Death comes after death

When you loose someone, you don’t realize at once that they are dead. You see a body lying there, but you can’t believe it’s actually them. That what is lying there is after all cold and pale, while your loved one continues to be the warm and vivid person in your memory. When my grandpa died I could make jokes sitting next to his coffin. I had the feeling this was something symbolic, it could not be really himself. The burial seemed a chilly ceremony and everyone was in a hurry to finish it as quickly as possible (it was damn freezing and it was almost New year).

Deep inside, you believe this is just a game, and once you are back home you’ll find the dead person sitting the same place, alife.

Days later you start missing the person intensely. Then you realize that they won’t come back to home and it is then when you really feel the pain of losing them. Death comes after death.


Infinite odd numbers

It is really interesting to read this and compare with my earlier speculation about infinity.

In that infinite universe, Paddy Murphy Night not only occurs once, or several times, but an infinite number of times. (However, non-Paddy Murphy Night also occurs an infinite number of times. This illustrates Cantor’s principle that if you remove an infinite set from an infinite set, another infinite set remains…)1

1 For example, the set of whole numbers continues to infinity, but so does the set of even numbers. If you subtract the even numbers from the whole numbers, you still have an infinite set of odd numbers.

The notion that odd numbers can continue infinitely and still never repeat or never become even numbers, seems however to challenge the idea that infinite time and space will inevitably create recurring patterns.

The quote is from Robert Anton Wilson’s Quantum psychology (p. 67).

When disappointed

I have noticed that whenever someone disappoints me or whenever I get disappointed in humanity, I think and I think, and eventually I conclude that I am actually disappointed in myself.

At the end, I curse myself, I reconcile with myself. End of story.

I’m not sure, but I think all introverts act like this.


Arguing about Infinity

― Just imagine what it means when you say the Universe is infinite! If time and space are really infinite, then eventually somewhere, at some point it will create recurring patterns and it will start repeating itself. One part of the Universe will be truly identical to an other part. Any detail of it, up to the number of protons in any single atom…

A universe like this will ultimately create a person that is completely identical to me or to you. Just think of it: somewhere, someone has exactly same thoughts that go through your head right now. And it wont stop there, because the infinite universe will create an infinite number of exactly the same person ― those who slightly differ not counted.

So, while we are sitting here and arguing with me, there are an infinite number of us, the same two guys having the same conversation. And later, when you sit and write this in your blog, there are an infinite number of you who are writing exactly the same post. Having said that: there will be also an infinite number of people reading it! Crazy isn’t it, Imandes?

― No. I think you are wrong. You are not talking about an Infinite Universe, you are talking about a finite universe in fact. Because if one part of the universe doesn’t differ from an other one, then these two are identical. If you travel through the universe and find someone who is totally like myself, who has the same body, the same parents, the same future, who’s living on the same planet, in the same solar system, then there should be no doubt that it’s myself and nobody else!

If the universe is repeating itself, then it’s not infinite, it’s a closed circle. An infinite universe will never repeat itself. It will evolve and evolve and evolve and every-time and always and everywhere it will be unique, not a single atom will be the same as another one. Just like numbers.

Eurasian union? No way!

I really expect this will be nevertheless undone. The incumbent president and his party have lost any popularity in the past years and especially after the last elections. I think you can hardly find anyone in Armenia who’d believe those election were democratic.

The only thing that somehow backed up the “winning” president and his party were the statements of EU and OSCE observers saying the elections were not very bad at all (so angry local observers and activists that they even interrupted OSCE/ODHR press conference).

European counterparts will probably no longer backup Sargsyan, he has 0 popularity in his country, he hasn’t done anything successfully to improve the economy of Armenia, and there are thousands of people emigrating every week. I think soon after he gets back home he will see no other choice than resign.

Or he must start using harsh force to repress protest waves (indeed this seems very likely. Recently Armenian police was arresting teenager activists like there were terrorists; these activists were, by the way. protesting against “smaller” things, like transport fares hike or distortion of a national monument.

Even if Sargsyan won’t resign or call back his statement, “Russian empire” will face a intensive resistance in Armenia, every day, every hour. The overwhelming majority does not want to be part of the EurasianUnion or Tax Union. There is a generation which can’t accept the idea of a renewed USSR.

Update from Yerevan

A month after  the successful protest actions against public transport fare hike, there are still ongoing demonstrations in Yerevan and the situation seems to escalate the last couple of days.

Firstly, there is a sit-in strike in front of the Municipality Hall demanding dismission of two officials: Henrik Navasardyan (the Head of Yerevan Municipality Transport Department) and Misak Hambardzumyan (the Director of Yerevantrans CJSC). Then, lately these activists (most of them are youngsters) also joined the residents of Komitas Street 5, who protest against the construction of a new “elite” flat building.

Yesterday protesters managed to block the street for a while. What happened after that is difficult to describe. The police arrested 26 activists. One of them was severely beaten in the police car on its way to the police station.

A couple of hours later, another 16 activists were arrested, this time in front of the Municipality Hall. This rather small group of activists intended to perform a  play called “Story of a Public transportation fare hike” (where they would mock on Taron Marhargan, Henrik Navasardyan and Misak Hambardzumyan).

As I was there and have seen the scene, I think the police acted quit fiercely (they immediately started to arrest the activists after some of them tried to get on the stairs in front of the doorway of the Municipality Hall). A girl was arrested only because she played on her drum.

Later that night 2 of the activists were beaten by a group of strangers.

The very same day the police released a  statement warning that they are going to use “special measures” against activists who “disturb public order”.

Meanwhile activists have called the arrests a “mass repression”. Several activists call to prepare against the “special measures” of the police.