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About theofficialTTA

Hello there and welcome to my blog!

I am a four-year university student studying Philosophy, English Literature, and Psychology. As a writer, I enjoy the pursuit of knowledge, and more often than not, concern myself with questions of “why?” and “how?”. I enjoy writing poetry and prose, but particularly, I enjoy writing about lives and the people who lead them. (I also enjoy all things fashionable, musical, and artistic!)

 

I am the kind of girl who should be called a girl, but delights at being called a ninety-year-old (seriously, no kidding). Needless to say, you will surely find a reoccurring theme in my blog: me believing that I am a bajillion years older than I am (which in turn, leads me to acting a bajillion years older than I am). Instead of going out and having a couple of beers with the crowd, I would much rather prefer a night in, sipping my tea, and writing on my blog (or alternatively, crawl into bed with a good book in hand). I cringe at loud noises, thrive in low-settings, and am attracted to low-lighting like a bee is attracted to a bright light. I once took an “Introverted or Extroverted?” quiz in the TIME magazine and was about 19/20 Introverted. Of course, that’s a story for another time. But my point is, people would never think me introverted (except for the one or two) – so who really am I? I like to think that I’m an introvert who on occasion, exhibits extroverted qualities. But even I’m not sure about this. So this where is my blog comes in. It’s an outlet for me to go off about all things awesome and troublesome about life! I all too often ponder life and its meaning, and in this way, this blog is my outlet for sharing with the world what I feel is worth thinking over. Because after all, everything is worth looking over: things, situations, and especially people.

Other random facts about myself:

  • I love all things arts & crafts. You name it! Painting, drawing, sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, scrapbooking, decorating, baking, cooking, etc.
  • I’ve always secretly believed that music was my higher calling, but know that I probably won’t ever go anywhere with it. But that’s fine, it’s something “I do for myself” anyway. (I know what you’re thinking: all musicians say that.)
  • One word that people use to describe me to others: quirky. 
  • I am far too strange to be living in this time period. I am twenty-one, and I  buy VHS. I have a library (with real books and movies) that is rapidly growing, and I am not enlisted on any social media websites (edit 1.5 years after I wrote this post: except for LinkedIn–I know, I sold out). My way of communicating with others is for the most part, via email and snail mail. My most prized purchases include a Smith Corona electric typewriter and a 1906 Everyman’s Library edition of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (can you say score?). Oh yeah, did I mention that I have shelves of photo albums, and the camera, of which I use to take those photos, is a film camera from 1989? (It was passed down to me by my father.)
  • I am a recently converted vegetarian (since January 10/12 baby!).

Anyway, back to the blog! My blog is not designed to answer any questions. On the contrary, it is designed to make you think, and to make you feel even more confused than you were before diving into the material. I once read somewhere that philosophy wasn’t about finding the right answers, it was about asking the right questions. I love that; in the same way, life isn’t about finding the right answers, it’s about asking the right questions. 

Here on my blog, you will find an array of material to peruse through: fashion, art, music, food, and people.

I hope that some of the things on these pages will somehow enlighten you, and will perhaps, even change your life somehow. The changes need not be drastic; as long as I have made you stop and think (or entertained you somehow), I will have made a difference.

-theofficialTTA

PS. Have questions, answers to my questions, or even a topic to suggest? Email me at theofficialtta@gmail.com. Don’t be shy!

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  1. August 4, 2013 12:04 am

    I like your quirky style and philosophies. I sometimes wish I could go vegetarian or vegan. But, it’s a weakness like smoking (which I refuse to do). I can live without most meats. But, a few still lure me back. But, you remind me of someone I met online many years ago. An inspiration.

    • August 4, 2013 12:31 am

      Wow! Did you really just call me “an inspiration”? I mean I hear it all the time from my friends, but from a stranger! Ha ha, I’m kidding, of course. I only hear it from my friends sometimes… 🙂 Thanks again for your wonderful comment; it really means a lot to me that I have “inspired” someone out there. That’s why I write, of course!

      As for going vegetarian: you’d be surprised. I used to LOVE meat, all kinds of meat. I’m not exaggerating at least. I even remember telling my roommate once that I would never and could never go vegetarian because 1) I loved my meat and 2) I was not a big fan of vegetables. But looky here! I’ve been a vegetarian for almost two years now. Once I made the decision to go vegetarian, I never looked back. I just think that everyone has to have his/her own reason for going vegetarian. That’s the only way you’ll stick with it. Mine didn’t start out with the whole “animal rights” thing but it eventually became that. I would recommend reading this blog post I wrote on converting to vegetarianism: https://theofficialtta.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/why-i-dont-eat-things-with-brains/. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about animal rights/vegetarianism, I highly, highly, highly recommend Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, “Eating Animals.” It’s probably one of the most important books I’ve ever read!

      • August 4, 2013 2:15 am

        Not me. As much as I am a meat eater–and the T-Rex was my favorite dinosaur for many years before “Jurassic Park”–I am not a big fan of steak, pork or anything on a bone. I like lean meats. I like cured and sometimes salty meats like bacon, pepperoni and salami. I can only eat so much chicken before I am sick of it. I guess my only two failings would be pepperoni and hamburger. I like my pizza and my hamburgers. If I could get over those two, I’d probably do okay as a vegetarian. If I cooked more for myself, I’d probably fair better, too. Now, see, that makes no sense. I have never been adverse to veggies like you…and yet I haven’t converted. How does someone who’s not a fan become one?

        The way I see it…we are descendants of other species. We are mutants of either carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. But, we don’t really know what we are. Some turn from eating meat and suffer other health issues. Some eat too much meat and suffer as well. I think we fear eating meat because we bit the apple long ago and developed self-conscious behaviors other species simply bypass to survive. I am not sure any other wild animal or insect thinks, “Gee, I can’t bite this human/animal. They have feelings, too.” Rather, they say, “I am hungry. And, this one looks like easy prey. I won’t necessarily eat the most healthy one and risk a fight. I’ll go for the slow, sickly one and hope I don’t get poisoned.”

        I’d probably be more inclined to try it if I lived with one who cooked:D

        As for animal rights, that should also include allowing carnivores to eat their meats. One never knows when we might be depriving ourselves of necessary proteins. Another problem is that mankind plays god by mass producing and injecting animal products with all sorts of trouble. We should hunt like other animals. But, all in moderation for good general health.

        • August 4, 2013 8:53 pm

          Very interesting remarks. I’m not so much against eating animals as I am against animal torture because like you mentioned, animals in the wild eat each other all the time. But I am against factory farming and animal torture. And unfortunately, most of the meat that does end up on one’s plate does come from a factory and not from Old MacDonald’s farm. BUT…

          Your comment about animals not thinking “Gee, I can’t bite this human/animal. They have feelings, too” raises an interesting question: do we, as humans, have a higher obligation because, in some respects, we have higher cognitive capacities than other non-human animals? That is, because we are able to think about the moral implications of eating something that can feel pain, do we have more of an obligation towards animals? Just a thought.

          And of course, I agree that some meat in one’s diet can be very good for one’s health. But until that day when factory farming is eradicated, I think I will stick to my vegetables!

          • August 5, 2013 3:11 am

            I think man could be doing more to preserve animal life like I suppose Adam and Eve were intended to do with their initial “garden”. But, we also could just be more at one with nature and save so much time, money and resources on experimental processes. Yes, unless we all take up hunting, again, it seems meat selections are more…productive. Which is a bit unfair to most species. Still. If one does need meat and does not have the liberty to hunt regularly (licensed seasons are probably not enough), one way may be better than no way. It’s one of those human struggles we are forced to deal with it seems.

            I don’t know if we think any “higher” than other species. But, we also don’t speak other animal languages. Thus, it’s a bit hard to gauge what might be more mentally active or morally responsible than us. It is human self-consciousness that makes us feel guilt for eating another living thing. But, perhaps other species share this caution. Could that be why certain snakes and spiders (for example) don’t try more often to kill humans?

            I don’t think we are obligated to take care of or preserve any species. And, like I said, this could be expending more resources than necessary like some war efforts going on now which cost so much for so little improvement.

            I knew a vegetarian not too long ago who suffered health problems from lack of proteins. I don’t know if she didn’t try soy or nuts…but she was repeatedly turning ill. And, I think she eventually caved and had some kind of meat. But, like I said, how do we know which of us descended from herbivores and which descended from carnivores?

            Would you take up hunting if you could? If so, what would you hunt with?

            • August 5, 2013 9:42 pm

              I am inclined to believe that some animals can feel guilt too, and there has been some scientific evidence for this. But feeling guilt for eating something/someone else requires more cognitive capacity, which I’m not sure that all animals possess. The animal needs to recognize that 1) all beings have equal rights to life, and 2) killing is therefore wrong because one is taking away another’s life. The animal needs to be capable of remorse.

              Regarding hunting: If I could, I still wouldn’t do it. I don’t necessarily have anything against people who hunt, but knowing myself, I just wouldn’t be able to do it. I can’t bring myself to physically kill another life/being even if I’m not sure that it does have emotions (an ant, for example). To me, every being has a right to life. And if I can eat vegetables to preserve/save lives, no matter human or non-human animal, then I will do it to the best of my ability.

              • August 5, 2013 11:12 pm

                Is it necessary for any animal (including us) to feel remorse or regret or be concerned over eating another animal? If we gave this remorse/guilt to other species, would then then too turn vegetarian? What if everyone went vegetarian, and we ran out of crops?

                While I am on a roll… Do you get locally grown “organic” veggies and fruits or do you subscribe to factory/mass reproduced? What if plants had feelings? Plants are alive, too. If you couldn’t hunt, then I guess you couldn’t eat meat you hunted. I would do what I had to do to survive, I suppose. Or curl up and die somewhere. I have cut back on killing insects out of respect for other lives, thinking something might need to eat this…and I don’t want to deprive it of this life form. Also, you never know when a bug might be someone from a past life sorting out their ethics.

                • August 6, 2013 10:44 pm

                  Excellent points. Of course, there are no solutions to this. I definitely do not expect everyone to turn vegetarian because obviously, that would produce many, many problems. That is why I don’t go around wagging my finger in people’s faces telling them that I don’t approve of their meat-eating because I understand and respect their decisions. And like I said before, I don’t think the problem is “eating animals” as much as it is “torturing animals.” It goes back to the whole factory farming thing. The way they treat animals is simply inexcusable. Like Paul McCartney said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” I think what I’m really advocating for is more widespread knowledge of the real “ins and outs” of factory farming–more awareness.

                  & Ha ha, I expected you would ask me about the whole buying food locally grown thing. I do buy organic as often as I can, although I don’t do this all the time (seeing as how I am a student and have a very tight budget). However, the way I see it, I’m doing as much as I can and every little bit helps. BUT I’d just like to point out that there has been scandals where companies have falsely labelled foods as “organic.” So how do we escape these problems?! I have no clue. Factory farming was created to bring food to the dinner table more efficiently for many more people, which I think is great. But it has now gone beyond this: a corporate monster has been born– a monster that wants to make as much money as quickly as possible. These factories don’t care about the animals. They don’t care about the people who work for them, and they sure as heck don’t care about the people they’re feeding. That’s why we’re always hearing news of meat-recalls. But what if we all went back to real farming? Sure, that would be great for welfare (animal and humans) in general, but with the growing population, what are the implications? There just doesn’t seem to be a solution! I just think the whole factory farming deserves a closer look. I would not be against factory farming if animals were killed properly (as quickly and painlessly as possible), if workers were treated/paid properly, and if meat was inspected properly.

                  For me, I don’t think there is really any universal rule that we can adhere to in this day in age regarding eating animals. I’m not sure if there is a “rightness” and “wrongness” that can be applied to everybody. I just think that everyone has to have his/her own code of ethics. For me, that’s “abstain from eating animals” and “stay away from factories as much as you can,” but in this day in age, the latter is virtually impossible.

                  Wow, this is a long exchange about eating animals under “About me” page…. Ha ha.

                  • August 7, 2013 11:53 pm

                    If they stopped reproducing animals for food through factory/lab methods, I suspect there MIGHT (it’s not certain) be a shortage of meat sources based on population growth. And, technically, that is the elephant in the room. You may have seen some movies that deal with this matter. It was a big thing in the 60’s-90’s. How to deal with a surplus of humans. But, instead of considering the seriousness of those scary possibilities, we turn to anything but and start surplussing manufactured meats to support the growing masses of humans.

                    Now, if we were in balance with nature, we’d probably be seeing news reports about sharks and leopards taking more human lives in the news rather than gunmen, drunks and drug users.

                    And, that’s the other problem. Economics. All the tactics used to control people through money. The cost of living someone sets into motion, leading people to pull scams for greed and steal from their neighbors. Money turns people criminal. The plants grow naturally as do animals we could hunt fairly (and accept being hunted).

                    As for the media/stores lying, it puts greater emphasis on getting the whatever from the source. Just like a news story. You’ll get the whole truth of a debate by talking with both sides personally. But, if you simply take what you get from a TV reporter or one side, you miss the whole picture.

                    Just think, if the meat business stops–in whatever form it may take–and everyone goes vegetarian, the vegetables become the next target market (unless we change our ways in terms of cost/price). People these days fight over fuel sources and land no differently than the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

                    And, just as there have been cases of bad meats, there have been cases of contaminated vegetables. I’ve seen lettuce and spinach recalls.

                    Food isn’t the end of the problem list, either. Some of the problems come from the medications these labs put out for various reasons to cure everything from the common cold to the most deadly disease. Do we have any sure cures without side-effects? Nope. And, the medications can cause as many problems as they fix. Yet, that is another big cost/market of concern. And, then you take into consideration different DNA strands…mixing medications with various diets…sex…reproduction…the number of problems capable of happening in human hands is enormous. All because we can’t figure out together how to coexist with each other and nature naturally.

                    There are those who strive for order. And, then there are those who can’t see order and thus settle for stirring trouble/chaos. The order makers are forced to break out whips to bring the others under that control they see. And, the rebellious chaos bringers keep adapting with thicker skins.

                    Indeed:) We’ve dug deep into an engrossing topic. I wonder what others may think:)

  2. August 22, 2013 8:58 am

    Very intrigued about the whole ninety-year old thing – especially when I can’t bear it when people ask who’s older between my brother and I (and there is only 3 years between us)!!

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