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10: How belief in God affects my clinical work

Karnac Books ePub

10

Neville Symington

God as the Infinite

Belief in God lies at the core of all religious denominations. Thera-vada Buddhism is an exception to this general rule, and for this reason it is sometimes described as a Philosophy rather than a Religion. My belief in God affects my clinical work, but how? What follows is a personal statement: it is the way this belief affects my work in the consulting-room. It contains no statement about how such a belief may affect someone else, nor is it a recommendation for other clinicians.

Mystics, such as Meister Eckhart and the author of The Cloud of Unknowing emphasize that the reality of God is obscured through the word God. The word conjures up in the mind an image that blinds me to the reality that the word God is supposed to designate. Thus the word makes the reality foggy. The way in which a word can disturb our understanding has been emphasized by Wilfred Bion, by the philosopher Frege, and also by G. K Chesterton, who said this:

Atmosphere ought not to affect these absolutes of the intellect; but it does…. We cannot quite prevent the imagination fromremembering irrelevant associations, even in the abstract sciences like mathematics. [Chesterton, 1933, p. 180]

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16. Compiling

Tom Christiansen O'Reilly Media ePub

If you came here looking for a Perl compiler, you may be surprised to discover that you already have oneyour perl program (typically /usr/bin/perl) already contains a Perl compiler. That might not be what you were thinking, and if it wasnt, you may be pleased to know that we do also provide code generators (which some well-meaning folks call compilers), and well discuss those toward the end of this chapter. But first we want to talk about what we think of as The Compiler. Inevitably theres going to be a certain amount of low-level detail in this chapter that some people will be interested in and some people will not. If you find that youre not, think of it as an opportunity to practice your speed-reading skills.

Imagine that youre a conductor whos ordered the score for a large orchestral work. When the box of music arrives, you find several dozen booklets, one for each member of the orchestra with just his part in it. But, curiously, your master copy with all the parts is missing. Even more curiously, the parts you do have are written out using plain English instead of musical notation. Before you can put together a program for performance, or even give the music to your orchestra to play, youll first have to translate the prose descriptions into the normal system of notes and bars. Then youll need to compile the individual parts into one giant score so that you can get an idea of the overall program.

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2: Reconciling the Self with the System

Nanci Adler Indiana University Press ePub

CHAPTER 2

 

Reconciling the Self with the System

Under Stalin, in the years before the 1956 Twentieth Party Congress, simply being charged with a crime was commonly prima facie evidence of being guilty, and punishment followed quickly. After Stalin's death, and particularly after 1956, the Party officially declared that arbitrary punishment was a crime perpetrated by Stalin and his henchmen against loyal Communists and others. E. Charents, an Armenian poet who considered himself a loyal Communist, was born before 1956. “There is no crueler punishment,” he lamented, “than when a man is denounced as a traitor to an idea that was sacred to him, that was in fact the only thing that made sense in his life.”1 that life, and whatever sense could be made of it, was extinguished by the terror in 1937.

When Charents was denounced, he lost his social, material, and ideological sources of support. Such victims were impelled by the belief that their predicament made sense—if only they could decipher that sense. And therein lay a paradox. The punishment made sense only if the crime made sense, but for those falsely accused, their alleged crime was a political fiction. Like Kafka's Gregor Samsa, who awoke with dismay to discover that he was a bug, or his equally dismayed Josef K., who suddenly found himself under arrest, these victims tried to make sense of their misfortune, assuming that insight would lead to a way out of the morass. The Soviet terror had created facts out of fiction for innocent arrestees, now presumed guilty by reason of arrest.

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Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755)

Victoria Charles Parkstone International PDF
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Gyeongsangbuk-do

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

     Includes »

     Daegu

     Gyeongju

     Pohang

     Ulleungdo

     Andong

     Hahoe Folk Village

     Cheongnyangsan Provincial Park

     Juwangsan National Park

Korea’s cultural warehouse, Gyeongsangbuk-do is a region resplendent both in natural beauty and heritage sites, including many fascinating temples, ancient pagodas, rock-carved Buddhas and tombs. Gyeongju is often called ‘the museum without walls’ for its historical treasures, many of which are outdoors. The oddly symmetrical tumuli (burial mounds) in the centre of town are serene pyramids – stately reminders of the dead they still honour.

The region’s major city, Daegu, is a sprawling place with an excellent medicinal herb market, a downtown drenched in neon and superb restaurants. Elsewhere, don’t miss Haein-sa, a must-see temple-library amid gorgeous mountain scenery that contains the Tripitaka Koreana, 1000-year-old wooden tablets inscribed with sacred Buddhist texts and ingeniously preserved in a building so ahead of its time that modern science hasn’t improved it. Off the coast is the rugged island of Ulleungdo, with seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy spectacular coastal landscapes.

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