The idea is that over time, things would change.
This country is going to the shits.
We should replace the so-called politicians with robots.
Where is God when you need him, huh?
It seems like the days are getting stranger.
All the cats in the world could do nothing about it.
What a hopeless case of a country.
I really need to read Frantz Fanon.
Why? To learn about oppressor-oppressed psychological dynamics.
I am actually reading/learning about this in Ruether’s ‘Liberation Theology’, which is a lucid well-written work.
I should have read this book a long time ago.
But this is not my first book on Lib Theo, the first one of course was the classic by Gustavo Gutierrez. But I read it so long ago, and I can’t remember anything off it. I know what books to read, but maybe I have some issues ‘digesting’ these works into something that I can use.
Maybe this isn’t the proper attitude to have regarding these works. We read to learn, and I did I learn anything off reading the work? Yes, I learned the proper flavor/attitude that these works often or usually have. So that I have an idea on what to read next. So it’s all still mostly in the realm of ‘appreciation’.
And I think that’s enough really. Appreciation, and before that, at the level of ‘understanding’, which is that you actually sort of have any idea what the author is talking about, these are the basic things, and at the level of political involvement that I am in right now, I think that’s enough.
Again, the old Marxist adage of how the philosophers have just interpreted the world, the point however is to change it. Yeah, I still agree with that. With reservations though. We should sprinkle maybe a bit of interpretation. Maybe Marx was talking about himself in that quote. That is, he’s tired of all the philosophizing and analysis. He stretched his muscles for a bit, stood up, and said, okay that’s enough analysis, let’s do some revolutionary activities.
I’ve been buying a lot of interseting secondhand books in the usual secondhand bookshop in the city. This bookshop called, simply enough, ‘Booksale’ has yet to fail me. There are two shops in the city of this bookstore, but I still could not figure out how to commute to the other smaller shop. Well, the floorspace actually is bigger in this second shop/store, but in my mind I always picture the one I frequent as the bigger one. This is because most of the good, interesting, wonderful books I scavenged come from this store. I usually spend one and a half to two hours at most in the shop just looking for good books. It’s a treasure hunt, it is mining for literary gold. It’s looking for hidden gems amidst the countless paperbacks of romance and sci-fi and self-help and children’s and spiritual (Christian, mostly evangelical/Protestant/non-Catholic) books. I usually visit every two weeks or so, and usually am able to find at least four interesting books. I usually spend about fifty to a hundred pesos per book on average. The cheapest I ever paid for a book was maybe ten pesos. Most expensive was maybe one hundred seventy pesos. I can’t remember ever spending more than two hundred pesos for a book in Booksale. [Just remembered I actually spent more than three hundred pesos for a book from Booksale. It’s my copy of ‘The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 450 PHP]
I am getting bored with the manga I’ve been reading for the past week or so, called ‘Dr. Stone’. I don’t know, it just feels that his science knowledge is a total ‘deus ex machina’. So once the main conflict/arc was resolved, there’s not that much that could oppose him. Plus, all the coincidences and luck, and the contrivance shows through. I like the premise though, which is of building civilization back from paleolithic to modern times. The early conflict was interesting in that it does show convincingly how scientific method and knowledge is necessary. I share the main antagonist’s hang-ups though with regards to civilization early on, but disliked how quickly he discarded it once Senku convinced him …. oh yeah, and this is a major plothole I think. If Tsukasa was certain that Senku could maybe restart civilization, then how come he didn’t tell the latter about the main issue that was bugging him? All the conflict they had could have been avoided early on. Maybe he was doubting Senku’s ability? But Senku already proved how skillful and how much of a genius he was. Again, plothole. So I bookmarked the place where I stopped in the manga and momentarily ended my reading there.
I am currently writing this in my Lenovo Tablet, connected to an external keyboard through what’s called an ‘On the Go’ or OTG cable. It’s been working really good. The software I am right now using in this Lenovo Tablet is called ‘ABC Editor’ which I downloaded from the Google Store. I am already liking this better than the old writing software in this Tablet. It’s so much more basic and responsive. I think the old software was just too bulky and cumbersome.
So maybe I’ll transfer the stuff I’ve written in that old software in here. But first I need to convert them into txt or some other format this new software can read.
^_^ Oh wow, you can add emoticons in this.
I also like that ABC Editor directly opens every time you start it to a blank document. So you can just quickly start new write-ups without much pre-writing fiddling to do. So that’s good. It is kind of annoying though that it frequently asks you every time you save about the format you want the text document to be saved in. But that’s a minor issue. Everything’s really good with this. Let’s see how long I can stick with this set-up.
I’d really love a backup of this setup though. I wonder how much this old kind of Lenovo Tablet is going for these days. I’ll buy one as a secondary tablet for when this old tablet starts borking.
My latest write-up which is still in that old software is about the end of the world. I don’t know where I’m going with that. Apocalypticism is so corny now I think, and overdone. What’s really revolutionary I think is imagining a post-exploitation sustainable society, if that’s even possible. To imagine? Of course it’s possible to imagine. It’s the actualization that’s problematic, as with all social and political plans. “Don’t expect too much of the end of the world” as that quote in that novel Foucault’s Pendulum says. I should really finish that novel one of these days.
Typing this. Touchtyping this. The tablet is above the table, while the keyboard is atop this stool which is under the table, so I am unable to see it. Only to sense and touch it. I think this is really good typing exercise. I am kind of hunched over a bit though, and I don’t know if this good posture for longtime writing. I wonder what my current typing speed is. Last I checked it was around the high 90s. But whatever, it doesn’t matter that much. Why do I still harbor this dream of using a typewriter when I know from personal experience how much of a hassle that is? It’s just some romantic notion. Doesn’t make you write any better.
What I also like about this is that there isn’t any spellchecker and word count. So you just are stuck with the basics, and it is highly responsive to your typing, and so you just focus on the task of typing words to paper.