Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Following was written in Spring 2007, as part of my Degree in Architecture at the University of Ulster, Belfast. It was written, as a personal response to the world as i saw it in that the form of an extended blog entry [in terms of writing style].

It is a captured moment of time.... a view point of a young man looking out into the future, a perspective from where he stood and a response to that view.....please feel free leave feedback!

To view each page simply click on it and it will appear at the correct size....

©Micah Jones 2007


Jamie said...

Thanks Micah, class dissertation... meaningful/purposeful!! I read it through Charlie knox's link. I'm a full time Christian Youth Worker and I stand at the same point as yourself, looking into a future of rising house prices and upside down world values. In my case I'm getting married and can't secure a home for my wife to be, only rented accomadation. No-matter the circumstances / worldview you can't help but feel defeated and half a man for that. What I hold on to is that nomatter were we live and no-matter the circumstances it's togtherness under God that will make our home life transcend beyond location and permanence.

Micah Jones said...

Thanks for your honest comment.....Its quite mad how the atmosphere in Northern ireland would make you feel like that.... im sure your asked constantly have you got a house.... oh your renting! Most of the world just gets on with the living part... like i have a friend in Berlin and he told me there about 92% i think it was of housing is rented [its government regulated so that prices are reasonable] there houses are houses and thats it..... back home its become something different from that..... and so as regards to 'feeling half a man' for not being able to buy a house..... maybe its the best thing that could happen to you as you start out together that you DON'T have 'Big' stuff [like a debt 10 times your annual wage] hanging over the two of you.
Maybe thats the best.... letting you get on with life with smaller bills and less to worry about.... with less of a hold on you from this world you will surely be more free to hear God and act on what he wants you to do.....

.....there's a lot of good things to be got from it, though I commend you for your honest comment and wish you all the best in your marriage....

all the best , micah

Jamie said...

Thanks man, I think you're spot on in regards to looking at it as a blessing in disguise, read an earlier blog of mine titled 'Addresses in Pencil' and you'l see I feel the same way. it's a kind of Jeckel and Hyde situation, going against the tide can be liberating but sometimes for some bizzare reason you just want to be in line with everyone else...but then that just means being in more debt like most others doesn't it :)

Cheers for replying and your encouragement. Mabye we'l get to meet sometime.

Niall Nixon said...

Im in the process of trying to remove myself from the 'house ownership quagmire' - just about to put my house up for sale. Really looking forward to removing myself from the ties of house ownership and mortgage payments. Reckon im going to rent for a while. Really enjoyed the dissertation - a lot of interesting stuff there Micah! I like the way its a work in process with the answers still to be discovered! Looking forward to the answers!! :)

Ryan said...

Micah a Poem which I have enjoyed...which I feel has much relevance to your life questions....I hope you enjoy it....

Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.

1. The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 20