Arthur Borges

English Instructor, Henan University of Technology in Zhengzhou
Zhengzhou, China

About Arthur

Bio

Two years of English teaching in Sweden and Finland each; 15 more in France and now six in China, plus a raft of irrelevancies.

Languages

English, French, Italian, Swedish

I'm passionate about

translation, so I get enthusiastic about anything from butterfly valves to linear pipe tensioners and epidural anesthesia to skin tension in micropiles or Lower Moesian legates and tax planning.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Arthur Borges
Posted about 3 years ago
Yang Lan: The generation that's remaking China
Stefan, Everybody's cutlural values everywhere is taking a hit because of the preeminence of the Western media and English language. And traditional values are "taking a hit" in the West too. Somehow, Westerners have this wild dream of "unspoilt" peoples at "unspoilt" travel destinations when people are actually inquisitive and acquisitive. I hate to tell you, but most Tibetans want a 4WD utility vehicle, flatscreen TV, iPad and anything else that glitters in a shopwindow. The Dalai Lama is all very saintly and knows his Buddhism backwards and forwards but (1) not everybody is a lama or wants to become one and (2) he has a weakness for Gucci shoes himself.
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Arthur Borges
Posted over 3 years ago
Jane Fonda: Life's third act
Somebody once said a pessimist was an optimist with more information. Wars have been up recently; so are police officer killings by 25% year-on-year (says the FBI) and there's more.
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Arthur Borges
Posted over 3 years ago
Jane Fonda: Life's third act
"Third Act"? Hinduism long ago divided life into three stages (1) Learning (2) Doing and (3) Teaching. "finding commonalities instead of differences"? Buddhism and Hinduism teach "All is One" to children. "hardwired neural pathways"? Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism have been teaching for some time too that a thought is a deed.
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Arthur Borges
Posted over 3 years ago
Religious Bridge
From what I gather, Ms. Armstrong seems to focus on the monotheisms. Personally, I like having lots of divinities on my altar, always leaving space to add in more. Otherwise it's like having a box of 64 crayons, all the same color. Just an opinion.
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Arthur Borges
Posted over 3 years ago
Religious Bridge
"God" is in business for Himself -- likely HERself, actually: if we attribute to such a being the power to both give and take life, then woman is the better analogy for women can be taught to kill and, I'm told, make better hitmen than men because, in some situations, a man will break down and abort whereas a woman won't.
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Arthur Borges
Posted over 3 years ago
Religious Bridge
The trouble with monotheists is that they will commit the bloodiest deeds in His name, acts they would never commit in their own name. As an atheist, agnostic or polytheist, you have to assume full personal liability for all your deeds: there is no way to pass the buck by kicking it upstairs and claiming you were "just following orders."