Everlasting Love Song (kierkegaard)

Everlasting Love” is a song written by Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden that has been a hit for various artists, including Michael Learns To Rock.

He played an everlasting love song
to the night, it still lives on and on
the night holds our thoughts and dreams
by the morning they may all have come and gone
the night belongs to no one
it holds our dreams and takes us far away
he wrote this note to someone
and it plays forever and a day chorus

“…… for if I had received Issac again, I would then have been in an awkward position. What came easiest for Abraham would have been difficult for me – once again to be joyful with Issac!- for whoever has made the infinite movement with all the infinity of his soul, of his own accord and on his own responsibility, and cannot do more only keeps Isaac with pain”(page 29). Life is changeable, you never know what will happen in next moment. It seems become a rule: The thing you do not expect, it actually happened in the end; but the things that you looking forward it made you  disappoint. Probably, your dream will not come true in the end. Just like Abraham never thought that Issac will come back one day. After so many years, he already get used to the days without Issac, everything become normal and peace. Everything seems like  getting better and better. All the sudden, Issac’s back broke the peace, people were shocked by the news. There is no doubt about it, their emotions must be complicated. It is part of life, those people who work for Wall Street will never expected that the corporations they worked for will bankruptcy within only night. It is unbelievable. That’s the reason why people always say,  people may come and gone everyday.

some nights bring on the rain fall
but they disappear from view
as stars dance in the moonlight
they’re shining for me and you
the moon lights up the night sky
we see each and every wishing star
and one only shines for you
this is yours where ever you are
some nights bring on the rain fall
but they disappear from view
as stars dance in the moonlight
they’re shining for me and you
the moon lights up the night sky
we see each and every wishing star
and one only shines for you
this is yours where ever you are

“He does exactly the same as the other knight, he infinitely renounes the love that is the content of his life and is reconciled in pain. But then the miracle occurs. He makes yet another movement more wonderful than anything, for he says:” I nevertheless believe that I shall get her, namely by virtue of the absurd, by virtue of the fact that for God everthing is possible” (page 39). Fairy tales is always beautiful but painful. It makes people love it and hate it. Stars dance in the moonlight, they’re shining for me and you. What a beautiful picture! The hero always expecting the love from princess. The most unrealistic thing about romantic fiction is that the heroine always marries Mr Right and the hero always marries Miss Right. But in the reality, it is almost impossible to happen. Not everything will be ideal, it always fetter by the virtue, family background and so on.

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Journal (Kierkegarrd)

From the words, i felt Kierkegaard is a unique person. He is so different from other previous philosophers. I can felt he was kept to question the god and made the argument about how god make a role in our life.” Even if one were able to convert the whole content of faith into conceptual form, it does not follow that one has comprehended faith, comprehended how one entered into it or how it entered into one” (page 5). He asked a question that if we convert the faith into conceptual form, then what about the faith which people comprehended from the real life. Can we call this faith? People always say: Practice makes the truth. Sometime, thoes truth are come the practice and your previous experiences. Then you apply those truth in the future in order to make the right decision. “In those olden days it was different; then faith was a lifelong task because it was assumed that proficiency in believing is not achieved in either days or weeks” (page 5). My understanding to the sentences are, philosophy is a kind of subjuct that you need take your whole life to learn and follow it. You cannot quit on the half way. It remiands me the same idea from Aristotle. “As we have said, happiness requires both complete excellence and a complete life. For many changes occur in life, and all sorts of things happen: it is possible for a person who flourishes to he highest degree to encounter great disasters on old age, as happened to Priam in the story of events at Troy; and no one who has had a fate like that, and died miseably, is counted happy by anyone” (p105/1100a5). It is something like, you donate money to built a hosptital, but somehow, oneday, the earthquake destroyed it. You are not good any more. Kierkegaard pointed  out that it is hard to live in this way. Once you want to kept faith, it become difficult to maintain it. “To be sure, had his faith been only for a future life, he could indeed more easily have cast everything away in order to hurry out of the world to which he did not belong. But abraham’s faith was not like that, if there be such a faith, for that is not really faith but only the remotest possibility of faith, which faintly spies its object at the edge of the horizon yet is separated from it by a yawning abyss within which despair plays its tricks” (page17). Abraham believed that everything can not be ideal. Sometimes, you expect too much, you will get disappoint in the end. That is what life is, you will never fully understand it. It is like a book, it need people to take whole life to study it. Maybe you think you are good person, but some bad things happen to you, it just represent that you can not be blessed for everything. Still, everyone should  be positive to the future and always holds a dream. Life may crack jokes with you sometimes, but it is part of our life.

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I’m yours

In this book, Nietzsche advocate that we should be our own master. People should always hold a dream and confidence about yourself. Then everyday will be a fine day.

I’m Yours- Jason Mraz

Well you done done me and you better felt it
I tried to be chill but you so hot that i melted
I fell right through the cracks and i’m tryin to get back
before the cool done run out i’ll be givin it my bestest
and nothin’s gonna stop me but divine intervention
I reckon it’s again my turn to win some or learn some
i won’t hesitate no more,
no more, it cannot wait i’m yours
Well open up your mind and see like me
open up your plans and damn you’re free
look into your heart and you’ll find love love love

“Let us not be cowardly in face of our actions! Let us not afterwards leave them in the lurch!- Remorse of conscience is indecent” (page 33/10). Nietzsche encourage people do not fear to made the descison. It is a really good idea, especially for the youth. Sometimes, we always pondering the possibilities that  lay ahead of us. And at the same time, our parents are apprehensive about letting us go. The future may seem a little vague, but it is full of promise. Get what you need, reach for what you want but most importantly know what you already have. Do not be hesitate no more, just go for it. If you never try, you will never know how it works. I guess, that’s what Nietzsche wants to tell the young people.

I guess what I’m a sayin’is there ain’t no better reason
to rid yourself of vanity and just go with the seasons
it’s what we aim to do
our name is our virtue
I won’t hesitate no more, no more
it cannot wait, i’m sure
there’s no need to complicate
our time is short
it cannot wait , i’m yours
I won’t hesitate no more, no more
it cannot wait, i’m sure
there’s no need to complicate
our time is short
this is our fate , i’m yours
no please don’t complicate, our time is short
this is our faith, im yours.
no please don’t hesitate no more, no more
it cannot wait, the sky is yours…

“There are more idols in the world than there are realities: that is my ‘evil eye’ for this world, that is also my ‘evil ear’…. For once to pose questions here with a hammer and perhaps to receive for answer that famous hollow sound which speaks of inflated bowels…in presence of whom precisely that which would like to stay silent has to become andible…” (p31).  In some cases, we should get rid of these old ideologies. Sometime, it will let people keep standing in the same place. Life is all about move forward, just like everyday, we meet different people, it also is the way of relearing and growing up. Then we can see the world clearly.

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Journal ( Nietzsche)

“Here at any rate there must be something true! The consensus sapientium is proof of truth. Shall we still speak thus today? are we allowed to do so? Here at any rate there must be something sick- this is our retort: one ought to take a closer look at them, these wisest of every age! Where they all of them perhaps no longer steady on their legs? belated? torrery? decadents? Does wisdom perhaps appear on earth as a raven which is inspored by the smell of carrion?”(page 39/I) Nietzsche in this book point out that most of the philosophers are nihilism which is right i think. We can see from Plato to Descartes, especially Berkeley, his argument about the thing you saw is not really a thing, the real thing is make up by  a group ideas. It always give me a feeling when i was reading these words, i felt the whole word is upside down,  they rejected everything  which we think are common senses. No doubt, it is hard to accpect as a person who live in the modern society.In my eyes, i think Nietzsche is more tend to the middle way. He thought that you cannot say a thing is totally bad, it must be something good at the same time.  He also is confidence about himself and he dare to question and challange other philosophers. The reason why i really admire him because he is a kind of optimist. We can tell from this: “Formula of my happiness: a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal……” He is telling us we should hold a dream and overcome all the difficulties to achieve it, but if you failed in the end, do not upset by the result because you tried and you will not regret for it. If a person always have a goal then he will not feel the life is not worth living and lonely, the life will be full of happiness. For Nietzche, the happiness is like expolring the New World. It is a journey that full of exciting and adventure. It is a way of growing, learning and being mature.It will helps people to open their minds. “From the military school of life. – What does not kill me makes me stronger.” Almost everyone, heard about this sentence. I have to say it full of wisdom and power. It uesful to us, people who live in the 21 century. Do not give up when you meet the problems, maybe after this you will the most beautiful sight. So encouraging. The pain is not a bad thing, it makes people growing. “To live alone one must be an animal or a god- says Aristotle. There is yet a third case: one must be both- a philosopher.He was kind of make fun of these philosophers. Man cannot be god, they cannot reach god. Human being is a kind of animal. We should be proud of that, what are who we are, we should be ourselves or not always thinking be someone else.

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A beautiful mind

A beautiful mind is a moive based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. Nash admits to his best friend that he is better with numbers than he is with people. He believes the mumbers more than people and i think John and Berkeley do have something in common. They both do not believe things by senses, instead of  proving it by mathematic theory. In the movie,Nash is invited to a secret Department of Defense facility in the pentagon to crack a complex encryption of an enemy telecommunication. Nash is able to decipher the code mentally, to the astonishment of other codebreakers. Here, he encounters the mysterious William Parcher, who belongs to the United States Department of Defense. Parcher observes Nash’s performance from above, while partially concealed behind a screen. Parcher gives Nash a new assignment to look for patterns in magazines and newspapers, ostensibly to thwart a Soviet plot. He must write a report of his findings and place them in a specified mailbox. After being chased by Soviet agents and an exchange of gunfire, Nash becomes increasingly paranoid and begins to behave erratically. Actually, these things and people are all his hallucination. “I see one part of the sky red, and another blue, and that my reason dose thence evidently conclude there must be some cause of that diversity of colours, yet that cause cannot be said to be a sensible thing, or pereived bu the sense of seeing?…. when by my touch I perceive a thing to be hotnand heavy, I cannot say with any truth  or propriety, that I feel the cause of its heart or weight.” (p124)  I think this idea maybe can apply to John’s situation. The people he talked to, the place he worked for are not real. These all came from his senses, maybe he can felt but they were nothing. Berkeley’s theory seems work for John case. Sooner,he find out he was sick. After a series of insulin shock therapy sessions, Nash is released on the condition that he agrees to take antipsychotic medication. Nash eventually earns the privilege of teaching again. In 1994, Nash is honored by his fellow professors for his achievement in mathematics, and goes on to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his revolutionary work on game theory.In the end of moive, John said I’ve always believed in numbers.In the equations and logics that lead to reason. But after a lifetime of such pursuits, I ask, what truly is logic? Who decides reason? My quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional and back. And I have made the most important discovery of my career. The most important discovery of my life.It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logical reasons can be found. I’m only here tonight because of you (John’s wife). You are the reason I am. You are all my reasons. He finally realized that math cannot solve any problems, so does senses. But as human being, we got to have someone who always be there for us, just like soul mate. So when you get lost , someone will  go through and overcome the diffculties with you.

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Journal (George Berkeley)

The sesible things are those only which are immediately preceived by sense. In George Berkeley’s book, he talked a lot about senses. All most, all the philosopher mentioned about sense. It seems like if you want to do philosophy, the first thing you need to figure is the sense. “This point then is agreed between us, that sensible things are those only which are immediately preceived by sense. You will further inform me, whether we immediately perceive by sight anything beside light, and colours, and fugures: or by hearing, anything but sounds: by the palate anything beside tates:by the smell, beside odours: or by the touch, more than tangible qualities” (p124). My understanding to this is, the way you conclude a thing is based on the thing you have been experienced. In other words, every new thing is just remind you of the old things. The old thing give you some idea when you make the judgement. Plato called this kind of idea as recollection. In here, Berkeley called it idea. But Berkeley said that no matter ideas came from your heart or mind are both sensible things. Is that meaning everything that you can figure out quickly should all be considered as sensible things and the true thing need to prove by mathematic theory, it should take a while for us to figure out?  “We approach to or recede from an object, the visible extension varies, being at one distance ten or an hundred times greater than at another…..Was it not admitted as a good argument, that neither heat nor cold was in the water, because it seemed warm to one hand, and cold to the other? It is not the very same reasoning to conclude, there is no extension or fugure in an object, because to one eye it shall seem little, smooth, and round, when at the same time it appears to the other, great, uneven, and angular?” (p138-139)  It is something like somebody walked away and goes smaller and smaller, but actually they are not. The sense will tell you they are getting smaller but the knowledge tells you they are still the same. The things you saw are not the truth. Not only like this, different ways to experiencing a thing can come out with different  outcomes. For example, you use your warm left hand to test the cold water’s temperature, you will find out the water is so freezing, but when you put your cold right hand into the same temperature of water, you will think the water is not that cold. Two hands from the same body can have the whole different feelings about the same object. Maybe this is what extension is. Anything can esist in an unpreceiving substance, that no fugure or mode of extension, that is the substratum of extension. In this Book, berkeley kind of rejected everything exist in our life. Everything in our life seems unreal, it is difficult for us to accpect his theory because our daily life all base on common sense.

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love takes time (Descartes)

In the book, Descartes pointed out two ways of thinking  the things. To use senses or to prove something by the reason.

I had it all
But I let it slip away
Couldn’t see I treated you wrong
Now I wander around
Feeling down and cold
Trying to believe that you’re gone
Love takes time
To heal then you’re hurting so much
Couldn’t see that I was blind
To let you go
I can’t escape the pain
Cause love takes time

It seems like a story about a person try to convince herself , someone already left her life. But she can not get rid of this because love takes time and she still loves him. She can not pertend nothing happened. It just like what Descartes said, try to assume that god is not esist. “I will suppose therefore that not God, who is supremely good and the source of truth, but rather some malicious demon of the utmost power and cunning has employed all his energies in order to deceive me. I shall consider myself as not having hands or eyes, or flesh, or blood or senses, but as falsely believing that I have all these things” (Page15/23). He encourage people try to reject everything exist in your life. Human being should starting a new journey to explore this world. Everyone live in the new place without taking any other things from the old place. So that maybe we can see things from different side.

I don’t wanna be here
I don’t wanna be here
Losing my mind
From this hollow in my heart
Suddenly I’m so incomplete
Lord I’m needing you now
Tell me how to stop the rain
Tears are falling down endlessly

“But in order to draw my readers’ minds away from the senses as far as possible, I was not willing to use any comparison taken from bodily things. So it may be that many obscurities remian; but I hope they will be completely removed later, in my replies to the objections”(Page10). Descartes think people should leave the real world. As long as people live in under this condition, they can not get rid of all the sense. Our minds are more rely on sense, people always follow their hearts and emotions. From Descartes perspective, maybe this groups of people is incomplete. But i think it’s all because of these we are human being. Human being suppose to have the emtions and inner feelings. That is also a kind of personality without this everybody is the same. The world is not colorful anymore. In my opinion, Descarts’ theory is impossible to practice in the reality. It is hard for people to do that, otherwise everyone is like a machine, get away all the human activities. Descarets idea is quite confusing to me compare with other philosopheres theories. The way his thinking is modern than me. It is so impressive and amazing, even it is a little unbeliecable. Everytime when I’m reading this book is a whole different experience.

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Journal ( Descartes)

Reading this book, I feels like talking to someone who come from the 21 century. In my view, Descrates is a surrealist. “In the case of unbelievers, it seems that there is no religion, and God exists; but  is the case of  unbelievers, it seems that there is no religion, and practially no moral virtue, that they can be persuaded to adopt unil these two truths are proved to them by natural reason” (Page2/2). It is so impressive that he thought something like this at his age. I do have the same feeling, nowadays, some peoples they do not believe anyone, just themselves. They are the one who control their life. In their dictionary, there is no word called destiny. Also, they do not believe the old tradition and culture. They are normal people, just not superstitious. They are their own master. I think it becomes a phenomenon, people who well-educated and have high social class, they hold the same value just like Descartes said. It is like a mirror , tell us it is ture that there is a group peopel exsit in our society. I guess the reason they believe in this way becaues they are pretty confidence about themselves and  they also have high reputation. I have to say, everytime, I’m read this book it is a kind of relearing. Descartes thoughts and ideas are really modern. He seems have the power to predicting fortune. “But in order to draw my readers’ mind away from the senses as far as possible, i was not willing to use any comparison taken from bodily things. So it may be that many obscurities remain; but I hope they will be completely removed later, in my replies to the Objections. One such poblem, among others, is how the idea of a supremely perfect being, which in us, possesses dso much objective reality that it can come only from a cause which is supremely perfect.” Descartes is a rational person, he do not use senses and emotions to distinguish thing. He try to be objective to everything. In my eyes, he want to find a point to balance the thing. Then it will not too objective and rational, it just objective. If somesone can achieve it, it can be call a perfect being. That’s the only way to do modern science, do not use the sense. Maybe the things we saw are not that true. It will fool us, if you believe it easily. The true can not be find out by simply seeing or hearing, it should go down more deeper than we thought. Descartes assume that maybe we should deny all the things in the earth, and remagine it , try to think the things in other way. That is the way to do philosophy, and actually knowing the knowledge about the world. It seems like everything has two sides, it just depend on which side you are standing. It determine the way you look at the world and the way you live. People always say if you think the world is like this then it is like this.

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Come clean (Aquinas)

Come Clean
by Hilary Duff

Let’s go back
Back to the beginning
Back to when the earth, the sun, the stars all aligned
Cause perfect didn’t feel so perfect
Trying to fit a square into a circle
Was no life
I defy

In the book, Aquinas used plenty of words to discuss the happiness and he tried to make a definition about it. “Because the intellectual substance attains God by his own activity and not only by knowing but also through the act of will, desiring and loving him and taking its delight in him, it might seem that the ulimate end, and the ultimate happiness of man” (chapter 26, P267). My understanding about the relation between intellect and will (own activity) is the intellect more tend to be a big picture and the will is more like an aspect of intellect. If we assume intellectual is a circle, then the will (own activity) is a square. We try to fit a square into a circle. “Thus it seems that man does not attain the ultimate end through an act of intellect but rather through an act of will” (chapter 26,P267).  It seems like Aquinas emphasize on will more than intellect. That is because will is the begining of every action, and intellenct is the outcome of one particular thing which is ultimate happiness.

Let the rain fall down
And wake my dreams
Let it wash away
My sanity
Cause i wanna feel the thunder
I wanna scream
Let the rain fall down
I’m coming clean, I’m coming clean
I’m shedding
Shedding every color
Trying to find a pigment of truth
Beneath my skin
Cause different
Doesn’t feel so different
And going out is better
Than always staying in
Feel the wind

The pleasure should be come from the desired and the will of itself. Just like what is said in the lyrics, “let the rain fall down and wake my dreams, I wanna scream, I wanna feel the thunder.” I want to do these things because I want to, not for the sake of something else. Aquinas also mentioned the same comment like this, “pleasure seems always to be desired for itself and not for the sake of something else, for it is silly to ask someone why he wants to be pleased…..agree in desire of ultimate end, since it is natural, but more seek pleasure than knowledge”( chapter26, P268).  I belief, intellect is a kind of ability to figure out the will. ” for the will moves intellect to its act: intellect actually considers what it habitually knows when on wills it to” (chapter 26,P268).  Only human being can have the intellect because they are rational and they have soul. Not like the animal, they do not use the brain to think the question. Aquinas told us the same idea in the book.”Therefore the will, insofar as it is an appetite, is not peculiar to intellectual nature. Happiness, then, and felicity are found substantially and principally in the act of intellect rather than the act of will” (chapter 26,P268).

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Thomas Aquinas (Journal)

Aquinas wrote a lot of chapters to discuss about human happiness and the knowledge of god. “There is another knowledge of god, that by which men know him through faith, which in one respect is superior to the foregoing, exceeding the knowledge of god gained through demonstration by an eminence that demonstrating reason could never attain… But man’s ultimate happiness cannot consist in this knowledge of god either” (chapter40). Human happiness should base in faith, not the knowledge of god. God is like the encyclopedia even though we take our whole life time to read it, still we cannot understand. It is impossible to fully understand god. That is because god is beyong the everything in this plante. God is the creator. It is obvious that, we will not gain the happiness through the knowledge of god but we can gain it throught faith. It is something we do not know directly, but it is the things that we all believed in. We believe that our faith is right and it will leads us to acheivement the true happiness. When people making a desicion, they always follow their own will which is come from the faith and they will not regret it because they happy to do that. There is no body force them to do, they do only they obey their faith and satisfy with it. In the meanwhile, we can not prove faith by using the evidence. In a way, faith means trusting. For example, people who believe in Buddha, they trust Buddha because they think Buddha will point the right way to people.

“For when men see natural things occurring in an orderly fashion, and there is no order without someone ordering, they perceivem, for the most part, that there is something ordering the things they see”(chapter 38). People understand the god by observing the world. They learn the things from the society, this is the same thing as abserving the world. We can judge the things by using the things we experienced from the society, it teach us which is right or wrong. The world is like a classroom, eveyone in this world is one of the student. “For just as when we see a man move and accomplish other works, we preceive that there is in him some cause of these activities which is not in other things, and we call this cause the soul, still we don’t yet know what the soul is, whether it is body, or how it bring s about activities”( chapter 38). We can not tell what soul is, and there is no way to know it because we do not have the power to making a definition. We accomplish things base on our own values, we believe it is the same values as god would stand and agree. In order to understand happiness, we have to study the different ways of knowing god and it is clear that human happiness does not consist in the knowledge of god. From the book, Aquinas wrote a lot of aspects on how to define the happiness.

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