Had a very good day today. Some classes got cancelled, so I was less tired. Culture Studies lecture was very interesting. I learn a lot about myself during these classes.
There was this little data-snippet from one of Pierre Bourdieu's works how the intellectual class reproduces itself and how a lot of university students in France, despite no legal or monetary restrictions came from households where the parents were intellectuals.
Got me thinking about my own status as someone who's in the process of becoming a first generation intellectual. There's this expression in Hungarian "Kimosakodott proli", which would roughly translate to "prole who scrubbed himself out (of proledom)", which is sometimes used for people who're the first to get a degree in the family and they're very insecure about it so they boast about their intellectual abilities.
Now it kind of makes sense why some of the teachers were so eager to ask what my parents do for a living.
I don't have a degree yet, but I wonder if it'll change how I carry myself once I get it.
Got a German edition of a Chinese novella.
Had a pizza for lunch and then I went to the library. Read a hundred pages from the second volume of Journey to the West.
I'm about to reach the part where "Supplement to the Journey to the West" is supposed to take place, and I don't know if I should read it or not.
It was a bit hard to read because some logistics genius thought the best time to drill a hole in the wall is during the afternoon.
Still, I think I made very good progress. Hoping to keep it up. >>62323
Honestly, suicide by train is such a selfish thing to do. When you hang yourself at least it's only the person that finds you plus the cleanup crew that's involved, but with a train, you traumatise the driver, you fuck up the day of the passengers and you might cause confusion and delay on multiple lines. It's like an incredibly bothersome and pointless terror-attack if you will. >>62307
I wanted to say "that's for the best", but then I re-thought it and we simply assimilated so much during modernity from these foreign traditions even if we're just thinking about terminology or simple aesthetics. I guess we can draw a line between "cultured dilettantism" and "dilettantism". If you're well versed in your own tradition you will probably be able to get something out of another tradition, but if you're not, then you'll end up a Western Buddhist :-D
Though personally I can't really read any text besides the Bible "religiously", because with other holy books I don't have the connection of being so-so raised in the tradition and being introduced to it via ritual years ago. Also reading the New Testament just simply makes me feel good. No matter how much I like Chinese texts, the Daodejing doesn't replicate the feel, or rather, not as strongly.>>62295
I remember finding an 1200 page long book online about the "Scythian" origins of Jesus once.
It's amazing how much schizo stuff about ancient Hungarians is out there.
Stuff like Japanese-Hungarian common ancestry theory, Hungarian-Sumerian theory. I think there might be even one where we share brotherhood with some Easter Islanders and Native Americans because we came from the sunken contintent of Mu where Hungarians had a high-culture 30000 years before Jézus Krisztus (Jesus Christ for you külföldiek)
Gyöngyös Kán not Genghis Khan, allright? Dog Bless Turán and the Great Kurultáj!