'I feel an innate duty to express myself,
with or without your support
I owe it to my soul
to express myself.' --mani
25
Dec

‘I have felt the depths of your resolve’

I have felt the depths of your resolve. How shallow they are in my hands. How feeble your attempts to adjoin nonsense. Those non-whimsical attempts of control your media besmears, how they dispel the rumours of your soul and crown them fact. For if I was never a good man, a decent person, or a kind soul, then where do you rank? You took lives. You shattered families. And all the while you thought you were in the right. You were only confused of the meaning of wrong. And a brother in arms, is a brother in all. But you are no brother of mine. Yet I extend my hand in grief of the souls you freed of their vessels, I extend my hand in the pity I sense of you.

25
Dec

‘So now you have learned of me’

So now you have learned of me that I am someone who has criticized [your] religion. But where you aim to say that I criticize, I simply say that I question.

For me, the institutions of religion are a falsehood that has kept man at its knees, forcefully, and unbeknownst to us. Keeping us there and refusing to let us stand.

It is apparent that I am not religious, furthermore, pro non-religion. But do not regard the absence of religion in my life for an absence of faith. For I carry faith more than most and that faith holds a precedence so high in my life that without it I would not be here writing to you today. My faith in humanity for instance, to work towards removing the blindfolds of religion from every pair of eyes in our world is a quixotic quest of faith.

24
Nov

Activistic Hypocrisy

I have longed to determine who I am. For I am, in my heart and in my mind, an activist. But if I truly was, then I also would truly be a hypocrite.

For an activist is someone who is fuelled to make social and political change. They by definition use vigorous action to accomplish their goals through protests and campaigns.

Here I stand, upon a crossroads. One direction leads me to abandon my ethics, but morally it remains right. The other direction leads me to abandon my principles, yet it too remains right.

For by definition, if I was an activist, then I would in all my vigour be willing to bring about social and political change. I would in all my wisdom, find logic in my actions, justify them because the future from these actions holds with it the resources to assist my beliefs.

This is not mysticism and I am not delusional, however it may seem… For these actions I know I must partake, I know will also make them hypocritical. Yet the onus is on me. It falls solely on my shoulders as I know that I cannot cower away from ridicule. I cannot cower away from a chance at the attainment of resources that can bring about the positive change that I see in my eyes for this beautiful future of the world.

“Let me tell you, at the risk of seeming ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.” – Che Guevara

12
Nov

‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Review

'Safety Not Guaranteed' on IMDb

It would be hard to shun a film that was produced by the same producers as Little Miss Sunshine, like c’mon, that movie was awesome! This one had to be good at the very least!

It was more than that, that is for sure. The sensational chemistry between Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass definitely made the film for me. It had a good group of young actors who can hold their own in supporting roles, I expect to see much from them in the future.

Aubrey Plaza has this quiet cynicism about her, well at least her acting style and the characters she portrays does/do. Her sarcastic humour is definitely an advantage, it was first seen on a big stage in Funny People across comedy legend Adam Sandler and funny man Seth Rogen.

The story line was so sweet and romantic that you actually felt that Mark Duplass‘ character could time travel (trust me, that isn’t a spoiler!). You watch the film and tell me.

Definitely worth the watch!

An engaging comedy-romance-drama with a bit of science fiction, a great film to watch on a quiet night alone with a big bowl of pop corn. I rate this film just about 7/10, so it is more like 7+/10 :)  

29
Oct

A Reckless Proposal & Profiteering For Criminals

A Reckless Proposal & Profiteering For Criminals
by Mani Amar

Written April 11th, 2011
Released April 13th, 2011

Protest to Vancouver City Council against PavCo’s casino building attempt.
In part with VancouverNotVegas.ca 

The amount of gang activity that occurs in Vancouver, our small but beautiful major city, rivals massive metropolitan areas across North America. Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, & Chicago are well known throughout the world for gang activity, but another city has taken precedence on this list. Our city.

Vancouver generates billions of tax free dollars through its marijuana trade industry every year. Vancouver is geographically destined to be a major drug distribution hub. But instead of using resources to tackle such a drug issue, we are providing criminals with another reason to operate. Gambling.

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In self-reflection; I can honestly say all that is good in my life has been a direct result of my artistic expression. Be it through writing poetry, prose, or philosophy, through painting or photography, or through filmmaking, art saved my life and it can save yours.
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