October 9, 2005

My lack of blogging flogging seems to have worked, so I think I should flog myself a bit over my lack of dissertation work. Monday is a deadline for giving it to a friend for analysis – so tomorrow has to be the big day for progress. Bad me. Bad me.Maybe I’m not into self flogging at the moment.But I do suddenly remember a film I saw in high school Spanish class, about a Jesuit missionary in the jungles of… Read more

October 8, 2005

With my last post’s sentiments. In his little book, “Many Ways to Nivrana: Reflections and Advice on Right Living” on page 28 he says: “Sometimes, I feel that my talk about compassion is merely paying lip service. I really admire those individuals or organizations that are involved in helping impoverished people and working in the area of education, and so on. These people are implementing compassion on a practical level. I just sit here on a comfortable seat and talk… Read more

October 8, 2005

Perhaps I am a bit out of touch with people these days. My friend Ali, the Beaudrillard fan, tells me that our country is disconnected with its past. My friend Loren, the Marxist, would surely tell me that religion is an opium of the people ( “Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes” – Karl Marx), and my own explorations are themselves an attempt to self-medicate myself out of the stark reality which is this world. My old friend… Read more

October 8, 2005

And she haunts me. Not in any ‘poltergeist’ or scary-crazy-lady sense. But she was my first love, and my memories of being with her sometimes rush over me so strongly I can smell the fabric softener in her clothes and see those tiny, ever so faint freckles just beneath her eyes. The worst might have been when I was in Ireland this summer. Her father is Irish and so by association I saw a lot of him, and her, in… Read more

October 8, 2005

Unhappiness may be confronted with unhappiness. Really. Get pissed off. Get angry about being so damned unhappy. Sometimes it works for me. I just think, ‘yea, I’m unhappy… but look at the world out there. People are suffering and dying and I could, theoretically, be off my unhappy ass helping them. Not all of them, no, but some. Not necessarily administering vaccines or cooking meals in Sub-Saharan Africa, but in some way I can be doing something to make a… Read more

October 8, 2005

Really all I want to toss in now is a raincheck for future blogs… First some self-flogging, for not blogging. I’ve gotta blog more, and write more in my little private journal. You can’t imagine how just inspiring it is to read some of my past entries, and enlightening to read others. When I think I’m down more than ever, I can just turn back to my entries of January 2004, or if I think I’m truly on a roll… Read more

October 6, 2005

I was raised Catholic, and so maybe I’m biased, but I seem to find plenty of nuts in their ranks. Here’s a story/website claiming that MARY IS GOD. That’s right, Mary isn’t just the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, who is magically also one with God and the Holy Spirit in the Trinity, now SHE IS GOD. Follow that? We all laugh when Bible scholars tell us that Jesus had brothers and sisters, and back this up with… Read more

October 5, 2005

(in gest) Stop the Press!”THE hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true.” ( from here )NOT ACTUALLY TRUE!?Actually the Catholic Church made a similar statement in 1960, but, due to the fact that they refused to issue statements in any language other than Latin, nobody knew what to make of it:”Male imperando culpemus.Bellae internecinae fecimus.Bible est adusque falsus.”It runs something like, “We are… Read more

October 5, 2005

That’s right, ‘Philosophy of News’. Today I sat in on a discussion by Matt Gibson, publisher of The Independent and Calendar Editor and Writer Jason Wiener of the issues of philosophy in the news as both a basis of media principles and in commentary by philosophers as experts in stories.The discussion was a bit wavering at first, with Matt Gibson trying to lay out the principles of his own publishing philosophy, which seem to revolve around the admittedly problematic theme… Read more

October 1, 2005

From BadMash – Andy Dick is the President’s speechwriter; now it all makes sense…In case you thought you’d found the weirdest eastern essoteric religion out there, here’s a better one… And yes, it is for real.More new age goodness (not real)Alright… I’ll quit bouncing around Badmash. (getting into work is tougher than it would seem)Luckily an old friend is rolling into town right now and staying here for a day or two, so I’ll have human diversion – enough of… Read more

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