Date of publication: 2017-08-29 11:53
Thank you for your thoughtful reflection on this cultural phenomenon. Among the many facets you note, I 8767 m particularly drawn to the longing for permenance and the ways tattoos can enshrine memories. One friend (who is a devoted follower of Jesus) has two tatoos: one received after her father 8767 s death and the other after a still-birth. They are very symbolic, operating like personal ebenezers to remind her of God 8767 s faithfulness during heartbreaking times. What are your thoughts on this kind of memorialized use of tatoos?
Education as Learning
It is usual convention to classify the subject of education under two categories-secular and spiritual. This is a Western concept. So far as the East is concerned, there is no distinction between the two. They are inextricably linked with each other and any division is only artificial. Nevertheless, this division has taken deep roots in our psyche. Hence we will approach the subject matter of this article from this point of view.
A lot of tattooing has to do with wanting to be 8775 connected to the little meaning and fulfillment they have in their lives. 8776 Wherever one can find meaning there he or she will scratch something on a stone or tree or canvas. However, the choice of marking one 8767 s own body is a less than public, and very, very private choice.
American exceptionalism is more imperiled in these moments than in any others, and so is organized religion. Try to persuade a skeptic of the value of religion, and he or she will mention some horror of European history carried out under the sign of the cross. They are innumerable. I have mentioned St. Bartholomew&rsquo s Day. One hears of the secularization of Europe, often in the context of socialist economics, rarely in the context of a frankly terrifying history. We must be very careful not to defeat the safeguards our laws and traditions have put in place. Christian &ldquo establishment,&rdquo the making of Christianity in effect the official religion, is the first thing its supernumeraries would try for, and the last thing its faithful should condone.
But what about the Stalinist Communist mass killings? What about the extra-legal liquidations of the nameless millions? It is easy to see how these crimes were always justified by their own ersatz-god, a "god that failed" as Ignazio Silone, one of the great disappointed ex-Communists, called it: they had their own god, which is why everything was permitted to them.
I get it that suffering endured by trust in God might lead to a tattoo. I have no problem with that.
On that note, it strikes me as interesting that Holocaust survivors often do nothing to remove their number although, before writing on this observation I would have to do a lot of serious research and reflection.
Self mutilation or self harm in the form of Tattoos comes from self rejection or self hatred. I think the Gnostic element is a facet, but it is more basic than that. This can be traced to the Sin of Pride or Vanity. I am worse than anyone else, and only I really know why. The Daughters of Pride, Vanity and Lust are all factors contributing to this state of mind.
Santayana recommends placing on the bottom, "inferior" shelves all the philosophy that is published, reprinted, and discussed in universities across the Western world today. This recommendation motivated one critic to characterize Santayana as a "defiant eclectic" (Charles Hartshorne, "Santayana's Defiant Eclecticism" in The Journal of Philosophy , Vol. LXI. No. 6, 6969: 85-99), suggesting that his thinking amounts to a high-minded circumvention of the real problems of philosophy through the sublimation of a few eccentric doctrines. This point is still an issue among Santayana scholars. What is clear is that Santayana combined an indisputably rich reading of the history of philosophy with an unparalleled synoptic critical vision.
What is it that motivates a person like Raman to decide to learn an entirely new subject at such an advanced age? He had already done his best research work by that time and had already won the much-coveted Nobel Prize. But there was that urge in him to learn, an urge that was not too particular about where or from whom he could learn something new. He was an example for what Sri Ramakrishna meant when he said: ‘As long as I live, so long do I learn.’
Bhrigu approaches his father Varuna with a desire to know Brahman. The father says that ‘food, vital force, eye, ear, mind and speech’ are the aids to the knowledge of Brahman, and after having given him a few hints, tells the son to ‘find out for yourself’. Having heard this instruction from the father, the son has to think for himself and contemplate on what he has heard. He discovers that the body is Brahman. When he approaches his father to verify this discovery, the father does not give any discourse. He simply tells his son, ‘Think some more and find out for yourself.’ After successive steps, the son finally realizes that ananda, or Bliss, is Brahman. This realization does not need any further verification from the father, because it is the son’s personal experience.
Quote number 5 oh, Albert. You make my bricks fall off. As to you, Mr. Kaundinya, I might win a brand spankin 8767 new tablet thanks to your quotes. I 8767 m sure my essay will be awesome.
I must immediately denounce a sophism that is bound to be levelled against me as an argument: 'Such dialogue is spoken by abject characters, and we put such strong words into their mouths in order all the better to stigmatise their vileness. It's our way of being moralists.'
No less important, the same also seems to hold for the display of so-called "human weaknesses." Isolated extreme forms of sexuality among godless hedonists are immediately elevated into representative symbols of the depravity of the godless, while any questioning of, say, the link between the more pronounced phenomenon of clerical paedophilia and the Church as institution is rejected as anti-religious slander. The well-documented story of how the Catholic Church has protected paedophiles in its own ranks is another good example of how if god does exist, then everything is permitted. What makes this protective attitude towards paedophiles so disgusting is that it is not practiced by permissive hedonists, but by the very institution which poses as the moral guardian of society.