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Memo To Self

Must I fear what others fear? What nonsense! -- Tao Te Chiing, 20
20 - Daily Tao


I should take an actuary's approach to fear.
I do not want to use fear to feed my ego.
And i do not want to use fear to feed someone else's ego-
not some politician's. or some newsman's, or some security expert's.

I want to fear only that which can destoy my soul,
separation from the Divine,
separation from my brothers and sisters.

Others suggest i should be afraid of many things;
falling, dying, losing.
terrorists. banks, and foods.
serial killers and serial office holders,
dynasties and anarchies.
too much chaos, too much order;
liberals and conservatives
So many "enemies" i lose track.

My fear gets somebody my vote,
my fear fills someone's coffers
my fear fills someone's ego;
my fear buys  many lab tests,
but what do i gain from my fear?

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maadmike
Dec. 13th, 2015 03:35 am (UTC)
"separation from the Divine,
separation from my brothers and sistars"

You are every now and then when Christians or better say the kind and honest man die. I don't want to operate to fear - it is useless to the moment when some lunatic don't have a knife near to your relatives, I am myself is living corpse, I don't know when I had died but it certainly happened and I am free from fear. And my freedom can helps me to do the helpful things but all the Christians have told you should think about your soul - fork my soul it help itself, what is more impressed me is the fate of Christisns of Syria, what do you think about it?
bobby1933
Dec. 13th, 2015 04:17 am (UTC)
Personally, it always annoys me more when the relatively powerless suffer at the hands of the relatively powerful. I know that it should hurt equally when any human being suffers and especially when they suffer at the hands of other human beings. I also identify more with the people who belong to the land, those who were there "first." Although i was raised Christian, i have no special concern for Christians. They are human beings like Jews, Muslims, and the rest of humanity. Syrian Christians are few in number and are the descendants of people who played a very important part in the early history of Christianity, so, of course i have an interest in their survival and well being.

Edited at 2015-12-13 04:22 am (UTC)
maadmike
Dec. 13th, 2015 04:44 am (UTC)
Can you tell me as a USA citizen, what is the USA interests in Syria? You've got all the oil you need in Iraq, so why do you going to Syria or Ukraine? What is your TV tells you?
Do you have children you are link to?
bobby1933
Dec. 13th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
That is a good question and i think i do not have enough background to answer it.

I believe we were giving some small support to the rebels, maybe in response to allegations that the army was using saran against civilians. Of course, when ISIL (another direct product of U.S. policy!) became a major factor, the US involvement got greater, allegedly for humanitarian reasons. Oil has no doubt been the real reason for most of our activity in that part of the world.

I think our "problems" in that part of the world go back to the beginning of the country when oil came from whales and not from the ground. There is a new book out called: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. I was not inclined to read it, but now i think i will. Thank you. Most of our problems have deep roots -- much deeper than we think.
maadmike
Dec. 13th, 2015 05:48 am (UTC)
I am kind of stupid, I don't remember was I've asked you - "do you have children you are link to?"
maadmike
Dec. 13th, 2015 06:30 am (UTC)
"I think our "problems" in that part of the world go back to the beginning of the country when oil came from whales and not from the ground. There is a new book out called: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. I was not inclined to read it, but now i think i will. Thank you. Most of our problems have deep roots -- much deeper than we think."

It is a good try if not to take in account that you are now the supper power country in the world which has 40 or more persents of every world resourses and every arsenal to get an energy ( nuclei energy) even from the human refugees running to EU - forse them to run a dynamo to get in EU, or you could ask them to pay for the entry... Your country ideals are far from Christians, can you tell it? What is the middle American can say... is he Christian?
bobby1933
Dec. 13th, 2015 06:30 am (UTC)
I fear that the Yazidi's got it worse.
vaporw
Dec. 13th, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you, this spoke to me.
bobby1933
Dec. 13th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
:)
amaebi
Dec. 14th, 2015 12:18 pm (UTC)
We certainly do worship fear in the US, don't we?

I love the word "coffers."
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