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Inner Harmony & the Pathway to Spiritual Peace (Original)

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Dawn Moline
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« on: December 12, 2007, 11:07:42 pm »

Inner Harmony & the Pathway to Spiritual Peace

You know, it's almost the end of the year, so I thought it might be nice to look back on the type of year each of us had. This post originally appeared in my Eternal Life topic, but, at Rockessence's suggestion, we begin a new topic to try and explore what each of us has learned.

Has your life gotten better this year or worse?

Do you feel you are making progress towards your goals or have you fallen behind?

As for me, my own life has gotten wholly different than it did last year, when I first came here. Worse for me, and filled with more adversity than I care to say, some of it of my own making.

Last year, I believed in the best in people. Now I happen to believe in the worst.

Last year, I felt the current state of the world was just a setback, now I am not certain that we shall ever come out of it.

I have seen hatred flourish without any motive given, dreams collapse without reason given at all. And throughout it all, this over-riding undercurrent of violence that seems to effect everything and everyone these days, in one fashion or another.

One thing I have learned for certain, is why, (whether God actually exists or not), people experience such an innate need to believe in God as they do. Belief and faith, at least, tend to give one hope. You don't feel so alone. Experience lack of belief, and you realize that you simply end up with yourself, and no one really wants to feel alone. So, for all the people who have more faith than I do, I suppose I understand you better now.

I don't know what lies at the end of our lives, and yet, when it all comes to an end, one thing I know for certain: if I were offered a choice, I don't think I would want another one. There's something not quite right here, I don't know what it is, but it seems to be getting worse in this world all the time.

We don't care about each other anymore. Worse to the point, some of us no longer even see the value of trying.

No sadness here, that's just the way I happen to feel. And yet, it doesn't have to be the way you feel, in fact, I hope it isn't.

Those are my own observations and I think it important to point out they need not be yours. Maybe some of you have learned lessons that I have yet to learn. If so, my friends (and that does happen to be what I consider us all to be), let's look at ourselves and ask the questions:

What did you learn this year?

Has your life gotten better or worse?

Do you feel you are making progress towards your goals or have you fallen behind?

This is meant to be an interactive topic and once again, I encourage everyone to participate.

And, of course, Happy Holidays to everyone.

Cheers,

Dawn

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2007, 03:12:46 pm »

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Hi Dawn, with respect, I've always felt that we tend to get into trouble if we allow ourselves too much self-evaluation. You say that the world has gotten worse, and yet, to my knowledge it has always been difficult in one manner of another and each generations feels they have it hard. Actually, our advances in technology has made a lot of things easier. Far harder, of course, to make those advances in human nature.

I measure personal progress very simply, through my research, and by asking this one question: have we found Atlantis yet? The answer, as of 12/20/05, is, of course, no. And yet, we have found some very intriguing pieces of the puzzle that, taken together, leads me to believe that we will.

You mentioned "belief." I think that everyone, no matter who they are needs a cause, a reason to keep pushing on. Become the quest, and it doesn't really matter if the utility bills are sent in late or not.

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Chronos,

Can you tell what you feel are the "very intriguing pieces of the puzzle" that have shown themselves this year?

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Rockessence, I would hate to just pick a few. I tend to get a lot of my research here, and if I started saying which work I personally considered the most important, those not mentioned would most likely think I considered their work less important. And so, I'm not going to pick anything out at all.

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I wonder what we might be considered the top archaeological finds of the year. In that vein, here is a website I tend to use quite a bit to get the latest archaeological news that some of you might not have visited:

http://www.archaeology.org/online/news/headlines.html

And here are China's top archaeological findings from 2004:

http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/Archaeology/149496.htm

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Nice to see you again here, Dawn. Actually, both personally and professionally, I was doing much better a few years ago. I think the country was, too. I don't want to make this a Bush-bashing thread, but it's clear that the country, if not the world, is missing something it once had since September 11th. We are still a determined lot, just not a very happy one. The reason why Bush bears some responsibility for that is that he has no interest in leading, just in bombing people. While we did need to conduct a war on terror, we didn't need to handle it stupidly, as we are doing now.
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You know, the only new thing I believe that I learned this year is just how many people out there tend to fear and don't tent to understand feminism. I always knew that the media and ultra-fanatical religious groups tended to misrepresent us. What came as a revelation is just how many people still feel threatened by us as well. I mean, hell, it's not like the women's movement has just been around, women have been fighting for their rights for better than a hundred years now. It's just basic common sense to think that, whatever sex you were born, you would want to be treated equally and have the same opportunities. Do others apply this same logic? No, of course they don't. They feel so inferior and threatened by the idea of powerful women that they try and assign us all the blame of the world. And all for what? For men, it's fear of losing their erections, I suppose. For women who are homemakers, it's because they don't want to see their whole lives be made a sham.

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You know, the only new thing I believe that I learned this year is just how many people out there tend to fear and don't tent to understand feminism. I always knew that the media and ultra-fanatical religious groups tended to misrepresent us. What came as a revelation is just how many people still feel threatened by us as well. I mean, hell, it's not like the women's movement has just been around, women have been fighting for their rights for better than a hundred years now. It's just basic common sense to think that, whatever sex you were born, you would want to be treated equally and have the same opportunities. Do others apply this same logic? No, of course they don't. They feel so inferior and threatened by the idea of powerful women that they try and assign us all the blame of the world. And all for what? For men, it's fear of losing their erections, I suppose. For women who are homemakers, it's because they don't want to see their whole lives be made a sham.

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Hmm, I seem to have cloned my post.

Well, I'm not erasing it. Some of you need to hear it twice anyway.


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I think I have learned more tolerance for others. My semester was spent in college. For those of you who are several years removed from college (and I get the feeling that most of you are), you usually begin school with the idea that you have most, if not all of the answers. Sometimes, I still slip back into that mode, but what has been a useful experiment for me is to try and imagine where other people are coming from, if only to see if I might be missing something.

Knowledge and experience are what's most important, it doesn't really seem to matter how we get there.

This is also the first year I have actually gotten the idea of how big religious zealotry has gotten in this country. Those Bible belters were always considered freaks where I grew up. After what happened with the election and this whole "intelligent design" thing that crossed Kansas, I began to realize they are deadly serious. Those people have no business deciding the curiculum of our classrooms, let alone trying to run our country. Government should not be in the God business.
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The only thing I`ve learn is all life tried to make it better and the only thing we can leave is doing something to better another person`s life.Dawn even a feminist can be a caregiver:)
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And what about our men in Iraq, they are lying down their lives everyday to make it better for others.
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Q."A homemaker is the greatest gift you can give."

And a home is the greatest gift you can own.

My opinion anyway.

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I have to say that at the beginning of this year, I was under the impression that a lot of you were normal, with the exception of Aristotle. Now I confess that I have never seen a bigger horde of lying, electic, pretentious pagans in my lifetime. You think nothing of spewing this pagan filth towards others, never seeming to care that there might be children present. As adults, none of you even seem to care of the example you set for others, through your words and actions. To my supreme disgust, I have seen every form of pagan worship promoted here with the exception of devil worship, and I have no doubt that many of you do Lucifer's work in secret. Even if you don't actually attend the the rituals of worshipping him, the mere fact that you aren't Christians makes you in service to Lucifer.

Oddly, the one religion that is the most dominant in the world today, that of the one true lord, Christianity, is never even discussed, except, of course, in a derogatory way. Many of you should be ashamed of yourselves, to think that you spend so much energy slandering a religion that brings so much comfort to the world.

Now then, by all means, get back to your blasphemy.

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