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    Ahhhh... the 'simple life' we yearn for.
    Well, not everyone. But many of us have this illusion about the 'good old days' and wish that we could escape the chaos of modern life.

    And with good reason. It kind of sucks.

    But we are here, now, and there is no way to overcome what we face except to meet it head on.

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    And I always thought Machiavelli was a cynic, now I find out he was a satirist...

    Balance of opposing forces is effective, but in modernity Commerce has massively overstepped its bounds. That's why we are going all to poopoo. If it isn't commerce, then its the military, if it isn't the military then it is political parties...doesn't anyone have any sense? It is almost as though we live not in a rational systematic world, but more like we are living the microcosms of life as a macrocosm where only the most outrageous aspects gain attention. Attention that is much needed for guidance and direction. We are out of control because we as a species do not have a sense of value beyond our next meal and the apparent fear that it will not be there when we want it. We truly are an ignorant species...
    "We are one thought away from changing the world!"

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    I am slowly learning not to be the people pleaser type.

    Why do we Care? What are Values? Where do they come from?


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    Traffic the Band...

    "Or would you take me for a ride and strip me of everything including my pride" The Low Spark of high heeled boys.

    "We are one thought away from changing the world!"

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    I love "The Starry Starry Night" Man!
    Whatever is true. Whatever is noble. Whatever is right. Whatever is lovely. Whatever is admirable. Anything of excellence and worthy of praise. Dwell on these things. Jesus Christ (I agree)

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    Anxiety has also been characterized as the fear of 'nothing'. Anxiety is the fear created by the void of that which has not happened and as such doesn't exist...nothing. But this video is surely hitting the right notes...
    "We are one thought away from changing the world!"

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    Quote Originally posted by NotAPretender View Post
    Anxiety has also been characterized as the fear of 'nothing'. Anxiety is the fear created by the void of that which has not happened and as such doesn't exist...nothing. But this video is surely hitting the right notes...
    I disagree, but even so, I understand what you are trying to say.

    Anxiety can be caused by Stirring of the Energies of the Liver or of the Heart (maybe both)

    Everybody fell anxious all their life, because it is a psycho-somatic reaction of expectation about something unknown. If you think that Unknown is Nothing, So, you are right with yourself, but for who think that Unknown is Something, you are nearby to be right.
    From all angles, the truth is always the same.
    Even in the worst world lie, have a few of truth.

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    “The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. People are often unable to do anything, imprisoned as they are in I don’t know what kind of terrible, terrible, oh such terrible cage. Do you know what makes the prison disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whenever affection is revived, there life revives.

    If only we try to live sincerely, it will go well with us, even though we are certain to experience real sorrow, and great disappointments, and also will probably commit great faults and do wrong things, but it certainly is true, that it is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.

    What am I in the eyes of most people? A nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion.

    Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum… Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.

    That God of the clergymen, He is for me as dead as a doornail. But am I an atheist for all that? The clergymen consider me as such — be it so; but I love, and how could I feel love if I did not live, and if others did not live, and then, if we live, there is something mysterious in that. Now call that God, or human nature or whatever you like, but there is something which I cannot define systematically, though it is very much alive and very real, and see, that is God, or as good as God.

    To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, but a living one… When I have a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.”

    ~ Vincent van Gogh



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    Quote Originally posted by Wind View Post
    “The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. People are often unable to do anything, imprisoned as they are in I don’t know what kind of terrible, terrible, oh such terrible cage. Do you know what makes the prison disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whenever affection is revived, there life revives.

    If only we try to live sincerely, it will go well with us, even though we are certain to experience real sorrow, and great disappointments, and also will probably commit great faults and do wrong things, but it certainly is true, that it is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.

    What am I in the eyes of most people? A nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion.

    Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum… Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.

    That God of the clergymen, He is for me as dead as a doornail. But am I an atheist for all that? The clergymen consider me as such — be it so; but I love, and how could I feel love if I did not live, and if others did not live, and then, if we live, there is something mysterious in that. Now call that God, or human nature or whatever you like, but there is something which I cannot define systematically, though it is very much alive and very real, and see, that is God, or as good as God.

    To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, but a living one… When I have a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.”

    ~ Vincent van Gogh

    = DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR =

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