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October 24, 2006

One must not study philosophy in order to become a philosopher. That way philosophy becomes too academic and separate from life. Philosophy means "love of wisdom", not "love of theory". Theory only becomes wisdom when it passes the test of life.

Philosophy is the best weapon for fighting against the sufferings of life. One thing to keep in mind is that philosophy does not solve problems, but rather, offers suggestions as how to deal with them.

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October 18, 2006

* haven't seen a rainbow in a very long time...
* going to boston on saturday for fingerprinting.
- if everything goes well I should have my american passport around january.
* watched woody allen's alice. a very good movie. there is no end to his creativity. although i liked deconstructing harry better but alice is definitely among my favorites.
- on comedy: "the trick is to truly integrate the comedy and the drama, to intertwine them. i've decided that the only really effective way to mix the two modes is to do drama and interpolate comedy into it."
* wrote a paper on socrates' ethics and am very happy with it.
- all the philosophy classes that i'm taking this semester have been amazing.

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October 10, 2006

* back in amherst. have a physics exam tomorrow.
- this is the last science class that i have to ever take in my life.
* talked to hushang. he traveled to mexico this summer and loved it.
* have planned to do some self-portrait.
* aristotle's nicomachean ethics has become one of my favorite books.
* i want to reach a higher level of consciousness.
- need a spiritual reformation.
- must read thomas a kempis' the inner life every night.
- tao te ching everyday.
- contemplation. contemplation. contemplation.
- try not to think in terms of the "present" and "here", but rather, live life in terms of the "eternal" and the "infinite".

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October 9, 2006

It had been a long time that I had forgotten about my dark days, but it feels as though the past is coming back. I'm severely depressed again. Woke up with a horrible pain in my stomach, and felt tiered and unmotivated all day.

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October 5, 2006

Had not felt this lonely in such a long time. Went for a walk and had a cigarette. Not only it didn't help but the dance of smoke in the air brought me more sadness. I'm sure if I was sixteen I would have written a poem. What has happened to me? I used to be in love with poetry. But now even the deepest sorrows do not bring me to that emotional state. Good poetry, and art in general, comes from a mysterious sense of sadness.

Going to Boston tomorrow. I'm thinking of visiting Davoud either on Saturday or Sunday. Also wanna see Ben. Haven't seen him for over three months.

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October 1, 2006

friday night, music was overflowing from our vains...

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