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Except, the name of my community is a generated name and I don't seem to be able to find a way to change it. Am I really stuck with this name?
So hi there! I'm new to SETT. I scan video game box covers obsessively!
Last week, I had another of my lovely coffee dates with my two mentors. We decided to try a new cafe and our new selection was LOUD. So through shouts and huh?'s I learned about a wildly enlightening concept: dayenu.
Florence, one of my mentors, is Jewish and as I was telling her about plans for my blog (more on that later), she responded, "Oh, so you're talking about dayenu?" This is where the "huh?" came in.
Florence continued by saying that dayenu is a Hebrew term that literally translates to "it would be enough." I'm not Jewish so I'm not going to expand too much, but the translation itself was enough to set my wheels turning.
Dayenu, in a word, encompasses the feeling I have been processing and formulating for the past year. The idea is this: No matter what happens today, it would be enough. If you have beer with a friend, it would be enough. If someone compliments you, it would be enough. If you spend today alone, it would be enough. Whatever it is, it's enough.
In dayenu, Florence gave me a word, albeit not from my own cultural tradition, to express my inexpressible.
Det er en sidssygt dejlig dag, hvor alting lugter af brændt solcreme, grill og sommerhormoner. En skidevarm julidag, solen varmer min myrepattede krop efter en længere svømmetur ved Svanemøllen.Vi sidder på en bådebro og får pusten og varmen, og kan ikke undgå at overhøre samtalen fra de gutter der ligger og tanner sixpacks ved siden af.
"Vi fandt de her megabillige hoteller i Las Vegas, kun 500kr per nat!""Wow, ja, det er virkelig billigt!""Ja mand, det var ovenikøbet med eget casino og egen natklub og alt det der."Billigt fik en helt ny betydning for mig lige der. Måske er der nogle dele af min virkelighed som selvbetitlet fattig studerende og iværksætter, der ganske enkelt ikke stemmer overens med den virkelighed resten af klientellet på Svanemøllen går og rusker i. Hvis du mener at 500kr for en overnatning er ok, så er du nok havnet på den falske blog. Denne her handler om at skyde papegøjen uden at slagte sparegrisen (Fik jeg sagt at jeg ikke spiser dyr?).Hvis en ferie på et hotel hvor du ikke engang behøver bevæge dig ud på gaden for at blive stimuleret lyder som bomben, så skal du nok også glemme at du nogensinde har været her. De sidste fire år har jeg været på fem forskellige længere rejser af 6-12 ugers varighed. Imens har jeg ikke haft en månedlig indkomst højere end 10.000kr udbetalt, typisk halvdelen eller mindre. Jeg kommer ikke fra en velforbundet ambassadør familie eller noget der ligner. Jeg har bare fundet adskillige måder at bøje reglerne og omgås de forestillinger vi har om hvordan man rejser, holder ferie og arbejder.Min rejse- og økonomifilosofi har taget mig hele verden rundt, introduceret mig for vilde oplevelser, fantastiske mennesker, færdigheder og erfaringer der bliver siddende, lige indtil jeg ryger i kisten. På Filthy Camel vil jeg skrive om hvordan man tager røven på systemet og lever stort, selvom man ikke har en krone. Jeg snakker om rejser, hverdag, træning, mad, studier, iværksætteri, forhold og alt muligt andet. Jeg håber du har lyst til at følge med og deltage i diskussionerne her på siden!
Grab your spangly feather boa and your rainbow flag; it's pride season!
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Many places around the world have already celebrated pride this year, with many events taking place in the UK over the next month. Belfast Pride takes place this weekend and for the first time in a couple of years I'll be attending. There is an almost carnival atmosphere with some great events lined up every year and it never fails to disappoint on an entertainment level, but pride never fails to cleft me in twain; and here is why.
I have a major issue with the name of the event: Pride. Remember when you were younger, and you'd mention a recent achievement and that one sarcastic person would retort, 'What do you want? A parade?' This is very much how I feel about pride events. What do we have to be proud of? I'm not proud of the fact I'm gay, but that doesn't mean I'm ashamed. What it means is that I don't consider my sexual orientation to be a defining feature of my personality. It almost feels like we're flaunting our innate homosexuality at everyone else going, 'Hey, hey you! See me? See all these colors? I'm different from you. My people are so special we need an annual parade!' To me that isn't pride, that's arrogance. We should be remembering the years of hardship people had to endure to allow us the freedoms and rights we have now. We should be continuing our fight for the rights we don't yet have. We should not be ogling at semi-naked men dressed as angels and disco balls atop ridiculous floats and treating the day like a mini-festival. When it comes down to a basic level, we are no different than anyone else, so please stop pretending we are.
If the suffragettes marched today, do you think they would do so out of vanity? or the promise of some mediocre Gaga tribute at the end? Of course not. They marched to make change, it seems pride parades these days march to get laid, or at least drunk. I'm not saying do away with pride. I'm saying lets refocus and actually use it to get our voice heard further, to bring about change. If we're gonna be proud about something, why can it not be something actually worth being proud about?
Yesterday the exhibit team from the NC Museum of History met at Historic Stagville in Durham as part of the planning of the Stagville: Black & White photo exhibit, which opens in March 2014.
Meditation has a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. My interest in it as a religious/spiritual activity due to an intense fear of dying (assuming the possibility of the permanent extinction of consciousness), and a belief that the practice of zazen can lead to a direct experience ('enlightenment'/satori) which would overcome that fear of death. There is an element of faith in all of that, although Buddhist literature is full of inspirational descriptions of enlightenment experiences (starting with that of the Buddha's), providing a basis for that faith.
I believe that meditation is the most important activity we can undertake. The following quotes are my touchstones for that belief:
"To study the Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things of the universe."
Those who try zazen even once Wipe away beginning-less crimes. Where are all the dark paths then? The Pure Land itself is near."
Very Beautiful and Cute Kids - Reciting Holy Quran
the austere lords fiercely come by
down to your knees, they’re worth your eye
oh fine spirits, white visions that save
immanent impressions, sovereigns are grave
high souls in bliss, risen to heaven