All entries for Wednesday 29 September 2004
September 29, 2004
Today was nothing special?
How can one say that? That something was not special? Even if a thing had no interesting characteristics about it, it would be deemed special because it turns out to be one of those rare things that is completely uninteresting.
But that is a moot point, because today is something special. Let's make a list. (This is really getting worrying now. I am making way too many lists. I need help. Please help me. Bleh. (What on earth does bleh mean? (Oh dear… I am also putting brackets inside brackets. This must be a bad thing.)))
- You exist today. Consider the length of the universal time – the universe has existed for over 12 Billion years, and will continue to exist perhaps indefinitely. The subset of days in which you exist is infinitessimal in porportion. And if humanity turns out to be the only conscious lifeform, then the significance becomes gargantuan.
- 153 thousand people died today. Ok, this figure is probably not very accurate, but consider the enormity of it. On newspapers, we see alot made of incidents like 9/11 in which a few thousand die. But the hidden figure is vast. This amounts to a huge untelevised global catastrophy almost all the time. The birth rate too, is similar. Does talk of daily specialness truly hold any significance next to it?
- Today is Michaelmas. Hurrah for unknown Christian festivals.
- Spaceship One launched successfully today, completing one half of the X-Prize. This may revolutionise public accessible space travel. This day may well be remembered…
Ok, I'm bored of this. The point is, specialness is there if you are willing to look for it. Doesn't that make you warm and fuzzy?
Now, for assorted news.
Student union elections due within a few days. I talked to some of my fellow freshers about it. Result? Zilch. No one had heard of anyone standing as councillor. Few had even heard that you can vote. In fact, barely anyone knows that the Student Union is in fact democratic. So what happens if less than the requisite number of people sign up as candidates? Dubya may well be taking notes.
I found out there are actually fiction books in the library. Wow! Not a big collection though, and most seem pretty well hidden. Does anyone else have any pointers?
Ever felt a little too happy? Here's the cure.