Today In History!

While assigning importance to the days of the year, we honour the occurrences of the past, remembering just how this day might have passed for another person, in another place, possibly at a wildly different time. Stories of times gone by, to commemorate history; but what of the past if we don’t learn from it and better ourselves.April 20th unfortunately has a lamentable history recorded. Tracing back earliest to 1889, when Adolph Hitler was born in Austria; a being who needs no introduction or explanation, Hitler himself was a teeny tiny baby then, far from the young man poised with … Continue reading Today In History!

Empathy Mind Control

Do we see how much we erode our feelings? How we are desensitized by the events unfolding day-by-day? Loss of lives reduced to a mere numerical value flashing on screens. From Moscow to Quebec, Sydney to Beijing, this had become our new world order. It wasn’t until 2023 that scientists in Sweden figured out a way to exactly emulate one person’s emotions onto any other person. This meant that the grief of one could be accurately felt by many and likewise for joy or any other emotion; imagine that, but on the scale of an entire country. This is what … Continue reading Empathy Mind Control

An extract from Why Raid – ‘Freedom & Hierarchy’

Freedom The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants. Humans desire freedom. Purportedly. Under the control of society, some humans believe in their own personal illusion of freedom. Other people seek control to attain freedom. Control over surroundings. Their surroundings involve others’ lives. People seek control over others to attain freedom. Idiocy. Freedom gained through the sacrifice of others’ freedoms is the one many seek. This gives rise to the principle of hierarchy (discussed later on). The paradox of the necessity of control to achieve freedom is the reason hierarchies should be difficult to maintain. Hierarchy … Continue reading An extract from Why Raid – ‘Freedom & Hierarchy’

Movie Review: Annihilation

The movie, starring Natalie Portman and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina), is a beautifully crafted visual essay on self destruction. The psychological science fiction thriller is based on a novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, and follows the story of a molecular biologist, Lena (Portman), whose soldier husband (Oscar Isaac) returns home from a special op and collapses with a strange, alien disease. In order to cure him, she needs to find out what’s wrong with him, for which she needs to go where his mission took place.   The movie opens with a scene showing a … Continue reading Movie Review: Annihilation

Today In History.

On This Day in History – 13th April Births: Guy Fawkes was born in 1570. He was part of the group called the English Catholics, who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to assassinate the Protestant King James. He was caught during the early hours of November 5th (“Remember, remember! / The fifth of November, / The Gunpowder treason and plot…”) guarding explosives underneath the House of Lords, and executed for treason. His image is widely used as a symbol for anarchy. Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States … Continue reading Today In History.

Old Heart

She gazes at the clouds As the world around her speeds by Her eyes seek depth, meaning When efficiency and gain Are what’s today’s demand Her heart’s found in gardens Else fingers beating away At some worn keyboard keys But do not be deceived By the twinkle in her eyes Or the bounce of her hair She might imitate youth But the heart beating inside Her chest, is wise and old -Maria Saleem Continue reading Old Heart