– Julian calendar
– 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?
– 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
A tour for the rich
artisans, manual laborers, merchants
Social status, economic class
Favoritism, discrimination, partiality
excoriate, vituperate, lambast
elitism & patronage
Competition for civic advancement
Jews as underdogs
Ethnic identity & political influence
The mistake of imprecision
Documentary, literary & technical papyri
Philosophical education, self-improvement & entertainment
Homer (Greek) Vs. The Bible (Hebrew)
Training for public office
Philo, Josephus, Cicero
Eloquent wisdom Vs. The power of the Cross
2Cor. 10:10 – the Apostle’s “foolish” life-sermon
– Despising menial labor
Glorying in tribulations
Gorgeous, in every way! Norway – mmm, yummy……
Just another parable on religious fundamentalism & adolescent repression?
Non-epileptic (psychogenic) seizures
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!
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?
Could you please let me go?
– Get some sleep.”
Thelma, don’t go. Thelma!
– 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
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??
Life is complicated & problematic, but it’s real, and it’s fine!
No love, no hope!
– wait, am I really saying this?!
– I am slowly becoming someone I would despise and hate!
Better U-turn before it’s too late…… 😶
– WHY do you like lesbian porn so much??
What does your sexuality, your secrets & your crimes say about your soul?
– My work belongs neither in the church nor in the academy
– The child & the curriculum
School & society
“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……
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?”
– “When you die” – MGMT
– Nothing really matters.
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.
Simulacra of religion
Scientism as superstition
“Pantheism as sexed up atheism”
Idolatrous expressions of religious experiences
The Dred Scott case
“Our religions as forms of resistance to the divine”
Gerrymandering the terminology
Divination ~ prophecy
Spiritual experience & religious doctrine
Radical transformations of the linguistic-cultural frame
“You will see him there, just as he told you”
Argument from exemplarity
– Narcissus, becoming Leviathan!
Suspecting desire & desiring suspicion
– “The ending of the Gospel of Mark and the ends of God”
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…
– Christ University:
What good are youth, beauty, talent & enthusiasm, in solitude?
– He/she may be remarkable, but I am NOT!
What about you?
– TV series (limited):
My Scandinavian fantasy
Conservative democratic government
Empire, revolution & republic
Trust as currency
– Blockchain & Bitcoin – could this be the latest (& maybe better) challenge/alternative to capitalism?!