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Today's Crossword Puzzle Solution

THE MAN WHO HAS
NO INNER LIFE IS
THE SLAVE OF HIS
SURROUNDINGS
     Henri F, Amiel.

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13masquerade
Sep. 18th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hi Bobby! :)
~Most times I become the slave of the inner me..For I allow it to dictate some of my actions..Deeper than it should be..But no one can alter the dictatorship of the single mind and body! ~

Whether this is good or bad, only the you&i can know..:)

Good afternoon..!
bobby1933
Sep. 18th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi Bobby! :)
My ego sometimes mistakes itself for my self,
and thus takes its desires to be my spiritual sense.
The goal of all spiritual paths, i think,
is to know the divine spark which is the real human being.
madman101
Sep. 18th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
This could also be applied to gut bacteria.
bobby1933
Sep. 18th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
Probably bacteria have inner lives that i don't know about.
I may be a slave to my inner bacteria anyway.
madman101
Sep. 18th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
Both are likely,

and they must wrestle w/ their own demons, poor dears.
amaebi
Sep. 18th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
You could charge admission to see that. :D

But then, I suppose, you'd have to swallow the audience....
madman101
Sep. 18th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
You may be on to something. Maybe one day, Americans will stop neglecting gut bacteria, and actually find a way to benefit from them.. I don't believe they'd be any less intelligent than Fleas..

Americans, that is, ha ha
amaebi
Sep. 18th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
13masquerade reminds me of a friend of mine who thought, at least for some period of time, that having stable preferences was a sort of enslavement for humans....
bobby1933
Sep. 18th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
My preferences are by definition, preferred.
In that narrow sense, i have to own them.
I may think they are mine, but perhaps i'm their's.
The slave owner depends more on the slave than the slave on the owner.
Except for superficial differences like who gets punished more, and who dresses better, and who works harder, you could not tell who is the slave and who the owner. One might argue that the slave is more real as a human being, because it is in our nature, from time to time, to submit, while domination is a perversion we acquire.
amaebi
Sep. 19th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I don't think those are superficial differences from the viewpoint of most enslaved persons!
bobby1933
Sep. 19th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
I took significant license with the significance of the term "superficial" which i saw in terms of the Sermon on the Mount. Blessed are the poor, the mourners, the hungry-- and the parable of the grain owner and his soul. But of course you are right,certainly voluntary fasting, poverty, and submission is one thing; involuntary is quite another.
amaebi
Sep. 22nd, 2013 11:21 am (UTC)
You know, in wider and less facetious contexts, I'm really troubled by tropes in which the rich/enslaving contemplate their probable no greater/lesser happiness than the impoverished/enslaved. Real fellow-feeling is valuable-- but I don't think this is real fellow-feeling. It often goes with "well, despite my relative freedom/power/wealth I'm really no better off than you and so your condition, oweing in part to my power and actions/inactions, is perfectly all right.

This comparison of dependence is doubly peculiar to me: apparently dependence is a Very Bad Thing, rather than part of the fabric of the universe, which it's foolish to imagine one can escape.
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