Journal 6/18/’19

Berkeley, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:28 AM

I arrived home around 00:25 AM.

While I have things to say. I also was thinking on my way back home if I should continue writing daily posts. Question that I posted at the end of post from yesterday.

I concluded that yes, and still will do it at the end of the day. It is a matter to organize oneself to push harder to work to finish earlier. I also do some readings after the posts.

Last night I slept at 3 AM. I woke up at 7:40 AM, however, then I I decided to continue to sleep. It went up to 12:15 PM. I should just stayed half awake when I got up at 7:40 AM, which is already late, for my goals of waking up at 6:00 AM.

I like to write because (i) I put some things of my mind away; (ii) I do reflection, (iii) it makes me more aware of time use. Regarding the last point, somehow since early January I started to check more often the social media. I created some of the social media, such as Instagram in August. Over Fall 2018, I was coordinating a course. I decided to promote the talks and the results in Tweeter. i had a rule to enter to social media, just when I will be active. It is hard rule, as having those apps in the phone, it is easy to check once in a while, if one wants, or does not want, to get a short break. So far I have kept the checking very short. Over the Spring, I made enter a bit more, but not that much neither. Still I prefer to be more disconnected these days, than finding random news on Tweeter.

I like to elaborate ideas, even without a specific topic. In this journal, beyond reporting this that I need to correct from my habits, I also share what i read aside from my work. developing a topic on those would require an additional work, for reading more references, or making my critique on it. I do that sometimes, as well, as I think I did on Sunday. However, that review of literature is part of main job, where I work on studying rivers, water infrastructure and topics on energy. In these journalistic posts. I rather make self-reflections, and sporadically notes, to print them in brain, or further reference, if I check them sometime. Which rarely I think would happen, but why not to share what I read in my separated time. Regarding those readings, also can have a double effect. One, yes, they have answered plenty of curiosities, they expand my curiosity and understanding, and they recently have responded to my needs of lessons in specifics aspect of life. Second, reporting here, then I do not a random search, if that were the case. For example, there was one week that I watched some videos. While that is something I have moderated since more than a year, and even beyond youtube when I decided to not watch TV, or very rarely do it from 2009 to 2012. The point, tracking the actions and reporting many of them, helps me to make good decisions.

I might have a little more of time to write those things now because it is Summer. I am working with very serious and committed professors, who are reading my essays of my work. This blog activity is double fold one hand it keeps me going. It is a good side, and healthy activity. On the other, hand it can keep me some time of resting at the right time. I would not say of work, because it is more productive to make a mind break from it.

Then, it is a good thing. I will keep posting as often as I can, meaning I continue to be committed to my daily posts.

I went to campus today, at 5:45 PM. Over breakfast and lunch, I read the news. Further, edited page and half document, that I submitted around 4 PM.

I read Wojtyla preface of his book The Acting Person. I got some context there about his purpose. I will mention here some philosophers that he studied, and this is not to sound smart, but to report what I read. I meant is better to accompany the philosopher names with my thoughts in their works, rather than just their names. The name is given, but what is important is what one does or produces. Wojtyla Acting Person concept, builds on prior work from Max Scheler, Wertethik, which is German, so I won’t pretend that I know it. I do not speak German, yet. Then, I invested few minutes on checking who was Max Scheler. Stanford has a great online source of Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Oxford Handbooks Online as well, but that is not freely available unless that you are on campus with access to it, or have bought access. Scheler challenged Kant’s heritage concepts of ethic of pure duty with his concept of materiale Wertethik.

Wojtyla studies the problem of acting person (not because the person is a problem; problem means the definition of the case to study) in relation to the traditional philosophy, which is the heritage if the school of thought by St. Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle; in general the pre-Cartesian philosophy. Cartesian means related to Descartes (1596 – 1650) and his ideas. While I am not familiar with Descartes life and works, beyond his well known name, I refereed to him when I learnt and taught Calculus.

Now that I mentioned Aristotle, from who I also know little by heart, beyond the title of his books, the problem of the Third Man, which I recently read on his Metaphysics book. I was wondering why he does not have another great philosopher as student, for what I mean there is a line of three philosophers until here. Well, he even challenge his teacher, Plato, on his writing, by being skeptical if Socrates lived. Socrates is a character in many other books by authors beyond Plato, which have survived up to now. Those are the big three Greek philosophers. Socrates did not write, but it seems that he was an excellent teacher. He even did not created an official academia. He knew by learning that nothing knew, in comparison to how many things are out there to know. A wise man. Plato set an academy where Aristotle was his student. Plato wrote plenty of books. Aristotle was a great writer as well. Among the students from Aristotle was Alexander the Great, but to my current knowledge not other philosopher, whose work has survived now more than 2,000 years. Regarding those surviving books, of course those are great to read. They have proved over time by generations that they are good. Might be generations of family one gets to them as well, depending what one and where study. As I was saying Socrates shows up in books not only from Plato. I was skimmed the other day the first pages of a book from Aristophanes, the Clouds, which is a play that makes parody of Socrates. I did not like much what I read. I guess from those historical contexts I prefer the serious factual information. Or likely I need first to learn more about Socrates, but then read his parody. The other way around is not good in any topics. You make personal jokes after knowing the person.

I also checked an article about the Problem of Evil, by Professor Peter Kreeft. I enjoyed the article. I wrote down the following two sentences: (i) Evil is a choice. (ii) Infinite pure love was crucified. Developing here a bit further, while evil is a choice, is not means necessarily that suffering is evil. Every author recommends to read the book of Job in that context. Regarding the second part, how to fight evil? With repentance and love. A long lasting won over evil was Jesus crucification. Infinite love was crucified but not death. It live forever ever since. I did not understand that much about the meaning of the cross before. I am starting to absorb it better.

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