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My KMLA Term Paper

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

A Philosophy Term Paper Concerning:

Thomas Aquinas and his reconciliation of Aristotle with Neo-Platonism

Saint Thomas Aquinas’s impact on Catholic philosophy
Saint Thomas not only “stands as a vehicle and modifier of Aristotelianism” (Wikipedia) but also as the great theologian who organized the Catholic philosophy. Although some parts of his works remain aching, the fact that he has established the identity of Catholicism cannot be denied.

Saint Thomas and propaganda
Thomas Aquinas showed his genius in establishing the Aristotelian Catholic doctrine. Nevertheless, his justification of the Catholic is more or less close to propaganda; he ignored some arguments of Neo-Platonism and Aristotle that stand against Catholicism.
Plotinus, a founder of Neo-Platonism, explained Holy Trinity as being constituted of the One, the Spirit (Nous), and the Soul and made it clear that these three are not equal. (Russell 288) Nevertheless, Thomas Aquinas ignored the claim since Catholic doctrine says the Trinity is equally same.
Not only Neo-Platonism but also Aristotle was denied by Thomas Aquinas elements. Aristotle suggested that God is an Artificer rather than a Creator. Although the two concepts are often used in the similar context, Creator has more subjective and independent connotation than Artificer. Aristotle has definitely left a hint that God can be an object of another force. Nonetheless, without any refutation or so, Thomas Aquinas ignores the part.
Although Plato and Aristotle had claimed that propaganda is needed for the maintenance of the society, Thomas Aquinas still had a duty to present the flaws of his justification of the Catholicism. Indeed, the courage of showing defects is needed:
Catholicism which, as against all tabooism, preaches, ‘Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time . . . But I say unto you . . .’ ; opposing in every case the voice of conscience to mere formal obedience and fulfillment of the law. (Popper 65)

Saint Thomas’s faithfulness to the request of the Catholicism
It is more or less doubtful whether Thomas Aquinas’s justification of Catholic doctrine was done voluntarily. The fact that he was appointed to quarrel against Averroes or requested to write for Catholicism clearly shows that at least some portions of his activities were done involuntary. In fact, in his later days, Thomas Aquinas answered, “All that I have written seems like straw to me,” to the question why he doesn’t continue on doing his work. (Davies 9)
Nevertheless, it would be too much for him to say that he “prostituted himself,” as Holden in The Catcher in the Rye puts. (Salinger 44) Thomas Aquinas was deeply attracted by Dominican Order to the extent to forsake his family’s order. He was equally obsessed with thoughts about Aristotle. Inspired by both Dominican Catholicism and Aristotle, it can be called natural for him to serve faithfully for the establishment of Aristotelian Catholicism. Plus, it cannot be denied that he had indeed established the identity of Catholicism by means of Aristotle against the invasion of Averroes and Radical Aristotelians’ overemphasis on life in this world.

Works Cited

“God’s Existence”. Medieval Sourcebook (2006)
“Unmoved Mover”. Wikipedia.
“Plato”. Britannica.
“St. Thomas Aquinas on Predestination and Invincible Ignorance”. Romancatholicism.
Gallagher, Daniel. The Platonic-Aristotelian Hybridity of Aquinas’s Aesthetic Theory. Hortulus (2006): 2. Web.
“Thomas Aquinas”. Wikipedia.
Popper, Karl. The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945): 65. Web.
Davies. The Thought: 9. Web.

I know why the caged bird sings

Posted: October 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

I know why the caged bird sings

Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the win
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

 

Reflection:

I really like this poem. This poem gives me different impression every time I read. Both of my parents are teachers. You can imagine how teachers are strict on children ─ their students and their own kids. I felt like I was trapped in a cage. I used to look at “free birds” in the eye of admiration. Nevertheless, I didn’t give up. No, I did not want to give up. Although I was in the cage and there was an owner of the cage, I, myself is still mine.

I started to sing: first inside. As time went by, I started to sing out loud. However, this wasn’t a true song. It was a mere defiance against the cage. It was the songs that touched my heart. While singing a song ─ having various experiences, talking with friends, exercising, etc. ─ I realized important values in life. I also learned how to open the cage and get out of there.

I looked around. There were a lot of neighbors who suffer from their own barriers: the cage. I want to help and embrace the ones who need help. That is why I will never stop singing. I will sing for this world.

Toruk Makto in the movie, AVATAR

 In the movie AVATAR, a warrior becomes a leader when he gets connected to a big red bird. He becomes Toruk Makto.

Left is the scene inwhich the main character lands on a big bird and becomes Toruk Makto.

Toruk Makto, the New Version

I wanted to be a Toruk Makto.

I wanted to be brave.

HO, Ho, ho

So, I tried a connection with my big  red bird.

I AM A TORUK MAKTO!!!

YEAH *_*

Yes. Definitely. I believe that there was a Will behind the Big Bang, because this world is too complicated for us to think that it was a coincidence. 

Through some Will, I believe that the uiverse, the Earth, and humans were born. We cannot understand the true meaning, but we can only guess that there was a Will for love, on the basis of the intricacy of the creation of the world. 

My opponents might say that Big Bang was a mere chance. However, what is a chance? Is it too irresponsible to say that it was a chance? Defining Big Bang as a chance is the same as believing there is no goal in your life. Don’t you feel that there is something more than a mere chance? Weren’t you surprised at meeting the right opportunity at a certain point? I belive this is not a chance but a plan. Likewise, Big Bang took place because the Earth and yourself is needed for a Will.

Hello world!

Posted: September 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hello. Nice to meet you. How are you?

You are fine, thank you?

My name is Jiwan.

You want to know the meaning of my name?

Ji(志): Will,

Wan(玩): Treasure.

So…. it’s a Will Treasure. Ha. Ha.

Next comes a debate topic concerning on “Will(志)”

I go home.  It’s  Chuseok (thanksgiving festival in Korea).  I can meet my family.

Tell me your stories!!!!!