Spoilers obviously but it is a two year old movie so I think that is ok.
Yesterday I watch Kumare, which is about an American born and raised man with Indian heritage who becomes a “fake guru” which seems a bit redundant. Vikram Gandhi is the real name of Kumare and the man with the idea. This movie is a great example of how easy it is for some people to be taken advantage of by people claiming special knowledge such as religious leaders and new age spiritualists. Vikram’s philosophy was to tell his students he was an illusion and that they didn’t need a guru which I feel is the only way to trick people into thinking you are some kind of guru and still be morally permissible. The point was to illustrate how easy it is to fake being a guru which I feel it really accomplished. Parts of the movie were a little hard to watch because of how wholeheartedly these people believed in Kumare and the revile at the end of the movie is also hard to watch. In the end it seems that Vikram really helped these people not only better themselves but also to see through woo. It was really disheartening at the end of the movie though when some people still argued with Vikram saying he must have some kind of psychic powers but I guess you can’t reach everyone. I feel this is a must watch movie for everyone just to show how easy it is to fake being a spiritual or religious leader and take advantage of people like televangelists, psychics and gurus do.
I found this really interesting. I took my glasses off and it worked.
I was listening to Ask an Atheist and they were talking about extinction of megafauna, which are in themselves cool. Megafauna are animals like elephants and mammoths that are over 45 kg in weight. These are the monsters of nature that at one time dominated life, but now many of them have gone extinct. It is theorized that the rise of humans contributed to their extinction in part by hunting them, but what really interested me is that diseases transferred from humans to these animals might have helped kill them off. Many megafauna fossils show signs of tuberculosis which could have been transferred from humans to these animals. I found it really interesting that these monsters of our past could have been killed off by disease. It just puts it in perspective that the dominate species could be killed off by disease and with out vaccines humans are no exception.
My fifth brew, which I chilled while on a 5 mile run
Brew 5 Orange American Wheat 3.
This past weekend VT held the annual 3.2 for 32. April 16 2007 one of the greatest tragedies to happen on a college campus happened at Virginia Tech. There are no undergrad students who were present on the day of the event but the memory of the tragedy is still very alive in the student body. As Hokies we came together this past weekend to remember those we lost. We remember such a difficult event in our history with a lively event. As I write this I realize how great the run is to remember those we last rather than leaving a dark mark on our history with a day off from classes. We come together to celebrate life rather than remembering the horror of that day as cheesy as that sounds.
This was the first year I came out to do the run and play tuba in the pep band. On the 3.2 mile run at every turn there was a different on campus organization, mostly music groups, to cheer on the people doing the run. Those of us in the pep band ran slightly before the rest of the runners to make it to the 2 mile mark just before the tunnel into lane to play Tech Triumph and the Hokie Pokie along with other stand tunes for the runners. Normally I would avoid playing small band gigs like the plague because they are not enjoyable experiences. Most of our stand tunes are very drumline heavy and we never have enough drummer willing to do a pep gig to make a drumline. The small gigs always sound weak and are musically lacking. One of the favorite songs for drum majors to have us play in these small gigs is the Hokie Pokie where my fellow tubas and I have to dance around and play which is exhausting. We almost never have to play the Hokie Pokie more than two or three times in the span of a full football game but this weekend I lost count at the fourth time I had to dance it. I am still a little sore two days later and normally would have been very unhappy I was forced to dance the Hokie Pokie so many times after running two miles, but for this event I am ok with it. It always makes me so happy to see kids and old hokies alike dancing like idiots with us. I would not have come out to play if my lady friend did not talk me into going but not I wish I had done it the past two years as well.
The pep band
My fourth brew, another orange wheat beer
My third brew, an orange american wheat.
Brew 3 Orange American Wheat.