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September 29, 2006

* our 20-month anniversary.
* woody allen. deconstructing harry.
- functioning in the real world vs. functioning in art.
* met fardad at the library.
- about women he said, "they are nothing special to me anymore. they are all the same. it's so easy to figure them out."
- we talked about nietzsche. human, all too human.
- where is the place of morality in nietzsche's philosophy?
* going to see tool at the tweeter center.
- M. interviewed them four days ago!!!

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September 20, 2006

* in the darkroom+ thinking of Cartire-Bresson.
* read Plato's "Apology". Working on Aristotle's "Ethics".
* Socrates, Jesus, van Gogh, Rambaud, Nietzsche.
- their life is pure art.
* Cohen. "Take this Waltz". superb. brings tears to your ryes.
* "the humanity of the moment."
- that's what photography is all about.
* sentimentality. I'm sentimental. I give priority to my emotions over reason.
- "heart has its own reasons which reason cannot know."
* "in the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself."
* was talking to this guy in the darkroom.
- he said people don't want to love. they just want to be loved.
- I don't think he's right. how can you feel loved if you are not in love?

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September 16, 2006

Started a book on Platonism written in 1924 by a British philosopher. Very interesting and engaging. The author claims that Plato's "influence, like the pressure of the atmosphere, goes undetected because we never really get free from it." How true that sounds.

"I'm not an activist, I'm a journalist. If there's something good that's happening as a result of my photography, great, but that's not why I'm doing it. To me it's more about informing people than telling them what to think." This is what Christoph Bangert says about his work. I totally agree with him. All I want to do as a photojournalist is to raise awareness, to be a vehicle for change, to ask questions without answering them.

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September 9, 2006

"Man is the measure of all things." That's how Protagoras believed we should measure things. But in our time it is money that has become the measure of all things.

I am going to get my philosophy degree in a few months, and that's supposed to make me a better person than someone without a degree. The same way that someone with a business degree is supposed to be a better person than someone with a philosophy degree. And of course, if you don't have any kind of education but have a lot of money you are better than everybody else. That's how they measure things in this world.

In our world, we measure people by the redness of blood, vastness of spirit, and the depth of their silence.

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