ma’am told us to read s certain novel, so here I am teleported to a new world which only English could offer 🙂
Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque, who was a tribal leader in Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find help when they land. Instead, when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. They don’t speak a word of English, and it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors when an abolitionist lawyer decides to take their case, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release.
Based on the true story of America’s slave trade, the film shows the saga of an 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship, Amistad. Much of the story revolves a courtroom drama as lawyers for the slaves seek their freedom and return home. The case is a watershed moment for America-Spain relations, and reveals the political machinations as it holds repercussions on the North-South conflict eventually leading to America’s Civil War.
About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt.
“Happiness equals, reality minus expectations”
Everyone is most likely to expect something from someone. William shakespear once said that
And I guess everyone do concede to that. Well, when was the last time you got yourself dying inside because of those expectations? I bet you couldn’t remember it quite well, because of the numerous times it happened.
The question I would like to address here is that, when do we get disappointed? When do we even get heartaches? And the simple answer to that, is when we are most likely to expect. Expectation is the root of all heartaches. And I guess everyone do believe in that.
Now the next question I would like to point out is, when do we not get disappointed? It does not happen all the time, but it does happen specially when you get a little hold of reality. In other words the most likely we are not to expect, then the less likely are we to be disappointed.
How do we not expect? That is the hard thing. We cannot stop ourselves from expecting. We cannot stop ourselves from hurting. That’s just who we are. That’s just how things are supposed to be. But you do however, need to expect more from yourself than from others.
Things don’t always turn out the way you expect it to be, but having the kind of ideology wherein you are to expect more from yourself than people, then I think it’s not that bad at all and it saves you from heartaches. The thing is, when we expect something, most of the time it would always be in the best case scenario. But reality doesn’t work that way. Reality does not always work in the best case scenario. We need to consider the fact that not everything goes the way we wanted it to be. In fact, most of the time it goes, the opposite of how we wanted it to be.
Like when you expected it to be a happy ending, and it ended as a tragic love story or so. Or when you expected your crush to say hello and be nice to you, but he didn’t. Or like when you assumed and expected that a certain guy likes you, but it turns out the other way around. As bitter as it might sound, but that’s just how reality works. Reality at most cases, would always contradict expectations, and vice versa. It would always be, at most cases be Expectations VS Reality.
Now why did I say that expecting more from yourself rather than others, would eventually save you from heartaches? Well not exactly does it “completely” save you from heartaches, but the heartache you are to experience in this state is far more less damaging than the heartache you are to experience if you did not do what I proposed.
Having set expectations from yourself, then you are to achieve these expectations. Whether you got to achieve it or not, either ways this will still lead to self improvement. The only way to happiness is, reality minus expectations. And a way to do that is either you make your expectations real, or never expect at all. The best way to expect is to live up to your expectations. The question is not about what you’re looking forward to the most, but what are you looking forward to the most, from yourself.
As for me, the only thing I’m really looking forward to from myself, is how I can be able to maintain being “me” despite of all the people around me who lost who they really are, because of trying to be someone else they aren’t. I’m looking forward to how I’m going to win against all my doubts and battles. At the end of the day, it’s not about “expectations VS reality” anymore but rather how you make your “expectation” a “reality” So how about you? What are you looking forward to the most?
”If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats” -Richard Bach
Sometimes we always get tired of our life that we just want to stop and take a rest. Ever thought of dying? Ever thought of ending your life just so every single voice you hear in your head would finally be silenced? Just so you could finally stop and take a break? I guess we all did think about that at least once in our lives.
No matter how decent your life is, we still get stressed. No matter how you hide it, the truth always surfaces. The truth that, every single one of us just have this stupid masks to match our imperfect little lives.
To put it more simple, our life is full of imperfections. And the only way to get over this, is to make another reality ‘perfect’. Something we always do.
Think of good things or so. That’s just how things are. That’s also the only possible explanation on why we have these fairy tales and all sorts of fiction books and shows all around us. ‘IMAGINATION’ a virtual reality that we all share. A perfect reality in this world full of imperfections. Fiction.
All the things that we wish we had, and all the awful things we see in this world, are all transformed into an art called ‘fiction’ to get over all the imperfections of this silly little world. What we don’t have in reality, that we wish we do have, we write it and imagine to have it in another reality. And that’s what fiction is. That’s the power of the human mind.
Given the fact that, fiction always tend to be perfect, then if you are to choose between imperfection and perfection what would you choose? we always tend to pick what’s perfect right? That’s human nature. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have made these perfections despite all the imperfections around us.
Since we always get attracted to perfection, some of us tend to fall in love with fictional characters. I guess that’s just how it is. They’re just too perfect. Too perfect to even exist..
But what if they did exist? If you could even meet a fictional character and have the chance to have them be part of your life what would you do then? Who would that be? Some ‘what if’ questions that seems to be so interesting and so perfect to imagine that you can’t seem to brush it off your mind.
Well having met all kinds fictional character in the fiction world, I could say that it seems to be too hard to pick one. I want to meet them all. Those cool and amazing stories behind each and every character. I just can’t seem to be able to choose one. And they’re too many to mention too. But the thing is, this is my story so who cares? I might as well do as I please since this piece is also a work of my own imagination.
I want to meet Paul, and the Professors who invented the firebird.It’s a time traveling device, that was made due to the quantum theory regarding multiverse, and how a quantum reality consists of a set of possibilities.
Then next is I want to meet Kaneki Ken (Tokyo Ghoul), and Ichijou (Parasyte). The ones who taught me the lengths of how far an individual would go, just to satisfy their own greed, and also to protect the ones important to them. And well, many more. Though I’d really settle for Kaneki.
At the end of the day, these fictional characters are not just part of our imaginations, they’re also part of who we are. They play a crucial part in the person that we want to be. These fictional characters can affect our judgements. They made us feel different kinds of emotions, never felt within the real world. They taught us lessons never taught in schools. They taught us to be who we are. If given the chance to meet one, who would yours be?
“I didn’t choose you. I just took one look at you, and then- there was no turning back”
Do you believe in Love at First sight? You might think it’s a bit too too cliche’ in fact it’s really too corny and ridiculous. But at the end of the day, a lot of people believes in love at first sight, like when people believe in fairy tales and Santa Clause. I guess it’s just a matter of your own opinion and beliefs, until you finally have someone who knocks you out in the open, causing you to wake up and realize that everything you’re believing in is just some sort of lie.
The world as we know it, is full of surprises and secrets. Full of unknown, hidden darkness at every corner. As young as we are, we’re tossed in this kind of mystery trying to find our way on our own, while we continue to learn and realize things in our own simple way. And that’s what everyone calls as “growing up”. But I guess not everyone really “grows up” in that matter since maturity is not likely to be always defined with age. Maturity as we know it, comes from experience.
I don’t want you guys thinking that I’m just another kind of bitter person here in the internet, trying to ruin your little fantasies and those “forever” things that you are saying, which I know exist only in fairy tales. I’m here to tell everyone that it’s okay to believe in fairy tales, as long as you get a hold of a little reality with you.
Love at first sight? What are you even saying? Do you even know what love is? Maybe you’re just having a little misconception between love, and lust at first sight. Because at the end of the day, you only get attracted to someone based on their positive attributes or so. In reality, we get married because we love someone right? So putting it simply, would you marry someone whom you just met because you’re already in love with them the moment you laid your eyes on them?
Of course not. Everyone would have that kind of answer. Simply because you need to know that person first, before you’d marry them. Now the question comes, would you love someone whom you don’t even know? Would you entrust yourself to someone whom you have just met and marry them at that very instance?
I don’t believe in love at first sight. It takes a lot of time before you completely, truly fall for someone. But I believe in a moment. A moment when you look in someone’s eye and at that very moment, part of them belongs to you and part of you belongs to them. At that very moment, there’s no turning back.