Sunday, August 25, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez demonstrated Buddhist connectiveness

Here Ocasio Cortez interacts with a penguin. Another living being. Those of us who can experience a connection with other living beings are spiritually fulfilled. How many people do you know who would be delighted to experience a connection with another living being, like a penguin? Most members of Congress would rather eat penguins.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

The Shape of Water : beautiful

The entire movie is an allegory about the USA relationship with Latin America. Those who don't get it, well they just dont get it. It's also a beautiful love story, and if you dont get that, Jesus Johnson, there is little hope for you!!!!!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Movie: "Lady Bird," fantastic!

Movie Lady Bird is great, funny, touching, beautiful. Great script, great acting, authentic.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ernst Udet's (Famous German Ace) portable bar

Ernst Udet was a decorated Ace in WWI, and an early member of the Nazi party (he made a deal with the devil: Hermann Goering said he would buy two Curtis Hawk's from the US if he joined). Udet loved to party hard, and would fly after a few shots of courage, so he had a cabinet maker construct a portable bar making certain the contents would be unbreakable. Udet became disillusioned with WWII and what he predicted was the destruction of the Luftwaffe. He also was taking large quantities of methamphetamine washing it down with Cognac. He became despondent and died in 1941. Here he is between the wars flying in an airshow in Chicago, showing his dead stick loop and landing.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?

So the movie Arrival, has received mixed reviews. Audience members hate it, or love it. The movie is not so much about aliens, as it is about humans. How we think. We think linearly, time is a line. I have taught statistics, so I have drawn the "line" many a time in class: the line has a slope, an intersect, and an equation. But in this movies we learn that time is not linear, and that is the key to understanding this movie. The Aliens understand this, and they patiently teach us this (through Amy Adams, who is amazing in her role.) If we only thought non linearly, how would that change our lives? Our world? A beautiful movie of philosophy. This should be shown in every Freshman philosophy class. Philosophy is about thinking, and exercising our minds not to think linearly would be a good beginning for any budding philosopher.