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Good Bye 2015, Hello 2016 – Part 1: Thoughts on my Academic Career

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Well, what do you know? It’s already 2016. Here’s my wrap-up of 2015 and some comments about the new year. I’ll start by discussing my career first. I’ll discuss other issues like marriage and personal stuff in another blog post. 2015 has been incredible. I’ve had the opportunity to teach philosophy in a few schools. It was an interesting and fun …

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Fear is the Mind-Killer

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[ You are seeing this post in your e-mail because I’m migrating old posts from my previous blog to the current one. My apologies for the inconvenience caused. Nonetheless, if you haven’t read this article before, please go ahead and do so! :) ] Recently, The Girlfriend and I went to Batam for a short holiday. We didn’t plan this …

The Scary Thing About Money

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The scary thing about money is that it can make you very deluded. Recently, someone I know won the lottery. In an instant, it was as if that person was possessed by another spirit! Not only did his personality change, but I’ve never seen someone possess way too much confidence in my entire life. He seemed to have forgotten that all …

In Memoriam

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A few days ago, the world mourned the loss of Steve Jobs. On that same day, a friend of mine passed away. I think more often than not, we commemorate the passing of great people so much that we forget to commemorate the passing of ordinary people. In the eyes of a few, an ordinary person is looked upon as …

Destiny (命)

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命 (ming) is often translated as fate, destiny, decree (Heaven’s Decree 天命), or even Divine Providence. But regardless of how this word is translated, and regardless of whether we really believe in fate/destiny/Providence, there is an important lesson that we can learn from 命 (ming). There are many things in life that are beyond our control, and these things play …

The Problem with Questions

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Asking questions is a good thing. It is what enables learning, it helps to clarify doubts or ambiguities, and more. Today, however, after reflecting about some things, I came to the realisation that questions are like a double-edged sword which can either be constructive or destructive. It can be very easy to tear apart something by firing a series of …

To Love is to Delight

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One of the best definitions of love that I’ve encountered is this: Love is to delight in the existence of the other. (Fr. David Garcia, O.P.) Isn’t it the case that when people are in love, they cannot stop thinking of the other? They would love to spend, if possible, all their time with the other. Why is that the …