Author Archives: Samuel Wachtel

6 Wachtel, Samuel

I awoke late at night to a moment of waking, untired lucidity, in which I contemplated eyes.   Nitobe’s Bushido is unusual for a “modern” value system because all the parts grow from each other. Unlike with Utilitarianism or Kantian … Continue reading

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5 Wachtel, Samuel

This week, what really jumped out at me was the discussion of the split between inner and outer self in Japanese identity. “Because the inner and outer dimensions are split in the case of medieval Japan, the inner dimension could … Continue reading

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7 Wachtel, Samuel

I awoke late at night to a moment of waking, untired lucidity, in which I contemplated eyes.   Nitobe’s Bushido is unusual for a “modern” value system because all the parts grow from each other. Unlike with Utilitarianism or Kantian … Continue reading

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8 Wachtel, Samuel

-I contemplated a pool for a long time at night before jumping in alone- Standing barefoot at the edge, Starlight, Sound of water. I spoke with Professor Proctor of the history department about war violence, and he agreed that what … Continue reading

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9 Wachtel, Samuel

-My friends and I had a terrifying experience with a rabbit we were watching that stared us down and then followed us. Something about the reversal of roles from watcher to watched, voyeur to pursued and rabbit to assertive was … Continue reading

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4 Wachtel, Samuel

Without realizing it, I walked into a snowbank covering some steps, which meant a really uneven depth of snow. As I worked my way out of it, I realized I was having fun.   I don’t know that I can … Continue reading

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1 Wachtel Samuel

Samuel Wachtel   -Walking back to my dorm while…- Snow on boxwood Winter seed for snowmelt growth Snowbank leaves This week, I was struck by the relationship between nature and humanity. Kitagawa writes on page 47 that “the poets had … Continue reading

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2 Wachtel Samuel

Samuel Wachtel Nothing This Week After my second week of thinking about As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams, I started to find certain nihilist hedonism in the text. I believe it is a natural following from the evanescence of Sarashina’s … Continue reading

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3 Wachtel Samuel

Samuel Wachtel I was getting ready to leave the library when I noticed a beautiful girl I had never seen before. Glance over my shoulder- She brushed away a curl. Moment of wonder. My father always says that what you … Continue reading

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