know this quote until just now when I went searching.

But because so many more resonate... )
jackofallgeeks: (Integrity)
I found this quote on Jason's journal, and I've decided I love it.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-- Robert Heinlein

Kind Words

Oct. 12th, 2005 09:54 am
jackofallgeeks: (Enamoured)
It goes without saying that you are a likable person. Many that I know who have even just simply met you have said so. You have a great sense of humor, and are really fun to be around. You make people feel quite comfortable around you, and are a true gentleman. You like to have deep and meaningful conversations, and quite open and easy going, not getting upset easily. You have high moral standards, and you live up to them. You are very good to your friends, and are the first to try to help them out when they need it, to pick them up when they are down. You also a romantic, and a sentimental kind of guy, and you don't put on airs nor are you simply full or yourself (guys who go around like they are God's gift to women really get on my nerves).

Sometimes, it's just really nice to have your ego stroked...
jackofallgeeks: (chixor)
OK, so I just took another Test on OKCupid, aptly titled the "Why Are You Single" test. Anyways, it was only 16-points long and I almost felt unfulfilled by it at the end (I'm addicted to online quizzes), but the result was really funny. So, I thought I'd post it here. plus, it gives me an excuse to use my new icon, lovingly made my Ms. Suri.

Male Best Friend
A woman has a close male friend. This means that he is probably interested in her, which is why he hangs around so much. She sees him strictly as a friend. This always starts out with, you're a great guy, but I don't like you in that way. This is roughly the equivalent for the guy of going to a job interview and the company saying, "You have a great resume, you have all the qualifications we are looking for, but we're not going to hire you. We will, however, use your resume as the basis for comparison for all other applicants. But, we're going to hire somebody who is far less qualified and is probably an alcoholic. And if he doesn't work out, we'll hire somebody else, but still not you. In fact, we will never hire you. But we will call you from time to time to complain about the person that we hired."

You're a great guy... for somebody else. Amen to that.


Jun. 25th, 2005 10:39 am
jackofallgeeks: (Goofy)
I look at indie kids and think, "I could eat breakfast out of his skull."
-[livejournal.com profile] dikaiosunh, while answering a stupid survey
jackofallgeeks: (Contemplative)
I must start by saying that this is a beautiful song. I think once my brother, Gene, said he didn't like it. I think it's amazing. Simply amazing.
I Do This Alot, Huh? )
jackofallgeeks: (Happy)
My Deer Lord this is a long letter!

I've never SEEN anything this thick! No, no, it's not from Emily as one might assume, but from a friend of mine who obviously has alot on her mind! Yipes! I count my blessings that i don't think NEARLY as much as this girl!

One thing notable is a quote she has on it:

Make it as personal as you can. Believe me, you can't imagine a feeling everyone hasn't had. Make it personal. Tell the truth.

And then write 'Burn This' on it.
-Burton (Burn This by Lanford Wilson)

Words to live by, my friends. Words to live by.
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
Well, just now, my little cousin, Meredith, IMed me, asking me if I knew where the quotes on my profile came from - she's doing a project for a class, it seems, and needed a quote of six.

Always proud of my quotes (because I believe they're so true), I explained to her that a couple, such as The Truth one, were of my own design, The Candle was by Fancis of Asisi, and most of the others were anyonymous or unknown - lil bits of advice that stand firm in reality, I guess one could say.

She suddenly got really excited and asked if I was telling the truth about "The Truth" quote - she read it and it was one of her favorites. ^_^

So, what this all leads to is someone appreciated a quote which I devised. It makes me happy. And I thought it noteworthy, so I posted it here. Now, nap time.


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