On Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving Day … the day of thanks. The list of things to be thankful is lengthy when analyzing one’s life: family, friends, health, and the abilities that differentiate each of us into tools that others use. We can also look at the basic needs as food, shelter, and water … or the many thanks revolving around one’s faith … or even the variety of possessions each of us have … and in many cases, actually more than we need.

Then there are the fundamental human behaviors as care, love, and empathy. Last Friday I mentioned the health concerns for a hospitalized friend. Her short-term concerns have greatly improved, yet the great unknown of her long-term fight lies ahead. However, I am thankful for those who wished her well here. A wrote a short line of concern and many of you impressively reached out. Although many people are selfish, condescending, mean, and even evil, I continue to be thankful for the good people everywhere.

Think about the beauties in nature such as oceans, mountains, and plains – or bees, flowers, pets, and wildlife. I’ve written about the joys of creation and discovery in many posts found in the Religion and Science category. Creation is a beauty thing, especially when we take the time to look. Enjoy this wonderful video … and thank you Nancy for finding this.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – and a special thanks to those who take the time to visit here. Have a safe holiday weekend.

On a Smile for Human Engenuity

In my mind, there there are several “no doubts” about humans. No doubt that humans, as one of the living things on our planet, have similarities and differences with all other living things. Also, no doubt that so many of our differences is due to the brain.

Yep – the human brain gives humans a greater range of communication, a wide range of emotions and behaviors, and a greater depth in critical thinking and problem solving. With all this in mind, this Monday Morning Entertainment is cheers to a variety of aspects of the human brain that you can appreciate in your own way.

Not all that long ago, Maxi (my favorite Filipino living in Sweden) gave me an idea for a post, which I used, but forgot to credit her. Not this time – many thanks Maxi for this delightful video, which I take as a tribute to the human brain – thus a great way to start the week.

Enjoy the video and have a great week.

On Movies and Society

I have said for a long time that an artist’s work is a response to something in society of the times. Pick the media … Painting, sculptures, music, novels, poems, movies, and so … and the concept holds true. Take fear for instance. What would a painting about fear appear? How would music about fear sound? What would a poem about fear make you feel? On the other hand, what were Shakespeare, Beethoven, Rockwell, or Cervantes saying about society at their time through their art?

During the recent holiday, I saw several movies about society and human behavior. Each of these served as many commentaries about the multicultural America of today. Each of these had numerous examples that made me angry, proud, ashamed, joyous, and various other moods.

I think back to the early 1900s and the boat loads of immigrants who came to America with very little – yet came to seek freedom or opportunity. The many that came through immigration stations as Ellis Island as my grandparents did … and yes, even my mother. Many settled in common neighborhoods in cities, some of which still exist today. Although I did not live during that time, but I am sure these immigrants dealt with many prejudices.

Today the world is more mobile. Not only are immigrants still legally coming to America, many are from other cultures with whom we are less familiar. Whether by foot or by boat, illegal immigration today is a lightening rod topic that also causes people to stereotype.

I saw the following movies: The Blind Side, Crash, and Gran Torino. All interesting and well done – but even more intriguing when one sees them over several days. With that in mind, here’s an interesting report from ABC News.

PS: Thanks Tim for the video.