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Pensées from Pascal

Berkeley, Friday, August 2, 2019 4:22 PM

Transcripts from Blaise Pascal’s Pensées:

“The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. I say that the heart naturally loves the Universal Being, and also itself naturally, according as it gives itself to them; and it hardens itself against one or the other as its will. You have rejected the one, and kept the other. Is it by reason that you love yourself?

It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This, then, is faith: God felt by the heart, not by the reason.

Faith is a gift of God; do not believe that we said it was a gift of reasoning. Other religions do not say this of their faith. They only gave reasoning in order to arrive at it, and yet it does not bring them to it.

The knowledge of God is very far form the love of Him.

Heart, instinct, principles.” (Pascal, 1670, 277-281)


Pascal, B., 1670. Pensées, WF Trotter (trans.) in 1958, introduction by TS Eliot. The edition I read was from Dover, 2003.

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Kingdom of God

July 29, 2019 2:30 PM

About the years 30 AC to 33 AC, Jesus taught many things during His Ministry. Actively teaching from Galilea to Judaea.

Believing on Him, on His work, and Love many of us have found dignity and life again.

Over 2019 years, His Word had been spread from Galilee to all over the world. It still has not reached many.

I own thanks to Peter, and the witnesses, such as Mary Madgalene. Mary Madgelene was the first to received the resurrection news by Jesus. I own thanks to Peter, because despite neglecting Jesus at first, during His trial. He repented, allowed the Holy Spirit to continue working on him, and testified the Word of God.

I thank the Catholic Church for spreading the Word of Salvation over 2019 years. Of course problems have happened over this time, but the Word and promises have been kept as instructed by Jesus, and as guided by the Holy Spirit.

God bless Pope Francis, and we pray to Saint Michael to lead us on defending the Church. It goes beyond bureaucracy or properties. It is about being warriors of the Word of the Lord. “… of His Kingdom there will not end” (Lk 1, 33).

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Journal 7/5/’19

Berkeley, Saturday, July 6, 2019 4:54 PM

It is to make up for 5/7/’19, when I did not write in the blog. I will see, if I can continue writing everyday. I love how it expands my curiosity, and I have a space to write down my ideas, learnings, or to clear my mind, but the my time is getting more constrained.

It caught my attention a sign from a Catholic community in a good university from Baltimore, which says: “Why to go Greek while you can go Roman?”

It is not the first time that I have heard that, another time in a conversation in Berkeley, my Catholic interlocutor, referred to university as the Greek thinking.

Booth are wrong in trying to define theses cultures. Romans were not primarily religions. But it is a time when we learned much more about God and defeated paganism. During the Greek time, our believes in divinity were still in early stages, thinking on several gods, who even cannot agree with themselves.

Epicurus (341-270 BC), I think was atheist. He is well know for his philosophy on pursuit of happiness , which, although, sounds appealing, it is a too selfish purpose in life, as C.S. Lewis (1955, p. 143) described.

Not Socrates (c. 470 – 399 BC), neither Plato (c. 427-347 BC), nor Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) were atheists. They were were great thinkers, and seekers of the truth, who challenged the believes of the time. They have had a great contribution to theology. See the Third Man Argument. Tell me if any does not have an internal voice who dictates what to do.

In the medieval times, in the born of the current universities, the Catholic Church had a strong influence for they creation, and for teaching the independence of thought. There was a good marriage of thinking in the so called greek thinking, Roman thinking, and elsewhere thinking. University is a synonymous of universal. Does Catholic come from the Greek word katholikos, which means universal as well?

Despite those words, by no means a university should be restriceted to a doctrine, with these I am not saying that universities as we know them today were born from Catholic influence, and so they should continue to be. What I am illustrating the good marriage between the greek philosophy and an elsewhere thinking in a universal learning.

That is the meaning of university, enlightenment, thinking, free thinking, not necessarily authority restricted to a government or to a religious doctrine.

Knowledge must be presented to students as it is. It is the place where we seek for the truth, and from where we multiply ideas informing to our communities or society.

Furthermore, knowledge is one of the six or seven gifts from spirit of God, or Holy Spirit (Is 11, 2-3). The debate between 6 and 7 gifts is because some translations included piety as a gift, where others none. We should go to the original text to clarify that.

Then, it would be foolish for an illustrated person in knowledge to think that everything can be explained just by reason, and what is not know is just uncertainty. While those claims are correct, we will be too poor to reduce our sevens gifts and our lives just to matter and knowledge. So those who claimed that God is dead, did so just in their limited knowledge.

Cited References

Isaiah. The Book of Isaiah (unknown date). Isaiah lived lived around the early 700s B.C. and the late 600s B.C. The book is an anthology of poems composed chiefly by the Isaiah, but also by his disciples. Some came many years after his death. I read it from the New American Bible. Revised Edition2011. Catholic Book Publishing Corp., N.J.,

Lewis, C.S., 1955. Surprised by joy: The shape of my early life. First Harvest edition published in 1966.


Victimizing behavior: bad thing and embarrassing. Good thing to be aware to assume responsibilities.

Berkeley, May 27, 2019 11:39 PM

Here, I am writing, just to get off of my mind. Then, it would be just for my records, which I understand, can be accessed by other curios audience, which is very welcome to check my personal blog, and comment in the post of you want.

Anyways, this is a personal rant.

I cannot believe I approach as victim few times, my studies and work, since spring 2018. The other side of over assuming responsibilities might not be healthy, but it is the one that I prefer rather to complain, particularly to third parties. Complaining to person directly it can be healthy, if it is supported with results. Complaining is one thing. To talk proactively and to find timely solutions is another different, which is the healthy one.

In any case, sometimes I might have played the victimized role, laying out the duties. I might have been looking for advices, but I rather think those ended up us complains with third parties.

In part, I am glad that I talked with with my advisor, about two weeks ago, about things that liked and disliked directly. He is a straightforward and efficient person. A magic sentence came related to my research. ‘Well, it is your topic’. Such a great responsibility in that sentence. Yes, and I can develop further about the topic evolution, here, and perhaps in sowamar some results some time. But it is time to go to sleep.


Memories, missed comments, and trying to make sense

Berkeley, Sunday May 19, 2019 11:55 Pm

There are a couple of things that I have realized and thought in the last days. While I write what is in mind, it would be good to keep for records, and learnings. Those came late, might be because, there was finally some silence in the last days, and I also have been trying to get back at full capacity in a daily basis, which means active, organized, doing sports, writing a bit, having an daily activity schedule, which some how, I just relied on Google Calendar this semester, but I did not print my own spreadsheet of weekly activities, as I usually do, at least for reference and goals.

By writing this, I realizing that not having my weekly activity schedule printed out this semester, could have been a problem on getting overwhelm sometimes, or not feeling on control of things, rather complaining for getting behind, and also getting distracted on time that was supposedly to be assigned to work.

Anyways, I will write about efficiency and inefficiency in another post.

Anyways, two weeks ago, it came to my mind, what she meant by ‘if I were sober, I hope you know what I mean, I should just give you back the ring’. I did not understand, because she even does not drink. So I decided to check online, it referred to be in love. Even some articles were about addicted to love. OK.

I think I misunderstood other comment about the d.u.

Then, apparently, that night should be one of the three times she said I ignored her. Then the other two should be THE DAY, a Wednesday, three weeks before from that night, and the following Thursday, where I stayed up, reading, instead of celebrating her come back.

Update on 5/20. I forgot to mention yesterday that I think that on Friday 4/5, she also came to the studio for minutes, while I was not at home. I attended to a Ballet and Jazz performance. I noticed that she might have come because the cookies seemed to be less that when I left them in the morning.