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11:11 am - A self-introduction

... by means of 24 images and a few haiku...





My name is Stefan Sencerz

That's me with my awesome ladies
Quan Yin's Lady, Princess Sappho and
Shakya's Lady, Miss Molly "Sweetness" Czarnuszka
(Sappho and Molly for short). They are both rescues.

I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy (from the University of Rochester, the thesis on "Moral Intuitions and the Problem of Justification in Ethics") and M.A. in Philosophy (from Warsaw University, thesis on the topic of "Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics").
I have published several refereed papers in areas of moral epistemology and ontology, environmental ethics, animal rights, history of modern philosophy, and applied ethics.
I have also published several refereed poems.
My favorite courses to teach are Introduction to Philosophy, Moral Philosophy (Ethics), Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics and Epistemology, and Environmental Ethics




Almost every morning, I take the ladies on a long roam on the beach.



Summer is over
yet we smile
just the same

Indeed, my dogs make me smile a lot.




Autumn dawn
I watch my pupps running
forth and back

It was an Autumn dawn, literally, when I took this photo. Also, it's Autumn dawn in terms of where I am in my life. My son just had a baby, my niece just entered the Medical School and studies to become a doctor. They are doing great. I am very happy for them. I love watching my pupps run back and forth.



Sometimes we find some interesting stuff on the beach








at last low tide
yet still up on the blown roof
a starfish





almost dusk
"Yes! Yes! I exist," he insists
my fading shadow








a busy day
the sandcastle
under siege


Of course, the Ladies knew exactly what to do.



Sometimes people say that my dogs are Yin and Yiang




I agree.













We love it when other dogs join our pack.
wind leans on dry grass
even dog's ear
horizontal




Here is what the Ladies like to do for fun:


facing the breeze
her white tail melts
in the line of surf


If you don't look at them,
they cannot see you, obviously.



The temptation is growin


Too big


Full gallop... (Please, notice clouds reflecting in the surf!)


Almost there, almost there...



"$#!t! Whoof! Whoof! $#!t!"


"Whoof! Whoof! Whoof! Oh $#!t!!" 'Missed it this time...


OK, let's try again...

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From:stefan11
Date:January 21st, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, Chelsey!

Needless to say, I adlibbed a bit, too. E.g., pointing to Sappho's "third eye" (in the Yin Yiang photo), I said -- "a clear proof she was a Buddhist monastic in the previous life. She messed up really badly so now she has to be my dog. This was a huge hit.
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From:yorukamome
Date:January 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
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I like this, TBT...clear, measuredly emotional, gently inviting...good!
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From:stefan11
Date:January 22nd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, Y!
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From:jajunk
Date:February 4th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
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hey! Sorry I'm so curious, but I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this entry and I agree with sofarfrom78, I would love you as a teacher! :)
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From:stefan11
Date:February 4th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely no reason to be sorry, Amigo. I like the fact you were curious. And it is a public post.

I appreciate your comment a lot.

BTW, the ladies are really named: Quan Yin's Lady, Princess Sappho (because her fur is like the robes of Quan Yin and also, everyone who is rescued belongs to the Boddhisattva), and Shakya's Lady, Molly "Sweetness" Czarnuszka (because her robes are like those of Zen monks). For short -- Sappho and Molly... ;)
From:summitgeek3
Date:June 23rd, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)

Re: Self-Intro

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LOL:-) as I read through this entry.

I think your background is very interesting. Given it, could you share your take on what ethics is, process-wise, as one becomes very aware/ conscious? I have heard it described by Adyanshanti as being in the flow of intelligence, with ethics as the next logical step in the flow.

Loved the photo of the sand castle being guarded by the pupps - Zen quality to that one for sure :-) plus it is an incredible sand castle.

It sounds like you have a wonderful life down there. The beach looks awesome. Is is like that all year 'round?

And yes, that third eye...gorgeous photos.

Thanks for sharing.
From:summitgeek3
Date:June 23rd, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)

Re: Self-Intro

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PS Adyashanti.
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From:stefan11
Date:June 23rd, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Self-Intro

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Thank you so much for warm thoughts.

By the way, I hope it was obvious, I did not participate in building the castle (but I would if I could, because I am quite a geek, too).

Yes, I am extremely fortunate living here right on the coast of the Mexican Gulf. Very fortunate. I do not know I would rather live anywhere else (though Iwould love to be closer to a bigger city, like Austin, which is 3.5 hours from me.)

To put things in perspective, since the last summer I only had to wear shoes 2 times, literally (not counting special occasions whe nI had to dress up.) That is, when I am on the beach, I always walk barefooted, especially while roaming with the ladies.

About ethics, I need to gather my thoughts. I know nothing about Adyashanti and process approach to it.

The way I think about ethics incoprporate several different (sometimes interconnected) ideas:
A) Ethics is a normative system like, e.g., also law, ettiquette, and religion are.
B) It is differen from any other normative system; it's not easy to explain what the differences are, but...
C) One of the differences is that ethical principles are impartial (no one is above no one is below morality).
D) Impartiality requires of us that we must take into account the point of view of everyone who is affected. Some philosophers argue it' a matter of benefits and harms. Other philosophers argue that it's a matter of respecting the choices and will of everyone. One way or another, this part would require much more explaining.
E) another difference is that it distributes specifically moral sanction (like approval of others, feeling of shame, guilt, etc) and not non-moral sanctions (e.g., prison terms (=law), or eternal punishment (=some religions)
F) Another difference is that ethics is especially important; in cases of conflict, the ethical consideration usually (some argue always) trump other considerations. For example, when ethics and law are in conflict, we ought to do what is moral and not what is legal.

I hope this helps a bit. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 2nd, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)

Hi Professor Senserz

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I added you on facebook as per request.have a nice day :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 21st, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)

My e-mail

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Hi this is Phil.
My e-mail is pdsherman@sbcglobal.net

ghttp://nearshore.utmsi.utexas.edu/tides/Tidecharts2010/jan2010.pdfet a

Above is the address for the nice graphic tide chart
I hope this works.I'm noy sure if this is what you need to get to the site.

When you get a chance sent my your e-mail.

Phil
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From:zhenzhi
Date:June 11th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
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hello :-) i hope it is ok i have friended you here.

sandy footsteps
beach beautician
free pedicure

yours is the loveliest lj introduction i have ever seen.

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From:stefan11
Date:October 18th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Glad you like it!
By the way, do we know each other?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 6th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
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Very nice photos, Stefan.. Seems very very peaceful and solemn.. Are you familiar of the poet Pablo Neruda? Reminds me a lot about him right now.. Neruda loved nature and wrote poems about the ocean a lot. Neruda lived in Capri Italy.. Google Capri Italy - Gorgeous beaches there.. I was fortunate to be able to visit there once.. Anyway, Neruda's love poems were so passionate.. but, a little dreary at times.. lol.. I wrote a paper in English about one of his poems entitled "September 8th" lol..

I don't know if you remember me, but, I called you about Nursing Ethics questions? Deontological and Teleological arguments regarding Abortions...

Well, you look the same.. You look GREAT!!! Very happy with those Dogs of yours.. (We're talking about 10 plus years since I have seen you) Just a 'little' more white hair and no beard?.. lol.. My dad has two labradors that look similar to yours. Reminds me of his dogs.

Also, regarding Ethics and Animals, Boethius had some very compelling arguments during his imprisonment about Animals vs Humans and the nature of Sins.. Very interesting, Stefan...

Deep 'stuff'!!! Love ya!! And will you remind me of your arguments again about the bananas.. LOVE THAT ONE!! Hilarious!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 26th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Hi Stefan,
Czesc BRACISIEK JAK SIE MASZ W THICH DNIACH !!!!!!!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 26th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Hi Stefan,
Czesc BRACISIEK JAK SIE MASZ W THICH DNIACH !!!!!!!
JA MUSZE POROZMAWIAC Z TOBOW W SPRAVIE NASZEJ MAMY W POLSCE
Zadzon do mnie pls jest to bardzo wazne
Trzymaj sie Mirek
My cell is +2782 857 18 69
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From:b_oki
Date:December 28th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Happy Holidays!
Loved your beautiful photo and haiku collection :)
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From:dr_wg
Date:January 8th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
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A barefooted man
Walking along
Autumn dawn
:)

If you don't mind, I'll add to my LJ friends.
I am Alexander. I live in Russia.
And I like haiku :)
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From:stefan11
Date:January 8th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

By all means.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 15th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)

buddhism?

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Is there any meditation center or groups to study buddhism in corpus christi? All the numbers listed online are no longer working, my search has been in vain. If you know of anything please email me at adamschrissy@gmail.com
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From:asakiyume
Date:February 25th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
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*wonderful* self-introduction :-)
From:luyeurea
Date:April 15th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
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I think that is right bout that. Nice info and thanks. Need to get in google feed.

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From:banshiecat
Date:May 22nd, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
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What a wonderful self introduction. Truly marvelous. Your dogs are so joyful. I am new to LJ, having only been on a few weeks. I have an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Kent State University, and have a great love of photography and poetry. (and dogs!) I hope you don't mind if I add you as a friend.
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From:stefan11
Date:May 22nd, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
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By all means!
How did you find me?
And I hop you'll enjoy these:










And these:








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From:puddleshark
Date:October 1st, 2011 07:17 am (UTC)
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Wonderful, joyful dogs!

Our local beaches are crowded and closed to dogs during the tourist season, but autumn is here, and soon we will have days of windswept sand and grey waves crashing, and Pip will attempt to chase sea-birds that can never be caught. just for the principle of the thing.
From:naplesagula
Date:November 1st, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Couldnt agree more with that, very attractive article

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From:snaky_poet
Date:June 11th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!

I think I am back at LJ more frequently at last, and it was lovely to be greeted by this post. Good to see your ladies and your beach again, and read your haiku. Also nice to see YOU and learn more about you.

Many years ago I did a BA majoring in English Literature and Philosophy (University of Melbourne 1962). Ethics was my favourite branch of Philosophy (and Kant my favourite ethicist. I don't think you can beat people being "ends in themselves."). My younger brother a few years later, at the same institution, switched from Science to Philosophy in his first year and ended up a lecturer at the University of Auckland; he has now just about reached retiring age.

I went back as an "adult student" (quaint term now that I come to think of it) in my thirties to do Aesthetics, because I got interested in those questions. My brother was on staff at Melbourne at that time and told me on the quiet that, although I was only doing it as a Pass subject, I got Honours marks in the exam. My Ethics tutor said the same when I did my BA. However, I am not the stuff of academe.

Some of my poet friends around that time told me, "Philosophy is death to poetry". Doesn't seem to have affected your haiku adversely! (My brother has been known to pen the occasional verse too, so there you go.)

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