STUFF

29.6.17

– Beautiful ruins

– The natural hermeneutical method

Critical & systematic reflection

Proceeding with collaborative curiosity & creativity

– Are women (generally, with not a few exceptions) more silly and stupid than men? If not, then why am I even asking this question?

– Spiritual conversation ~ naughty business! 😈

30.6.17

www.peopleareawesome.com

But you got it wrong – it’s “extraordinary people doing ordinary things”…!

– Fantasies of sex, violence &……?

Religion/spirituality, of course!

What do all three have in common (along with death!)?

Ask George Bataille!

– I have found my (next) goddess! 😉

– Freak ~ weirdo ~ creep

– http://www.mirandawarning.org/mirandawarning.pdf

Read me my rights!

– Distinguish:

Political correctness

&

Ethical soundness

Cultural absolutism

&

Moral relativism

– “Shallow people” – Fuck it, NOT everyone ought to be “deep”!

Who will do all that other work then??

– Those who fit into the world, experience spiritual emptiness.

And those who refuse to conform, suffer physically.

So, everyone is fucked!

– I wish I could just shoot & kill half the dogs in my neighborhood.

If only…… I would……

– Are people shallow, because they are busy,

Or are people busy, because they are shallow?

Not everyone who is busy is shallow.

And not everyone who is shallow is busy.

– Piddling (about)

coquettish

chortle

Halfwits & heavyweights

– SFG – the real spiritual formation group

&

SCG – the spiritual conversation WhatsApp group

1.7.17

– What do I have to prove (mainly to myself) that I am not just a abstract thinker/flashy talker, but an authentic individual?

1. My counter-cultural (contemplative) lifestyle

2. My bold/open sexual expression

3. My public positioning of (controversial) faith and invitation of challenge/argument

– Theory – exploration

Practice – experimentation

Experience – adventuring

– Love – you said it is respect for, acceptance of, & care toward the other.

But you missed one thing:

DESIRE for (to be with) the other!

– Update my CV. Add moderating spiritual conversation WhatsApp group & blogging, as ministries.

– FII – Foreign Institutional Investor

futon

http://m.economictimes.com/markets/expert-view/market-gurus-are-sold-on-gst-in-the-long-term-heres-why/articleshow/59398836.cms

2.7.17

– Self-objectification

Vs.

Self-observation

– Burger King is a flop.

– Last time I went home (Chennai), I felt like crying, when I saw a childhood photo of me, smiling widely, standing with my parents…!?

– SFG/SCG is FOR you, if……

SFG/SCG is NOT for you, if……

– Write 3 statements for each:

I am…

I am not…

– Dynamic systems

Chaos & complexity

Action understanding

Imitation & empathy

3.7.17

– Should I have completed the 10 day Vipassana course, in spite of my doubts & other difficulties?

It would have made it easier for me to consistently practice mindfulness after I returned from the retreat.

– Meetup – great app for someone like me!

Referred by Vishal Kevin.

I can join interest groups, meet new like-minded people, and also use it as a platform to promote SFG & SCG……

Bangalore is far ahead of Chennai in many ways!

– vogues

Moving from acceptance/normality to popularity/success to power/influence… Are you moving on this track?

campy

fractal

– ⚠📢

_Dear folks…_

*It is time for Annual Retreat 2017!*

This year, we will be learning to play an experiential learning game called SUBLIMEWE.

It is for people of any religious (or non-religious) background, who want to develop the aptitude & skill to live on LIFE’s terms, by equally loving oneself and others.

Avail this unique opportunity to see how the “gifting culture” moves us toward a “world that works for everyone”!

Saras (Sarasvatti G. C.) will be available to help us get acquainted with the whole process.

Date:

Part 1 (Introduction) – 12-15.8.17

Part 2 (Integration) – 25-27.8.17

Venue:

In/around Bengaluru (will be fixed & informed within next 2 weeks)

Cost:

Rs. 6,000 per head (approximately)

Please reply and confirm your participation in the next 1 week. You can decide about attending Part 2 after you finish Part 1.

If anyone needs financial support, please let me know ASAP.

GRACE 🙏🏽

5.7.17

– To mystic/cosmic, add mythic!

– patreon.com

4.7.17

– Mutual support for self-facilitation
Fractal self-organizing- Christ University offers B. Sc. Psychology. And Asoka University offers B. A. Psychology.
What’s the difference?

– I know why the people in Bangalore look more beautiful than the folks in Chennai (no doubts about that!), or so I think:
1. There is more (genetic) intermingling here, between North, South, West & East India. The cosmopolitan mix produces better results, because of natural selection from a greater variety of options & combinations.
2. The climate is cooler and more amiable, so that might have a more positive effect on skin complexion.
3. The culture here is more image (& health?) conscious and fashionable, so people invest more on staying fit & looking good.

– “Last night, I was upset about you not _____ with me, but _____ with them (in spite of the work you had to do).
I don’t know why I got hurt!
It’s not your fault, I guess…
Maybe I was lonely, angry & sad, because I felt left out (& I didn’t want to join either!), and even despised all of you together as a “happy group”…
The conversations you all were having was really getting on my nerves! I couldn’t help it. I felt disgust, hatred, etc. rising up from within…
I just wanted to get out and find some peace in solitude.
Something very deep/old inside me is in tumult 😓
Sorry ✋🏽
You don’t have to do anything about it. And I don’t think you can help either……
I think this is somehow related to my critical intellect, sexual lust, depression, introversion, etc.
All these seem to be symptoms of some great “wound/lack” inside……! Maybe, I don’t know
I was trying to relax by closing my eyes & breathing. Then I just went to sleep. Escaping the pain/trouble
I am so sick, and this world is so fucked up.
I am numb to this life. I don’t believe in God or love or truth anymore……
Nothing really matters!
There is so much inside me, waiting to explode & destroy everything around me
I am afraid of (what’s hidden/buried in) myself
You are more like them, than like me.
Spiritually, I am alone.
And all I want is to be left alone in peace. That’s all.
I will NEVER be a parent.
You go ahead & have a normal/healthy life. But spare me the bother……
I have nothing against you.
I just want to be true to myself (I couldn’t be otherwise).
And you should do the same”

6.7.17

– “⚠📢 ANNOUNCEMENT & INVITATION:
“Dear folks…
It is time for our *ANNUAL RETREAT 2017*!
This year, I would like to offer the following proposal:
To gather, explore and play with an instrument, designed for
experiential learning called *”sublimewe”.*
It is a coined term which describes a space for us to be in a mode of unlearning and deepening into self, enacting mutuality with others and emboldening all those in the sphere of your influence for sake of unity, authenticity, diversity and widespread well-being.
It is for people of any affiliation (be it religious or non-religious), who want to develop the aptitude & skill to living on LIFE’s terms, by equally caring for and loving self and others.
I welcome you to utilize this unique opportunity to see how “gifting
culture” moves us toward a “world that works for everyone”!
Two or three practicing players of the sublimewe game, including Saras (Sarasvathi G. C.) will be joining along with us as we create the whole retreat experience together.
_____________________
Maximum number of participants ~ 10 only (excluding the 3 facilitators), so please respond promptly to register.

*Dates* :
– Part 1 (Introduction) – 12 – 16.8.17 (5 days & 4 nights)
– Part 2 (Integration) – 17 – 19.8.17 &/or 25 – 27.8.17 (3 days & 2 nights)
(You can decide about attending Part 2 after finishing Part 1)

*Venue* :
In/around Bengaluru – the climate is very pleasant, & with good
options for inexpensive retreat spaces.
(Place will be fixed & informed within next 2 weeks)

*Cost* :
Approximately Rs. 6,000 per person – including travel, food and accomodation – for Part 1 alone
(but financial constraints need not keep anyone from coming.
So please inform me if you need support…
And generosity from those who can afford is encouraged!)
The core practice of sublimewe is based on a principle of shared responsibility (unlike business as usual.)  All aspects of the retreat
is held by each one that will be joining and participating amongst us, particularly financial co-responsibility for all expenses in conducting our event.
Therefore, further details on expenses will emerge as part of the retreat convening & organizing process.
_____________________
Please reply, if you are interested in being a part of such a venture, so I can call you and then we can discuss the details and finalize your plan.

*Contact* :
+919840227977 (Immanuel Joseph)
_____________________________________
_GRACE, PEACE & FREEDOM_ 💢
_____________________________________

– Connect and integrate Spiritual conversation WhatsApp group, local spiritual friendship small group, Immanuel Joseph’s Blog, annual retreat & seminar!
A veritable ecosystem for personal flourishing and world transformation 😇👍👏

– Artifical intelligence
Vs.
Natural wisdom

– How can I nurture a sharp attitude of healthy criticism, without falling into the dark pit of morbid cynicism?
How can I have strong beliefs that produce committment to a clear path, without being blinded by my confident zeal?
There needs to be a balanced tension & dynamic interaction between faithful action and self-doubt to keep one from the twin risks of violent dogmatism and relativistic paralysis……

– Ogle:
Admiring & enjoying, without killing & consuming……
Possible?

– Gifting time
Spiritual donation
Personal sharing
Moral exchange

–  “Advertisement for starting a Spiritual Formation Group (to be forwarded to your students & colleagues in all 3 campuses of CU, via your network, by WhatsApp/email):
My name is Immanuel Joseph. I am a 37 year old Tamil guy, married to Salome Divya (Assistant Professor of Psychology). We live in Hulimavu, close to the Christ University campus on BG Road. We moved here from Chennai last month.
– I come from a Christian, medical background. I have been engaged, as an independent practitioner, in conducting small group meetings, retreats, seminars, & one-on-one mentoring for more than 8 years now. I have had basic formal training in Theology & Counseling. I am a contemplative autodidact.
– The Spiritual Formation Group (SFG) is how I express my passion for holistic growth through radical education, intellectual dialogue and mutual support (which are also, according to me, the most pressing needs, especially among our youth).
This is for any adult (above 18), who is interested in understanding themselves better, relating intimately with others, learning more deeply about their world and experiencing GOD in & through the mystery of this life.
– This is NOT mainly a Christian fellowship, or group psychotherapy, or academic/cultural club, etc. But it includes some of these elements and more (authentic friendship & personal transformation through reflection & conversation)!
If you want to try something new/different that might be edifying, enlightening & inspiring, or you feel that something crucial that is essential for that next stage of your evolution is lacking, or there is a sense of dissatisfaction & frustration with the superficiality, mediocrity & busyness of contemporary society, then the SFG is for you!
– Those who would like to be part of such a community, please contact me, so that we can arrange an initial intro/orientation meeting, where I can give more details and we can discuss how to take this initiative forward, together.
PEACE ✌🏽
+919840227977
jimmanueljoseph@gmail.com”

– “I am available for anyone (student or faculty, male or female, young or old) who wants a trustworthy confidant, or is looking for a spiritual friend/conversation partner.
Let me know if you come across such a need…
PEACE ✌🏽”

– “SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION WHATSAPP GROUP
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
Dear friends…
WELCOME!
This is a forum for free exchange of views (beliefs & values) & open/mature/serious dialogue.
For adults ONLY.
Language – English
– No more forwards (pictures, videos, jokes, Christian messages, etc.) will be allowed in this group. So please avoid sending them.
You can send relevant forwards (Max. 1 per day). Whoever posts a forward must also give a brief description or comment.
– If you find anything that is good (important,  useful, interesting, & relevant to the theme of this group – serious discussion of faith/life), then you can send just the online link (URL). But this also, only a maximum of one per day per person.
– But you can send small excerpts like quotes (max. 2-3 sentences/a small paragraph).
– If anyone violates this rule, they will be given a warning. The next time, they will be evicted from the group.
– I am bringing in this rule so that our conversations will be more authentic & substantial.
Please cooperate.
Any feedback can be sent to me personally, not in the group.
THANK YOU!
Friends, please avoid any communication that is not meant for the entire group, but only for an individual.
– I was part of another WhatsApp group in which the administrators had this rule, & I saw that it really helped to maintain a better quality of conversation!
– But when it comes to expressing your own views & experiences, you have FULL FREEDOM!
– Let the conversation flow! Let us all feel free to express ourselves fully. Let us accept & respect each other. Let us push & shove each other, as we clash, in the pursuit of truth & glory – together! 👣
– Diversity/variety of persons, & therefore theologies is a wonderful & complex fact! 😇✨
Let us just enjoy being exposed to the Great Other, through encounters & communication with all these others.
I would request everyone to just relax & speak their minds without any fear! 🍷
It can be difficult, frightening & painful to interact with radically different persons/views, but that is what helps us grow! We are forced to stretch. Otherwise what’s the point in any conversation?? We are NOT here to just rub each other’s backs……
– Dear folks… Please note that we will be focusing on spiritual conversation (the purpose & title of this group) and NOT personal confrontation. The latter can be done in private chats with individuals on WhatsApp!
– Here, we will be trying to distinguish between WHAT is being said and WHO is saying it, and then concentrate on the former, NOT the latter.
– This will be followed as a strict rule!
– And although Christian theology is an integral part of the exchanges in this open forum, spiritual conversation is not limited to it!
Spiritual > Christian.
Faith > religion.
So get ready to be exposed, & to explore!
There is no obligation to participate in the chats. You can join in whenever you can/want.
– If anyone doesn’t like the experience, please feel free to contact the administrator(s) to give feedback (in private chat), or leave the group.
PEACE ✌🏽”

– Hegre Art
poltroon
stoner
TBD
ASMR

7.7.17

– I love sleeping in the light, and staring into the dark! 😎

6.7.17

– quorum

–  Silent Planet – Understanding Love As Loss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HHk2TuK2CE

–  Neck Deep – Where Do We Go When We Go (Official Music Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1kVFuAdRx0

8.7.17

– Today, I saw a school  girl on the road in front of my house. She was so beautiful and sexy – indeed she looked perfect!

My heart fluttered and skipped a beat – I was moved with adoration and hurt with desire……

I have such experiences rarely.

Should I be ashamed or afraid??

T. S. Eliot once said that D. H. Lawrence was a “very sick man indeed”…

The lives and times of joy-hogs

Ha ha ha ha!

I hesitated a lot before I wrote this down (& then published it). Why??

So, instead of censoring it, I recorded my feelings about the recording too, along with the account of the original experience……

NOW, you can judge me, and expose yourself, in the very act!

– “Strangely incurious”

mermen

–  CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization – Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwInY93oaLo

– Congratulations on starting a Meetup

https://vimeo.com/115232133

– “Run” – Foo Fighters

Lyrics http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/foofighters/run.html

Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifwc5xgI3QM

Ex-messiah

What’s that poster all about??

Fortis does give concession for doctors when it comes to the treatment of their own illnesses. I am a beneficiary of this (shoulder physiotherapy). The discount is ~ 25%!

But I’m afraid that this kind of propaganda only feeds further into the hype and spin surrounding the commercialization and glamorization of healthcare…… Just another false religion/failed god!

What can a medical doctor (no matter how super the specialist or great the consultant) do, outside of the allopathic infrastructure (technological & human resource) of college, hospital, pharmacy, lab, etc.??

Who is the guy underneath that coat?

Distinguish:

Doctor ~ teacher

&

Healer ~ God

RANDOM

21.6.17

– The extraordinary everyday!

– Fluid arts

Video magazine

– Is it possible to integrate the erotic, the intellectual and the political in a spiritual formation group??!!

– Whenever you find something worthwhile, save & share it.

– The courage of hopelessness/tragedy

Vs.

The cowardice of despair/resignation

Comedy is nothing but tragedy without an end……!

– Solitude + idleness + imagination = enlightenment!

– daft 

punk

spunk 

hoodlum 

gnoccatime 

PMV

GIF slideshow 

touchwood 

– Fuck the System:

This present order/evil age

My daily rhythm/rule

Ministry plans

They’re ALL the SAME! 😡

What do you think lies behind/beneath these world structures/flesh drives??

O O O, Satan……….

– 22.6.17

– Asexual cuddling

Psychological nakedness

Spiritual friendship

Aesthetic intimacy

Intellectual partnership

Ethical conversation

Vocational support

– “I am available for anyone (student or faculty, male or female, young or old) who wants a trustworthy confidant, or is looking for a spiritual friend/conversation partner.

Let me know if you come across such a need…

PEACE ✌🏽”

– Nowness 

Flogang 

23.6.17

– My “ministry” is more about me looking for others out there who can give me the kind of company I want, rather than me providing something for a perceived need in the church/society!

– mirandum 

Bourgeois-ized existence 

self-incrimination

Bohemian garb

Doubt, wonder & mystery

– A person who is not reflective, intentional & public, in her experience & practice of life, CANNOT be called “spiritual”!

The emotional-relational dimension can be healthy only when sandwiched between the intense & dynamic engagement with the private & political realms…

– TV series:

“Luther” season 1

So, do they finally have sex or not??

This guy is a bundle of contradictions. She seems to be more consistent. But even her world is being rocked by the sudden invasion of love.

This is not just another story where the main characters never die! Realistic, & therefore powerful. Why does fiction need to be so, in order to be appealing?

The hunter & the beast fall in love. And the death of the beloved beauty makes way for the sexy creature!

Compare the torment of detective Reed with O. J. Simpson’s anguish after (being caught & charged for) the murder.

– Movies:

“The Prophet” (based on the book by Kahlil Gibran)

Hmmm…… I found it too cute & romantic.

Even his view of death is too rosy for me!

No wonder X loves this guy. 

Will “The Alchemist” (Paulo Coelho) be better?

I found “Life of Pi” more arresting.

Are the common people really that innocent?

Maybe it’s just a bad film adaptation of a great book……

24.6.17

– Frivolity (Serious fun)

Vs.

Triviality (Rhetorical sophistry)

– Making peace with rules

&

Making rules for peace

– pasty

innocuous

Ramadan Eid

Moon sighting

– Implicit <–> explicit

Fearlessly and accurately articulating the repressed.

And unfolding the implications of the obvious.

– Future hits

– Sprinkle (generously) the spice of disciplines on the staple diet of spontaneous expression

– How many great historical persons had full-time jobs, were married and had children?

25.6.17

– Distinguish:

Personality (psychosocial)

&

Character (moral-spiritual)

26.6.17

– Maybe I should just become a home-maker (+/- father)……

I am feeling utterly worthless and lost! 😥

Adopt my ageing parents…?!

Mutual adoption??

FUCK 😵

27.6.17

– diremption 

conspectus 

– Spiritual suicide (is a process that) is far more damaging than (the event of) physical suicide.

– Becoming nothing ~ being everything!
Why should everyone be qualified or expert in one or two things?
Why can’t I just be me?
Why should I do something in order to be someone?
Why can’t I just live without any of these labels or roles?
My time has not yet come. I’m afraid it will be too late for me……!
So, should I just try to fit in or continue standing out? How long can I keep up this struggle, against all odds?? I’m weary. But I can’t give up, I don’t think I can ever do that……!
So, no more marketing myself, or trying to make something happen, that will give me validity & legitimacy in this world (in spite of all the pressure from without & torture from within), time to put my foot down and take my stand, forever.

– Psychological health
Vs.
Philosophical attitude

– Not a victim nor a warrior.
Just a solo adventurer.
Off the road. Into the wild. On my own.
Farewell, my dear folks!
The LORD have mercy, on you & me.
PEACE ✌

– Mindful breathing, mild exercise, household chores.
These are what keep me sane/alive!

– Thanks for your advice, but I refuse to follow it.
I am playing a totally different ball game here. You don’t & can’t understand. And that’s okay with me. I am getting used to it.

– Spiritual hippy

BROWSING

10.6.17

– Alternate seminar & retreat on an annual basis.
E.g. If this year, you have seminar, then 2018 will be for retreat, & 2019 for seminar, etc.

– non-adventures
goofy
puerile

– I think Jordan Peterson & Camille Paglia are mistaken about “postmodernism”!

– Mk. 12:35-37
The temple was not only a place of ritual sacrifice (liturgical worship), but also of teaching (intellectual inquiry)! WOW… the combination of the two would be explosive 💣
Reading Scripture with an inquisitive mind along with others who are both reverent & curious!
Wonder ~ delight 😇
“How can the scribes say…?
So how can it be…?”
The sage/prophet as the one who stands between the crowd and the high priests, and destabilizes the harmonious hierarchy!
Hmmm…… Let me see if I can insinuate myself into the Christ University system, like a serpent/virus/spy 😈😎
Jesus ~ Socrates ~ Buddha ~ IJ
Who/what is the Messiah? This is a perennial question out of which flow rivers of living answers……….
“What did I just read?”
Who am I? Who do you say I am?
Who are you? Who do I say you are?
Who is Jesus – for you, for me, for him/her, for us, for them, for the world, for GOD, for Jesus?
Find something worth considering for an entire lifetime.

– Where has my depression gone??
Why? What? How? When?
Vipassana:
Meditation
Vs.
Living

– “Please pray for me.
Thank you!” 🙏

– Sexualizing spirituality & spiritualizing sexuality

– How can liturgy save the city?

– Perfection is where extremes meet!

E.g. Chaos & order, freedom & bondage, life & death
11.6.17
– Intoxicated by solitude! 😇
– Is this fantastic climate the greatest gift that I have received in/from Bengaluru?
– What did Nietzsche mean by “Beyond Good & Evil”?
Did he intend it as an indicator of the amorality of human decisions, like the choice between colors…?
So then, how do I choose between alternate ways of life??
Can there be no absolute evaluation?
– Know thyself ~ know the limitations of thy knowledge (& start pushing!?)
– The 3 Delphic maxims
– Somatic consciousness
Purgational self-criticism
Habitual comportments
Animal functions
Auto-torture
Pre-psychological forces
Spiritual hypochondriasis
Looking well
Unnatural/perverse/morbid
The law of parsimony
Serviceable
calaboose
gaol
Americanism
– Why is self-examination so boring & bitter?
– Jesus – Son of GOD, King of Israel, perfect human & Saviour of the world
Grace: gratitude –> forgiveness
The Kingdom to come – the inverted world order
12.6.17
– Anti-aesthetic art
Distinguish:
Unbelief
&
Disbelief
– Fuck the (fixed) daily rhythm.
The Earth 🌎 is 3/4th water 💦 (chaos) and only 1/4th land (order).
So, suspend the plan within the matrix of spontaneity, instead of the other way around!
– Dialectic:
Hegel/thesis/spirit
+
Marx/antithesis/matter
=
Bergson/synthesis/process!
– Development/growth/evolution
Vs.
Transformation/radicalization/revolution
– Life is an intoxicating drudgery! 😷
– Do you have any understanding of Latin American & African philosophies?
World > West + East!
– Mindfulness – harmonizing, & ultimately integrating, emotion & will!
WOW 😇😲😷
– Sleep + chores + study/reflection + entertainment + socializing = life.
What is missing here?
– Distinguish:
Self
&
Body
I want
&
I feel
– Norway – how could people in such a gloomy & cold climate be so happy??
– The multicultural self
Intercultural/world/comparative philosophy & spirituality
– Transcendental ego
Empirical ego
Intentional consciousness
14.6.17
– pariah
insolvency
NPA (non-performing assets)
SJW (social justice warrior)
Radical imagination
Politics of possibility
Henry Giroux
World Social Forums
Stanley Aronowitz
Antonio Gramsci
Cultural politics
Public spirituality
Moral authority & political power
15.6.17
– It IS critical to BE critical.
IS it?
– Can an idealist also be conservative?
Can a pragmatist also be progressive?
Distinguish:
Progressive
&
Radical
Distinguish:
Neoliberal
&
Classical liberal
– Complacency, hypocrisy, cowardice, resignation, boredom, numbness, indifference, compromise, superficiality, mediocrity, (jealousy & bitterness too?), etc.
My intimate nemeses…!
– Being human – is it possible to be both a unique individual & a good citizen?
– Baroque conceit
Consensus reality & social responsibility
Persona-lity
Freak ~ failure ~ original
Being truly myself ~ being fully human
Discipline/formation
Vs.
Realization/expression
Normalize ~ objectify ~ enslave
The sovereign subject
Self-trust >> risk-taking
The alienating logic of the defense-system
Consciousness as gullible energy
The inextricability of biology & society, & the task of spiritual liberation
Unconscious manipulation/deception
– From something,
To everything,
To nothing,
To (something NEW)……?!
– Depression (painful) >> boredom (emptiness) >> ??
– What is the main difference between Aana paana and Vipassana meditation?
16.6.17
– mercurial
jaywalking
accessorize
Desiring desire
Earning time
The glorious ordinary
– Dark comedy/serious frivolity (“Ha ha ha ha!”)
Vs.
Light tragedy/empty substance (“O, so sad!”)
– Subvert ~ infect ~ corrupt
Only total chaos can overthrow this monstrous order!
– How can something unreal die?
– The O is nothing but the I wholly curved in upon itself!
– What would happen to you in a year, if you simply made the small changes in your everyday life that you know you should?
– Jordan Peterson’s rules for life
(modified by me)
Speak the truth (& act as if you cannot lie).
Don’t do anything that you hate.
Pay attention.
Dream bold (imagine the brightest possible future for yourself) & then make a plan.
Stay connected with people. But be careful who you get close with.
Try to make one room in your house as beautiful as possible.
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing, and see what happens. Nothing well done is insignificant.
Write down your earliest & most painful memories, expressing yourself as completely & clearly as you can. Learn to think critically & precisely through reflective writing.
Do not carelessly denigrate social institutions.
Treat yourself as if you are someone else that you were made responsible for, or someone dependent you had to take care of.
Ask for help when you need it. But beware of trying to save others. And whenever you feel like criticizing the world, check if your own house is in perfect order.
Dress like the person you want to be. Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way, & don’t unnecessarily do anything dangerous.
If you dislike your spouse/children, do something about it, sooner rather than later.
Love people & use things, don’t love things & use people.
Do not hide or run away from the negatives in you.
Note that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated.
Read something written by someone great. Get to know the works of art that have stood the test of time.
Pet a dog/cat when you encounter one, and don’t bother children at play.
Don’t let bullies get away with it.
Write a letter to the government, if you see something that needs fixing, and propose a solution.
Remember that what you do not yet know might be what you need the most.
Look out for reasons to be grateful in every situation.
18.6.17
– Putumayo
Rough Guides
– Is it possible that sometimes, reality is even better than fantasy??
19.6.17
– In cahoots
Brutal ineptitude
The marriage of illusion & futility
Smart packaging
gambol
Trigger warning
– I think Alan Watts & UGK are actually friends!
– Rationality is experiential/conditioned, and therefore also fallible/restrictive…
– Distinguish:
Real essence
&
Habitual nature
The tangle & rumble of spirit & emotion……
In order for the new to be, there is no need to resist the old, just desist from it!
Mat. 5:39
Distinguish:
Resisting evil
&
Fighting the evildoer/evil one
19.6.17

– Life course
Vs.
Curriculum plan

– ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final – match analysis:
What was the reason behind India’s dismal performance yesterday?
Just another (rare, but inevitable) “bad day at the office”? I don’t think so.
Why were the Indians less hungry/passionate than the Pakistanis?
I think it’s a matter of the heart/mind and not just strategy/skills.

But the result is good for cricket overall! Pak is back with a bang 👍
20.6.17
– Noam Chomsky
Vs.
Slavoj Zizek
– “I would prefer not to”
– Super-Id
– Serious comic
Profound graphic novel
– Art Spiegelman
– Those people who (claim they) are not narcissists are the most dangerous monsters around!
– Anarchism
Vs.
Socialism
– Which is better – a contemplatively (s)paced lifestyle or regular spiritual disciplines?
– What are the greatest/best graphic novels of all time?
– Female intellectuals