“A single conversation across the table with a wise person is worth a month’s study of books”
-Chinese Proverb

When did people forget what conversation was and replace it with debate? It is so difficult to find intelligent conversation now a days. It seems like society just up and erased the sense of community and replace it with the winner mentality of, there has to always be a winner and loser. Not everything in life is about right and wrong.

Conversation is an art, that when used properly enhances our view of the world. Would you settle down for eating only bread and water for every single meal? Well, that is what I feel people do when they think that in any conversation there has to be debate instead of just sharing of ideas.

Being open minded is a difficult thing. We all like to think that we are open minded to some level, kind of like most of us think we are good drivers. The reality is that we have been trained to have some cemented ideas about the world, and it is very difficult or next to impossible to change those views unless there is intelligent conversation involved.

I know this might be a little bit of a stretch, but I believe that if there was more open conversation about topics like oppression and racism, it would be easier to eradicate them. Keeping people’s views hidden can perpetuate ignorant and short sided views of the world. Think of soldiers that get stuck in a remote location and don’t even know that the war has ended.

I believe the blogs have opened up a window into the real conversation world. I also blame the fear of debate some people have to the lack of comments on real subjects posted on blogs. It seems like every single time that someone shares an idea about a subject that might not completely agree with the original post, it is taken as an attack or an attempt to discredit the original post. I really hope that our society can go back to a place where conversation is encouraged and the exchange of ideas makes us grow intellectually.

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Rap Sucks

So you think rap is the most useless music there is. Just a bunch of noises tied together with someone basically just talking in the background. Then you really have no clue what rap really is. While I would have to agree that some rap is not good, the same can be said for any music genre out there. There is good and bad music. I like Rap, it is not my favorite type of music, but it is up there close to Dance, Alternative and Latin.

What I like the most about Rap and I think most people that are closed minded about it never get to experience is the poetry behind it. Take TuPac for example, if you look at his work like poetry and not Rap, you can really understand his message and see his genius.

From the Song Changes

and still I see no changes, can’t a brother get a little peace?
there’s war on the streets
and the war in the Middle East
instead of war on poverty

When you look beyond the negative words, at times used in rap, and really get into the message, you can learn a lot about a culture that  seems so foreign and yet it has been grown in our own land. I am not saying that there is a huge musical merit to all rap, but there should be recognition of it as a true form of art. I listen to rock sometimes and hear 3 cords being played over and over, and that is not even to mention the bad drums, then someone says that a rap song is not really music because it is the same harmony playing over and over. How closed minded some people are baffles me.

As a form of expression rap is very powerful. It has allowed a lot of people to have a voice. Listening to rap would not make you an expert on Black culture, nor will it truly connect you in any way, but it is a window that you can look through at times. Be mindful though, that some of the messages are not positive. The disrespect to woman bothers me quite a bit, but it is all about knowing what to digest and what to leave on the plate.

I am not saying that we should all like rap, I am simply stating that it should not be completely dismissed, because like food, a little ethnicity does not hurt anyone.

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Logtar is Back on Two Wheels

Yes it is true, I am back in two wheels. I have my Yami.

If you have read my blog for a while you know how much I have missed not having a bike for the past two years. Now I cannot wait for warm weather to come.

Today was not the best day to go pick it up, but with snow in the horizon for at least the last couple of days, I just braved the cold weather. I geared up and rode it home. Now I cannot complain about not being able to ride anymore.