God and Inspiration: Lit Up by Broendsted

A few weeks ago, my friend Bjorn called me to join in an interview for his podcast “Lit Up” (← click!), where he interviews people he knows and talks about what inspires them. I thought it would be a really fun thing to do, so we met at Mt. Royal and had our chat, first while walking (and climbing stairs!), but then we sat on some rocks with an amazing view of Montreal’s skyline, and that’s when things really picked up in our talk. I’d say around 20 mins into it.

In the latter half I talked about very personal, deeper thoughts about life, love, fear, destiny, free-will, duality and paradox, that, if you like this blog, you will certainly enjoy listening to it : ) Continue reading God and Inspiration: Lit Up by Broendsted

Mad Priests, Temples, and Sexuality.

I am really into history, and into knowing ancient cultures. When I visit a new country or city, I want to see the history and values of that place. The best place to get a feel for that is the city’s biggest temple. Majestic displays of architecture and the best each culture had to offer in matters of art, few things express as much about a people as their places of worship.

I imagine the music, art, dances, massive numbers of people and animals in ritual, smells, colors and sound, the spiritual and cultural ethos that wrapped the whole atmosphere there. The architecture, the way the sunlight goes in, the position of the temple in the city, all have a purpose. Often the temple would have the most treasure in the city, and would surpass even a monarch’s palace in wonder. The question, maybe, is: what for? What did the glory of the temples stand for? The answer: for the gods. Temples are orderly, solemn, majestic, wondrous, because they are done to please the gods, not mere men. Continue reading Mad Priests, Temples, and Sexuality.

Scars and New Beginnings

I work testing video games. The difference between movies and games is that in games you are in control, which is awesome. They’re also endlessly forgiving, even the hardest ones: when you make a mistake, there’s always the option of trying again. With save datas or by literally starting the game again, if you keep going you reach the goal and beat all challenges. In the end you’re the hero that never lost, because every time you did lose, you simply went back in time and tried again.

What’s attractive about it is that our actual lives are not like that. In real life, the mistakes we committed yesterday, the ways in which we are hurt or we hurt others, the words we say and decisions we make, have no “return to checkpoint” option. There is only consequence. Healing is painful and it leaves scars.

Then there is death, game over. Continue reading Scars and New Beginnings