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october 28 /20 (tap/click for better quality!)

had to cancel my Halloween plans :/ but they’ll happen, just a little later next week. I’ve been studying really hard for my behaviour modification midterm and it’s been great so far!

#QuarantineFallStudyChallenge

48. Wednesday, Oct. 28th: Who do you live with? 

Funny you should ask! So I currently live with my Dad and my cat 🐈 but my Dad is moving out in the spring sometime so I’m currently looking for roommates! It’s been a stressful process but I’m hoping to find one more person in order to make it happen 🥺

🎧 pavane pour une infante dèfunte - maurice ravel 🎧

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Doing some last minute prep before my interview tomorrow….. I’m so nervous I could puke. The thing about these interviews is that there is this voice in my head reminding me that I am competing with other people who probably have more experience and are better qualified than I am. Trying to drown that voice out with some worship music. Send me some good vibes….. I’m gonna need it

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Daily Log 29th october 2020

1/100 days of productivity

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Finished all of the physics past papers for mechanics with 5 pomodoro sessions and procrastinated watering my dying plants.

Quote of the day

Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us. These, our bodies, possessed by light. Tell me we’ll never get used to it. - Scheherazade, Richard Siken

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Question:

I received a question in my Inbox I wanted to discuss

Isn’t luxury a vice with the stoics?

 & Didnt Marcus Aurelius have a problem with Christians doing good out of the threat of torture from God?


Answer:

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to message me. First your opinion as two parts but comes across as biased. It’s important to note that Marcus Aurelius was in fact an emperor and one of the last great emperor’s of the Roman empire. His approach to stoicism was to control his thoughts and his actions this is seen throughout his journal ‘The Meditations’.


 As an emperor of one of the greatest nations he would have enjoyed luxuries and did not in fact denounce them. He did encourage himself to make himself go through hardships (which would be minor inconveniences by the standard of how he lived) so that he kept awareness and above all acted with reason. Which was important to him. Luxury in itself is relative. What may be luxurious to me may not be to you.

Evidence from a Stotic perspective 

“Almost nothing material is needed for a happy life, for he who has understood existence.” - Marcus Aurelius

“Be content to seem what you really are.”

“Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just.” 

“A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.”

Here M. Aurelius is talking about necessities and luxuries equally, he is talking about contentment coming from within not from outward sources. His emphasis on virtues are of the spiritual nature rather than the corporeal, however on multiple occasions he encourages himself to be consumed by what he does as the Bible several times in Proverbs and general common sense show, consistency and wisdom in almost any task leads to success.  

“A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.” I would argue that he encourage to strive for excellence, which is associated with luxury for better or worse. As for Faith, Marcus Aurelius was devout to his gods and I am to my God Jesus Christ. He is believed to have said

 “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

Here he suggests living by virtues, whatever we choose them to be 

“If the gods have determined about me and about the things which must happen to me, they have determined well, for it is not easy even to imagine a deity without forethought; and as to doing me harm, why should they have any desire towards that…?“

In, the second part of your opinion, it presupposes an argument which I do not agree with, which is that Christians do good works out of fear of torture from God. This directly contradicts that Christians do not have a spirit of bondage to sins but are free through Christ Jesus to experience the abundant life in

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” and 

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Psalm 56:3 and, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 

or  2 Timothy 1:7 !His spirit of sonship encourages us to do good works because we love our neighbours which we are only capable of doing when we remember his love for us. As it pertains to torture God says

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 

or  1 John 4:18 and “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” subsequently,

 Isaiah 43:1“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9 and more. 

TLDR

Not doing that, :D Read it or don’t.

The above was edited for clarity before I got lazy

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29/10/2020

Today I have online classes until noon and from 1pm I have classes on campus!

I am really happy that I still can have classes on campus because I am a huge in-person learner and I get a lot more informal when going to the classes and listening! 😊

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29 oct ‘20

it’s been a hectic semester with so much to do. but i’d always make time for cafe visits!! 😌 even if it means studying there instead of simply chilling and breathing in the atmosphere…🥺 i hope october’s been good to you! otherwise, there’s still two more months before the start of a new decade. good things to come, trust me on this!

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28.10.20

I have the midterm exam of this subject tomorrow so I’ve been studying all day 💪🏻 How was your Wednesday? Hope y'all are okay 💚

Instagram & Tiktok: whoislales

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Frustrated cuz my science teacher is annoying.

The top page is my notes from watching a video from professor Dave on YouTube, bottom is my notes from an extra help session with my teacher.

Chem teacher literally told me all videos online are wrong then talked way to fast. He doesn’t use a single visual or anything, and rarely even writes stuff on the board. Meanwhile my fav YouTube channel for sci and math professor Dave (my friends and I call him chem Jesus) is amazing is honestly like the model for how teaching, especially online teaching, should go.

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