Journal, Quotes

Quote #8

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This quote resonates with me, and I can tell, without doubt, that the same has happened with the portion of readers of this book that have lost a beloved one. The life filled (seems even suffocating at times) with the absence of their being is extremely painful, which will always remain as such regardless of the measures the survivor or his/her friends take to alleviate the grief. The amount of happiness and tranquility once enjoyed with the lost beloved will neither be returned nor available again for the mourner. However, it is entirely dependent on the mindset of the survivor to either continue leading his or her life with their lost one’s memories acting as a means of survival or to drown in those memories. Not only is it dependent upon the survivor but also those who surround him or her. Being surrounded by a pleasant society certainly helps in reducing, if not entirely eradicating, the grief. This revelation regarding spending one’s time surrounded by family and friends after the loss of a beloved person comes not from experience, but lack thereof.
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Journal, Literature Reflection

Frankenstein: A sort of Reflection

I have just finished reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. There is so much that I want to talk and ask about. However, I do no think we have the time to clarify all my inquiries and to address all the topics that I want to express my feelings about. Therefore, I will try to write until at least some of my thoughts are expressed on this book.
Do know that the following is not a summary of the story for I am sure that many are available online for you to look up. The following sentences are merely the fruits of my reflections after reading Frankenstein. Beware that if you have not read the book yet, it might not be a good idea to continue reading this post as it may contain spoilers. 
To start off, there are many great quotes that resonate with me, some of which I will share with you all under Quotes category. At least, those that I remember. I wish I had read the story from a an actual book rather a pdf version for I would have highlighted some of the passages and taken some notes for future reference. I might do a close reading on some of the passages found in Frankenstein.
I will jump right in!
Things that I do not understand:
1.) Victor did create a monster and abhorred it the moment it came into being. However, I do not understand why he just ran away and never came back to the his creation to see what it was unto or even the state (both physical and mental) it was in. I know that it feels like I am sympathizing with the monster, maybe I am. I am not sure at this point as having just finished reading the book just a few minutes ago. I could be delirious! Back to the point, it was Victor who brought him into existence. As the monster accused his creator, it was Victor’s responsibility to either protect or extinguish the life of his creation, either of which should have been decided early on, not after the monster got a chance to experience both good and bad. Please do not get me wrong, I am not at all supporting the atrocities of the monster. I believe that all that transpired, either be good or bad, after the birth of the monster was due to Victor. He should have been more responsible towards his passion, which led to the creation of the monster. I simply do not understand this. How could he just neglect his creation for years? Event though he thought about his experiment and the outcome of his ambitions continually after the creation, I do not understand why Victor did not think of going to the chamber in which the creature was born to check on him or search for him when he could not be found at the location in which the monster was last seen. This simply does not make any sense.
2.) In order to make a human being, you need skin and all that. I can assume that the monster was created out of dead people’s body parts. However, I am just surprised that Mary did not even mention this part anywhere in the book. (Maybe she did and I must have overlooked it, if so, I would greatly appreciate if anyone of you would provide the chapter number in which this fact was specified to the readers or rather to Walton).
For now, this is all I can think of. I will make sure that I write a new post as more questions or thoughts come into my mind. Please pardon any grammatical mistakes that you must have encountered.
Stay blessed and inspired!
Pomegranate Lover
Food for thought

Food For Thought: A Gentle Reminder

Just a reminder. As I had mentioned, the Food For Thought series that I started a couple days ago will end, though short lived, if no one comments by tomorrow (Sunday, 02/26/17). So, if you think you are interested, I request that you comment. I am hoping that at least 5-10 people will participate. If not, I am afraid that I will have to terminate the series.

Please do not hesitate to comment even if you think your answer’s wrong. This is all about having fun!

 

Food for thought

Food For Thought #1

Hello everyone,

I thought that I should begin a series called, well, see the title above. It will be fun, I promise. I have these puzzling questions for you all to try and come up with the correct answer. Do know that I did not create these puzzles. I am thinking of posting a question every two days or so, dependent upon your response I will give the answer to the previous question on the days that I post a new question.

In order for this series to be a success, I will need you all to comment your answers, alright? In addition to your answer, it will be even more interesting and fun if you also provide your explanation/justification of your answer. I highly recommend that you do not look these answers up on the web, else the real goal of this series will be lost, that is, to have fun! Also, if you think that you guys need more time to ponder over these riddles, then please let me know so that I will post a new question once every five days or so. Just let me know what you prefer, then we will go from there.

Without further ado, drum roll please, let us commence our series!!

A man was looking at a portrait.

Someone asked him, “Whose picture are you looking at?”

He replied: “Brothers and sisters have I none, but this man’ s father is my father’ s son.” (“This man’s father” means, of course, the father of the man in the picture.)

Whose picture was the man looking at?

Please comment your answers. I would greatly appreciate it.

If no one comments by Sunday (02/26/17), then I guess that I won’t post any more of these questions since no comments usually indicate disinterest. The reason that I am asking you to comment is that I will know whether anyone’s even participating.

Let us all have some fun, y’all!

Pomegranate Lover

Random

A random fact

This, therefore, is Mathematics; she reminds you of the invisible form of the soul; she gives life to her own discoveries; she awakens the mind and purifies the intellect; she brings light to our intrinsic ideas; she abolishes oblivion and ignorance which is ours by birth. —Proclus, c. 450

I guess that Mathematics is a woman, well, at least according to Proclus. Yay women!! Interesting.

Catch you guys later, must study for an exam.

 

Quotes, Uncategorized

Quote #7

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu

So true, isn’t it? Some of us are just never content with what we have. We are always looking for new stuff AND people. I am not saying that we should not get new things or even develop relationships with new people. What I mean is that we tend to go after “new” people and materials while ignoring the ones we already have. We forget that they even exist. And when you lose them (referring to both materials and people), that is when you actually realize their value. By then, it is too late!! There is nothing that you could do but regret the times that you ignored them either intentionally or unintentionally. And when we actually do get new things or people, our happiness does not even last that long!! This is so sad! I would love to elaborate on this topic a little more but I have to call it a day. I have got a volunteering event to attend tomorrow morning.

Good night and Good morning, peeps!

Pomegranate Lover

 

 

Journal, Random

A process engineer repaired his own heart!

Yup, you read it correctly! I did say that a process engineer repaired his own heart!

I was browsing some of the talks on TED’s website and the following video, “Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart,” caught my attention. And so, I watched it (not the whole thing as I am on campus about to leave for Calculus class)!

People are doing amazing things these days!

How could a process engineer, not even a biomedical one, repair his own heart? Well, it happened, you guys! He brought together a team of individuals from various disciplines and designed a plastic valve that would replace the real aorta valve. If compared to the actual process done by the doctors for his particular disease, his technique:

1.) Takes two hours only as opposed to six hours

2.) No antibiotic therapy necessary post operation

3.) No anticoagulation drugs to be taken after the surgery

4.) No need for heart/lung bypass

5.) No need to cool the entire body

Wow! This is very inspiring. When he was told by the doctors that he needed an extremely complicated heart surgery, he did not jump at the opportunity to have his heart repaired by them. He thought about the process and the quality of life obtained after the surgery. He did not like it for the thought of being on anticoagulation drugs (by the way, which come with side effects) for as long as he lived did not appeal to him at all. He disliked the process as well for he has to be under for at least six hours while the doctors performed heart/lung bypass and cooled his body temperature. In addition, he hated that if he were to go with the doctor’s current “gold standard” technique, he would have to be dependent on the anticoagulation medication and as well as antibiotic therapy for as long as he lives. With this in mind, he set out to repair his own heart with assistance from a team that he brought together. Together, they developed their own plastic valve that does not require for any of the above listed things to happen! Isn’t that cool?!!

This story motivates and inspires to do and be better! I would like to be able to do something excellent that improves public health. Just gotta keep learning and practicing till then!

Journal, Uncategorized

2017 Resolutions

Yup, it is that time of the year: stating one’s resolutions.

Here is my list in no particular order:

  1. Pray more and read more scriptures on a daily basis
  2. Learn at least two or three programming languages
  3. Make time to draw
  4. Stay on top of my studies
  5. Network
  6. Read and write more
  7. Stay healthy
  8. Exercise
  9. Be less credulous
  10. Start a research project of my own
  11. Participate in a career related club at school
  12. Be happy and enjoy life
  13. Don’t get too emotional/sentimental
  14. Be independent
  15. Do not be afraid to say NO
  16. Do not dwell in the past. Past is in the past. Enjoy the present and prepare for the future.
  17. BE CONSISTENT IN EVERYTHING THAT I DO, WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN LIFE.

I would love to hear yours!

A very happy new year to you all!!!

Cheers,

PomegranateLover