Think on the Page

Started reading—actually listening to—Susan Sontagas journals (64-80). Ebook wasn’t available—thinking if they were produced as photos of the pages I’de like to have them on my shelf—be able to see the handwriting and the way the words are laid out on the page.

Listening is a bit discombobulating because Sontag uses her journals the way I aim to: sometimes for diary-like confessions but mostly disjointed sentence fragments and words lists. She is thinking on the page. I, on the other hand, don’t journal enough. Too much shame. Shame at my messiness, my inanity, my handwriting, and very much ashamed at my spelling.

I’ve been running two concurrent journals for some time—one as a sort of commonplace book, the other a diary. I even assigned color to each. It seems silly now. Too many obstacles. Put it all in one. Think on the page.

The Cheese, Pt. II

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Tribe Called Quest makes cheese taste better…why am I not surprised? I’m no hip-hop connoisseur or historian but to me Tribe represents one of the best periods for music. Tribe had what I hear of very little now. Tribe was fun, and positive but they were also intelligent, skilled, and had a strong message.

Back to the cheese. What were the other music styles they used? I wanna taste the Slayer cheese. What about the Coltrane cheese? Or the Brian Eno cheese?

Hail Satan?

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A great documentary about the distance between saying that we believe in religious freedom and actually extended that freedom to everyone.

Also, I have trouble finding a flaw in the Seven Tenets of The Satanic Temple.

  1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.

  2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.

  3. One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.

  4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one's own.

  5. Beliefs should conform to one's best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one's beliefs.

  6. People are fallible. If one makes a mistake, one should do one's best to rectify it and resolve any harm that might have been caused.

  7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

Freeing Mediation Music

Having finally begun dealing with the physical triggers for my anxiety, I am still left with the mental triggers. As a way of working through I’ve begun experimenting with transcendental mediation. The results so far are were positive. But as a supplement for that, tonight I searched on YouTube for “mediation for anxiety,” hoping to find a guided experience. What I found was this. Now I can’t speak to how many hz of sound does what, but this music was a great companion to a transcendental session. I didn’t go anywhere near using the full 2 hours of audio but the portion I did use was extraordinarily relaxing. I found tensions melting and by the end I was smiling. Definitely worth trying with any of your mediations.

The Good Place S3

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I’m halfway through season 3 of The Good Place and ever more in awe of it. This show is sneaky. It looks and acts like an average sitcom in most ways but underneath they’ve injected an architecture of moral philosophy.

I use the term “moral philosophy” not as a metaphor but as a precise description. They are literally referencing Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, et al and wrestling with their ideas. I laugh as I watch, but then find myself days later making a sandwich and wondering “What Does It Mean To Be Good?”

Are sitcoms the perfect medium for teaching the masses?