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Unfinished Conversations: Silence

Unfinished Conversations: Silence

September 5-8, 2019 ar: I finished silence! Ready to chat. Hope you are having fun in Ptown!  ai: What what!! What’d you think of it?  ar: It’s taken me a day or two to process what it means. But the main message I got from it is no matter what we do Christ died for us all, we all trample on him and that is […]

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To Know As We Are Known

To Know As We Are Known

But paradoxically, maybe we haven’t yet looked in the mirror enough to look elsewhere. Maybe being able to look in the mirror properly is fundamental to being virtuous, and we’re missing that just as much as we are a cultural contrary. Some moderns eschew traditional notions of virtue and morality altogether for relativism, and they have one thing right: notions of virtue, of what it […]

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Athens, Jerusalem, New York City (an essay)

Athens, Jerusalem, New York City (an essay)

Wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. —Lehi, 2 Nephi 2:11, The Book of Mormon In Book XIX of his Inferno, Dante and Virgil come across the burning soles of Pope Nicholas III. Dante writes, “I stood as does the friar who confesses […]

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Unfinished Conversations: Meaning, Dreams, Relationships

Unfinished Conversations: Meaning, Dreams, Relationships

Jan 31 – Feb 2 bc: Lol sorry, it was K’s last night in town, so we were up late ai: Haha I figured as much bc: Yeah he took off this morning Is there something you could create that would be meaningful if no other people existed? ai: No  But it depends on what you define meaning as  Also I don’t think we have […]

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Unfinished Conversations: The Ontological Argument

Unfinished Conversations: The Ontological Argument

Jan 24 – 25, 2019 ai: Dude interesting thing to think about here indirectly from my logic class bc: What was it?? ai: It’s kind of complicated. Too much to text lol Actually, no it’s not. One sec… Just to be clear I don’t agree with this argument, but it’s really hard to articulate where or why it’s wrong haha  Oh the one part that’s […]

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Just Alcalá and Madrid

Just Alcalá and Madrid

I tried so many times to go to the world class opera for the 20 euro student discount, but couldn’t. Had some good times showing Madrid and Alcalá to my parents and family friends. Saw El Rey León in Madrid. Went to the temple one last time. Saw some more art museums and revisited others. Said good bye to just a few of the awesome […]

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Al-Andalús (Southern Spain)

Al-Andalús (Southern Spain)

This was our last excursion of the trip! Time has flown away. Córdoba The Great Mosque (turned Cathedral) of Córdoba: This Mosque was pretty incredible, huge area-wise. However, I was somewhat disappointed by it’s height, I guess because I’m accustomed now to the spaciousness of the Gothic Cathedrals and this wasn’t that tall. Still, it was beautiful, and the geometrical patterns of the Arabic architecture […]

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Canary Islands

Canary Islands

Canary Islands Well, I didn’t see a single canary. Still, it was a pretty amazing trip. We ate lots of “English breakfasts” (baked beans, two kinds of sausage, hammy bacon, two pieces of bread, and a fried egg) for three euros a piece for breakfast and once for lunch; we ate twice at Craft Burgers, delicious; we ate once at this Indian place that just […]

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Valle de los Caídos, el Escorial, Toledo (otra vez)

Valle de los Caídos, el Escorial, Toledo (otra vez)

Valle de los Caídos     This is the controversial church built into a mountain by war prisoners (who died during the construction and were subsequently buried in the construction in mass graves) during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who is also buried here. We stayed around for mass. They turned off all the lights while they blessed the Eucharist. The boy choir was good. […]

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Around here

Around here

We didn’t go anywhere this week, but we made the most of it. I was Squints from the Sandlot for Halloween, Cooper was a lunch lady, and Angel was Miguel from Coco. It was a fun night. I had a lot of chocolate. Later that week, we attempted to summit the Peñalara, the peak in the Guadarrama mountains just an hour outside of Madrid. That’s […]

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