GLEANINGS

23.12.17

– sleight

flambe

postpositive

truculent

shut-in

bespoke

short-handed

metronome

cockeyed

Necrotizing fasciitis

– Advent/Christmas:

Immanuel ~ Jesus ~ Christ

The salvific presence of the divine!

Do you receive the Gift?

How can I, if I don’t even believe/know it??

Saving the world ~ eternal life for each person ~ the revelation of GOD’s love

Catastrophic Grace!

– Do you know why Angelo Mathews did not come out to bat yesterday?

– “By putting forward the hands of the clock, you shall not advance the hour.” – Victor Hugo
But without the clock, how would we know the hour??
Yes, time & tide wait for no man. But chronological time is, in a sense, man-made!
Distinguish:
Actual/reality
&
Popular/perception
“kairos” – from boredom to leisure, via awareness!
There are those who make a lot of noise, but are empty, and there are those who are changing the world quietly……

– Moon phases – waxing/waning crescent/gibbous

24.12.17

– “Cut the cord”
“Bite the hand that feeds”
“Waiting for the sky to fall”

25.12.17

– The festive spirit has infected me too…
And that’s very surprising! 😃

– *Merry Christmas* , dear…! 🌲
GOD showed his *no-holding-back* love, through this baby.
And, as we kneel in adoration before him, we are inspired to love with *no-holding-back* too!
So, may we all be liberated to experience the *joy of giving* (ourselves freely)……

*GRACE & PEACE* 🎁

– 26.12.17

– “This Is Us” – Kevin & Kate have confused success/career with fulfillment/vocation!

I am experimenting with putting the emphasis on the private/personal as opposed to the public/social, when it comes to work……

– Fictional/cinematic universe

Digmine

28.12.17

– “Superstar (feat. Matthew Santos)” – Lupe Fiasco
“The Fear” – Lily Allen

– Movies:
“அருவி” (Tamil)
She should have contracted HIV via sexual promiscuity, not by an “innocent” accident!
The ending was too melodramatic & dumb – fairy-taleish. Very disappointed, after the rousing & provocative beginning & development.
“அன்பின் கொடி” – awesome song!

Jukebox

Something different & provocative in Tamil cinema, but does not maintain the realism untit the end. Does not live up to the standards set by (similar) movies like இரைவி.
Has the filmmaker borrowed from movies like “God Bless America” and “Ingrid Goes West”?

(10/12/2016) Kelvikkenna Bathil | Exclusive Interview with Lakshmy Ramakrishnan | Thanthi TV

 

Review
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/aruvi-review-the-coming-of-rage/article21670011.ece
Posters




Trailer

 

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
The second half lives up to the expectations nicely built up by the first! The movie goes out with a bang, not a whimper.
I feel somewhat like Luke Skywalker – voluntary retirement & complete isolation, loss of faith in the religious order & conventional warfare.
Watched in IMAX 3D (courtesy Chris Joseph)!
The republic & the empire are not that distinct! It is the spiritual warriors (Jedi/resistance) that needs to do the hard work of figuring out what it means to be & stay faithful in such a situation……

29.12.17

– Procrustes
procrustean
pleonasm

inapposite

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GRIST

13.12.17

– Julian calendar

Caesarea Maritima

metier

Light pollution

– How can being forgiven cleanse me from my sinfulness??

– I did not like the Christ University Christmas musical very much, maybe because the Christian spirit (faith/devotion) was missing.

But I was already depressed, so maybe I wouldn’t have enjoyed it much, no matter how good it was……

Also, Handel’s Messiah & Santa Claus don’t go well together! 😐😌

– Sometimes, 2 (or more) emojis are required to express how one is feeling!

– Love does not know sacrifice, only passion!

Integrity ~ self-love

Love ~ relational truth

– UC News app

Why use the (irrelevant & stupid) pic of a school girl in skirt, for your ad (in Clean Master)??

Does this mean you will focus on the sleazy news for our daily infotainment?

Fuckers! 😠

– Be who you are.

Do what you are.

Say how you are.

– The closest to an epiphany that I have got in the past year may be the vision of gorgeous gals (some, goddesses) in my neighborhood, & rarely making very brief eye-contact with few of them……!

– amphitheater, racecourse, forum

chamberlain

A tour for the rich

promenades

artisans, manual laborers, merchants

Social status, economic class

Favoritism, discrimination, partiality

excoriate, vituperate, lambast

elitism & patronage

Competition for civic advancement

refounded

Jews as underdogs

Ethnic identity & political influence

The mistake of imprecision

Pseudo-relationships

Family slave

Documentary, literary & technical papyri

Philosophical education, self-improvement & entertainment

Assimilated Jews

Homer (Greek) Vs. The Bible (Hebrew)

Training for public office

Rhetorical affairs

Philo, Josephus, Cicero

Eloquent wisdom Vs. The power of the Cross

2Cor. 10:10 – the Apostle’s “foolish” life-sermon

vixen

– Despising menial labor

Vs.

Glorying in tribulations

16.12.17

– Movies:

Thelma

Gorgeous, in every way! Norway – mmm, yummy……

Just another parable on religious fundamentalism & adolescent repression?

Non-epileptic (psychogenic) seizures

PTSD

The power of our unconscious desires and their subtle, yet significant, impact on our lives

But what about her “murder” of the younger brother?? The religious as (human response to) the demonic!

Is she evil? What is (the meaning of) “evil”? The power within us which we struggle to harness – yes, dangerous, but also vital!

“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Connect the first and the last scene – the child/feminine/nature/desire/man/future Vs. the adult/masculine/culture/morality/GOD/past – guess who wins!?

Midpoint ~ 54:00 – the serpent enters her (via the mouth)!

Is the filmmaker a Freudian?

Our faith in/dependence on GOD, cripples and retards us.

I think I am also liberated!

longuers

Chthonian

Art-horror/poetic terror

Youth, university & isolation!

“…can be both a particle

or a wave…

depending on what kind of

instrument we’re using.”

“Lord, take it away from me. Get rid

of these thoughts. Take them…”

“There’s something within you…

I’m going to help you.”

“It’s alright. I’ll take care of it.

– I went to see grandma at the hospital.

Are you doing the same thing to me?

Is it?

Could you please let me go?

– Get some sleep.”

“Trond?

Trond?

Trond!

Trond?

Where’s Trond?

What’s happening?

Thelma, don’t go. Thelma!

Thelma!

Thelma! Thelma…

Review

http://www.vulture.com/2017/11/thelma-review.html

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgQMHG9SGlU

Poster

http://3ipycv2ugat81cqgps20hwke-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Thelma-Poster.jpg

– TV series:

“This is Us”

Watched 1 episodes of Season 1

WOW… Didn’t know I liked such sentimental stuff! I think it touched/moved a part of me that I thought was dead (intimacy/affection/loyalty)……

18 episodes is too long for one season…? I’m not gonna watch all of them. Episode 12 brings it full circle from 1.

Kevin’s talk on his painting (On the Us) was lightning out of the blue!

Celebrating the mundane mystery of the family

Biological family – is there any other kind?

Compare with the families of “Transparent” & “Fleabag”

A romantic/optimistic view of a dysfunctional family? Or a perfectly healthy family with ordinary, struggling members?

Individuality >> relationality

Vs.

Relationality >> individuality

Yin-Yang – the question of which is better/first/greater is simply stupid!

Of all the main characters, I identify most with Kevin.

Family/home as church.

Childhood, vocation, intimacy – 3 themes that are always relevant & integral to your life, no matter what stage you’re in.

Where is the “we” in all of this??

Schmaltzy/quirky/in-house

Life is complicated & problematic, but it’s real, and it’s fine!

No love, no hope!

– wait, am I really saying this?!

Review

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/apr/04/this-is-us-the-tv-show-that-lit-up-america-then-left-the-whole-world-cold

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_gVYoUbrLM

Poster

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/66/5a/af/665aaf5a2f02ad19a6a06230f84cead6.jpg

16.12.17

– I am slowly becoming someone I would despise and hate!

Better U-turn before it’s too late…… 😶

– Movies:

Bullethead

Baby Driver

– WHY do you like lesbian porn so much??

What does your sexuality, your secrets & your crimes say about your soul?

18.12.17

– My work belongs neither in the church nor in the academy

– Distinguish:

Tradition

&

Culture

– The child & the curriculum

School & society

– Movies:

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Tough, heavy, mysterious, disturbing

Why this title??

The hero of the movie is Martin (the boy), not the doctor!

My interpretation is theological – the film is basically a theory of atonement – the surgeon/father is God, his family is the Trinity, Martin is Man (His dead father as Adam), and the son Bob is Christ.

GOD has to pay for his sin by taking full responsibility for the suffering of the world upon himself – and he has no choice – there is no escape!

GOD is judged and Man is vindicated……

Distinguish:

Justice

&

Fairness

Would adopting the boy (& his mom) been another alternative?? If you murder the father, then you become the father. Or, you kill yourself too.

But why kill another member of your family?

No confession & repentance (or rather, restitution), no forgiveness & reconciliation

Martin only knows the meaning of what is going on, or is he actually causing it??

What happens when you go digging where there is no “deeper meaning”?

“That critical moment we both

knew would come some day?

Here it is.

That time is now.

You know what I mean.

– No, I don’t.

Listen, Martin, I don’t have time for this.

– Okay, I’m gonna explain this very quickly so that I don’t hold you up.

Yes, it’s exactly what you think.

Just like you killed a member of my family,

now you’ve gotta kill a member of your family to balance things out, understand?”

Review:

http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/the-killing-of-a-sacred-deer-review-1202439468/

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFdGfwChtw

Posters

https://epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1507817192_130_new-the-killing-of-a-sacred-deer-poster-and-website.png

http://cdn1-www.comingsoon.net/assets/uploads/gallery/the-killing-of-a-sacred-deer/unnamed-1.png

19.12.17

– “When you die” – MGMT

20.12.17

– Nothing really matters.

Realize this. 

Nothing else matters!

NOW, go and engage in all other matters.

So, the miserable are somehow more enlightened than the happy……?

They at least “know” that it’s all just a big show. But they have not (yet) come to terms, or personally reconciled, with this knowledge.

– ostensible

veridical 

portmanteau 

Living idols

Intentional objects

Implied character 

Putative experiences

Kitsch taste

fealty 

Sworn loyalty

Formal acknowledgment

Feudal lord

Lesser gods

Simulacra of religion

perfervid 

Set pieces

Scientism as superstition

Spiritual tone-deafness

Undergraduate atheism

brio

“Pantheism as sexed up atheism”

CliffNotes version

Idolatrous expressions of religious experiences

Natural/rational religion 

Secondary compensations

Semantic artifice

Real religion

The Dred Scott case

Constitutional law

“Our religions as forms of resistance to the divine”

Legitimate naturalism

Gerrymandering the terminology

Logopoiesis

Salamander

Space-heater

Amphibian family

Unredeemed longings

Nominal definitions

mantic 

Geomancy 

Divination ~ prophecy

Auspicious arrangements

Spiritual experience & religious doctrine

“Seeing as”

Popular bumf 

Radical transformations of the linguistic-cultural frame

“You will see him there, just as he told you”

Argument from exemplarity 

Unaugmented Gospel 

Surviving death

anastasis 

– Narcissus, becoming Leviathan!

Naïve fanaticism

Suspecting desire & desiring suspicion

Illusory hopes

– “The ending of the Gospel of Mark and the ends of God”

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/the-strange-ending-of-the-gospel-of-mark-and-why-it-makes-all-the-difference/

– Dream:
Someone has broken into my house. And I end up killing him. Then I tell my dad that there is something terrible inside me that comes out at such times……
I am standing in queue, in an eatery, inside a bus stand. Came to drop someone off. The guy who prepares & packs the food is overloaded, because his co-workers have gone for a break. He says, “human beings!”.

– The enlightened man is the one who has fully embraced the nothingness at the core of existence. And he engages in everything else, with the full awareness of this ultimate reality.
All the colors eventually fade to grey.
Or is it black?
The pursuit of greatness is just another failed attempt at immortality!
So, give it up too, along with all the other grandiose delusions & failed strategies – family relationships, religious devotion, social work, material prosperity, psychological health, moral excellence, individual achievement, physical strength, sexual pleasure, cultural refinement, etc., etc.
LIFE, is for those, who are NOT tired of dying!

– The essence of all philosophical endeavor is the struggle with the problem/question/sheer fact of the existence of language.

– Employment as distraction…
From?

– Christ University:
What good are youth, beauty, talent & enthusiasm, in solitude?

– He/she may be remarkable, but I am NOT!
What about you?

– kaivalya

– TV series (limited):

“Wormwood”

22.12.17

– Hygge 

My Scandinavian fantasy

Prussia

Radical newsletter

Conservative democratic government 

Empire, revolution & republic

Identity structures

Use cases

UX 

Trust as currency

Distributed ledger

Digital timestamps

– Blockchain & Bitcoin – could this be the latest (& maybe better) challenge/alternative to capitalism?!

GRIST

13.12.17

– Julian calendar

Caesarea Maritima

metier

Light pollution

– How can being forgiven cleanse me from my sinfulness??

– I did not like the Christ University Christmas musical very much, maybe because the Christian spirit (faith/devotion) was missing.

But I was already depressed, so maybe I wouldn’t have enjoyed it much, no matter how good it was……

Also, Handel’s Messiah & Santa Claus don’t go well together! 😐😌

– Sometimes, 2 (or more) emojis are required to express how one is feeling!

– Love does not know sacrifice, only passion!

Integrity ~ self-love

Love ~ relational truth

– UC News app

Why use the (irrelevant & stupid) pic of a school girl in skirt, for your ad (in Clean Master)??

Does this mean you will focus on the sleazy news for our daily infotainment?

Fuckers! 😠

– Be who you are.

Do what you are.

Say how you are.

– The closest to an epiphany that I have got in the past year may be the vision of gorgeous gals (some, goddesses) in my neighborhood, & rarely making very brief eye-contact with few of them……!

– amphitheater, racecourse, forum

chamberlain

A tour for the rich

promenades

artisans, manual laborers, merchants

Social status, economic class

Favoritism, discrimination, partiality

excoriate, vituperate, lambast

elitism & patronage

Competition for civic advancement

refounded

Jews as underdogs

Ethnic identity & political influence

The mistake of imprecision

Pseudo-relationships

Family slave

Documentary, literary & technical papyri

Philosophical education, self-improvement & entertainment

Assimilated Jews

Homer (Greek) Vs. The Bible (Hebrew)

Training for public office

Rhetorical affairs

Philo, Josephus, Cicero

Eloquent wisdom Vs. The power of the Cross

2Cor. 10:10 – the Apostle’s “foolish” life-sermon

vixen

– Despising menial labor

Vs.

Glorying in tribulations

16.12.17

– Movies:

Thelma

Gorgeous, in every way! Norway – mmm, yummy……

Just another parable on religious fundamentalism & adolescent repression?

Non-epileptic (psychogenic) seizures

PTSD

The power of our unconscious desires and their subtle, yet significant, impact on our lives

But what about her “murder” of the younger brother?? The religious as (human response to) the demonic!

Is she evil? What is (the meaning of) “evil”? The power within us which we struggle to harness – yes, dangerous, but also vital!

“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Connect the first and the last scene – the child/feminine/nature/desire/man/future Vs. the adult/masculine/culture/morality/GOD/past – guess who wins!?

Midpoint ~ 54:00 – the serpent enters her (via the mouth)!

Is the filmmaker a Freudian?

Our faith in/dependence on GOD, cripples and retards us.

I think I am also liberated!

longuers

Chthonian

Art-horror/poetic terror

Youth, university & isolation!

“…can be both a particle

or a wave…

depending on what kind of

instrument we’re using.”

“Lord, take it away from me. Get rid

of these thoughts. Take them…”

“There’s something within you…

I’m going to help you.”

“It’s alright. I’ll take care of it.

– I went to see grandma at the hospital.

Are you doing the same thing to me?

Is it?

Could you please let me go?

– Get some sleep.”

“Trond?

Trond?

Trond!

Trond?

Where’s Trond?

What’s happening?

Thelma, don’t go. Thelma!

Thelma!

Thelma! Thelma…

Review

http://www.vulture.com/2017/11/thelma-review.html

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgQMHG9SGlU

Poster

http://3ipycv2ugat81cqgps20hwke-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Thelma-Poster.jpg

– TV series:

“This is Us”

Watched 1 episodes of Season 1

WOW… Didn’t know I liked such sentimental stuff! I think it touched/moved a part of me that I thought was dead (intimacy/affection/loyalty)……

18 episodes is too long for one season…? I’m not gonna watch all of them. Episode 12 brings it full circle from 1.

Kevin’s talk on his painting (On the Us) was lightning out of the blue!

Celebrating the mundane mystery of the family

Biological family – is there any other kind?

Compare with the families of “Transparent” & “Fleabag”

A romantic/optimistic view of a dysfunctional family? Or a perfectly healthy family with ordinary, struggling members?

Individuality >> relationality

Vs.

Relationality >> individuality

Yin-Yang – the question of which is better/first/greater is simply stupid!

Of all the main characters, I identify most with Kevin.

Family/home as church.

Childhood, vocation, intimacy – 3 themes that are always relevant & integral to your life, no matter what stage you’re in.

Where is the “we” in all of this??

Schmaltzy/quirky/in-house

Life is complicated & problematic, but it’s real, and it’s fine!

No love, no hope!

– wait, am I really saying this?!

Review

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/apr/04/this-is-us-the-tv-show-that-lit-up-america-then-left-the-whole-world-cold

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_gVYoUbrLM

Poster

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/66/5a/af/665aaf5a2f02ad19a6a06230f84cead6.jpg

16.12.17

– I am slowly becoming someone I would despise and hate!

Better U-turn before it’s too late…… 😶

– Movies:

Bullethead

Baby Driver

– WHY do you like lesbian porn so much??

What does your sexuality, your secrets & your crimes say about your soul?

18.12.17

– My work belongs neither in the church nor in the academy

– Distinguish:

Tradition

&

Culture

– The child & the curriculum

School & society

– Movies:

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Tough, heavy, mysterious, disturbing

Why this title??

The hero of the movie is Martin (the boy), not the doctor!

My interpretation is theological – the film is basically a theory of atonement – the surgeon/father is God, his family is the Trinity, Martin is Man (His dead father as Adam), and the son Bob is Christ.

GOD has to pay for his sin by taking full responsibility for the suffering of the world upon himself – and he has no choice – there is no escape!

GOD is judged and Man is vindicated……

Distinguish:

Justice

&

Fairness

Would adopting the boy (& his mom) been another alternative?? If you murder the father, then you become the father. Or, you kill yourself too.

But why kill another member of your family?

No confession & repentance (or rather, restitution), no forgiveness & reconciliation

Martin only knows the meaning of what is going on, or is he actually causing it??

What happens when you go digging where there is no “deeper meaning”?

“That critical moment we both

knew would come some day?

Here it is.

That time is now.

You know what I mean.

– No, I don’t.

Listen, Martin, I don’t have time for this.

– Okay, I’m gonna explain this very quickly so that I don’t hold you up.

Yes, it’s exactly what you think.

Just like you killed a member of my family,

now you’ve gotta kill a member of your family to balance things out, understand?”

Review:

http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/the-killing-of-a-sacred-deer-review-1202439468/

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFdGfwChtw

Posters

https://epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1507817192_130_new-the-killing-of-a-sacred-deer-poster-and-website.png

http://cdn1-www.comingsoon.net/assets/uploads/gallery/the-killing-of-a-sacred-deer/unnamed-1.png

19.12.17

– “When you die” – MGMT

20.12.17

– Nothing really matters.

Realize this. 

Nothing else matters!

NOW, go and engage in all other matters.

So, the miserable are somehow more enlightened than the happy……?

They at least “know” that it’s all just a big show. But they have not (yet) come to terms, or personally reconciled, with this knowledge.

– ostensible

veridical 

portmanteau 

Living idols

Intentional objects

Implied character 

Putative experiences

Kitsch taste

fealty 

Sworn loyalty

Formal acknowledgment

Feudal lord

Lesser gods

Simulacra of religion

perfervid 

Set pieces

Scientism as superstition

Spiritual tone-deafness

Undergraduate atheism

brio

“Pantheism as sexed up atheism”

CliffNotes version

Idolatrous expressions of religious experiences

Natural/rational religion 

Secondary compensations

Semantic artifice

Real religion

The Dred Scott case

Constitutional law

“Our religions as forms of resistance to the divine”

Legitimate naturalism

Gerrymandering the terminology

Logopoiesis

Salamander

Space-heater

Amphibian family

Unredeemed longings

Nominal definitions

mantic 

Geomancy 

Divination ~ prophecy

Auspicious arrangements

Spiritual experience & religious doctrine

“Seeing as”

Popular bumf 

Radical transformations of the linguistic-cultural frame

“You will see him there, just as he told you”

Argument from exemplarity 

Unaugmented Gospel 

Surviving death

anastasis 

– Narcissus, becoming Leviathan!

Naïve fanaticism

Suspecting desire & desiring suspicion

Illusory hopes

– “The ending of the Gospel of Mark and the ends of God”

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/the-strange-ending-of-the-gospel-of-mark-and-why-it-makes-all-the-difference/

– Dream:
Someone has broken into my house. And I end up killing him. Then I tell my dad that there is something terrible inside me that comes out at such times……
I am standing in queue, in an eatery, inside a bus stand. Came to drop someone off. The guy who prepares & packs the food is overloaded, because his co-workers have gone for a break. He says, “human beings!”.

– The enlightened man is the one who has fully embraced the nothingness at the core of existence. And he engages in everything else, with the full awareness of this ultimate reality.
All the colors eventually fade to grey.
Or is it black?
The pursuit of greatness is just another failed attempt at immortality!
So, give it up too, along with all the other grandiose delusions & failed strategies – family relationships, religious devotion, social work, material prosperity, psychological health, moral excellence, individual achievement, physical strength, sexual pleasure, cultural refinement, etc., etc.
LIFE, is for those, who are NOT tired of dying!

– The essence of all philosophical endeavor is the struggle with the problem/question/sheer fact of the existence of language.

– Employment as distraction…
From?

– Christ University:
What good are youth, beauty, talent & enthusiasm, in solitude?

– He/she may be remarkable, but I am NOT!
What about you?

– kaivalya

– TV series (limited):

“Wormwood”

22.12.17

– Hygge 

My Scandinavian fantasy

Prussia

Radical newsletter

Conservative democratic government 

Empire, revolution & republic

Identity structures

Use cases

UX 

Trust as currency

Distributed ledger

Digital timestamps

– Blockchain & Bitcoin – could this be the latest (& maybe better) challenge/alternative to capitalism?!

Images

 

Check out the captions!

Miscellaneous + News pics

EJACULATIONS

6.12.17

– Distinguish:

Goals

&

Desires

No to the former. Yes to the latter.

– http://airpollutionapi.com/aqi/india/karnataka/hulimavu

PM2.5

– Less is more >> Nothing is everything!

– Equalizing the intellect-will with the body-emotions……!

Putting biology back on an equal footing with culture. No more hierarchical domination, only peer-negotiation.

In fact, I should empower the flesh a little more than the spirit!

Positive regression

Physiological development

– Readings:

“Saving God” by Mark Johnston – Chapter 1

“University & Pedagogy: Critical Theory & Practice” by Monica McLean – Chapter 1

“On Critical Pedagogy” by Henry Giroux – Chapter 1

“Coaching & Mentoring” by Simon Western – Chapter 1

“Beyond Objects, Beyond Subjects: Giorgio Agamben on Animality, Particularity and the End of Onto-theology” by Colby Dickinson (Journal article from Cosmos & History)

– Savvy

Vs.

Intelligent

– The politics of intimacy

Inward culture

The marketization of life

Capital, commodity & spectacle

Google – Kids coding & interactive doodle

– Bios

Vs.

Biology

The revolt of life, against the hegemony of language (ontology & technology)

Naturalizing (adj. & v.) religion

The ethics of the animal

Carnal spirituality

Psychological depression as a symptom of the rape of creation by superimposed knowledge (The Fall)!

– “Hello, what do you do?”

– “Hi… I am trying to live!”

– Arekere, Bengaluru – should we buy an air-purifier for the house?

AIR POLLUTION KILLS TWO INDIANS EVERY MINUTE!

– Distinguish:

Prosperity

&

Productivity

– My goal is to live without goals.

My purpose is to destroy all definitions of purpose.

My meaning is to let the body-moment dictate.

7.12.17

– Microsoft print to PDF

3M Command wall strips & hooks

– Sleeping without alarm

Hallelujah! 🙌

8.12.17

– Nature as a tourist spot

9.12.17

– Beliefs –> values –> desires –> plans –> decisions –> actions

– “Lay down & die”

Sometimes, giving up is not always the easiest, and may also be the wisest, thing to do!

– cram

slotched

Ace the class

Homai Vyarawalla

Lab infection

This day in history

Article, image, idiom, doodle of the day

acerbate

Dingle ~ dell

Flagellation ~ tanning

laundress

Overspill ~ runoff

Ailment ~ complaint

jousts

Independent watchdog

State media

shero

Parallel cinema

– “To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.” – Charlotte Gilman

A female reformer, therefore a great person!

She committed suicide.

What was HER “dominant weakness”?

Chronological snobbery is as bad as blind faith.

STILL – How long, how long……??! Time is running out for us, and we cannot take it for granted, that we will overcome any challenge in the future, just because we have come so far from our humble beginnings……

– “When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭NET‬‬

http://bible.com/107/isa.43.2.net

You will somehow make it through! That’s how you will know that I am always with you.

The Hindu past

Vs.

The Buddhist present

Vs.

The Christian future

It is “when”, not “if”… then, as you breathe freely, you will really be fully alive!

– News:

4 CRPF personnel shot dead allegedly by colleague

Withdraw ‘autocratic’ order cancelling Max Hospital licence, demands Delhi Medical Association

JNPT SEZ & Nitin Gadkari

Separatist seminar disallowed in J&K – Human Rights Day

Greater Noida twin murder: Teen (hooked to violent videogame) confesses to killing mother and sister, was upset after being scolded

UN rejects U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

The poll body has appointed Praveen P Nair as the returning pfficer in the place of K Velusamy who was embroiled in controversy over rejection of nomination papers filed by actor Vishal Krishna.

Black holes not as powerful as imagined

PHYSICS BREAKTHROUGH: NEW FORM OF MATTER, EXCITONIUM, FINALLY PROVED TO EXIST AFTER 50-YEAR SEARCH

More minors smoking, chewing tobacco in Maharashtra

Do you know where your Aadhaar has been used? This is how you can find out

Why is adultery an offence for men and not women? Plea in SC

Inadequate infrastructure a bane of dry waste collection centres

Bengaluru woman cheated of Rs 95K by NRI Facebook friend

Bengaluru Signs Up For Cleaner Air With World’s Biggest Cities

Experts tear into Bengaluru’s Revised Master Plan 2031, say it is filled with major errors

– Doing as being (role-playing)

Vs.

Being as doing (meditativeness)

Vs.

Unconsciousness as peace (sleep)

Unbecoming!

Breathe: calm ~ aware ~ nimble

Equilibrium/homeostasis:

3 stimuli/forces – inner/body, outer/environment & ideal/spiritual

At each given moment, allow the equal & free interplay of all the above 3, and then act (respond) accordingly.

(No more fixed periods/places for the exclusive focus on any one!)

Human – neither animal nor machine nor angel, but a unique entity which also includes the other 3!

Inner ~ me

Outer ~ us

Ideal ~ we

Distinguish:

Conscience/reason/will

&

Consciousness/awareness/instinct

Integrate the Sabbath into all 7 days! But can it be done without any dedicated (sacred) clearing?

– The music is the noise

and

the noise is the music!

Distinguish:

Mild background music

&

Loud intense listening

– Image ~ reflection ~ shadow

– Wash your eyes everyday

– Free money

11.12.17

– Movies:

“Mother!”

Exceptional acting by Lawrence! She is the star here, not Bardem. All the horror is seen on her face!

The unremitting nightmare of being feminine, in this world……

Beautiful & terrible Genesis/Fall parable – GOD, earth, the Garden, Adam, Eve, the Fruit, Cain, Abel, etc. They are all there!

Where is the Serpent??

Were you able to identify religion & the church in the story?

What is the book and who is the publisher?

It became too preachy & obvious in certain scenes where violence, war, etc. were depicted too graphically, and it was not shocking either. Could’ve been left out.

I wonder if there is any autobiographical elements from Darren & Jennifer’s relationship……

The relational life of a great artist – in short – fucked up!

The wife, as assistant, & muse

Religious ~ motherless!

Ecology as religion

The baby, of course, is Christ!

“Who are (all) these people?!”

“I’ll just get started on the apocalypse.”

“Where is he?

Where’s my baby?

– He’s not dead.

– What? Where is he?

– A voice still cries out to be heard, loud and strong.

– What?

– Do you hear that?

– No! No!

– Do you hear that?

That’s the sound of life.

The sound of humanity!

His cry of love!

His love for you!

– Get off! Get off!

You killed him!”

Review

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/movies/mother-review-jennifer-lawrence-darren-aronofsky.html?referrer=google_kp

Poster 1

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5303985fe4b098d249d5caef/t/59e688f39f8dceb811b30f0f/1508280603097/Mother%21-Web.png

Poster 2

http://www.indiewire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/mother-poster-cropped.jpeg?w=780

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtTE_DBKpRY

– Worldly ecclesiastic 

Middle English 

flighty 

Troilus & Criseyde 

Black comedy

Vs.

Romantic tragedy

Remote ~ mysterious ~ fascinating 

Learned & witty

Wily & hopeful

Earthy humor

Distinguish:

Subtle

&

Deceitful 

“Guffaw (belly laugh) at that old & mighty bully, the world!

Renaissance lore

scapegrace 

penniless 

Pantagruelist

The Modern Library 

– Church/mass review! 😉
Instead of just paying attention to every word, try to sense & imbibe the flavor/mood of the occasion.
Zeroing as heroism! Ego-death or self-transcendence as GOD-realization.
The baptist pointed to the Messiah. So, who/what did the Messiah point to? Obviously himself, right?
That’s how it seems at first, but if you look more carefully, he is then canceling himself out. So, what’s the point of the Cross??
Is religion pointing us to a really existent GOD, or is GOD fully present in & through religion?!
No religion, no GOD.
True.
But also,
No GOD, no religion!

– I must start to enjoy dressing up.

For whose sake?

12.12.17

– Encounter groups

halter

Central paranoia

– orphic

– Unnamed
Famous for being unknown
The author is always anonymous!

– Mute certain WhatsApp status updates 👍

– If (my being) explicit is obscene (for you), then so be it!

RAMBLINGS

20.11.17

– TV series:

“Transparent” (Season 1)

Also watched Season 2 Episode 1 – it was awesome! (1933 is NOT 1994)

Family is the place of unconditional acceptance AND open confrontation.

Boundaries/privacy/individuality

Vs.

Intimacy/belonging/community

There can be no moral strength without emotional vulnerability – authenticity is the real integrity.

Here is a family which refuses to pigeonhole its members into mere social roles……

How many families there still are, where no one has ever really “come out” to anyone else!

Are you curious enough to explore more about Judaism (& Yiddish) now??

“Dayenu”

Jill Soloway

Dramedy

Mensch

Male lesbians (WOW! And I thought I was…… 😉

Re-cheating & un-cheating

“Oy, gevalt!”

verklempt

Easing into the next transition……

Get messy, with this one unapologetic family

Review

http://time.com/3446282/season-review-transparent-is-a-change-for-the-better/

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeQ7WFpSmuU
– Nutritarianism
– PMV Games

subreddit

scalpers

blather

blowhard

bombinate

http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/2017/11/20/

asseverate

Groucho Marx

Reality game show

innuendo/insinuation

Congress Working Committee (CWC)

Parliamentary Affairs Minister

Biocon

Fringe groups

Deccan Herald

Bengaluru FC

Sand brokers

Cricket – test match highlights
– Because experiencing your loyal love is better than life itself, my lips will praise you. For this reason I will praise you while I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalms 63:3-4 NET

https://bible.com/bible/107/psa.63.3-4.NET

How can anything (or anyone) be better (or greater) than life?!

Maybe it is a hyperbolic way of saying that life is worth nothing without GOD’s love……

My life < Your name

Praising GOD with my hands (actions) & praying to GOD with my lips (words)
– “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Groucho Marx, http://www.bquot.es/s/2113

The vital importance of (learning from) history (includes current affairs) & literature (especially fiction)

TV series – education through entertainment!

Vicarious experience via narrative exposure & ritual immersion
– News:

CWC clears decks and dates for Rahul Gandhi’s road ahead: Will be Congress chief in Dec, PM face in 2019

Padmavati row – Mamata criticizes protests; Amarinder says they are valid

India’s WhatsApp arrests: When speech regulation goes “overboard”

Drunk men harass woman IndiGo staffer, fall at her feet and apologise after police intervention

Zimbabwe coup: The house of Mugabe crumbles, but it’s soon to celebrate

Myanmar’s institutional subversion of the Rohingya identity makes repatriation problematic

Confident of making a game out of it: Cheteshwar Pujara.

India vs Sri Lanka: Cheteshwar Pujara Becomes 3rd Indian To Bat On All Five Days Of A Test Match

Doomsday: Has NASA confirmed the possibility of Earth getting hit by an asteroid?

Deadly earthquakes could hit a billion people next year because of Earth’s slowing rotation

Scientists send message to contact alien life

Dengue prevention begins with respect for environment

Doing Daily Household Chores May Increase Longevity of Life: Study

Study reveals Bengaluru residents spend 7% of life commuting

More Youngsters in Bengaluru have back pain

Stop axing trees, promote electric vehicles: citizens
– Open elective course:

The challenge of striking the balance between familiar/acceptable and new/remarkable
21.11.17
– Distinguish:

Restore,

Reset &

Recover

(Windows PC)
– Sitting Zen

Lying Zen

Standing Zen

Walking Zen
– Pessimism/nihilism/cynicism

I love!
– Venting:

What the fuck is wrong with me?!

Why am I so miserable most of the time?

Maybe life just sucks.

Or maybe I need to be hooked on some drug or the other to feel alright.

Could this be genetic?

Or maybe this is because of my negative beliefs and unconventional lifestyle……

I want to be free of the need to feel well. Should I be rid of this need for freedom from emotional health too??

All my knowledge is in vain when it comes to my mental state/spiritual predicament!

I have lost my drive to achieve anything, whether inward or outward.

I just want to give up and relax. Let go, and slide……

I am sick & tired of living as this listless and pathetic son of a bitch.

But I don’t know of any alternative to this life.

If I could only die, and get this all over with.

I wish I could be strong enough to overcome, and flourish in spite of, this thorn in the flesh.
– I watched Stranger Things Season 1.

It started with a bang, but then lost its way, and became predictable, even silly!

I don’t think it’s worth writing a proper review.

How would it have been if the Coen Brothers did it instead of the Duffers?
22.11.17
– Today, I got the news that my open elective course (“The Joy of Learning”) in Christ University would not run this semester, because only 2-4 students had chosen it!

I was more relieved, than disappointed…….

I had been feeling very depressed the last 2 days.

Maybe I should’ve stuck to my original decision to not do anything (like this) for 1 year (June 2017 to June 2018)
– I want to go around, shooting and fucking people randomly!
– Dream:

I am in a school, with Dovina and Vijayalaya. We are being attacked by a mob of hooligans, and are fleeing to a place of safety.

Chellam is helping me with finding a way out……
– What would happen if I stopped following any rule of life and just let my natural instincts dictate everyday behavior?
– iMyfone Umate Pro

https://youtu.be/ZWIbndLJ5VA

WOW! This app gave a new lease of life to my old iPad Mini 😇
24.11.17
– Therapeutic culture

Human potential movement

New syndromes

Emotional incontinence

Victimhood mentality

Airport bookshelves

Expressivism

Managerial spirituality

Executive coach

Competing demands

Hybrid expertise

Postmodern confessional

Fascinating connections & illuminations

Helping relationships

Discourse & network analysis

The emancipation lens

Action research & reflective practice

Associative intelligence

Strategic interventions

coachee

Peer observation

Feedback loop

Systematic scrutiny

Reality principle
– Looking awry to resist, in “Fight Club”

https://my.vanderbilt.edu/criticaltheoryfall13/2013/09/looking-awry-to-resist-in-fight-club/
– Self-esteem & social support

Celebration of the self

Solace, insight, & intervention, for authenticity

Condemned to work out/for our freedom

Moving from contradiction to complement

An engaged space for dynamic strategies

Reflection, research & innovation

Macro-influences & micro-experiences

Refreshing critique –> further developments

Rigorous theorizing without scientific reductionism

Exposing the prevailing assumptions underneath dominant norms

The fetish of the new

Self-integration & self-critique

Contextual discourses and relevant rhetoric

Metaphorical imagination as explanatory theory

Theory – interpret experience, oversee practice and maintain critical self-awareness

Education – orientation + training = development

Letting myself be read by the text

Greed for simplicity
– “Psychoanalysis turns neurosis into ordinary unhappiness”
– Generative education

Vs.

Control mechanisms
– TV series:

Black Mirror (Season 1)

The common theme is the impact of technological/digital lifestyle on human existence – plainly negative!

Every realm – politics, economics, relationships, etc. – is affected – sparing nothing.

Why “black mirror”?? Is it the nihilistic image of man which is reflected by his own creations?

Do you remember seeing your own face on that dark screen?

“The ghost in the machine is your own soul!”

Another powerful argument for the necessity of philosophy/spirituality/religion, to maintain and nurture our core humanity……

But how will we keep them from being digitized?!

A TV series about the evils of the all-pervading media, watched online – how ironic!

There’s no going back now, to a romantic/pristine past. The only way is forward. We need a new vision or the human future to inspire the strategies of our soul-survival.

“Hive mind”

“Horror lark”

lapidary

Totalitarianism and vigilantism

Episode 3 was hitting too close to home!
Review: ‘Black Mirror’ Finds Terror, and Soul, in the Machine

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/21/arts/television/review-black-mirror-finds-terror-and-soul-in-the-machine.html
Poster

http://oxfordstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/black-mirror-season-3-poster.png
Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jROLrhQkK78

– “Hello sir,

Thanks for the honest question about “What I do all day”…

I didn’t mind it at all 😌”

“I have chosen a contemplative lifestyle, because I want to focus on living in the moment & on self-education.

– I usually have a weekly routine that I make for myself, which includes household chores & spiritual disciplines.

– I also prepare for an annual seminar & retreat, for others, to promote personal growth……”
– Learning Kannada – from English via Tamil
25.11.17
– The experts

Vs.

The Outsider

The kings, priests and judges

Vs.

The Prophet

The Pharisees, scribes and lawyers

Vs.

Jesus

The elders, clerics and academics

Vs.

Me
– Widening Participation in Post-Compulsory Education

Universities and the Global Knowledge Economy
– Official knowledge

Instrumentalism

Critical pedagogy

Communicative justice

The conscience as ethical intellect

Principles/values >> policies/systems >> structures/practices

Examining courses

pace

Critique >> innovate

Higher commitments & concerns

Biography & history

The structure/agency problem
– Yes, I read Critical Theory for entertainment!

And I don’t like those who can’t, or wouldn’t care to, think for themselves……
I need to spend more time on devotional Bible meditation and also just be with ordinary (non-intellectual!) folk.
– What can, or should, the veteran learn from the novice?
– Luk. 20:27-40

There are those who are physically dead, but are alive to GOD, and those that are physically alive, but dead to GOD……

Those who are children of this (evil/passing) age and those who belong to the world to come.

The spiritual life is eternal!

“Children of the resurrection”

Simply dismissing all possibility of “afterlife” today, based on rational/empirical grounds, would be just as foolish as the Sadducees denying the resurrection based on the Law of Moses.

What really matters is not whether you believe there is a future resurrection of the dead or not, but whether you have faith in the unlimited power of GOD (spiritual reality/ultimate destiny of all things, especially humans) which inspires the hope that can drive a radical life in the here and now.

Faith as projection

Vs.

Faith as adventure

Faith as a higher (or deeper!) level of knowledge that is comfortable with doubt and uncertainty – knowing without understanding – yes, I believe it is true, but cannot explain why or how!

Lord, I question, but you help my faith to sustain that questioning, without giving up (on the hope of finding GOD).
– Catherine of Alexandria – patron saint of female philosophers!
– Part-time job with full-time salary 😉
– PC – switched from Chrome (proxy tunnel issue) to Firefox, finally!

Got too tired to tolerate any more bullshit.
– Start preparing for annual retreat & seminar, instead of the open elective course.
– Meditation:

From doing to being

From thinking to breathing

From feeling to observing
– Recollection + reflection >> insight & development!
27.11.17
– From now onwards, my contribution toward others in the form of formal/prepared presentations is over!
– TV series:

Fleabag (Season 1)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – somewhat like our own Kalki Coechlin

The actress is also the writer! She does look nerdy and artistic……

Why “fleabag”? “an inferior hotel or rooming house”

Is her name really Fleabag in the series?! What did the others call her??

Angst = anxiety (existential) + grief (psychosocial) + guilt (moral/theological) – a summary of the human predicament!

Philosophical aptitude, personal spiritual discipline and relational skills – uniquely essential for survival as a human being

No remorse, no repentance,

No repentance, no responsibility,

No responsibility, no redemption.

All non-theological/amoral spiritualities are just different forms of escapism/self-deception!

Black humor, sitcom, bad girl

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYmENGPlNMk

A delicious review

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/26/fleabag-an-original-bad-girl-comedy

Poster

http://www.mindcorp.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/mindcorp-creative-agency-advertising-all3media-mipcom-fleabag-keyart-london.jpg
– dive bars

bottom feeders

Mumblecore improv

detumescence

Mordant writing

Offscreen antics

outré

Singer-songwriter

Fourth wall

Private gags

stepmonster

lubricious

Embarrassment of bitches

Tragicomic asshole

turncoat
– “The Pope expertly trolls Trump…”

Ha ha ha ha!
– Movies:

“Atomic Blonde”

Not just another sexy action movie or cold war spy thriller

Theron sizzles and explodes!

The narrative voice-overs are crucial

What if everyone (of the common people) just suddenly stopped (refused to continue) playing their role in the dirty games of the big players?!

How difficult is it to be a soul-survivor, rather than becoming a brutal monster, in this cruel and apathetic world?

Compare with James Bond movies – there’s even a Bond girl!

Draw out the deep & subtle parallels between the ordinary life of someone like me and that of someone like Lorraine

“This is NOT that story”!

Review

http://time.com/4874696/atomic-blonde-charlize-theron-review/

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGDdv88uJsQ

Poster

https://talenthouse-res.cloudinary.com/image/upload/c_fill,h_994,w_640/v1498151988/user-855400/submissions/dewmny0kdkactpi1mhnw.jpg
– Open elective courses in Christ University:

  1. Should I try to identify the 6 students who chose my course?
  2. The pattern among the courses which have qualified to run shows that students choose a course either for its direct career value (a useful addition to their resume when applying for a hifi job) or if they find it immediately relevant or interesting, like “Gender in Popular Culture”. Only courses which are focused in their subject matter are usually preferred.
  3. I am quite disappointed that there is not much of curiosity about what education itself is (or can/should be) among so-called full-time scholars!My course raises such fundamental (and uncomfortable?) questions!No other course seemed to have such a broad (philosophical or spiritual) perspective/approach.

But actually, I am relieved that I don’t have to sit and prepare for hours, to deliver lectures……!

I don’t believe in that mode/format of learning anymore.
28.11.17
– harbinger

http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/2017/11/28/
– Can virtue & ethicality be cultivated personally, without cultural or moral conformity?

Can one be both critical & individualistic, and also be socially responsible?

Compare & contrast:

Relational loyalty

&

Social responsibility
– 1Chron. 16:8,34

Praise the LORD for his unfailing love,

And give thanks for his great deeds.

Unfailing love –> great deeds

Once you experience this, you can go and tell everyone else about (the greatness of) your GOD!
– “Have you begun to stop trying to defend your sins? Then you have made a beginning of righteousness.”

Augustine of Hippo

Confession >> penance >> reform

Giving up >> new beginning

Either you start righteous and become a sinner, or you start sinful and become righteous!

How you see yourself now will determine where you go next, and ultimately where you end up.

This applies to both individual persons and social groups.

“If so, then…” and “If not, then…”

Self-justification & stagnation

Or

Self-criticism & development

Your attitude to GOD, others & the world, is nothing but an outward expression of your intrapersonal dynamic.
News:

Master Plan 2031 gives public transport a boost, proposes Metro on Bengaluru periphery.
BENGALURU: ACP MISBEHAVED WITH SEXUAL HARASSMENT VICTIM?
‘Incarcerated’ donkeys released from Uttar Pradesh jail on BJP leader’s recommendation.
Gujarat polls 2017 is all about community votebank: Here’s what BJP, Congress candidate lists tell us.
Bali paradise turns to tourist nightmare as Mount Agung rumbles
SC Dismisses Plea Against ‘Padmavati’, Says Final Call Job of CBFC
Pope Francis urges respect for rights and ethnic diversity, sidesteps Rohingya crisis
Why shouldn’t the public get to know how BCCI is functioning? – Vinod Rai
World Air Pollution Day: 5 ways in which air pollution affects your mental health
Consumer should decide what is good and what is bad: TRAI chief on net neutrality
No loan waiver for capitalists, says Jaitley
29.11.17
– complaisance

Spectacle of animality

Animal interiority

comportment

incontestible

Entomology & philosophy 

The insinuations of poetry

The irrational roots of all (including human!) life

The daydreams of our hidden life

The animal, the primitive, the child and the insane

The anthropological machine

Onto-theological critique

Deconstruction of traditional significations 

Constructed distinctions & arbitrary boundaries 

Beyond representation, toward pure encounter

The discourse of being

Redefining (divine) revelation as the unveiling of our (human) animality

Pardigmatic singularity

Vs.

Sovereign representations

Moving from particularity to particularity, resisting the temptation of universalization

Thingness 

Safeguarding precarity 

Messianic intervention

The appearance of a justifiable political discourse out of political nihilism 

Christianity as the end of theology 

Religiously inflected terminology 

Canonical moment

Transition from Judaic law to Christian forms of life

Form & content; object & subject; universal & particular 

The inevitability of theology 

Violent condensation into semblances 
– Fully embracing determinism is ultimate freedom!
– Buddha – dropping into the metaphysical, by burrowing into the psychological……!
– Life is suffering (sorrow) >> suffering is life (passion)!
– In the world, it seems that everything at the highest & deepest level is fucked up, and only in the middle is there something good going on……

Getting out of this good/bad mindset is my greatest challenge.

Why is sadness bad, and happiness good?
– My primary goal is to become nothing.

But that is exactly what I am avoiding most vehemently!
– Beyond faith, hope & love

Suffering, death & glory!
– We are just self-deluded animals!
30.11.17
– Lower class immorality

Middle class morality

Upper class amorality
1.12.17
– “Aadharam” Tamil short film

(Referred by Chris Joseph)

My interpretation:

I think it’s about the question of personhood. And the point made is that, the affection (of & for another) (ஆதரம்)  is what *creates* personhood.

So, Inba is a person, because of the affection of the protagonist *bestowed* upon “it” (a doll)!

And his son is NOT a person (although a human) because he does not express affection toward his aged & sick father……
– The theologies of cultural intelligibility

Hidden work/secret agents

Forgotten histories
– Theology as ideology

Vs.

Theology as critical theory

The heretic as double agent

De-authorized/uncapitalized truth

Survival & testimony

Dangerous memories

The legal force of cultural forms

The constitution of identity through narrative repetition

Ontology as normative injunction & not original foundation

Masking the ruses

Fleeing game

Weak messianic forces

Deconstruction as a challenge to the sovereign powers

Manufacturing the necessary ground

Signification/representation as the state of original sin

From being to existence

The pure functionality of separating & dividing

The limits of language

Essences, without content

The historic fabrication & institutional authorization of humanity

Pure potentiality ~ zone of indistinguishability

Fractured sense of self ~ caesura

Self-posited uniqueness

Metaphysico-political project

The divine, as an invention, to render the human thinkable

Well-founded, peaceful/natural strength (from below)

Vs.

Artificial/violent power-impositions (from above)

Suspension of all sovereign decisions that underlie the general construction of representations

The revocation of every vocation & dwelling in the indescernibility of our situatedness – our only ethical option.

Risking the emptiness

Central hiatus

A regression beyond

Freed from all indebtedness to the anthropological

The dissolution of politics as the beginning of the ethical task

Poverty of being/world

The movement of openness

The easy perpetuation of violent representations

Immanence ~ materialism ~ pantheism ~ animality

A hidden theology – potential re-enchantment of our post-religious world

Dichotomous logics

Irreducible particularities/absolute singularity

Pre-linguistic paradigms
– Who does the double-agent serve?

Well, himself, of course!

(Or is it the greater ideal of – non-partisan – justice?)

Maybe he’s the only sane one among the lot, of patriots & criminals……

Reality is indefinite!

An unmediated opportunity to encounter the O/other

Conceptual & social indeterminacy
– Effectively challenging any attempt to foreclose critique, resistance & hope

The politicization of education

Developing a language of hope

Power, conformity & reproduction

Organized collective struggles

Civic courage

Productive, deliberative & directive practice

Moral identity & political agency

Popular culture as a teaching machine

Public pedagogy

A democratic perspective

Market fundamentalism

Standardized competition

Deskilling of school faculty

Economic Darwinism

Accused of “Un-American behavior”
– My life:

1. To become nothing (in the eyes of the world & myself). To be liberated from the need to “be someone/do something”.

2. To live intensely & entirely in the moment, and learn to enjoy spontaneity.

3. To participate in the subtle movement of the weak messianic forces that subvert the powers that be.
4.12.17
– gander
5.12.17
– http://carltonbale.com/1080p-does-matter/

So, I have decided to buy a 43″ (Full HD) LED TV
– Society of the spectacle ~ spectacular life!

2.12.17

– Conscientious dissent
Public values
Democratic spaces
Social responsibility
Confronting power
Analyzing trends
The moral imperative of political agency
Dialogue & accountability
Neoliberal education
Self-leadership
Citizen power
Questioning common-sense views
A constant re-examination of the boundaries between the sensible & the subversive
Changing the forms of self & social recognition
Diversity, compassion & dialogue
Vital interrogations
Knowledge as a power-relation
The forces that influence & determine self-definition
The construction of experience
The multiplication & dissipation of desire
Shared vision
Ethical intervention
Justifiable policies
Assigned meanings, official knowledge, established modes of authority
Necessary risks
Energizing traditions & transformative skills
Prophetic interpretation
Unlimiting possibility
Inspiring responsiveness
The promises & perils of the future
Legitimation of certain social forms
Imagining a more perfect democracy
Ideals >> questions
Challenges >> struggles
Zombie politics & today’s youth
Against schooling
After-hope
The military-industrial-academic complex
Training in idolatry
Patriotic correctness & academic freedom
Common dreams
Managerialism
Inverted totalitarianism
The professor as public intellectual
Pedagogy as cultural politics
The death (not end) of history

– Pray ~ bray 😉