Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cog In the Machine

Part One: Cog In the Machine

Despite their negative effect on the environment, automobiles are really quite beautiful machines. They are constructed of dozens of different systems, all working in tandem, all contributing something to keep the greater machine operating at peak efficiency. Each system can further be broken into hundreds of various belts, liquid injection systems, crankshafts and flywheels. Each of these, in turn, can be broken down into their base components- the rods, nuts and bolts that keep each individual system in prime working condition.

If so much as a single bolt fails, the entire machine is jeopardized, yet if every piece of the vehicle is working perfectly, there is no limit to where the vehicle may go. In a way, automobiles are the toughest, most durable invention of mankind... And also the most fragile and flawed. So much can go wrong with the inner workings of a vehicle- a loose belt here, a clogged fuel pump there- yet when every piece is working in tandem, at their fullest potential, the sky is quite literally the limit.

You may be wondering where I'm going with this. After all, this is supposed to be a site dedicated to self-improvement, not vehicle maintenance... And I sincerely hope anyone reading this is wise enough to not take maintenance advice from me. Although this is a topic that has been covered extensively on this site, I feel it is time to throw my own hat into the ring, so to speak, and share my own opinions on this particular subject.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Abused Empath

Someone recently asked me an interesting question that got me pondering.  They said, "What are the long term effects of abuse and how do they tie into being an Empath?".  Now in this question, they did not stipulate what type of abuse, or to what age group, in particular.  It was a very general question, even though they later pinpointed more specific questions, based on their own experiences.  But out of respect, I will skip the sharing of that particular information.