Thursday, March 05, 2009

Eye for an Eye

[Photo: RedEye by lokiv7]

Everyday when I wake up in the morning, I flip through whatever little nuggets of news someone(?) in the world chooses to make available to my cellphone to read. Nothing earthshattering, but on occasion, there's articles like this one that get me thinking; thought I'd share this one today:

MADRID (AP) — An Iranian woman [Bahrami] living in Spain said Wednesday she welcomed a Tehran court ruling that awards her eye-for-an-eye justice against a suitor who blinded her with acid.
Late last year an Iranian court ruled that the man — identified only as Majid — who blinded Bahrami in 2004 after she spurned him, should also be blinded with acid based on the Islamic law system of "qisas," or eye-for-an-eye retribution, according to Iranian newspaper reports from November.

Just this idea alone raises questions for me over what justice truly is, and whether punishments like this are for simple revenge, or if they are truly preventing future repeats of the same crime. If someone steals my car, are things really square if I'm allowed to go steal theirs? Does 'eye for an eye' really work any better than our current system of fines/jailtime does now? One person is already blind, does it really square things if we purposely blind someone else?

Anyway, all that aside, there's more to this story, because..

Bahrami [...] said Wednesday that under Iranian law, she is entitled to blind him in only one eye, [...] because in Iran women are not considered equal to men.

"They have told us that my two eyes are equal to one of his because in my country each man is worth two women. [Men and women] are not the same,"

Now, I was already struggling to find actual justice in the punishment, and now I can't even find justice in the justice! If I steal a woman's car, is she only entitled to steal half of my car in return? Only entitled to steal it on every even day of the month?

The whole reason her blindness is so bad, is that she can't see .. anything! Where is the justice in him only losing a portion of his sight? (though, where is the justice in him being blind as well ... neither brings her sight back, so what's the point?)

So, .. go. What's the point? :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

So cute!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Life according to a dog...

If a dog was the teacher, you'd learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

-- Author unknown

Monday, November 17, 2008


[Photo by monicaA]

What is something that you'd really, really like to see happen in your life,
but have not visualized in a really, really long time?

-- The Universe

Sunday, November 09, 2008


[Photo: Happiness by Sawmibu]

It takes a BIG person to accept full responsibility for their own happiness.

It takes an even BIGGER person to accept full responsibility for their own unhappiness.

But, it takes a spiritual GIANT, who upon realizing any degree of unhappiness, decides to be the change they seek - in spite of having to endure the "same old, same old" that may still linger on for awhile.

-- The Universe

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

And the winner is...


It looks like we are on the right track for change.
We are at an urgent crossroads in America and
I believe Obama is the person to lead us down the right path.
I even teared up a bit this morning when I went to vote.
What a momentous point in American history.

I am ready for a change!

Sunday, November 02, 2008


[Picture by Tim Cummins]

Appreciating what you have little of is easy.

Appreciating what you have lots and lots of takes a spiritual master.


Friday, October 31, 2008

Where the hell is Matt?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Be happy

[Photo: A "few" balloons by mortimer?]

The only person you really have to make happy, is you.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What does it mean?

What are the implications of the explosive development of technology on our global future? Check out this video for a thought provoking demonstration. (Allow the video a few seconds to load, after you click)

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