All Aboard The Ship That Cannot Sink

If it had not had happened, you would be forgiven for believing that somebody had invented it. Such is the convenient way it can be used as a metaphor.

I thought about it for the first time as I was travelling into Swansea on a bus one day, but I must have dug it out from the back of my mind because it is a relatively common metaphor to be used.

It has been used to portray many things; organisations, politicians, and nations, but I think that it is best suited as a metaphor for society as a whole.

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Jose Saramago and The True Nature of God

A week or so ago I finished the heretical genius that is Jose Saramago’s The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. Saramago’s unique style of writing and wonderful narration meant that it instantly stood out from many of the other books I have read. It is unsurprising that the book attracted great controversy, with its alternative portrayal of Jesus’ life it was never going to be a church favourite.

As the book progresses the reader begins to see not the loving, kind and caring God that is so often presented and portrayed, but a God who is arrogant, selfish and egotistical. The word of God, the acts of God, and every human invention that we have attributed to him have in fact been incorrect. The message that Saramago tells us is that if God were to exist, and he doesn’t, but if he were, then he would not be the God that we think of today.

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What’s On Your Mind?

Since it’s creation social media, and social networking sites, have been connecting people across the world. They were created  in order to make the world smaller, and to bring people together. Facebook and Twitter, and before them Bebo and Myspace, existed so that millions of people could speak with one another, share ideas and beliefs, thoughts and stories, exchange and promote photos of themselves and their best moments. They have become virtual communities where everyone has a voice, and nobody has to be alone.

There is a darker side to social networking though, and through no fault of it’s own, it has now become a cause for concern in many areas. The anonymity allowed in forums and comment sections allows a freedom of speech whereby any message can be promoted. Hate, racism, homophobia, sexism and more. The incredible freedom of the internet itself and the connections that can be made online can lead to tragic consequences. Anything and everything can be found online, from hired hitmen, to illegal substances and from animal cruelty, to child pornography. As ever with such wonderful, boundary dissolving innovations, the gloss and sheen is soon lost due to unintended use and darker desires.

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