As we are currently studying medicines and drugs, we have been tasked to find 3 most painful moments (I made 4) in my life and rate them from 1 – 10. One (1) being “I don’t feel it at all” and ten (10) being “Kill me now and end my suffering,” so, without further ado, here they are:
1. Diarrhea – have you ever had those torturous days in the toilet when your stomach feels like it’s eating itself? Well I did around 8 years ago and it was painful! I felt like I was dying.
Pain level: 9 / 10
2. Cramming – Ahh, procrastination, the mother of all beasts. After you let procrastination get in your head, you’re in trouble. Eventually the phrase “I’ll do it tomorrow” becomes your motto and when the deadline comes…you cram. It gets really painful when you freak out and don’t know what to do and this puts deep shame, regret, and a feeling of failure into your life.
Pain level: 6 / 10
3. Dislocation – this happened on the summer of 2011 in China. I had my pinkie finger dislocated from playing sports and I tried fixing it myself, but I put the finger back wrong (it was crooked), so the doctor had to pull the finger to fix it. When he pulled it there was a solid “pop” sound and it hurt like hell! It was painful, but I’ve felt worse.
Pain Level: 7 / 10
4. Loneliness – From what I’ve experienced, emotional pain is much worse than physical pain possibly because I have never felt a lot of physical pain. The pain of loneliness, however, is different from physical pain (at least those that I’ve experienced) in the sense that it lasts longer. In my case, my problems seemed worse than they were, I kept questioning who I was and what I was doing, and I felt lost. Friends, it seems to me, is what makes the world more concrete, more defined. It also makes life easier to live through.
Pain Level: 8 / 10
Why do they think that those foods are weird?
These foods are weird because some of them are poisonous and would be dangerous to eat if not cooked properly. Some of the others like stink bugs and silkworm larvae are weird because they are not usually eaten and they look disgusting.
What is food?
Food is something fit for human consumption and is deliberately consumed (put in the mouth and swallowed) by someone.
What is considered as a normal food and what is not?
Culture dictates what “normal food” is, but what distinguishes what is ordinary to the extraordinary is either the rarity of the dish or the danger in its consumption.
What would be your 5 weirdest food?
1. Tarantula (in Skuon, Cambodia)
2. Lamb’s Brains (in India)
3. Stink bugs (in Irian Jaya, Indonesia)
4. Beondegi (Silkworm Larvae) (in South Korea)
5. Dried lizards (for soup) (in Japan)
For the first bullet, I placed an instance wherein the principle of catholic social teaching was upheld. While for the second, when it was not.
- International Human Rights Law & Human Rights Act
- child abuse & violations of human rights
The Common Good
- consulting all representatives of the regions of a country and coming into a concesious before passing a law or act
- Graft & Corruption
Subsidiarity (the ones affected by a change must have a say in it)
- a country lets a province decide what the speed limits are on its roads
- parents don’t let a child choose which cloths he himself will wear
Solidarity (working together with others towards a common good)
- respect toward other races or religions in the Face to Faith program
- racism or sexism found even in business organizations
What struck me most from this reading were these lines: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy/ from carousing and drunkenness/ and the anxieties of daily life,/ and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” The reading stated that we should always be on guard and that we shouldn’t be caught sleeping because the kingdom of God will come when we least expect it. It invites us to avoid sin and follow the good as well as to be ready when the son of man returns. The gospel reading on this day made me more aware of the authority of God over my life. I saw this by the fact that only he knows the date and time that the world will end and that he is the one who holds the book of our lives and knows the choices and thoughts we have made.
Pascal’s ‘Memorial’ is a poem that expresses Blaise Pascal’s conversion to Christianity. He uses the form of a poem to express something that is not tangible nor easily explained to another person. In this sense, Pascal uses religious language as a way to know truths about faith in Jesus Christ. By using religious language, Pascal could express the joy of finding Christ through words or phrases that at least try to reveal truths. He expressed in the first two lines that there are two philosophies: that of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of the learned.
This type of language is different from scientific language because there is tangible evidence to support evidence in the language of science. Some may also argue that math is the language of science and in that sense, math is more concrete and definite than religious language. In human sciences, the same concept applies. Evidence of the past or human behavior are seen through observation. In aesthetic language, the work of art speaks to the viewer through the viewer’s own tastes and personal experiences. This seems similar to religious language, but the distinction comes from faith because religious language tries to portray the truth about God.
Scientific language is a superior way of knowing because it gives more accurate evidence due to the nature of the scientific method. It uses reason to arrive at truths about any experiments.
Pascal’s ‘Memorial’ uses religious language as a way of portraying faith. However, scientific language is still a superior form of language because of its good use of reason to arrive at conclusions. This, however, does not mean that this is the only form of language to use.