Caveat: 64) 모든 생명은 하나로 연결되어있다는 것을 알게되어 감사한 마음으로 절합니다

“I bow with a thankful heart and become aware that all life is connected as one.”

This is #64 out of a series of 108 daily Buddhist affirmations that I am attempting to translate with my hands tied behind my back (well not really that, but I’m deliberately not seeking out translations on the internet, using only dictionary and grammar).

62. 부처님의 법에 귀의하게되어 감사한 마음으로 절합니다.
        “I bow with a thankful heart and become converted to the Buddha’s Dharma.”

63. 승가에 귀의하게되어 감사한 마음으로 절합니다.
        “I bow with a thankful heart and become converted to the [Buddha’s] Priesthood.”

64. 모든 생명은 하나로 연결되어있다는 것을 알게되어 감사한 마음으로 절합니다.

I would read this sixty-fourth affirmation as:  “I bow with a thankful heart and become aware that all life is connected as one.”

Caveat: Tik Tok Goes the Bourgeois Ego

Index There's a germ of a novel in this somewhere.

Apparently the number of 20-something female pop-stars are striking up intellectual "friendships" with elderly marxist philosophers is greater than one.  I was surprised to have heard that the number was greater than zero, actually.  First, Gaga gets with Zizek, and then Ke$ha gets with Fredric Jameson.

Both of these might be untrue, however – I later found a refutation of the Gaga-Zizek flirtation which I failed to bookmark.

I can't decide how I feel about this.  I've always admired Jameson hugely, and his books are among the most important influences on my own (oddly continuing-to-be-non-existent) thesis on Cervantes.  Do I respect him yet more because he's so hip and trendy, even now in his doddering late 70's?  Or does this just seem too weird?

How do I feel about Ke$ha – I never really noticed her music before, but I don't per se dislike it, either.  Is it possible she actually understands Jameson, and appreciates him… intellectually?  Fascinating.  I already suspected that she was not a total intellectual lightweight, based on some interview with her I remember scanning through, a while back.  Anyone who exists in the current rap/hiphop/pop mileu but manages to cite Dylan and Banksy as influences can't be utterly empty-headed.

From her website:  “I think people can stand to take themselves just a little less seriously. I’m fighting the war against pretension.”  Does one fight against pretension by hooking up with pretentious philosophers?  That's appealing.  Then again, one could fight pretention by simply creating the rumor that one was hooking up with a pretentious philosopher, almost as effectively, right?

Something about the Vanity Fair article I linked to above reads like a hoax.  Yet…  one hopes it isn't.

Really, it makes me want to write a novel.  Well… many things seem to make me want to write a novel, but this strikes me as a gold mine of pop-culture references and abstruse marxist philosophy, all stirred together with seedy scandal or tender romance (or both – as a side-note, wouldn't it be interesting, for example, to novelize the Weinergate scandal as a sincere or angsty romance?).

At the risk of imperiling my blog's essential G-ratedness, here's her 2009 video for "Tik Tok."

being like, ‘The end of the bourgeois ego