Philosophy – Radical Philosophy Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:34:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Philosophy – Radical Philosophy 32 32 ‘Marcel the Shell With Shoes On’ gently meditates on grief Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:34:00 +0000

A sweet pleasure need not be fragile. The hero of the mockumentary Marcel the shod shell is a tiny mollusk shell with one eye, two legs, and a deeply philosophical view of life that extends far beyond its own little universe. This film, rated PG, is ideal for children (it is rated PG). But it may resonate more with adults: Marcel – whose whispery, seductive voice is provided by Jenny Slate – offers plenty of dipsy-doodle observations on the human desire for connection and how grief can sometimes give way to joys unexpected. Other times, he shows us how he uses a piece of curly pasta as a makeshift French horn, or alleviates his loneliness by adopting a pet, even if it’s really just a stuffed animal. tied to a string. All of these things serve as a kind of do-it-yourself manual for getting through the bad days and the good.

Marcel the shell is directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, and it’s essentially an expansion of the 2010 short he made with Slate, which itself spawned several follow-up shorts and two children’s books. The film’s mix of live action and stop-motion animation, with Fleischer-Camp playing the documentarian, gives it a startling verisimilitude – you forget that neither Marcel nor his created miniature world are real. Marcel lived in “a community”, located in the home of a still feuding couple whose members have since separated; their home is now used as an Airbnb, and all but one of Marcel’s compatriots are gone, having disappeared after an unfortunate sock drawer incident. He lives alone in the house with his grandmother, Nana Connie (voiced, delightfully, by Isabella Rossellini), also a shell, but very old, her single eye darkened by age and the passage of time.

Marcel is alone, but he tries not to be. He’s fashioned a comfortable environment for himself and his grandmother (she sleeps in an old-fashioned, cotton-lined compact) and found ways to maintain a steady supply of food (a clever blender-and-rope setup shakes a apricot tree outside, knocking the fruit from its branches). And though Marcel’s life seems small, Dean, who has taken up residence temporarily in the house after his own relationship broke down, sees what’s special about him. Even the way Marcel presents himself, simply explaining that his body is a shell but that he also has a face, serves as a discreet affirmation of his own worth: “I like it at home, I like myself and I have many other things. great qualities too.

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The film’s plot is simple and as thin as a reed: Marcel’s world is rocked when he is asked to guest on his favorite show with Nana Connie, 60 minutes. (Host Lesley Stahl actually appears in the film.) He worries that Nana Connie, whose health is failing, will be distressed by the arrival of a television crew; she must persuade him to take advantage of all the good opportunities life gives him while he is young. But that’s not the film’s most bittersweet element: Fleischer-Camp and Slate were married when Slate first conceived the character of Marcel, improvised on a whim. The two separated in 2016, a reality that highlights one of the film’s common threads – the sense of dislocation you can feel when the people you know and love are no longer part of your daily life. There is nothing shocking or upsetting Marcel le Shell with shoes; he deals very gently with the realities of death and loss. But her quiet tenderness seems expansive regardless, proof that good things really do come in little exoskeletons.

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HS Field Hockey: Six-year Dickinson head coach Carly Zinn will bring ‘foundation, philosophy’ to new role as Big Spring skipper | Field hockey Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:10:00 +0000

In her 12 years coaching college field hockey, Carly Zinn laid the groundwork and formulated a philosophy within every team she played on.

For the past six years, Zinn has held the reins of Dickinson College’s field hockey program and served as assistant athletic director for the Red Devils. She is now ready for her next chapter – and for the opportunity to make an impact on another program.

Monday night, with a unanimous 9-0 vote, Zinn was approved by the Big Spring School Board as the Bulldogs’ field hockey head coach for the 2022 season, a program she grew up in and graduated from. graduated in 2006. Zinn replaces Angie Noreika, who resigned in April after seven seasons in the role.

“It’s not something I was looking for, so I wasn’t actively looking to make such a big change, Zinn said Tuesday, “but I think I’ve always been passionate about my community. … I know that it’s a community that I kind of always have, at this phase of my life, seen from the outside and I always thought that one day maybe I’d like to be a part of it.

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Along with the opportunity to contribute to her community, Zinn said the opportunity to have a positive impact on her family piqued her interest. Zinn is a mother of four children, her eldest being 8 years old.

The demands of coaching varsity over a 12-year span became taxing, and the Big Spring position offered the opportunity to spend more time with family while remaining involved in the sport. Zinn said she will remain in her roles at Dickinson through Friday.

“Seeing an opportunity that would be a great fit for my family and knowing the community and the resources that Big Spring has,” Zinn said, “I feel like I’ll always be able to do what I love and to be supported in what I do from this community. And ultimately I see it as a place where I can impact the youth of the community on the field hockey team. But I hope that in general, our team will be able to have a greater impact on the community and really have a lot of growth.

Zinn also boasts an impressive track record in his new position. At the helm of the Red Devil team, Dickinson has improved every year under Zinn. In six seasons as skipper – she was also senior assistant from 2010 to 2012 – Dickinson forged a 46-44 overall record and opened three winning campaigns.

Last fall, the Red Devils qualified for the Centennial Conference Championship, the longest such run in program history. In addition to her experience at Dickinson, Zinn served as head coach at York College from 2013 to 2015 and guided the Spartans to the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals two years in a row. The Big Spring alum also played collegiate at Lock Haven University for three seasons, where she helped lead the Bald Eagles to a 54-14 mark.

“As we evolved into these concepts of communication, collaboration and being a player-driven team, really focusing on the opportunities for its obligations,” Zinn said, referring to the collective growth of his teams. over the years, “we’ve found so much passion for the game and it’s something that brings more fun. I think I’ve become a more, I don’t mean laid back (coach), but like I moved through those 12 years to build my philosophy, I think the philosophy that I have now that I’m going to bring to Big Spring is a lot more fun.

Zinn has already started strength and movement training, speed work and fundamental hockey skills with the Bulldogs. Big Spring is also expected to play pickup games every Wednesday this summer and is looking to gauge interest at the youth level.

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“I know I can take what I’ve learned over the past 12 years, as a coach and college administrator,” Zinn said, “and be able to implement it to just try to make the experience even more (impactful) I don’t mean better because I don’t mean a better experience, but rather an impactful experience to help prepare students and student-athletes for life after high school, whatever whether.

Outside of the competitive scene, Zinn said she is excited to bond and build relationships with current and up-and-coming players, some of whom she already knows through the club circuit during the offseason.

She identified unity, mentorship and growth as traits she hopes to instill in her athletes. These are traits central to the foundation and philosophy that Zinn created during his time at Dickinson and York.

“I think again, over the last 12 years,” Zinn said, “it’s evolved into something that’s going to be really, really beneficial at the start of the season. I want all the players to benefit from being in the game. team and learn about life, about themselves and feel really prepared for their next step and winning is just kind of a bonus.

Christian Eby is a sports reporter for The Sentinel and You can contact him at and follow him on Twitter at: @eby_sports

Philosophy claims the fillies championship stakes Sun, 19 Jun 2022 15:05:00 +0000

The philosophy formed by S. Padmanabhan (Sandesh up) won the Fillies Championship Stakes, the main event of the races held here on Sunday June 19. The winner belongs to Mr. and Mrs. PJ Vazifdar, MM Rishad and Mr. Kersi H. Vachha. Jockey Sandesh won three races for the day.

Sandesh, who rode confidently, held her front or penultimate filly until 600m, began to maneuver her mount down the home straight. Philosophy responded tremendously to the rappels and galloped in leaps and bounds to pass the leader Crown Consort, passing the last 150 meters and winning comfortably.

The results:

1. RAMKIRPAL PLATE (Div. II), (1,200 m), ranked from 00 to 25: ALTAIR (Ajeet K) 1, Don’s Den (G. Vivek) 2, Bramastram (S. Shareef) 3 and Sky Princess (Ashhad A) 4. 3/4, 3-1/4 and 1-1/2. 1m 16.27s. ₹41 (w), 15, 14 and 33 (p), SHP: 40, THP: 68, FP: 197, Q: 89, Trinella: 928 and 700, Exacta: 1,859 and 643. Favorite: Sky Princess. Owners: Mr. Divya Chawcharia, Mr. Sharat Kumar and MK Santhosh Kumar. Coach: Sharat Kumar.

2. STAR CONTENDER PLATE (1,400 m), side 20 to 45: ASHWA MAGADHEERA (Suraj) 1, Electric Blue (Richard Oilver) 2, Spectacular (Sandesh) 3 and Augusto (LA Rozario) 4. Not run: Nikolina. 1-1/2, 1-1/2 and 6. 1m 27.88s. ₹ 20 (w), 13, 13 and 12 (p), SHP; 29, THP: 38, FP: 64, Q: 30, Trinella: 89 and 33, Exacta: 253 and 233. Favorite: Ashwa Magadheera. Owner: Mr. Ravinder Pal Singh Chauhan. Trainer: S. Narredu.

3. PLATE WITH RARE GEMS (1200m), maiden 3 years only, (Conditions): SUMMIT POINT (K. Nazil) 1, Monteverdi (Hindu S) 2, Prime Abbess (Md. Akram) 3 and Gimme (NS Parmar) 4. Not Performed: Tycoonist. 1, 4-3/4 and 2-1/4. 1m 16.39s. ₹203 (w), 40, 16 and 86 (p), SHP: 45, THP: 204, FP: 1,048, Q: 1,002, Trinella: 18,135, Exacta: 10,566 (carried forward). Favorite: Kiefer. Owners: Rajagiri Rubber & Produce Co. Ltd. & Vinayaka Breeders Pvt. ltd. Trainer: Arjun Mangalorkar.

4. STEWARDS CUP (1,200 m), side 60 to 85: LUCKY LUCK (Sandesh) 1, Psychic Warrior (JH Arul) 2, Cavallini (Akshay K) 3 and Colonel Harty (Rajesh K) 4. 1-1/2, 1/2 and 2. 1m 14.55s. ₹35 (w), 15 and 24 (p), SHP: 45, THP: 29, FP: 230, Q: 140, Trinella: 370 and 92, Exacta: 2,506 and 1,253. Favorite: Obsidian. Owner: Mr. H. Thambuswamy. Trainer: S. Dominic.

5. STAKES OF THE FILLIES CHAMPIONSHIP (1600m), 3 year old fillies, (Conditions): PHILOSOPHY (Speaking of – Multiple) Sandesh 1, Dangerous (Speaking of – Transformation) CS Jodha 2, King’s Ransom (Multidimensional – China Creek) PS Chouhan 3 and Crown Consort (Sanus Per Aquam – Crown Empress) Suraj 4. 2, 1 -1/4 and Lnk. 1m 39.80s. ₹55 (w), 19, 37 and 13 (p), SHP: 81, THP: 75, FP: 1,017, Q: 456, Trinella: 1,300 and 434, Exacta: 3,344 and 1,433. : King’s Ransom. Owners: Mr. and Mrs. PJ Vazifdar, Mr. M. Rishad and Mr. Kersi H. Vachha. Coach: S. Padmanabhan.

6. KS PRASAD MEMORIAL TROPHY (1,400 m), side 40 to 65: PROMISE KEEPED (Trevor) 1, The Inheritor (JH Arul) 2, Imperial Blue (Akshay K) 3 and Success (Hindu S) 4. Shd, 2-1/4 and 1. 1m 27.12s. ₹39 (w), 15, 27 and 12 (p), SHP: 93, THP: 68, FP: 529, Q: 386, Trinella: 835 and 224, Exacta: 13,543 and 5,804. Favorite: Blue Imperial. Owners: Mr. Rajan Aggarwal and Mr. Gautam Aggarwal. Coach: Arjun Mangalorkar.

7. BERGAMO PLATE (1,600 m), classified 40 to 65 years, 4 years and over: MULTI-STARS (Sandesh) 1, Able (G. Vivek) 2, Pink Jasmine (Trevor) 3 and Winmylove (Gaurav S) 4. 2, 3/4 and 1, 1m 39.83s. ₹60 (w), 19, 20 and 17 (p), SHP: 52, THP: 53, FP: 1,143, Q: 767, Trinella: 6,988 and 1,711, Exacta: 19,082 and 16,356. Favorite: Perilous seat. Owners: Mr. Homi F. Mehta, Mr. Jehangir Homi Mehta, Mr. Nozer Panthaky & Mrs. Laine Milan Luthria & Mr. Milan Luthria and Mrs. Homi F. Mehta. Coach: Imtiaz Sait.

8. RAMKIRPAL PLATE (Div. I), (1,200 m), ranked 00 to 25: GOLD GRAY (Siddaraju) 1, Handsome Rocky (Rajesh K) 2, Matera (Richard Oliver) 3 and Amazing Luck (B. Nayak) 4. Not run: Cinco De Mayo. 6, 1/2 and 1-3/4. 1m 15.70s. ₹40 (w), 15, 22 and 12 (p), SHP: 74, THP: 56, FP: 1,013, Q: 686, Trinella: 1,984 and 644, Exacta: 71,238. Favorite: Matera. Owners: MBK Muralidhar and Mr. Dinesh Kumar K. Trainer: Sharat Kumar.

Jackpot: ₹2,16,982 (one tkt.); Finalist: 2,735 (34 tkts.); Treble (i): 13,356 (a tkt.); (ii): 2,159 (10 kts).

Can David de Gea be the kind of Manchester United keeper Erik ten Hag needs? Fri, 17 Jun 2022 04:26:09 +0000

No one is safe at Manchester United.

Not even their 2021-22 Player of the Year; the same man described by Ralf Rangnick as “one of the best goalkeepers in the world – if not the better”.

It’s fair to say that David de Gea and the United defense were busy last season. He faced the league’s third-most shots (181) – only Leeds United’s Illan Meslier (223) and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel (184) made more – but De Gea did a good job of keeping his opponents from a distance. Looking at the shot save data, only three goalkeepers have prevented more goals than him.

But the Spaniard has a challenge awaiting him when pre-season training begins on June 27. Among the many changes expected under new manager Erik ten Hag – not to mention upcoming signings – the focus will be on a possession-focused philosophy of possession. Soccer.

This is why the Dutchman was appointed to Old Trafford, and there will be demand for players to join. The starting goalie, of course, has to be first on this list.

Speaking to several players who worked under Ten Hag at former club Ajax, all point to his obsession with accurate passing, and that will become clear to the United squad as soon as they start training for the new season. When first-team training ended at Ajax, Ten Hag would often stay on the pitch to oversee the academy teams and senior players could hear him giving the same instructions and encouragement he came from their give to younger groups.

The long-standing philosophy of football at Ajax demands that players take exquisite care of the ball – and Ten Hag is no different in this regard.

He will expect a United goalkeeper to be comfortable in possession and able to start passing sequences from behind.

The ultimate goal is to create patterns with the ball and provide more tools for his team to start any movement on the front foot. At the same time, Ten Hag remains open to players who are creative and take a less obvious path, such as driving the ball downfield to break lines or playing a long pass to disrupt the opposition’s defensive setup.

Goalkeeper Andre Onana and defenders Matthijs de Ligt, Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez are among the players who have excelled under Ten Hag due to the ease with which they fit into his system, and their ability on the ball and play key roles. in building Ajax.

De Gea has many areas of his game in which he excels, but distribution and his role in United’s build-up game is not one of them.

Whatever doubts there might be about this aspect of the 31-year-old’s game, inside the dressing room at Old Trafford the goalkeeping hierarchy is clear.

Dean Henderson was his assistant last term and the Englishman’s chances of becoming United’s No.1 are considered very slim, although his natural game suits Ten Hag’s preferred style better. Henderson likes to get out of his zone to intercept passes and communicates loudly with his defense.

United realize that keeping the 25-year-old as a No.2 for a second season would not be ideal and that he wants to play regularly, so club officials are ready to listen to offers for him. But so far clubs have shown some reluctance to buy a goalkeeper who hasn’t played regularly since the final weeks of the 2020-21 season and they prefer to wait before committing to another loan. with just two allowed between Premier League teams. .

Promoted Nottingham Forest are one of the teams interested, with the future of their first choice Brice Samba uncertain, and one possibility is that Henderson will move there on loan, with the winners of last season’s play-off final having the option of a move. to buy next summer. . Newcastle have also been credited with an interest, but sources close to the club suggest any discussion is on the back burner.

United signed former England international Tom Heaton last summer as a free agent and the 36-year-old could become De Gea’s No.2 should Henderson leave in this window.

De Gea was in fine form last season, as the Players’ Player of the Year award suggests, and those who know him well point to the positive impact becoming a father to daughter Yanay in March 2021 has had on him. .

However, there is also the feeling that he was never pushed to expand his skills as a goalkeeper.

De Gea has no wrong touching with his feet, with Spain team-mates often impressed in training when he shows up during free-kick drills. Being a proactive goalkeeper, however, involves a lot of other things: being aware outside the box, leading the back line and preparing your body form for any potential scenario.

Even after nearly 500 United appearances and 45 caps for Spain, De Gea still has room to improve.

That’s why Luis Enrique kicked him out of the last two national teams, in favor of Brentford’s David Raya, who is five years younger and more adept with the ball at his feet.

De Gea hasn’t played for his country since October 2020, a 1-0 Nations League loss to Ukraine. He found himself in the spotlight that night after being caught out of position on the counter-attack which led to Viktor Tsygankov scoring a late winner.

He is not happy to have lost his place in Spain, and his disappointment is not limited to the composition of the national team. De Gea has been put off by some of the goalkeeping training at United in the past, particularly when top coaches arrived and had little impact in helping him take his game to the next level.

Coaches in Spain’s youth ranks who worked with De Gea when he was much younger also noticed a lack of development in technical areas, which could have been improved with specific training.

A disappointing season for United overall in 2021-22 will not have helped, as the club parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November but saw little improvement under caretaker manager Rangnick in the second half of the campaign.

Those close to De Gea are sure he will be ready to learn and adapt to Ten Hag’s style. He’s a real team player and someone his teammates can count on, as he showed on and off the pitch last season.

Although he still doesn’t like speaking English in public despite more than a decade in Manchester, De Gea felt he had to move on and take on media duties at some of the lowest points of the season. from United.

“It was a shame on our part. They (Everton) wanted to play more and that’s not acceptable,” he said after a bad 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park in April.

De Gea has not escaped criticism. Few people at United do. But now it’s time for him to take on the challenge of a new manager and a new style.

Ten Hag will expect De Gea to play a bigger role in building United than he has in the past.

It is up to him to show that he is up to it.

(Photos: Getty Images; design: Sam Richardson)

the Nigerian philosopher-musician who shaped Igbo highlife Global Voices Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:04:00 +0000

A screenshot of Celestine Ukwu’s 1975 “Igede Fantasia” album cover.

Read the first part of this series on the pioneers of Igbo highlife music here. Part two on how Igbo highlife music gave hope after a devastating civil war can be found here.

Celestine Ukwu (1940–1977), born in Enugu in southeastern Nigeria, is known as one of the most outstanding philosophical composers of Igbo highlife. His music rose to prominence towards the end of the Civil War in 1970 and remains popular today.

His musical heritage armed him with a fundamental understanding of knowledge, reality and wisdom deeply rooted in his Igbo identity. Ukwu’s mother was a singer and her father performed traditional Igbo music, while her grandmother was a folk musician and dancer.

In 1966, Ukwu formed their first band, kings of music who played regularly at the Phoenix Hotel in the commercial city of Onitsha in southeastern Nigeria. After the civil war in 1970, he created a new group, the Celestine Ukwu and her national philosophers. With this group, Ukwu compound “a laid-back, sultry form of highlife” which greatly set him apart from other Igbo highlife musicians of his day. This style of music continued until his sudden death in a car accident in 1977.

His death was tragic as it prematurely destroyed an artist’s cultural potential before he had a chance to fully blossom. Member of Ukwu’s band, the guitarist Emma Ikediashi recalled in an August 3, 2019 interview with the Nigerian daily Vanguard that Ukwu and a friend were driving to a social event when they “were hit by a caravan somewhere around Ogidi and they both died on the spot.” What made the death more painful was that Ukwu “had already processed travel papers” for a big musical show abroad. “He had made a traditional marriage but had never lived fully with his new wife before her death, Ikediashi lamented.

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The cover album “Ilo Abu Chi” by Celestine Ukwu

Ukwu’s musical corpus established him as a prodigiously talented and preeminent Igbo poet-musician, storyteller, composer of philosophical music and historian of oral music. Between 1971 and 1976, he released six albums –True Philosophy“, “Tomorrow is so uncertain”, “Ndu Ka Aku” (Life is greater than wealth), “Ilo Abu Chi” (Enmity is not God), “Ejim Nk’onye” (I hold no one [property]) and “Igede Fantasia”. He has a compilation and eleven singles to his credit, some of which are: “Ejina Uwa Nya Isi” (Do not rejoice in material possessions), “Ilo Oyi” (Hatred of a friend) and “Ije Enu” (The path of life).

Nevertheless, it was “Grade by Grade” (album “Igede”), “Ego Eju Aka” (album “Ndu ka Aku”), aand the single “Ije Enu” which particularly marked Ukwu’s genius as a bard, philosopher and extraordinary highlife musician.

In “Grade by Grade”, which is part of the 1975 album “Igede Fantasia”, Ukwu praises the The Igbo Egalitarian spirit that promotes industry and hates the determinism of premeditated fate. He emphasized that no one was destined to be poor or rich. Therefore, it was through providence and hard work that the Igbo rose through the ranks of fame or wealth.

[…] Ka ogalanye si di, ka nwa ogbenye si di/ Maka na anyi ncha bu ofu n’iru Chukwu/ Onwero kwanu onye chi kelu ka so ya nolu na uwa/ Maka na anyi ncha bu ofu n’iru Chukwu/ Onwero kwanu onye chi kelu ka so ya bulu kwanu ogalanya/ Uwa bu onye lusia olu ike, obulunu ogalanya/ Onwero ka onye chi kelu ka obulu nwa ogbenye nu/ Uwa bu onye jisike, odili ya mma/ Ife m fulu na uwa bu na uwa bu nke onye buna aaa / Maka anyi ncha bu ofu n’iru Chukwu.

[…] The human nature of the rich is the same as that of the poor/ Because we are all equal before God/ No one was created by his chi [personal god] to be alone in this world/ Because we are all equal before God/ No one was created by his chi to be rich/ In this world, the one who works hard becomes rich/ No one was created by his chi to become poor/ In this world, if you keep working on it, you will succeed/ What I saw is that this world is for everyone/ Because we are all equal before God.

Unfortunately, there is a flip side to this view of the world, which Ukwu has also denounced, the excessive desire to make a fortune, sometimes at any cost. “Ego Eju Aka” (“Money Can’t Fill the Hand”) – in his 1974 album “Ndu ka Aku” – was a scathing critique of the crude individualistic materialism that had replaced the pre-civil war communitarianism that previously characterized his Igbo ethnicity. band.

O nwelu onye amulu na uwa, obulu aku n’isi wee puta?/ Amudulu onye na ego n’uwa?/ Ego eju aka, aku eju afo/ Uwa ezu oke ooo/ ona zulu nuu onye?/ Ufodu bu faa kpachasia aku nke uwa, faa na-agala/ onwelu onye amulu n’uwa, ewe muo aku nke uwa?/ A mulu onye na ego?/ Ego eju afoo/

Is there anyone born in this world who came out with money on their head?/ Who was born rich in this world?/ Money is insatiable, wealth is insatiable [literally translates as money does not fill the stomach/ wealth does not fill the stomach]/ Who has everything? / Some rejoice in the wealth they have acquired / Who, being born in this world, was born with wealth? / Who was born with money? / Money is insatiable /

Thirty-eight years after Ukwu’s song, the grandfather of African literature, Chinua Achebe, said in his 2012 book, “There was a country that the crude materialism manifested in “contemporary Igbo behavior” was responsible for the “noisy exhibitionism and contempt for humility and tranquility” of his people. “I will be the first to admit that the Igbo as a group are not without flaws. Its success can and does bring with it deadly penalties: the dangers of hubris, hubris and recklessness, which invite envy and hatred or, worse still, which can obsess the mind with material success and dispose him to all kinds of grossness. wrote.

In a research paper published in 2012, music professor Richard C. Okafor described Ukwu as “a super critic of economic inequality” whose “philosophical words” had more impact “than many homilies from ministers of God. “. This “philosophical richness” set him apart from “other musicians of his time and genre”, say Ukwu’s biographers. Through his music, he fulfilled his mission of prophetic moral conscience of society, notes ethnomusicologist Eunice Ibekwe, in an article published in 2014.

In “Ije Enu”, Ukwu was able to connect with the heart, shattered and going through a dark night. The poetics of this moving song contrasts the mixture of raw and scorching melancholic emotions with the various remnants of light and darkness of life, which every human being has to face.

Ije enu / Ndi na-akwa na-akwa, ndi na-awuli na-awuli [two times]/ Onye na-akwa nu uwa, ya malu na uwa na-eruyari/ Onye na-awuli na uwa, ya lote na enu na-eruyali/ Oburo ka anyi si loo, ka ife uwa si adi/ Oburo onye odili mma tata, ka oga adili mma echi…

The walk on earth/Some weep, some rejoice/He who weeps in this world should remember that the earth [switches] changes [for each person] / The rejoicing must remember that the world is changing [for each person]/ It’s not like we envisioned our plans, does the world turn out to be / It’s not the one who has it good today, will it be good for tomorrow…

Decades after her death, Celestine Ukwu’s philosophical lyrics and harmonious combination of instruments still resonate with listeners today.

Find Global Voice’s Spotify playlist featuring other Nigerian Igbo highlife songs here. For more on African music, check out our special coverage, A Journey into African Music.

Here is a playlist of Celestine Ukwu’s Igbo highlife music:

Letters to the Editor – Supreme Court, Denton County, Short Term Rentals, Abortion Mon, 13 Jun 2022 06:01:54 +0000

Children also deserve to be protected

Re: “Gunman targeted for justice – Suspect angered by opinion leak arrested near Kavanaugh’s home,” Thursday’s article.

This article is simple proof that the GOP has no understanding of the conditions in which American citizens live. To quote Senator John Cornyn: “The arrest of this individual proves that these threats to the lives of judges are horribly real, and that is unconscionable for House Democrats. to leave their families without police protection for just one more day.

Shouldn’t he say, “Each day they fail to act, the threat to innocent children and all American citizens grows, and the potential for tragedy becomes more likely, and House Republicans reach a new height of dysfunction Politics.”

Cornyn deduces that a GOP-appointed judge is worth more than all the children and innocent citizens who have been slaughtered because Congress is unable to enact reasonable gun safety measures.

It is time for the extreme partisanship in this country to end. We need a unified government to protect all lives, not just those of the privileged few.

Michael Janicek, Dallas/The Cedars

What Short-Term Rentals Are Not

Re: “Dallas Shouldn’t Ban Short-Term Rentals – It’s The City Council’s Job To Come Up With Reasonable Rules For Single-Family Neighborhoods,” June 1 editorial.

I disagree that Dallas shouldn’t ban short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods. Single-family homes are owned or rented by long-time residents who take pride in their neighborhood. The owners of these properties are committed to preserving a pleasant environment in which to live and raise their families.

Short term tenants don’t care about the upkeep of the area as they will be gone in a few days. And owners of short-term rental homes seem to have little incentive to maintain the property. I also take issue with the editorial’s assertion that short-term rentals (in single-family areas) are an integral part of the economy of our big cities. They will only become full if the voting citizens tolerate this bad idea.

Daryl DavisDallas

Between a woman and a doctor

Re: “Philosophy, Not Religion, At The Heart Of The Abortion Debate – Let’s Deal With These Difficult Questions Seriously, Not Self-righteously”, by Angela Knobel, Opinion, June 6.

In my view, it’s pretty obvious that Knobel has an agenda, first in asserting that the issue of abortion is a matter of philosophy (not religion), and second, in the questions she chooses to ask and how she formulates them. The fact that she teaches in a Catholic university where more than 70% of the students are Catholic only confirms this observation and explains her sole focus on the fetus. There is nothing wrong with that, and I applaud his attempt to frame the issue as a matter of philosophy.

But what about the life of the pregnant woman, without whom the fetus would not even exist? It seems simplistic to try to analyze this philosophical question without acknowledging and dealing with its problems, whatever they are (death, serious injury, rape, incest, extreme poverty, etc.).

And what about unwanted children? How will society care for millions more of them? Not very well, if recent reports on the foster care system in Texas are to be believed. All of these additional factors can lead to very unfair situations for both the pregnant woman and the unwanted children.

I find it absolutely stupid to focus only on the fetus, which may or may not achieve “personality”. If this really is an unresolved question of philosophy, why not leave this difficult decision to the pregnant woman and her doctor?

Arnold Grothues, Arlington

She allowed me to live

As best I can determine from genealogy sites and state records, my birth mother was single and had other children. She could have aborted my birth but chose to let me live. She gave it to me within a week of my birth and my new parents were thrilled. I am forever grateful to have been allowed to live, graduate from college, serve in the Air Force, contribute to military contractors for 45 years, and volunteer thousands of hours at the city, county, state, national and international.

In addition to my time, I have provided financial support to many organizations. Even though I am retired, I continue to volunteer.

I’m sure there are hundreds of people like me out there who are somewhat silent on the issue of abortion. We are important and I hope we have touched someone, served our nation with pride and shown leadership. From my point of view, there would have been a hidden but measurable loss if I had been aborted. There are many methods to control conception since Roe vs. Wade, so maybe it’s time to allow those who are conceived to live their lives.

Art Trepanier, Sulfur Springs

It’s time to step up

We are in a moment of crisis for access to abortion. Nearly half of all women of childbearing age could lose access to safe and legal abortion in the United States after the likely abortion ban if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Texas SB 8 gave us a glimpse of what a post-Roe world might look like — a bizarro world where women have little control over whether they have children.

Abortion is a fundamental human right.

It’s time to support access to abortion in all communities and support policies that increase access to abortion, rather than destroy people’s most basic rights, state by state.

Everyone who shares these opinions should vote. It’s time to fight back by supporting the leaders who protect our rights. If you’ve ever thought about going out and working for pro-choice candidates, now is the time.

Julia Austin, Austin

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Whiskey is a surprising subject of the Morningside University course Sat, 11 Jun 2022 05:52:51 +0000 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Slainte is a Gaelic term for “Cheers” or “Cheers.”

It’s also the name of a special three-week Morningside University May Term course in whiskey appreciation taught by philosophy and humanities professor Brandon Boesch.

Wait, can students earn college credit by learning all about brown liquor? Yes, and the class – which is aimed at academics aged 21 and over – is actually quite advanced.

“We explore how whiskey is made as well as the history behind different types of whiskeys from around the world, Boesch told Sioux City Journal.

So how did a philosophy professor end up teaching a class on whiskey?

“May semester classes are meant to take the professor out of their comfort zone and allow students to explore something new and different,” Boesch said. “From a philosophical point of view, alcohol was something consumed socially. It puts people in a relaxed mood.

However, student Morgan Nixon didn’t feel relaxed making a julep mint cocktail in class.

“I don’t know if we’re doing this right,” she said, crushing chunks of mint and granulated sugar into a red Solo mug containing bourbon. “Is that how you jam something?”

“Jamming is just another word to muddle things together,” noted classmate Maggie Barton. “We do it well.”

Apparently, the girls’ concoction tasted good to computer science student JR Albers.

“It’s the type of cocktail that can get you in trouble because you can’t taste a lot of alcohol,” he said. “I imagine a mint julep would be perfect when watching the Kentucky Derby.”

“It tastes more tropical to me,” suggested biology student Micki Twedell. “It’s something you can drink while relaxing on a beach.”

Albers said he wanted to learn more about whiskey after being introduced to the world of cocktails by his grandfather.

On the other hand, Twedell wanted to test his beverage-making acumen on his brother, a professional bartender in Sioux Falls.

“I actually think my brother is a much better bartender than me,” Twedell said after spilling some bourbon while shaking sour whiskey in a cocktail shaker. “It’s harder than it looks.”

In case you were wondering, a whiskey sour is made with bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, and a few bitters.

What it doesn’t contain is a trace of apple, which student Rylee Olson refused to believe.

“I definitely smell like apples,” she said, sniffing the aroma. “Or maybe it smells like apple pie.”

“You crazy, it smells like lemonade,” her friend Holly Severance said. “And it tastes like very frothy lemonade.”

According to Boesch, the mousse comes from incorporating egg whites.

“Some people are gross at the thought of an uncooked egg,” he said. “Nevertheless, it gives a whiskey sour a nice texture.”

When the May term started, Albers said he had very little knowledge of the whiskey world.

“I didn’t know what to look for in a good whiskey or in history,” he said. “This course really opened my eyes to the subject.”

Sonic Frontiers Takashi Iizuka Insight Tomorrow; Open area philosophy and sonic adventure inspiration Wed, 08 Jun 2022 22:02:54 +0000

IGN has announced that its next instance of sound borders the coverage will consist of an interview with Sonic Team’s Chief Creative Officer, Takashi Iizuka. The video description for this upcoming live stream reads as follows:

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You can set a reminder for this upcoming live stream via IGN’s Youtube channel below. Youtube metadata states this video lasts approximately 7 minutes and 31 seconds:

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Leeds Rhinos rediscover identity with Blake Austin bespoke for new ethos Tue, 07 Jun 2022 05:00:00 +0000

Returning to Halliwell Jones Stadium for the first time since leaving, the 31-year-old enjoyed a night to remember as the Rhinos delivered their best performance of the year.

Rohan Smith’s men blew the beleaguered Wolves by playing fast and straight, a bespoke game plan for a runner like Austin.

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In the three games since Smith officially took charge last month, Austin has averaged 16 carries for 92 yards.

Blake Austin will be a Leeds Rhinos player in 2023. (Photo:

To put that into context, the half-back has averaged 47 yards in eight runs in his first nine outings for Leeds.

It may be a small sample, but Smith’s message is clear: do what you do best.

It’s no wonder, then, that the playmaker liked the new Rhinos boss.

After activating the option in his contract for a second year at Headingley in 2023, Austin spoke like a man who once again believes in what he is doing.

Blake Austin is known for his running game. (Photo:

“I enjoyed working with Rohan Smith,” Austin said.

“Everyone I spoke to who knew him from Australia held him in high regard and he is a huge influence on the team as a whole.

“I think Jamie Jones-Buchanan also deserves a lot of credit for the work he did while in charge and Rohan built on that.

“The team plays with a smile because of the confidence we give in games thanks to the hard work we put in in training.”

Zak Hardaker had fun against Warrington. (Photo:

Austin isn’t the only player to benefit from the change in philosophy.

Kruise Leeming and Zak Hardaker had a day on the pitch at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, producing the kind of performances that will make them impossible to ignore when Shaun Wane sits down to select his England squad for the mid-season game against England. Combined Nations All Stars.

The Rhinos’ first thought under Smith is to go forward rather than sideways, which brings a dangerous runner like Leeming into the game.

The hooker was at his best in the 40-4 win over Warrington, completing the match try and carrying two more.

Rohan Smith makes a good impression at Headingley. (Photo:

Leeming covered 134 meters in 15 carries, 11 of which came from the half-dummy, smashing his previous season record of six.

The biggest difference last week was that Leeming was confident that he would have teammates on his shoulder if he took even half a break.

Hardaker has certainly injected energy into the team and looks comfortable in his preferred full-back position.

The 30-year-old scored his first try since returning to Leeds and didn’t stop overnight, conceding 20 shots from 191 yards.

He played a starring role in Leeming’s spellbinding try, taking Richie Myler’s remarkable inside ball to characteristically clear before finding his hooker in support.

For fans hungry for rugby entertainment lately, it was a moment to savor.

Rhyse Martin is out of contract at the end of the year. (Photo:

Naturally, Leeds supporters want more, but it’s important to manage expectations.

Although there were tangible signs of progress against Warrington, back-to-back away dates with Huddersfield Giants, St Helens and Hull FC will provide a clearer picture.

The short-term goal is to make the play-offs, a very achievable goal provided they go through a credit road test.

Longer term, the Rhinos are working to bring back the glory days to Headingley.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour, a mantra Smith lives by as he embarks on a long-term project at one of Super League’s biggest clubs.

The Australian has already earned a reputation as a coach who never looks too far ahead, at least when it comes to matters on the pitch.

Having inherited a team left behind by Richard Agar, Smith has the chance to put his stamp on it as the club prepares for 2023.

He made retention a priority, with Leeds announcing new deals for Corey Johnson, Jarrod O’Connor and Austin in the space of a week.

As Leeds work hard behind the scenes on potential new signings, the club have shown they appreciate the value of keeping hold of players who are already playing blue and amber, or even pink.

The out-of-contract pair Hardaker and Rhyse Martin certainly fall into this category, two players with the tools to thrive under Smith in the long run.

The gloom of the start of the season has given way to renewed optimism with the promise of a more exciting rugby league.

The sport can be temperamental and the new found faith in the side will be tested over the coming weeks – but Leeds appear to have rediscovered their identity.

“It’s been a tough start to life here at the club,” Austin said. “But we’re all pulling together and I think good times are ahead of us.”

‘Mercury Crowning Philosophy, Mother of Art’ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 14:25:49 +0000

Two thousand five hundred years ago, Socrates turned the poets away from his utopian Republic. He claimed that poets were too dangerous because they created illusions that led citizens away from the truth. The antidote he suggested was a philosopher king: a wise leader who would censure poets and guide them in their creations.

The Philosopher King would not allow poets to tell stories of evil gods, like those in Homer’s poems. Instead, the Philosopher King would guide the poets to display the gods with dignity and honor so that their actions would be an example for the citizens to emulate.

But it is not only poetry that the philosopher king would like to censor. All the arts would be under the control of the philosopher. For example, the Philosopher King guided musicians to compose martial pieces to toughen up warriors and prepare them for war instead of sentimental tunes that might soften them and inhibit their ability to serve and protect their country.

With Nietzsche’s 19th century critique of Socrates, Socrates came to be seen as someone who censored ideas and emotions, and therefore limited human potential. Nietzsche suggested that the artist is one who, after enduring the trials of fate, could create and mold himself into his own work of art, a self of which he could be proud when he died.

These two thinkers had two different approaches to art. Socrates suggested that artistic truth was beyond human experience and existed in the world of the divinely rational; Nietzsche, on the other hand, suggested that artistic truth was relative to human experience and the connections we ultimately make with each other.

These different points of view lead to the question of whether beauty is objective or subjective. Is there real beauty that exists beyond sensual perception, serving as a yardstick by which we can judge what is beautiful and what is not? Or is beauty based on our subjective, ie relative, experiences of the world around us?

“Mercury Crowning Philosophy, Mother of Art”, 1747, by Pompeo Batoni. Oil on canvas; 47.2 by 35.2 inches. The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Vladimir Terebenin/Hermitage Museum)

The crowning glory of philosophy

Italian painter Pompeo Batoni provides what I think is an artistic answer to this question. In 1747, Batoni painted “Mercury crowning philosophy, mother of art”.

At the far left of the composition, the god Mercury, dressed in yellow with his winged helmet and holding his caduceus (staff), leads our gaze into the pictorial plane. It points to an angel on the far right of the composition. The angel prepares to crown a woman named Philosophy with a laurel wreath.

The central point is philosophy. She is modestly dressed, but the golden crown already on her head and the scepter in her hand reveal her royal stature. She is holding one of Plato’s books in her hand, and her other hand is open as if ready to give or receive something, and this leads our gaze to the toddler below her, whom we we can presume to be the child of Philosophy.

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Detail showing the toddler representing art.

The child is seated among artistic tools: brushes, a bust, a compass and a lyre. The child holds a torch in the darkest area of ​​the composition, and the position of the torch brings our gaze back to the angel behind Philosophy.

Batoni’s answer to a question in progress

So how does Batoni’s painting provide an answer to the philosophical question posed above? Let’s start with Mercury first.

Mercury is the Greco-Roman messenger god. He relays messages between the gods. The staff he holds is the caduceus, given to him by Apollo – god of the sun, beauty and music – after Mercury invented the lyre. Already we can see Mercury’s connection with the divine, with art and with beauty.

Mercury orders the angel to put the crown on the head of Philosophy – a reward that comes from above. Philosophy looks up at Mercury as he instructs the angel, which reassures us that philosophy focuses on the divine messenger and therefore on the divine message.

Interestingly enough, the laurel wreath is placed just above the crown that philosophy already wears, and we can assume that it will cover and not replace its earthly crown.

Philosophy holds a book by Plato, who was the spokesman for Socrates. Batoni lets us know what philosophy he finds beneficial for the arts: It is the philosophy of Socrates that is in the best interests of the arts and the public.

Philosophy presents its hand as if it were giving and receiving something. Maybe she does both: Maybe she receives a divine message from Mercury and gives a divine message through her child, who represents the arts.

In this sense, philosophy is the medium through which art presents a divine message. Is that why the child holds a torch in the darkest area of ​​the composition, as it represents the divine message that can guide humans out of darkness and into the light of divine truth?

Batoni seems to suggest, like Socrates, that the purpose of art is to exhibit divine messages for the benefit of civilization. Divine, not human, experience becomes the absolute standard by which beauty is judged, and the path to the divine is through philosophy, that is, the study of wisdom, which finds its source in the divine.

Socrates is often accused of censoring the arts because he hijacks poets and the illusions they create. Yet we cannot practice wisdom without also practicing discernment. In other words, we must say yes to some things and no to others. In other words, wisdom requires a certain degree of censorship.

So, yes, Socrates can say no to poets who create illusions, but in the tenth book of Plato’s “The Republic”, Socrates encourages poets to plead their case and defend themselves. According to our interpretation of Batoni’s painting, which poets could Socrates admit into the republic? To which poets would Socrates say yes?

Is it not the poets who deliberately engage in the pursuit of truth for the good of society? Couldn’t it be the poets who let the love of wisdom—philosophy—give birth to their art? Wouldn’t it be the poets who seek and express what is precisely divine?

Have you ever seen a work of art that you thought was beautiful but had no idea what it meant? In our “Reaching Within: What Traditional Art Offers the Heart” series, we interpret classic visual arts in a way that can be morally insightful for us today. We try to approach each artwork to see how our historical creations might inspire our own innate goodness.