The Line Between Good & Evil

‘The line between good & evil’

What if I told you that there was no difference between good and evil?
That you are just as capable of brutally mudering someone, as you are
of saving their life?

Maybe you’d say I was crazy, but I believe that in the same way we regard
genuis to be on the same spectrum as insanity, this is true of morality.

Everyone has their line, their ”limit”. We all would do anything for our loved
ones. It’s very easy to turn around and say something like ”capital punishment
is wrong, that person shouldn’t be killed just because they killed someone”, but
what if your mother or child were the victim?, how might you respond then?
Let’s say, that this happens. Someone close to you is killed at the hands of another
person, and let’s say that the perpretator is set free. You have been denied justice,
the victim is also denied justice for the crime. You could spend your life trying to
put the person back in prison, or campaigning to have them killed. Or maybe, just maybe
you might take things into your own hands.

I’m not suggesting people should do that, but I do understand passion and love.
The intensity of love, and the potential insanity of love.
The reason I use the aforementioned example is because I believe that we as humans
are incorrectly encouraged to believe that there is this clear distinction between
”good” and ”evil”. I mean, murder of an innocent person is wrong. But then again,
what if said person is a rapist?, or perhaps a pedophile?

Suddenly people’s opinions change, suddenly that ”innocent” person is no longer
innocent. People might say things like ” oh well they deserved it, look at what they did,
they don’t deserve to live”. It’s fascinating, because we live our lives by this code,
this understanding that some things are right, and some things are wrong.

So how do we decide what is ”right”?. We can believe what the church tells us, what the government tells us, what people around us tell us. But what if they’re all wrong?, what if they lied?

For me, I feel that we need to listen to our inner voice. What we believe. Forget what society tells you to do, forget about what people tell you is right or wrong.
You need to remember what your inner voice tells you. You do not live your life for others, you live it for you. You will love others around you, and you will give unto yourself to them. You will give everything to the people you love. But you still need to live your life your way. That to me is what’s ”right” or ”good”.
Anything less than that, simply is not.

That’s just what I believe.

– Christian Reeve

Chapters

Think of your life as though it were a novel, one that is not published until you leave this world. Wouldn’t you want your story to be the greatest narrative ever told?
Wouldn’t you want to leave behind a legacy, and have people talking about your deeds for generations to come?

The way I see it, every day is a chance to add to that story.
Every success and triumph is celebrated, every mistake and failure is contemplated.
Perhaps they are cliffhangers that we establish for ourselves (will they or won’t they overcome these challenges?)

The more and more I think about where I am right now, as well as where I’ve been and what I’ve experienced, the more it pushes me to revel in now, to be excited about the future , but to only live in the present, in what’s happening right now, that’s all that matters.

– Christian Reeve

Thoughts On The Bus

‘Thoughts On The Bus’

Too often we are distracted by the supposed “importance” of our lives that we forget consider that we are not important. We take our ourselves and our lives so seriously, when in actuality what we do is meaningless. What we learn and what we create is special, something to be treasured, something sacred. Everything else is superficial, created, borrowed and bought. It doesn’t inspire the heart or the soul, it simply takes away our energy, and restricts the soul.

The moon in the sky tonight is absolutely incredible, yet I can only see one other person on this bus with me who is actually looking in that direction. I cannot be certain that he was looking at the same thing , I can only hope. We appreciate the wrong things, we place our energy and love Into shallow, hollow concepts and things. Not every single thing. But anything you do in life that simply takes your energy and does not give something meaningful back to you is worthless, it is pointless.

– Christian Reeve

A Promise Is A Promise

”A Promise Is A Promise”

So in December 2014 I travelled to Prague in the Czech Republic to celebrate New Year’s Day with friends from uni. Whilst there we went to our friend’s family owned Indian restaurant. It’s called ‘Himalaya’ and it’s definitely worth going to if you’re in the capital. I believe they won the award for the best Indian restaurant or something along those lines? , oh and the poppadum’s were the best I’ve ever had!

Anyway, we’re enjoying our meal and there’s this gentleman sitting to the right hand side of the room. He hears us speaking English and was immediately intrigued. He came over and introduced himself and we had a little chat about things in general. The gentleman then tells us about how many languages he could speak and then went on to tell us about this website he was working on. He said it had something to do with reviewing beer and asked if we would check it out. I agreed and he wrote a quick note with the address for me.

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Now, it’s taken me a long time for me to get around to doing it. I could give all manner of excuses, but in fairness university life does take up a heck of a lot of time, and we’re not the party animals everyone would have you think we are. When I think about how much I’ve spent in the library so far, I start to wonder if I should start giving that out as my home address…

Anyway, back on track. I figured since I have started this blog and appear to be keeping up with it (for once, I’ve literally set up about 5 blog accounts over the years and have never gotten around to posting frequently) now seemed like the perfect time to come through on that promise.

So here’s a little review of the gentleman’s blog. I hope you enjoy it!

Our gentleman friends’ name is ‘Eino’ and he comes from Finland. He opted to move to the Czech Republic in 2012 and has been reviewing all manner of beer types. I’ve gotta say, I’m so glad I finally checked it out, this blog is absolutely hilarious and really informative. Eino is very witty, giving his honest opinion on each type of beer.

In each post he provides us details on the alcohol content for each beer, an often humorous view on the imagery of the bottles, a comment on the taste of the beer and then he finishes it off with a quirky final remark. There are around 42 chapters so far, so forgive me I wasn’t able to go through everything in its entirety.

Eino has a tendency to go slightly off topic when he discusses each brand and tells us stories or interesting facts regarding the beer. For example in chapter 6 ‘You label me, I label you’ he explains that through doing a little research on google ‘Radegast’ is ”a god of war. How f****** metal is that?” and that the slogan of the brewery that produces it is ”Life is bitter: Thank God”.

I really like the way Eino writes his blog, he writes in a very sarcastic way, but you can see that he is very passionate about beer and it’s a real joy to read. And on a general point, he reviews beer – I mean come on! , how awesome is that?

When we go forward and see his most recent post ”Chapter 42: For Queen and country” it is clear that he has developed this blog substantially over time, with his humour and wit seeming effortless. Whilst reviewing a novelty beer that is marketed for the James Bond franchise he makes a hilarious comment regarding the taste, Eino writes ”Tastes like imperialism. We gonna talk about that more soon”.

Ok so maybe it’s just easy to make me laugh aha, but in all honesty I think Eino comes across as a very intelligent, well-read man who actually simplifies the way the blog is written in places in order to play up to a persona.

For me (if I am correct in stating that) it comes across really well and the whole thing just makes for a really fun read. Not to mention, it really makes me want to go and drink a beer – which is pretty much exactly the purpose of this blog, to appreciate the differences between beers and to establish the genuinely premium brands, whilst also highlighting truly terrible ones and encouraging drinkers to steer clear of them.

I feel that in many ways, whatever Eino’s purpose for this blog, be it for professional journalistic purposes, for informative reasoning (for himself and for others) or even just a fun hobby, he has a lot of passionate for this product and it’s always a joy to see that.

So on a closing note, I sincerely recommend that people read this blog if they wish to learn more about beer or even if they’re simply looking for a new, quirky blog that will provide an entertaining read. This is one to look out for. Keep up the good work Eino! Please check out Eino’s blog here – http://olutsiili.blogspot.co.uk/

– Christian Reeve

Happy New Year! (Not Your Conventional Message)

‘Happy New Year! (Not Your Conventional Message)’

Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful new year celebration!

I wasn’t planning on writing a blog regarding new year, but I thought it might be strange not to address it in some way. So…2016 huh? to be perfectly honest, it’s just another year, people act as though everything suddenly changes when that clock strikes into the new year, but it really doesn’t. You can make changes at any point in time, you don’t need to wait for a new year to be ushered in before deciding to make the change.

People are just afraid, fearful of taking risks, caring what people might think and are too scared to do what they really want to do. People are also very lazy too, how many times do you say to yourself ”maybe later” or ”I’ll do it tomorrow”? What if there is no tomorrow?

Haha, this wasn’t meant to be a depressing blog by any means, call it a wake up call. To myself and to you. Start doing things for yourself, it’s not selfish to think about what’s best for you and make it happen. You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Essentially what I’m saying is, you have to make the changes you want to happen. You can’t keep waiting, you’ve just got to do it, do it now. Stop holding yourself back, what are you waiting for?

Now it sounds like a motivational advertisement haha! In any case, I guess I’ve realised a lot lately about not being afraid and just being who I really am, instead of being what people expect me to be. There is great power in rising above fear…

So yeah, there’s a few things I’ve learnt that you might wish to take with you, or not!, it’s your choice and that’s the best part.

Oh and on a completely unrelated note, my girlfriend suggested for me to watch two movies recently and I have to give them a mention here because they are truly incredible! (She’s always spot on with good movies, she is literally amazing :D)

The first one is ‘Love In The Afternoon’, an Audrey Hepburn movie from 1957. It’s absolutely fantastic!, the humour and sarcasticness of the characters is brilliant, they really make the film very entertaining, but above all else, if you’re looking for a romantic film that makes you all warm inside, this one definitely will!

The second one everyone is probably already familiar with. ‘Lucy’ was released in 2014, starring Scarlett Johansson. I was enthralled by this movie, it really makes you question everything and put it all into perspective. It’s less a movie and more a life lesson. I have so much to say about it, but hey if you want movie reviews I guess you’ll just Google it, you don’t need me for that haha!

And to wrap it all up, I will do my very best to keep this blog updated as much as I can throughout the year, so if anyone is reading, let me know what you think. If you have suggestions for things you like to read about or things you might want me to write about, send me a message!, I’d love to hear from you.

All the best with your new year.

– Christian Reeve