Friday, July 15, 2011

Chris Tomlin-Enough w/lyrics


Dear Lord, I can't breathe. pls be super present in my life. help me through this... :(

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Moral Circles.

I think that watching CNN, living in Europe, coming from Singapore, being chinese but not a Chinese from China, studying about culture.. makes me question my right or wrong sometimes. Perhaps coming from a catholic kindergarten and primary school, to a methodist secondary school, to a give me an A or die Junior College; from attending a 7 day adventist church to the salvation army to working with World Vision has something to do with the thoughts in my brain...

Is abortion bad? My christian faith says a child is a gift from God, not for one to kill at one's own will. Having said that, can I project my faith on another who might for their own situation, while they understand a child being innocent, might find the reality something they do not want... say if they were impregnated by their rapist, or if they were single mothers where a baby might mean social expulsion, or if there is something wrong with the baby...

Is gay marriage bad? Brad Pitt says he won't get married unless all is afforded the chance to marry. I can understand that line of argument, that all shd be given the right to marry if they love each other... My mainstream christian understanding however thinks of gays as weird, wrong and perhaps endorsing their love with something as sacred as marriage might comes across as sacrilegious....

Universal rights of Children. There is a UN Resolution that talks about universal rights. Right to education, food etc. This resolution is applicable for all children around the globe and has been used as a basis for have children to go to school, to be having fun etc. Is there something as basic as Universal Rights?

So, I dont know. Right for me might not be right for you. Pluralism. I decide is the core of my paper. How does a Christian deal with differences? Today, I introduce the concept of Moral Circle. I quote largely from the book "Cultures and Organizations" - Geert Hofstede.  I think it makes a lot of sense...

The Moral circle is the key determinant of our social lives, and it both creates and carries our culture. People draw a mental line around those they consider to be their group. Only members that are in have full rights and full obligations. The boundary of this circle is made from Religion and Philosophy. Religion and whatever the specific beliefs of a particular one, plays an important role in creating and delineating moral circles

The leader work towards redefining the boundaries of the moral circle that they lead. The book talks about Bush, the talk about the axis of evil etc against leaders like Obama who tries to make everybody friends... 

It is also argued that much of people’s social activity is spent explicitly maintaining symbolic group ties which reinforces  the  Moral circle. 

So the qn will be. How do we treat people who r in diff circles? How do we define rules/regulations for all? A dear friend whom I looked up to for his love for God one day stopped loving God or going to church altogether. He told me he can't go to church or believe in this God, he could not see how God could be relevant to the lives of people in villages. How he could not look at someone doing their daily life and condemn this life as "he is going to hell".... I had no words for him. I know how some evangelists will say, this is what compels us to action. But I am not the person who is comfy with the 4 spiritual laws or to go around converting people. I almost feel like who do I think I am, that I know better than them on what works for them. I come from affluent Singapore where our worries are not the same.  What are we converting them too? Telling them to love a Jesus where there are temples and mosques around, or that they might end up being killed or ridiculed for no end.What does this mean and why shd they.. How do we show them that a big God loves...

Anyway. thought no. 1: The Moral Circle.

A walk in e park

Church is in the evening today, I kicked myself out to enjoy the sun behind the rain that is supposed to come for most of next week. I am so happy I did it... Note to self. The waking up, kicking self out of bed, cajoling self is the hardest part. Once you are at it... It is easier..




trusty flip flops and book to read. Glad for it...




 Love love the sky. Clouds were amazing. Felt close to God. In a chair that made this the view...





Flag of Japan... they just beat Germany last night during world cup! felt torn on who to support. But i think my Asian brother got my final vote!! Yay Japan :)




My flower viewing. I love the App in my phone. It looks nicer than in real life. :) 




Check out the bee. And this is a real Lavender plant. :)




Acorns. Hehe i brought home 3.. Shh. not sure if it was not allowed but it was all over the place. I hope they won't miss them... 




At the entrance and exit.




How to not fall in love with the very inviting park. 




Pretty flowers... 




I have never seen a blue hibiscus until here in Germany. hehe. I only know the flower names of those we learnt in Science in Primary school. After that, they are pretty flowers. :)



Grateful for this very difficult week. I feel like I can do it now. Whatever it is. I think its important to apply my mind, to be intentional about life. That means for now at least

- Doing things I absolutely dread by remembering that this can also be seen as an act of worship.. ie there is a point to doing it.

- My mind is connected to my body.... so I shd eat well. This week I tried to cook different things. haha,  since I spent good money buying myself a stove and an oven. I shd try to enjoy its existence.

- Run. Because this is a mind exercise. To stretch that will, to strengthen it. to do it just because. Mirakumi's book is good. I think I might do a book review. I relate to him. The solitude life, and how to add running and routine as a way to take care of self, in a weird way to live

I am reading Coehlo's book. I see that I can also learn something from him. Feeling more hopeful now. :) And life is worth the living, just because He lives...

Saturday, July 09, 2011

sagely wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius 

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Technology as one of my best friends

My sister and brother will know that I am normally the least keen in technology... stuff at home is solved between the 2 of them and I normally just magically wait and hope for Disney Channel to appear on tv. Suddenly, I find myself spending all my time with a macbook, an iphone, using skype, msn, facebook, watsapp, blog, korean dramas etc. I find myself grateful for technology and the access it gives me to the world out there...without getting out of the house.

I need to learn to live here in Germany. I think that this "crutch" to my world at home makes it easier for me to ignore the sunshine outside and to hide in the comfort of my apartment. I am not predisposed to making friends easily, my autograph books when I was in school had too many "I think you are "weird, strange"... I think I talk to older people better, or people not in the same stage of life as me as I do not need to feel so weird or judged. Haha. The feeling of being not enough, unloved, scared watever.... I need to kick myself out of this apartment and be brave and say hi to people.

So difficult. But that I shall do. God says nobody lives life alone. Let alone me. Instead of thinking I am not good at being sociable, being sociable I shall be. I m not going to worry about the person being a "circumstantial" friend, or if the person is frivolous or scary or German or watever.... Each is a child of God, hence an equal to love.

Having said that, I also think that I am supposed to spend this time brave and willing to spend time alone with God. I am thinking of buying the desert fathers book, something meditation something. To enjoy this season of relative peace with God instead of wishing to be somewhere else. I want to go take pictures of nature, because that is his perfect and good creation. I want to enjoy the summer and the sun.

Life is good. To remember and be grateful in all circumstances!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Wakey brain...

Sleepy brain needs to work...meantime, some Fotos from iPhone

Philippines

We went to the Northern tip of the Philippines, road trip after the wedding... 


Pink flip flops travels the world with me... 




Clearwater bay, Disneyland Hong Kong

Where rich people in Hong Kong go for seafood... 



When you wish upon a star...

good bye in many different languages... 

Weekends in Germany

Free moving hungry deers, with dears wanting to feed them, and me trying to run away from them... 

"free coffee" from my overpriced telephone contract. sigh...

Back to using e brain....

My very messy table, I have tried to clear it a little... maybe it will help with studying! check out my chair that is supposed to encourage me from getting out of bed and onto the chair! 
:) 
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