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<( ' ' )> Saturday, May 17, 2008
peanut here. ok i promised to teach you guys on how to write a proper cool composition. why teach you now? to give you adequate time for your minute cool brains to process the following information (approx. 5 mths)

Take a look at the following:

“A life devoted to nothing but repaying a debt is infinitely meaningless”
- Hata Kenjiro

This quote was taken from a yellowing stack of papers which I found in my grandmother’s house when I came to visit her. It had probably belonged to my grandfather, who had passed away a few years before I was born and I had never met him face to face. The papers were translated by my grandfather from Japanese to English sometime after World War II. I was quite certain that it was my grandfather for the following reasons. Firstly, it was handwritten. Secondly, I clarified with my grandmother if it was really his handwriting. Thirdly, he declared that he was the one who translated it at the last page. Why was the stack of papers not published? I would never know, even my grandmother did not know of its existence. Perhaps something cropped up, and was so busy that he himself had forgotten the stack of papers. Anyway, the things that he had translated were very philosophical, and the twenty or so pages explained exactly how Hata Kenjiro arrived at the conclusion, and that was the thing that had an impact on me. How could such a simple phrase have so much meaning in it? It made me think.

What is life? Why are we here on Earth in the first place? Are we a result of a cosmic accident in space, or something divine? The more important questions are “What is your own life worth to you?” and “What is your own life worth to other people?” How do we find meaning in our own life? Actually the papers state that the “debt” is not simply limited to owing certain people a large amount of money. The “debt” mentioned in the quote includes many other things. The gist of it was that as long as you live just for the sake of someone else, you are basically “failing at life”. If one wants to add meaning to his or her own life, he or she must discover the true definition of it. We must live for ourselves, but it’s easier said than done.

So what is your own life worth to yourself? What satisfies you when you wake up everyday, thinking to yourself that is wonderful to be alive? Hata Kenjiro mentioned that whatever keeps you going on in this world is essential to knowing your own worth. If you are just “going on” because you owe someone a “debt”, your life is meaningless. If you make it into an answer to the question above, it would probably turn out into something like “I get satisfied when I think about the fact that I owe someone a living”. Of course nobody would answer it that way, it sounds too ridiculous to be true. Who would seriously live life just for another human being just like yourself, possessing the same abilities as you, eating the same food, drinking from the same tap? However, this is a fact. Perhaps the main reason that you owe him a “debt” is because his life has more worth than yours? Life on Earth was never equal to begin with, be it difference in economic power or status in society. However, if such people did not exist, wouldn’t you be living your own life? As in, if you were to suddenly stop comparing, what would you be living for? Nobody but yourself. If you were the only one left in the world alive, would you commit suicide or continue to live alone until a ripe old age? Of course it’s under the assumption that you have adequate food and water, you are unaffected by the loneliness and you have your own personal recreation to keep you occupied through out the day. If you thought that the world was meaningless without any human interaction, most likely you would choose the former option. So what would make you choose the latter option? What in the world would make you continue to live on? Yourself.

Of course it is not possible for anyone to maintain their sanity if they were put into the situation as stated above. Social interaction in this world is very important. It is one of our traits as humans. So the other crucial question is: “What is your own life worth to other people?” Even though Hata Kenjiro had mentioned that if you owe anybody a living, your life is meaningless. That is true but it is not a contradiction if your life is worth something to people who knows you. They may be friends, enemies, or relatives. Anyone who knows you falls under the category of “other people”. The other five thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand eight hundred and ninety-three people who do not know you are not included because they would not know your “worth” to them. However the group “other people” is split into two, the people who knows your “worth” and the people who do not. How would you know if you were worth something to them? Simple. If you were gone, as long as they have some kind of reaction to it, you must mean something to them. If there is no reaction, you do not mean anything to them. Let us take a look at the second group of people. If you owed a certain someone a large amount of money, an amount so large that it’ll take a lifetime to repay, and you currently work for him to pay off your debt. Does your life mean anything to him? Other than money, your life is worthless. He has already bought your soul in a way. So how can your life mean anything if other people think that it is worthless? You may argue that it is only one person that thinks that your life is valueless, but that is enough to make it that way. In another light, if someone saved your life, you would usually think that your life is his. This is a mistake. Even though you are alive because of him, this does not make your life belong to him. If you were to fall into that mentality, your life would also become meaningless.

So in conclusion, the two main points discussed above basically are as follows. Firstly, you must realize that you live for yourself, and secondly, you must never owe other people than yourself a living. There are an infinite number of ways that we can live our life, and which way we choose is exclusively up to you. However, it is important to note that finding meaning in our life is a long and arduous journey that one must take throughout his life time.

The quote and the contents of the papers changed my view of what life actually is. The knowledge that I gained when I read those papers were valuable. Maybe the quote was very well-known in Japan and many people benefited from it? I would never know. However, it did teach me to value my own life, and not take it for granted.




Note: The above content was my own interpretation of the original content. It is a very much watered-down version of the papers. For the original content, I recommend searching for Hata Kenjiro on Google©. If results coincidently show that he was the author of, oh I don't know.... some Japanese manga, try searching again. And again. Word count: 1,187 words.



~Really, it was inspirational =)

Was that cool? NO!!!!!!!!! It's too complicated. And the vocab is horrendous. There is no plot, and no climax? what kind of compo is this????!!!!?!?!?!?!?! Ok now what should you be aiming for is this:

Topic : Blue
Blue. Is the opposite of red! WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH WORAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How did i create such a great composition? Such emotional depth, such geniustic plot.. I'll show you how.

1. Plot
Plots must always be as unique as possible. How do we make the plot to become unique, especially if we don't understand the question topic?! Well let's look at one very basic technique. If you can't do it, THEN DON'T DO IT. But you still must have something to write about, right? Take a look at this sample question.

Write about a time when you hurt somebody's feelings, real bad.

Sample composition:
I hurt somebody's feelings, real bad. It all happened on a rainy morning...
My brother was eating breakfast alone. It was raining cats and dogs outside. And i knew what was going to happen next, i was going to hurt his feelings. You see, my brother was an amazing artist. He could draw like a dream. So while he was eating his breakfast, i snuck into his room, and stabbed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at the piece of paper on which was written "author's bro. Feelings (cursive writting)" The end.

See? it's so simple! oh but i made one very large mistake. My vocabulary.

2. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used must be, yes i know what you're thinking, cool. How to be cool? take a look at this.

edited sample composition:
I pang somebody's toyshop, like so. It something was there one morning...
My poohy was snuggling brakefast on the mountain road. It was digging drains outside. And i sucked my peanut next, i was going to pang poohy's toyshop. Ni kan, my poohy was an amazing art. He could draw guns like a wang wang. So while poohy was snuggling brakefast, i smart into his boom, and stacked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at the piece of babi on which was hitten "author's poohy. toyshop".

See? can't you sense the coolness aura coming out of your screens? no i think it's just gamma radiation shooting at me...

ok im lazy to continue. good bye.




BubblyJelly @ 8:43 PM
domo 8:43 PM

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