Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Aye... today we had Marion's class again. The discussion? How do you know what race you are? It's not easy as it sounds. The discussion was actually quite interesting this time round, and a lot more people spoke up. See, if your ancestors are from China, why stop there? They must've come from somewhere else before that. Depending on what you believe. If you believe in evolution, then humans all originated from Africa, which is geographically attested. If you believe in any of the Abrahamic religions, then we all came from Eden, which was most probably an area around Iraq. Anyway, you can't claim you're Chinese because your ancestors came from there. Because they must've come from somewhere else. Neither can you say you choose your race, because that would fall into culture and traditions already, which is separate from race. Plus, being from a certain country doesn't mean you're a certain race either, because nationality is not race.
So what defines race then? It's original meaning, back in the 1500s, meant "from a common descent". Biologically though, there's no such thing as race, because there's only a 0.1% genetic difference among all humans in the world. Melanin and other chemicals mix in different quantities to make up the 4 major skin colours of the world. So, how do you know what race you are? I believe there's no true definition of race, because biologically, its proven there's no major factor identifying each race.
Anyway, had a prayer meeting just now, and we had the audio Bible read the entire book of Ecclesiastes during the devotion time. The last 2 chapters were spoken by Dr AR Bernard! Haha! Interesting. Denzel Washington spoke for one of the epistles, if I remember and recognize his voice. It wasn't as much prayer as I thought, 'cause it was short, but Pastor Kevin asked quite a thought-provoking question: What do you come for prayer meetings for? What's your true intention? To pray and ask God for all your needs? It'd be very selfish. Or is it to please God and make Him happy? There must be a balance.
Oh, speaking of balance, I think the amount of people I know is not balanced. Hell, I know I'm bloody forgetful, but I think this is getting out of hand. Over the last few months, I've been greeted by a lot of people I never knew existed. No kidding. I mean, occasionally you might meet someone you haven't seen in a while or what and they'd say hi and it'll take a while for you to remember. However, for my cases, practically all the people who've greeted me, I seriously can't remember! Its like they say hi (and because of many incidents last time where I'd greet back almost immediately, only to find that they were saying hi to someone else) now I'd look behind me to see if they were greeting someone else, only to find out it was me. Just to be considerate, I make small talk and all, but it still doesn't help me refresh my memory on who they are. Most of them greet me by name also, which makes it all the more worse for me.
And it's not a small number too. Over the last months (MONTHS!), there's been at least 15 or so people that said hi, and I couldn't recognize them. At all. Aiks! I just looked through my MSN contacts and saw that there's around 20 contacts I don't recognize at all too. And I make sure I know everyone who adds me (or vice versa). So I've forgotten these 20 (possibly more). I've had 150 deleted contacts in MSN, and looking through, I can't remember a lot of them either.
Oh man... being forgetful was a good (and honest) excuse. Now it's becoming a liability -.-. If I've forgotten who you are, I'm really sorry!