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Re: [ba-unrev-talk] An approach to a simpler truth.

Gerald Pierce wrote:
> Just read what I said.  Can't decide which is worse, my pettiness or
> my arrogance
LOL.     (01)

It's SO hard to keep an even keel. You were in touch with that really
positive inner spirit, and the words just flow. The words are so
*right*. But when you look at them later, it's like you were standing
on the mount or something.    (02)

Been there. Got the T-shirt.    (03)

I really liked a lot of what you had to say. Your 2nd post took
all the "edge" off anything that had a bit of sting.    (04)

Mostly, I really liked the idea about focusing on creating harmony
in traffic. It's a good one. I work as hard to get out of the way of 
people who want to go faster as I do to get around people who want
to go slower, but I've always done to optimize traffic flow. The idea
of focusing on harmony hadn't occured to me. Good suggestion.    (05)

> Gerald Pierce wrote:
> >
> >
> > Eric Armstrong wrote:
> >
> >>> If you are pampering yourself spending your money on a lot of
> >>> "things" there is a good chance that you don't really know who you
> >>> are! You speak like you DO know.  So tell me.
> >>>
> >>
> >> Ah. Past tense. It is only the recent realization of who I really am
> >> that it made it clear how much I was pampering myself. Before that,
> >> every option was equally valid. Now, some clearly align, while others
> >> don't. (More on that in a future post.)
> >
> >
> >>> With regard to all the "if only's, that is a really tough fight.
> >>> a more powerful approach would be to offer "charming deceptions" that
> >>> would provide forces and tools to assist people in waking up.
> >>>
> >>
> >> Sounds like a good description of something that would work.
> >> Know of any somethings that fit the description?
> >
> >
> > If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.
> > If I told you, I whould have to kill you.
> > Here is an experiment you can try that may get you pointed in
> > a fruitful direction direction.  The next time you are in really bad
> > vibe traffic and you are feeling hateful and uncooperative, help where
> > you can and by your actions promote harmony.  After you have done this
> > for a bit, check out how you are feeling.  You could arrive at your
> > destination in rush-hour traffic feeling refreshed, empowered and living
> > a life less wasted.
> >
> >
> >> I've long been intrigued by the notion of finding a rationalization
> >> for doing good to others that *wasn't* based on religion. Such
> >> a thing could go a long way to reduce religious prejudice, as well
> >> as the worst of captialism. Equilibrium theory holds promise...
> >
> > I think that a system based on beliefs rather than observation is in
> > trouble right from the start.  People learn to believe and accept on faith
> > such things as "and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
> > trespass against us"  The actual words remain unexamined.  A good test
> > is to ask yourself, what thoughts and actions aid my digestion?  For me
> > it turns out that I won't allow myself to be forgiven UNTIL I forgive
> > others.  There may or may not be GOD, but this truth remains and sheds
> > light on what it is to be human.  I am open, however, to meeting someone
> > for whom this is not true.
> >  A non-religious "do unto others" would make a big dent...
> >
> > p.s. If you really want to know, sleep outside of the gates for a while.
> >
> >>
> >
> >    (06)