JOTTINGS

2.2.18
– LGBTQIA
3.2.18
– Distinguish:
Syllabus
&
Curriculum
– School of Inter-Disciplinary and Trans-Disciplinary Studies (SOITS)
4.2.18
– Mass:
Consecration + suffering + healing = Passion ~ salvation!
Compare:
Jesus on the cross
&
Buddha under the tree
Devoted/resolved, to stay in the center of the fire-storm (of desire & nothingness), thereby weather/survive it, and become an agent of transforming power in the world……
Transcending, by accepting!
Glory!
Amen!
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
3.2.18
– Wisdom is the integration of science/technology, philosophy/arts and religion/spirituality…
It is the only way to life (passion, joy & prosperity)!
– Dewpoint & visibility
India U-19 cricket
5.2.18
– The generosity of courage
&
The courage of generosity
6.2.18
– Bengaluru International Film Festival
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The Great Courses Plus free trial – WOW! Hurry……
– Meditation:
I am more for mindfulness than for Vipassana
7.2.18
– What’s the difference between physics & chemistry?
– Underwater grass
9.2.18
– “Yogakshemam vahamyaham”
13.2.18
– Dream (11.2.18):
I stumble into an underground pleasure palace – a labyrinthine hotel hidden inside a dilapidated construction site!
Many rooms, filled with people having sexual orgies and lost in a drug-induced trance……
I am in thrall!
– Movies:
சவரக்கத்தி (Tamil)
The powerless use guile to survive the onslaught of the mighty.
A local (Chennai) version of “No Country for Old Men”
The Event (in this case, the delivery/birth) – transforms the dynamics that prevailed in the context, and ushers in a totally new, hitherto unimagined reality!
YouTube – check out the jukebox, lyric video for both songs, and The Hindu interview with Myskin & Ram.
Humor, caricature, barber
Trickster, farce, play
– What is महाशिवरात्री?
– Tomorrow is both Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day!
So, how do we go about it?
– Distinguish:
Grand
&
Great
– inflection
plyometrics
Exclusivity clause
Equation of diminishment/compromise/sacrifice/misery
highlands
– Compare:
William Masters & Virginia Johnson
&
George & Nina O’Neill
– News:
LeT, JeM
Ujjwala Yojana
Anti-terror software
Response to radicalization
AI algorithms
Fracking revolution
Game-changer
Check Google doodle regularly
GmbH
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NOTES

24.1.18
– pare
contrite
gendarme
arête
ridge
commune
commutation
resentencing
Star fruit ~ carambola
preponderate
bestride
flitter
Ted Bundy
unstudied
briefing
– Distinguish:
Consecutive
&
Concurrent
– “Looking for a dog to kick”
Anti-party activities – suspended on disciplinary grounds
– The Christian ethic is primarily religious & social, as opposed to moral or private.
According to the Bible, can a person be righteous without first, or also, being pious?
– What is spiritual capital?
Should I really care??
– Bible verses of the day:
Trusting GOD + religious observance + loving others => unimaginably abundant blessings!
– “Don’t suppose that anyone really learns something from another human being. I can admonish you by the sound of my voice, but if there isn’t within you One who teaches, then my words are only meaningless noise.…
The instruction that comes from others is a kind of help, a call for attention. But the One who truly teaches the heart teaches from heaven.”
— Augustine of Hippo
– News:
Violent protests in many states a day before ‘Padmaavat’ release.
Lalu Prasad sentenced to five years in jail in fodder scam case.
India vs South Africa, 3rd Test: 187 As Good As 300 On This Surface, Says Cheteshwar Pujara.
How Modi gave Davos a new global narrative with India at its heart
Hyderabad Man’s Train Stunt Again Proves That Indians are Dying to Take a Selfie
Karnataka Bandh Over Mahadayi Dispute: BJP’s River Of Trouble?
Pakistan condemns ‘unilateral’ US drone strike on its territory
Haqqani
New Jihadi John
ASEAN
Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor sentenced to 175 years for sexual abuse
Google Lunar X
Identifying other habitable planets & hunting for alien life
Ganguly says Wanderers pitch unfair on batsmen
Apple iOs 11
Indian firm’s anti-diarrhoea vaccine gets WHO nod
Onion type may hold key to combat drug-resistant TB: Study
UDAN Phase II
Recapitalisation bonds for weak banks
Pro-Kannada outfits
Cauvery Stage V Water Supply Project
Cup and Cloth’ campaign pitches for reusable menstrual hygiene products in Bengaluru
Housekeeping staff of IT firm caught recording female employees
– Globalization
Vs.
Protectionism
24.1.18
– I was thinking about our conversations in this group, & how to improve the quality of the interactions…
(These suggestions are for myself first, & then for everyone else too)
1. Reflective listening – repeat the gist of what I have understood about the other person has just said.
2. Interjection – add leading, open questions to make the person who is speaking to explain or clarify what they have said. This is to more deeply know the person who is speaking, not just what is spoken.
3. Try to avoid responding to the other person, until this initial process is complete. Even critical feedback can be given in the form of questions rather than counter-statements.
4. Be fully aware of one’s own “internal landscape” – feelings, memories, thoughts, etc. while interacting with the other(s).
5. I got these ideas from Sublimewe & Socratic Method.
Whenever anyone says anything, it’s good to ask 3 questions:
1. *What* exactly is this person saying, and what does it mean?
2. *Why* does this person say what he/she says? And *who* is speaking here? What are the experiences, personality & cultural factors behind their opinions?
3. *How* does this work out in one’s life & the world? What are the implications & consequences of their position?
One can even try to argue *for* the *other* person (as a thought experiment)!
This would be a great way to form solid bridges of understanding and create the base for the next level of communication in the future……
26.1.18
– “The Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu: Humanitarian Despotism and the Conditions of Modern Tyranny”
Escapist magazine
– BITS Goa
“The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind” – Mark Noll
Enlightened tyranny
– The Indian cricket team gave a truly special performance today – Republic Day celebration?! 😉
– Nothing noteworthy from the PM’s R-Day speech?? Not unusual!!
– R-Day parade – military might + cultural diversity
How do they both go together?
– Sports – I must start watching tennis & football also, along with cricket.
Cricket:
Watching a test match ~ reading a novel ~ drawing a portrait ~ meditation camp
What is the South African timezone?
Should I set a reminder for the Australian Open final on Sunday?
Just added some interests in Google Now
Are you keen on following (contemporary) Tamil culture? Always a Tamilian!
– Jesus Christ – everything about him (his name, faith, self-understanding, vocation, etc.) was contextual (historico-cultural) – although unconventional, he was thoroughly shaped by Judaism, but he was never a conformist or traditionalist……
Get soaked in something first, then make your unique contribution to the progress of that field!
– Right now, I’m feeling fine – neither happy nor sad, but not flat either!
That’s a big deal for me……
– How does this thought feel?
And what do you think of that feeling?
Feelings >> thought
Or
Thought >> feelings
Or……?
– I am grateful for the leisure and freedom of choice, provided by financial security, which I enjoy, and never take for granted.
I am also grateful for the hard-earned virtue, & undeserved gift of, intellectual maturity/spiritual wisdom in dealing with the big questions of life.
– Distinguish:
Parental
&
Genetic
– I want us to have something like the EGF (Evangelical Graduates Fellowship) open home – student ministry!
– Research as care
Care as research
27.1.18
– Necessary evils
Impossible life and indecent death
Natural inequalities
“Difficult Freedom and Radical Evil in Kant: Deceiving Reason”
The social authority of reason
Theorizing evil
The atrocity paradigm
mendacity
– Meaning has no life!
– What if desire became the superego (overlord) and morality became the id (underdog), for a change?!
Would that be good for the ego?
– “Guts it out”
“Get stuck in”
Dig deep
– She wants to watch porn with him. But he doesn’t.
Why?
How should they deal with this now?
What if it’s the other way around?
29.1.18
– “The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind”
Ha ha ha ha ha! Booohooo…… 😉
– “Thor: Ragnarok”
Narrative & graphic illustration of Pyrotheology (Peter Rollins)! 😃
“What were you the god of, again??”
– “Masters of Sex” Season 2
How can the huge chasm between research-knowledge and personal-wisdom be bridged??
WOW…… What awesome acting – gut-wrenching and heart-breaking – BRAVO! BRAVO!
“Their work is their passion”
– Citation index
Impact factor
Jocular bloodsucker mockumentary
Eeyore
Wartime humanitarian corridor
coddle
“Autocrats vs. Despots”
Benevolent absolutism
Philosophical popularizers & social commentators
Corrupt clergy & noble landlords
Warlord-entrepreneurs
Forced contributions
Monarchist bureaucracies
Constitutional monarchies
adduce
Incremental reform
Society of orders
The emperor as “first servant of the state”
Mercenary states
– What does geopolitical strategy have to do with ethical principles?
– “Society has a set of constructs that one must abide by and if we don’t manage, the diagnosis is quick. To me, depression feels like having access to a range of human emotions that we are otherwise asked not to feel. It tells me that the world is not a beautiful flowery place and I am in touch with these ‘negative’ emotions and that it is okay to do so.” – Reshma Valliappan >> Deepika Padukone
– What is special about the last of the Ten Commandments (the prohibition against covetousness)?
– Isn’t it ironic (& tragic), that both Judaism & Christianity, which begin with the story of the Fall (where man chooses the knowledge of good & evil over the tree of life), finally ended up being religions with a legal & moral core?!
– “Homo deus”
Christianism
Ambulance bomb
30.1.18
– tincture
heraldic
Academic credit points
Tahiti
Maori
epithet
anagram
Oviri – Paul Gauguin
“Der Führer”
chancellor
bobbin
“Loose change”
First Attempted Assassination of a US President (1835)
Charnel ~ ghastly
Desiderative Vs. Decretive will
India – LOC & LAC
– If, according to the Gospel of Mark (the earliest & most reliable Gospel), the disciples did not get Jesus, then how accurate or useful are their respective accounts??
– “Just think what a dull world it would be if everyone was sensible.”
– Lucy Maud Montgomery
Imagine, a world more boring than this one!
– Bible:
Do not misunderstand the Lord’s patience as weakness, because he is eagerly waiting for you to believe in his Son/Word, and become his children.
– But I thought a supernova was invisible to the naked eye!
– News:
Plan for orange passport for vulnerable laborers dropped. Is there such a thing as positive discrimination?
Shopian & Kasganj
A free press must not undermine a fair judicial system
Grand mufti of Kashmir says Indian Muslims should seek a separate country
Yashvant Sinha launches “Rashtra Manch”, a national forum for political action
Inter-faith prayer meeting on Mahatma’s death anniversary
Youth ‘commits suicide’ on live video call with girlfriend
Donald Trump rejects talks with the Taliban
Yemen: A timeline of conflicts in the nation since the 2011 uprising
Crackdown on corruption in Saudi Arabia
Ishan Porel
Cricket – 3 demerit points for Wanderers pitch
“Super blue blood moon eclipse”: 17:20 – 20:40 IST
Adults with autism show a diminished brain response to hearing their own name
Chief Economic Advisor
Abetting suicide
“Karni Sena”
– bender
1.2.18
– “The Square” (2017 film)
A good, funny movie, but does it deserve the Palme d’Or??
A satire (& critique) on art (& life) in a capitalist society
I think the chimp in the house and the one in the gala are connected. And this is the interpretive key to the whole movie…
The cruelty of political correctness – distinguish inhumanity from mere brutality!
– casserole
buckshot
craven
instauration
Double bind
Ikigai – devotion to a path + harmony with nature –> masterful artistry!
– looker

EXPERIENCE

17.1.18

– The Hindu Diary of Events
Check it out every year!
– 1 meter = 3.3 feet
– Ostensibly inherent inclination
Natural criminality
Racialized culture
Mainstream (media) discourse
The invisible hand
fortuitous
Keen consumer
– MLK Jr.
The difficulty is, *where* love will come from, if one is surrounded by hate……?
– Is investment advice also a part of “spiritual conversation”??
– Emojipedia!
– Add green tea to my list of evening drinks
20.1.18
– sedulous
cenacles
solvency
irrefragible
apodictic
Epistemic Psychology
The principle of principles
Absolute presuppositions
subjectist
experior
Evental singularity
Procedural truth
The gangue of common sense
“Aletheurgy”
Fictive word
Revelatory occasion
Conceptual history
Militant manifesto for philosophy
Compossible truths
Truth-acts
Pretheoretical event horizon
Unnameable realm
Fidelity to the new present that localizes the truth
Non-metaphysical transcendentalism
Insurrectionary version
“tout court”
crepuscular
Semiotics of a transdisciplinary field
Immanent logics
Manifesting the impossible
Post-Christian theology
Transcendental materialism
nub
Contemporary eventalness
Belletristic strategies
demurrals
theothanatology
– “Theology consists in  trying  “to  find  a  new  way of  fitting  God  within  the  general  structure  of  being,”  but  rather conceive  it  “as  a  contingent  transontological  event  whose kerygmatic  trace  becomes  the  occasion”  for  the  moment  of subjectivation.”
22.1.18
– The Women Behind Wonder Woman
Poster
Trailer
– Movies:
“Kong: Skull Island”
Review
Poster
Trailer
– Series:
“The Walking Dead” Season 1
Trailer
Poster
Trailer

REFLECTIONS

10.1.18
– Natural geyser
– The Florida Project
Trailer
Review
Posters
– impecunious
strumpet
Medici pope
The Sphere of the Fixed Stars
lodestone
philophaster
pretender/dabbler
Importunate rabble
Quintessential material
“Saving the appearances”
New sciences
instauration
trenchant
Signature style
Signal achievements
Pithy truths
Subjunctive mood
– Jesus crucified (publicly humiliated) his enemies first!
– There are eagles soaring above my house! 😃
– I guess we all need to learn how to be happy in whatever situation we
are, and also go after what we really want.
Both approaches in equal, dynamic interaction!
We can find a way to get what we want in any situation, and even if we get
what we want, we will still have to learn contentment, because there is no
perfect paradise on earth……
12.1.18
– Work as worship
Vs.
Worshiping work
– Public bath-houses
huntress
Pantheon of titans
Syncretism as propaganda
Freedmen & clients
coterie
Legalities & practicalities
Social mobility
Judaic religion, Greek culture, Roman law and Christian theology
patronless
Octavian >> Augustus
Leader ~ patron ~ father ~ god
Lying governments
Census & tax
Pax Americana
franchisee
Oppressive peace
Honoring by burying
Religious persecution as an expression of political oppression
Joint reading of disparate passages
Textual parallels
Narrative interpretation
city-state
Noble savage – Adam ~ Tarzan!
The harlot-teacher
steppe
Wild innocence/primitive purity
stinting
marquee
– Near-Eastern kings claimed to be divine – born of a human mother and a
male god!
– Distinguish:
Family
&
Household
– Cricket – what can we (India) learn from the disastrous 1st test in SA?
Does India deserve the No. 1 ICC ranking??
– Educational bureaucracy
Open-minded adoption of the enabling provisions
Game-changer
The panchayat as local authority
Credibility that inspires confidence
Professionalizing arbitration
Ramallah
Gaza Strip & West Bank
Landless farmers & rural distress
pauperization
13.1.18
– Unorganized sector
Reverse discrimination
Archaic laws
decriminalize
Capital offence
Tags & tabs
Neo-Nazi sympathizer
Blither/blather
Shithole countries
Surprised about being surprised
Cottoned on
Echo chambers
Confirmation bias
Preference falsification
The liberal paradox
Winging it
Building your audience
Carving out a niche
Evolutionary perspective
“vanitas”
Right ~ best
Brand integrity
Deep research projects
Read broadly & extract truth
– Adultery – not a criminal act
– Why is racism still persistent in the USA?
– Trump & Modi – facts do not matter
– Trump & historical racism
– Distinguish:
Liar
&
Bullshitter
– Why do we have such bad leaders and such stupid people, in spite of the
modern growth of “democracy” & “education”?
Why are technological advances not enough to create a better world?
– What is your operating system?
– Work:leisure balance
2 days off (freak-out) each week (Thursday & Sunday) – 1:2.5 – weekly
routine
2 months off (from ministry) each year – 1:5 – annual vacation
Take 6 months off every 5 years – 1:9 – self-renewal sabbatical
– Truth > meaning > purpose
Purpose >> meaning >> truth?
Are we living in a moral universe, or……?
– The latest is not always the best, but it ought to be so!
– What is one thing that you’re grateful for, over the last week?
Not being depressed!
– What was going on yesterday, at this time?
I was going to sleep, tired after the shopping. Skipped the night stroll…
– What were the highlights (experiences, insights, developments, etc.) of
the past day (24 hours)?
Why do I tell others that I’m “doing nothing”? How does that feel? Should I
change anything (either what I say or what I’m doing)?
Retrace some of your emotional high & low points in the recent past.
Too flat?!
– Macho, childish, men
– What is it to love oneself unconditionally & unreservedly?
Do I already?? How about you?
Why/why not?
– Self-examination, criticism & evaluation is probably best done in a
spiritually supportive peer group setting.
– The good life
&
The least of these
– Sorry, I have only gold, no currency notes!
Am I poor?
– When analyzing a complex problem (& making your choice), learn to
take all relevant & important factors into consideration, and not get
preoccupied with only one (or two).
Step back & take in the big picture, before jumping into the details.
Deductive over inductive?
14.1.18
– 🍚🙏🏽 உழவர் திருநாள் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
GOD BLESS our farmers 👨🏽🌾
How can we contribute to the welfare of the agricultural laborers who are
under severe distress today??
Let’s make it a resolution to put the focus back on our farmers every year,
during this harvest/thanksgiving festival, instead of just going back to
the default mode of celebrating the holidays without even remembering the
reason for it……!
One way is to identify NGOs who are working for farmer welfare and support
them (sponsoring, etc.)
Sending out gratitude to the agricultural laborers before every meal……
Being aware of, honoring, and celebrating the natural/seasonal cycles that
sustain our existence
– Christ University
All the faculty need to come together, discuss, and create a dialogue with
students & management, to come up with ways for continual improvement
of the institution
In relentless pursuit of the ideal of Education!
Move toward a more democratic mode for critical evaluation & creative
progress
15.1.18
– Movies:
“War Dogs”
– There is a man in my neighborhood who walks like the dead (the “walkers”
in “The Walking Dead”)!
– Wonder & doubt
There is a ? implicit in every !, and a ! implicit in every ?
– Movies:
“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”
Is this one of the best ever movies??
But definitely one of my all-time favorite films!!!
– obviate
16.1.18
– demiurge
unclassifiable
unsavory ~ immoral
molder ~ crumble
calcite
birefringence
Sinn Fein
prefecture
pentagram
Prohibition Era
Epigram ~ quip
Pokey ~ slammer
Entresol ~ mezzanine
gutless
crochet
– “There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside.” – Upton Sinclair
– There is no way to the good life, without being devout, upright & charitable.
No amount of cunning or power can compensate for solid character!
– “The Walking Dead” Season 1