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April 08, 2006

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trevor

Couldn't agree with you more about the oppressive environment in this country and like you, expect things to get worse before they become better. I can pretty well sum up my feelings by saying that although we defeated Germany in World War II, we never beat fascism and it has grown here by leaps and bounds with no apparent end in sight.

I appreciate youthful idealism insofar as its receptiveness to the idea of changing things for the better goes...but the phrase "making the world a better place", while having some immediate appeal, also carries with it a responsibility that not many people bother to examine.

When we speak of "making the world a better place", we really mean we need to change human behavior in order to bring our personal vision of what a better world is to fruition. The goal is fine; the means could user some examination. I have pretty much a libertarian viewpoint -- as a general rule, I like people to be able to do what they want so long as they are not hurting others. I also believe the admonition of the Roman physician, Galen (First,do no harm -- "Primun non nocere" ) has to be our first consideration. To me, the best way to change someone's behavior is by setting a good example that they, over time, will adopt. Bringing about change through law (with its attendant coercive nature) needs to be approached with some delicacy...more than is typical today. We should be damned sure that our "vision" of a better world is worth the cost of removing a portion someone's individual liberty (which, as you know, is becoming a rare commodity these days). Every law we pass is attended by yet another law: the law of unintended consequences -- and there is no escape from it.

And yeah, life is and should be "training wheels". If we are not incarnate to learn something, to experience personal growth...then, our time in these bodies on this planet is nothing more than a grand waste of time -- a cosmic joke, if you will. I do not think we find ourselves here for no good reason.

Sorry to miss the paragraph you decided to delete, but I guess I'm a bit "out there", too. I actually managed to go to and stay awake for (and often, enjoy)8AM Philosophy courses during my university days. In my case, maybe I should change being "out there" to being "one weird puppy" ;)

greg

i think there for i am, shit am i on the right planet you guys are way to deep for me i think i had to break out the dictionary 10 times on that one Trevor,LOL, Let me say something in english,the planet is screwed up big time we need to get together and fix it i really wanted to be at the earthday in Santa Barbara so i could meet some of the people that are making a difference because if we don't all make a difference our children are going to have to live on a planet we fucked up for them.I believe in reincarnation were all here for a purpose and when or purpose is done we leave our bodys and move on to another purpose everyones here for a reason and most of us don't know why, i just read something that made me say wow the guy that wrote this is awesome he's from vietnam but can't go back because of his beliefs but i can understand his english he speaks in simple uncomplicated words, this is what he wrote,"Promise me,promise me this day,promise me now, while the sun is overhead exactly at the zenith,promise me: Even as they strike you down with a mountain of hatred and violence;even as they step on you and crush you like a worm,even as they dismember and disembowel you, remember,brother,remember: man is not our enemy. The only thing worthy of you is compassion invincible, limitless,unconditional. Hatred will never let you face the beast in man. One day,when you face this beast alone,with your courage intact,your eyes kind,untroubled[even as no one sees them] out of your smile will bloom a flower. And those who love you will behold you across ten thousand worlds of birth and dying. Alone again,i will go on with bent head,knowing that love has become eternal. on the long,rough road,the sun and moon will continue to shine. Thich Nhat Hanh This man has really got his shit together don't you think i don't know what the fuck it has to do with saving the planet but if more people thought like this this planet would always be beautiful, be peace,Greg

greg

Or maybe you'd understand it like this, the hypocritical hypothisis of the intersanctum derived from the posmortal dillection of the circumfence has an opposing orinthological on the planet,LOL, Love you guys

terra naomi

you guys are so right on - and that't the thing that so many people are missing - "changing the world" is not about thinking up some huge elaborate plan that will involve the entire planet and solve everything - it's simple - it's about each person on the planet looking inside his or herself with honesty and compassion. and then looking with compassion at every other person we come in contact with. and that is how it starts. feelings of envy, jealousy, hatred, greed - these are the feelings that will destroy us individually and in return destroy our world. when we look at ourselves and realize we have everything we need and are supported and all part of the same energy - then we can find peace. what you have i have, what you are i am - we are all the same - when we recognize that, then we can find peace.

greg

you my friend are truely an angel!!!!

Lisa

Hey.. that last paragraph was kind of inspiring? About the energetic souls thing.. it made me not as afraid to die. Not only do you light up my world with your music, you soothe some of my fears.

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