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Opinions on Things: Freud and Self-Awareness

Recently, I have found out that all of the people of whom are the closest to my heart have been deceiving towards me. This was a shock. It hurt my feelings. I don’t really know what to do with myself. I don’t know who I can turn to. I feel betrayed, misled, and lied to. People have been saying one thing to my face and then doing the opposite behind my back. This might sound cliche, but I weed out the ‘bad’ friends, the untrustworthy friends, and really I thought I had a good batch of close friends who I could trust without second-guessing (this also applies to family). 

Since this newfound distrust I have in my close ‘friends’, I am correlating it with Jerry Saltz idea of the ‘New Uncanny’. Which involves the theory that by Freud inventing psychoanalysis, we have become so self-aware and self-involved, that we see ourselves as God-like. As humans we instinctively live for ourselves. Although, with the New Uncanny, we see are inherently aware of this selfish behaviour. Rather than changing it, we embrace it. Saltz relates this idea directly to Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2′ music video (see article below for link). 

The idea of this ‘New Uncanny’ is shown within people of today’s society. All people live for is themselves, but they are so self aware that the hurtful acts towards others do not phase them. They are more accepting of betraying others in order to gain something for themselves. It is almost as if trust and friendship doesn’t exist. We are all using each other for our own purposes. I admit, I have done such things. I am not saying I am an angel. It is simply the way that people are being raised. By being so influenced by pop culture and the idolization of celebrities, we try to become like them: self-involved, ‘perfect’, rich, famous, and important to the public eye. This obsession has created a shift in personalities where people are accepting to throw others under the bus in order to gain a spot on said hypothetical bus. If we are all fighting for a spot on this bus, only the most selfish people will progress and prosper, and that is what society has been feeding into our complex brains for many, many years. 

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Thoughts on Mayor Rob Ford

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I do not identify myself as a citizen of Toronto because I am not one, I do not live there. Although, I spend about 4 days a week in Toronto for school. I take the subways and streetcars, I walk the streets, and I participate in events in the city. I am actively involved in the city of Toronto.

The Mayor has really screwed up. The man is an alcoholic, even though he insists that he isn’t, he is. He has other people buy him his liquor in secret, and there are plenty of images of him in public extremely drunk. This isn’t the first time that these sort of ‘allegations’ have been accusing the mayor of substance abuse. The difference now is that its crack cocaine, and alcohol.

This is bad for Toronto. Yes, he does good things for the city. Although we must think of the message that this is sending to people of the Greater Toronto Area and frankly, the world. This isn’t just on CP24 in Ontario, this is on CNN and other world news channels. It’s embarrassing to the people of Toronto that we are the laughing stock of the world with an alleged ‘crackhead’ Mayor. I mean, when you smoke crack and you are such a public lawful figure in society it’s not like you can just “move on”, which is what the Mayor wants to do. People who get arrested for crack possession can’t get off by saying, “listen let’s just move on”. That isn’t the way the law works. The Mayor is being extremely selfish, childish, and is showing serious signs of being a substance abuser.

I just think it would be best for him to at least take a leave of absence and stop being so stubborn about this entire situation. If he takes some time off he can relax, perhaps get some help for his substance problem, and he could come back stronger than ever. Really, that is all council is asking of him.

He’s acting like a fool, and making a fool out of the city of Toronto.

Paxman VS Brand (Interview)

Russell Brand for President!
Unbelievably true words spoken from the Essex comedian about economic change and a government revolution.

Teachers in Ontario Face Far More Difficult Situations Than You’d Think!

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 During work today a co-worker of mine (who happens to be a teacher) were chatting about unacceptable behaviour in the workplace. While exchanging stories, she explained to me about how a young boy in her class was not to respect, take orders from, listen to, or acknowledge female staff and students. His parents explained that this was part of their religion and even the father would not answer the phone if the teacher called the house, because she was female.

I have never in my life heard of such behaviour. Perhaps it is because I don’t exactly believe in religion whatsoever, or perhaps it was because I was raised in a Caucasian Canadian family in Ontario. I don’t know. What I did know is that the education facilities in Canada are going to have quite a hard time keeping up with all of the different religions and cultures that stroll through it. This is not a bad thing however, I encourage multiculturalism and I think it is what makes Canada unique from any other country in the world and it is important for children to learn different cultures and experience different ethnicities at a young age. The question is however, where can we draw the line based on Canadian morals and rights, without being offensive? Because really, if a teacher in Ontario cannot do her job because a young boy says it is his religion to not associate with females because they are below males, in fairness to the other students and staff, what is she to do?

A less extreme example is this same teacher expressed to me her confusion and uncertainty toward another situation. This situation happened on Father’s Day and while all of the students are making fun crafts for their fathers, a young boy refused and became angry and upset because he did not in fact have a father. He took to writing his father’s day card expressing his anger and hate toward his dad for leaving him. I know that this is a horrible situation for any child, but it is strange to think the simple things that my generation came to know as the norm in schools such as fathers/mothers day cards became such an issue now because of the changes happening in society. 

I am hardly 20 years old, and to think that teachers are being faced with such harsh realities when dealing with children of all different races, cultures, religions, backgrounds, etc. Perhaps I am simply just learning about this now and did not see it so much when I was a young girl? I’m not sure, but I would love to hear opinions on the matter! 

Bill Maher on North Korea!

Comedian Bill Maher’s take on North Korea’s threat to America and the United States of America’s hunger for war.

INSIDE ANONYMOUS’ OPERATION TO OUT REHTAEH PARSONS’S RAPISTS

INSIDE ANONYMOUS’ OPERATION TO OUT REHTAEH PARSONS’S RAPISTS

Patrick McGuire talks to a member of Anonymous who is directly involved in this operation of outing Rehtaeh Parsons’s rapists to get an inside edge on the hacktivist group’s operation.

Changing Education Paradigms

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