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Simon Bonneau
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A philosophy and literature enthusiast. Writer and administrator for Sungrammata.
A philosophy and literature enthusiast. Writer and administrator for Sungrammata.

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New article published on sungrammata.com today! The Indonesia Journal: Based on a series of journal entries made during a recent trip to Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands. Enjoy and please share it if you do.


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Small shops, Bali, Indonesia. 
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Massive avocados at a market in Ubud. 
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Kids and balloons on Selong Belanak beach.

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Sunset at Selong Belanak, Lombok, Indonesia.

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The fetishist disavowal, which Zizek sums up as, ‘I know, but I don’t want to know that I know, so I don’t know’, is a process of denial, the denial of one’s position in the world relative to others. He argues that life functions on the basis of such denials and that it runs much deeper than ignoring the direct violence done to others. Zizek mentions the treatment of animals that end up on our dinner tables, and this seems closer to the mark when it comes to the type of ‘disavowals’ that we make on a day-to-day basis.

On a deeper level, we know not just that other people or animals are treated badly, but that our whole way of life is based upon such ethical compromises. We buy t-shirts made in China despite knowing the appalling conditions endured by the workers that make them, but this is only part of the picture. The true disavowal involves forgetting that we know that our quality of life is based on these compromises.

Read on @ sungrammata.com

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Gunung Batur. An active volcano in the central highlands of Bali. The view across the summit reveals a distant lake in the middle of the caldera. The trip up here has our ears popping with the change in altitude. The roads are perilous, and at many points, sections of it has fallen away due to the constant rain. Our driver tells us that a landslide not far from here claimed the lives of more than twenty people just a few weeks ago.

Read on @ sungrammata.com

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The reflections of the lights of fishing boats offshore stretch towards me across the blackening waters and glistening sands. Distant headlands disappear into the mist as dusk falls. The beach is empty now and the tide ebbs, as if the ocean is retiring for the night.

Read more @ sungrammata.com

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1st century stone carving of Al-Lat, one of the pagan goddesses mentioned in the Qur'an. The verses were later retracted by Mohammed, who believed that he had been fooled by the devil, hence their name - the satanic verses.

Read more about the pagan origins of Islam @ sungrammata.com/black-stones-and-moon-gods
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