Category Archives: Life

Mosby, Karajan, and Mutter

After the last post, I’ve been feeling unfinished. This sitcom touched me so much that can not be simply interrupted by the lecture it gave me. Just like the first time I heard The Four Seasons by Mutter and Karajan, I can never forget the feeling of vividness. I felt unbelievably peaceful after finished season 9.

So, I wondered, and wondered, and wondered these days. Why? I asked myself every single day.

I went to Aranya last year. This is a place calms me down. I felt nothing but peace when longing on the beach. I seem to tend to put myself into isolation. It is because I love being alone by nature or I can just avoid the possibility of being wrong.

Getting into a university is really a huge step for me. It’s a well-known acknowledgement that responsibility is the price of freedom. When I was in high school, of course, I desperately want freedom. And if the devil offers me the chance to grown into my 20s, even if I understand I have to take responsibility, I will take the offer without thinking. But responsibility is an experience good: only after taking the responsibility, you can find what it means. Then I started to run away from responsibilities while kept some of my imaginations. Which leads to endless picturing in mind but hardly put into action.

This sitcom satisfied the curiosities of my imaginations. There’re all kinds of characters: Barney, the playboy; Ted, the loser; Robin, the deserter; Lily and Marshall, the couple. You laugh with the character, you cry with the character, and you sincerely bless them at the wedding. For a sitcom, without double, it’s successful. But most importantly, for the first time, I can experience my imaginations without taking any responsibilities. It even revealed the possibility of life that I didn’t imagine before.

I guess that why it touched me so much.

Auld Lang Syne

I watched How I Met Your Mother long ago but didn’t finish it at that time. Due to the outbreak, finally, I got the time to revisit it.

I do believe this is an excellent relationship tutorial for kids and teenagers. It’s about not just the relationship between couples, but also friendship, the relationship between children and parent, and the relationship between you and yourself. And it’s its comprehensiveness makes it legen, wait for it…, dary!

Thanks to Ted’s nature of OCD, he experienced all kinds of love before he met Tracy. And of course, he’s always around Robin. It’s hard to tell whether this is a blessing or a curse.

But kids, there’s one important take away for me: so-called marriage, or the one, is never the destination. It’s not even qualified to a milestone. It’s just a bonus. The point is to be happy with your friends, be loyal to your hobbies, and enjoy yourself.

Just like the blue french horn, or the yellow umbrella, there might be some icons glowing in your life. But more importantly, is to live those ordinary days vividly.

Notes on “ An Empirical Study of Nature (1) ~ (7)”

Prof. Jiang Xiaoyuan gave a lecture on how to manipulate the JCR index today at Peking University. After this lecture, I further read his papers on the same topic.

First of all, this is an honest guy. Willing to tell stories others afraid to tell and question questions other ignored.

Sadly, just like Gaokao, SCI together with JCR is power by the unstoppable historical inertia. Though there are so many disadvantages, they are eligible to be willful.

At last, if you are interested in this topic, read more at Prof. Jiang’s Weibo.

Oh! Howie!

It’s just so gland to witness, if I may, friends growing up.

You see, before Howard met Bernadette, he was such a nerd. For sure he has a colourful inner world all the time. But somehow he was disconnected with others. Till I saw this one, he had mastered the art of love.

So is Mike Ross, Louis Litt and maybe Harvey Specter. It’s my honour to meet you guys.

Nation and Community

Overview

I went to a lecture by Prof. Wang Liping. She discussed civilizing, from Durkheim to Gökalp. Honestly, I’m a freshman in this field. But comments given by Prof. Li Meng did raise some interesting questions.

Notes

Talking about civilizing, the understanding of nation is crucial. And there are two kinds of understandings: Political Nationalism and Ethnic Nationalism. As for Political Nationalism, a nation based on the commitment of individuals to politics. And for Ethnic Nationalism, a nation based on land or blood. France is a great example of Political Nationalism while German is rather Ethnic Nationalism.

Then it comes to Durkheim. The nation is a social fact. But it can’t be seen as a group of individuals. For example, for an individual, nation can not be chosen. It’s settled. And a nation is more powerful than communities, for a nation has a political centre, its own thoughts and feelings. General humanity can’t support a nation while a community might be possible. That’s why nations take part in cosmopolitanism as individuals.

The main course is Gökalp. A nation is beyond races. Ottomanism is disconnected from people and their culture. Civilization and culture share the same mediums but civilization can be adapted while culture can’t. When he tried to rebuild Turkey, he had 3 choices: imperialism, religion, turanism. Instead of making a choice, he built Turkish Nationalism for imperialism and turanism are lack of moral bases and religion is not strong enough. To a certain degree, nationalism can be regarded as an alternative to religion.

Questions

Prof. Li raised tons of meaningful questions. Here are some selection which I’m interested in but answering them is beyond my capacity:

  • Nationalism attract some disturbs those days. Why? For nations, nationalism kind of encourages conflicts. For individuals, nationalism represses personal development. If there’s a solution to those drawbacks?
  • How to build the culture which the development of China requires?
  • Turkey break the crack between different level of society by the moral community. If there’s anything useful for China?
  • Islamism is powerful. If there’s a way for Gökalp to rebuild Turkey in this way? How to ensure separation of church and state?

Sir Simon Denis Rattle & LSO

Oh! It’s such a lovely night! Though I can’t get Jeremy Clarkson out of my mind. They just share exactly the same hairstyle!

I have to say that when I checked NCPA’s website, I saw Rattle’s picture and I wondered: I saw this guy somewhere. Oh, it’s the cover of the playlist Sir Simon Rattle Essentials. Then I checked about him, his edition of The Planets and The Nutcracker are just so famous! How stupid I am!

I have to say LSO is wonderful. Last time when Muti came to NCPA, Chicago Symphony Orchestra went alone with a compressed size. That’s a nightmare! This time, LSO together with Rattle is just, it might be a little bit inappropriate, juicy! Oh! The plucking of cellos is soul-touching! And the string section is of tons of power!

It’s so lucky to meet Simon Rattle. And Riccardo Chailly is coming to NCPA this weekend. And Anne-Sophie Mutter will come this winter. I love her edition of Four Seasons with Karajan and Vienna Philharmonic so much. It’s immaculate! It’s like dreams come true!

Roadhouse

It was a warm, gorgeous, early-spring evening, and the man had his top down and all his windows lowered. His arm was hanging over the driver’s side door, and his fingers were tapping along to the music on his radio. His head was bobbing along, too, as the wind blew through his hear.

I read this section in The LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch today. I guess this is a much better intro to the playlist Roadhouse.

Please allow me to present you the Apple Music playlist, Roadhouse. After dinner, listening to this playlist while walking along this charming spring is the most high-getting event that I could ever imagine.