mad, mad world

In my line of work, most of my time is spent working on emails or doing calls.  The weird thing about it is that recently, every after a call, I feel this certain compulsion to say “love you”. No kidding. 🙂  It’s strong enough a compulsion that I could almost hear myself saying it.

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mad hatter Johnny Depp is going to be the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s 2010 movie Alice in Wonderland!

This would then be the seventh time that Burton and Depp will be working together.  I am really excited about this because with these two, you can expect nothing less than something out of this world.  Just take a look at that picture. He looks as mad as any mad hatter should be. Haha.  Looks like I wouldn’t bring my little cousins to watch this one. ;p

Other stars in the movie include Helena Bonham Carter (A Room with a View, Sweeney Todd, The Wings of the Dove and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) who will play the role of the Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen.

Another movie to look forward to. 🙂

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There was an article this morning from the Washington Post featuring Larry Haubner, someone from Virginia who recently celebrated his 107th birthday.  As others marvel at how long he’s lived, others are worried because his funds will soon peter out and there’s no one else who could provide for him since he has no surviving friends or family.  Previously, he used his own savings and pension to pay for the private-paying facility where he is currently staying as well as for his other expenses.  Back in 2007, as his funds became close to being depleted, his community rallied around him and raised US$56,000.  The problem now though is that come November 2009, that money will have been spent completely.  The next option is to move him into a nursing home, but others are worried that this will not be good nor befitting for a 107-year-old man.  So now, a campaign has been launched once again to raise money.

My first thought after reading this is that this is the reason why I don’t want to grow this old.  I don’t want to experience a time when all my friends and family are gone and I’m the only one left.  I don’t want to burden other people with the responsibility of taking care of me.  I don’t want to be not in control of my life.

But then again, if you look at it another way, it’s amazing how other people who are totally strangers to you come together and contribute in making sure that you will live the rest of your life comfortably. Pure altruism?  We just hope it is.  But as research indicates, such altruistic acts could be more for the benefit of the giver.  In some crazy way, you (as the recipient of the act) “help” other people feel better because they are able to help someone else.

In one article published by Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, one study found further proof that altruism can be good for the giver.  It says, “Altruism promotes deeper positive social integration, distraction from self-preoccupation, enhanced meaning and purpose, a more active lifestyle, and the presence of positive emotions such as kindness that displace harmful negative emotional states. Thus, it is entirely possible to assert that altruism enhances mental and physical health.”*

If you let other people help you, then in some crazy, twisted way, you may be the one helping them. 🙂

I’m digressing.  Anyway, hm, i don’t know..  We don’t know if we’ll reach or even pass Larry’s age or if we’ll go while we’re still young.  So, carpe diem. or better yet, bahala na si batman.

*DUJS Online

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~ by moonsparks on July 3, 2009.

4 Responses to “mad, mad world”

  1. “For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” And you have the compulsion to say “Love you.” It only means that you are full of love. That’s a good thing.

    On old age, I remember reading somewhere that an old lady was celebrating her 100th (?) birthday and when she was asked what her birthday wish is, she replied “I wish that this is going to be my last birthday.”

  2. that’s a much better explanation than what i gave myself. haha. 🙂

    sad no? i’d probably wish for the same thing if I grow to be that old. as they say, there’s an inverse relationship between age and control over oneself. and who wants to lose the latter? at the same time, i think no matter how many strangers show you much kindness, that’s what they still are – strangers. it’s still sad if you don’t have your family and friends anymore and the only thing you look forward to every day that you wake up is that you’re getting closer and closer to dying and being with them again.

    thanks abaniko for dropping by. i’m so honored. 🙂

    • who’s going to be alice in the alice movie? dakota fanning?

      • hi victor! Recently ko lang din nalaman kung sino. Mia Wasikowska, an Australian actress, will play the role of Alice. weird nga e kasi she is already 19 years old.

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