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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

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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Date:June 23rd, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)

Re: Self-Intro

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.
Date:June 23rd, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)

Re: Self-Intro

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

Re: Self-Intro

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. :)

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