Courage is to understand all that is horrible in the world and still love it. Courage is to experience all the evils in men but still embrace them. Courage is to be hurt again and again, but still keep on trying. It is different from naivety. The naive and the courageous act the same. But … Continue reading Courage or Naivity?
The loss of desire is the loss of the human. It is desire that makes us human. To not desire is to cease to be. What is desire? Desire is always a desiring. It is constant. It is a wanting of something that you cannot get, a longing for what is always already out of … Continue reading No Desire
(This will be, as usual, a loosely scattered set of reflections. But I hope you've thoroughly enjoyed the featured image.) Hegel tells a Dick joke in the Phenomenology, illustrating how the contradiction of the spirit is that the most sublime resides in the most base. He goes—the penis is both for urination (the most basic … Continue reading The Beautiful (and the profane)
I was just sitting there, around the fireplace, reading some Berkeley, considering his nutsy (though perfectly coherent) idealist theory. And my mind drifted (as usual) to Cartesian Dualism, thinking, once again, how am I to convince some firm believer of dualism that a Heideggerian Being-in-the-world/mind-is-already-intermixed-with-matter/you-cannot-separate-thought-from-object theory of the subject. Only to realize that this may … Continue reading What if Theory Determines Reality? (Instead of the other way around?)
As you know (or perhaps you do not know) I am currently in the ridiculously tedious process of applying to Uni. Cambridge, of course, has one of the best philosophy departments in the world, and I really have no choice but to apply to it. The problem is just this: It is very Analytically biased. … Continue reading On BORING Philosophy (which is driving me crazy)
Marathon is not fun. But it is not too bad either. There is even some perverse pleasure (jouissance) in suffering. In fact, the whole experience grew progressively better—even enjoyable—in the last 10km. Mainly because my muscles really broke down, so I was forced to walk (whilst also running when I can and sitting down every … Continue reading Reflections on Sisyphus and Victimhood after a Marathon
Unedited essay for the UChicago supplement: “Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.“—Miles Davis (1926–91). (It is way over the word limit. But...) I “Why do you love me?” This is an impossible question that we can only answer with our flailing gestures and stutters and awkward false starts and pauses and frustrated faces. … Continue reading (Very Long) Reflections on Nothing
What makes us human? Love? Violence? Evil? All of that, true, but also shame. It is a proof of the Bible's great literary value that the first thing Adam and Eve acquire after the fall is shame. They start to wear clothes, they are embarrassed when God visits them, they are thrown into the chains … Continue reading Shame. The Rawest Human Emotion.
Hegel's lesson from the fall is that the worst thing is to treat an other as harmless, as incapable of evil. This very consideration of innocence deprives them of their humanity, their ability to do good. The fall creates the condition for human striving towards the divine; without the fall there is no human. Anyone … Continue reading Be (Respectfully) Violent
The best tragedies are really comedies. City Lights is just one of those masterpieces. It is a statement on love, on cinema, and on life in general. I will not provide a summary. If you want, you can find it on the internet. Here are some analysis. This is our predicament. All too often, when … Continue reading City Lights, A Review