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  1. I agreed with most of it except for the part about wishing for money. A million dollars in hundreds will fit in a briefcase, so there's a higher probability that the mailman will arrive with a smaller box. It's all a matter of economics. "It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer." ~ William of Ockham
  2. "Consider yourself lightly; consider the world deeply." ~ Miyamoto Musashi, Dokkōdō
  3. Me three. I don't know how I missed this... my prayers are with you and your family, Rabbi. I hope this is appropriate, please forgive my bumbling knowledge of Judaism and accept it in the sincere spirit of love in which it is intended. To Israel, to the Rabbis and their disciples to the disciples of their disciples, and to all those who engage in the study of the Torah in this holy place or in any other place, may there come abundant peace, grace, lovingkindness and compassion, long life ample sustenance and salvation from the Father who is in heaven and Earth; and say, Amen.
  4. My prayers are with you and your family in this time of struggle. May you find the peace to enjoy every moment of life.
  5. My darn camera broke down so I'm afraid I couldn't catch it, and honestly I don't think I could have done it justice anyway, but this storm just brought us the most amazing rainbow I have ever seen in my life, and I've seen quite a few... Through the bay windows here at my desk it suddenly appears in the middle of the valley not a thousand feet from here. I run outside and see it filling out, climbing up to heavens, and as I turn the corner of the house the whole thing is stretched out before me in a full, unbroken bridge, with the sun behind me through a small break in the clouds. And it keep
  6. Upstate NY, the cold nor'easter is starting to blow like a freight train. I can see the outer bands sweeping over the Adirondacks as Sandy absorbs this system. It's awe-inspiring to think the main body of the storm is still hundreds of miles off. Stay safe, folks. Be especially wary of the danger of high winds if you take the kids out this Halloween.
  7. I don't have personal issues with you, I have an issue with your public behavior and I'm not the only one. I'm not attacking you, I'm urging you to stop attacking everyone else. Now you want to play the victim? I didn't want to resort to using this feature, but don't worry... you are now ignored. Thanks for sharing that poem Newt, I'm not going to apologize for standing up for ya.
  8. I'm not criticizing your facts, Buddhism has always included a wide range of beliefs and rituals. I'm taking issue primarily with your first comment and questioning your motives for including such divisive debate in this thread. Continuing to argue this point is just a deflection.
  9. Perhaps it's just my experience, but Buddhism is generally one of the most tolerant in accepting those who choose to worship according to their own hearts. That philosophy seems much more important than dissecting the particular paths they follow. I can understand that you have different beliefs about God, what I don't yet understand is why you feel it necessary to tear down those who don't share your point of view. The way you consistently attack everything religious and everyone who doesn't conform to your ideal causes me to suspect you're either very deeply wounded and lashing out in your p
  10. Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology, The First Temple Period and Larry McMurtry's .Because a man needs to feed his head, but he also needs to feed his heart.
  11. I can't speak for everyone, Dan, but you and I have tangled a number of times, occasionally with great vigor, and I never once felt offended by your opinions. You've always been willing to face the heat and clarify the reasons why you think the way you do, and I never got the impression that you were deliberately insulting. I do praise your efforts in diplomacy, though. It not only makes a bitter reality easier to tolerate and compassionately attempts to avoid offense, it teaches us how to look for and emphasize the positive qualities in somebody else's point of view. This is the path toward p
  12. He seems well loved, a blessing to many. My truck will be in for repairs in the morning but I'll be with you all in spirit as you celebrate this life. An Irish Funeral Prayer Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains as it was. The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no sorrow in your tone. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed toget
  13. LOL, my brother's Rottweiler does that. If I don't wake up (or try to pretend I haven't) he slo-o-o-wly scoots closer until his nose is in my eye. Then he slobbers on me.
  14. Secretary-General's Message for 2012 This year’s World Humanitarian Day presents an historic opportunity to bring together one billion people from around the world to advance a powerful and proactive idea: People Helping People. That is the best way to honour the many fallen aid workers we mourn today, and to celebrate the efforts of others who carry on their noble mission by rushing assistance to those who are suffering. The spirit of solidarity that animates these courageous efforts drives our commemoration of World Humanitarian Day. I have seen that spirit in my travels around the world, as
  15. My point was just that if we only consider our wants without considering those around us, we're destroying the very system that provides the satisfaction. If someone is dying of thirst in the desert I could sell them a bottle of water and squeeze them out of every penny they have, but that's completely selfish. They aren't satisfied, they're just desperate. If I make a profit I have successfully advanced, it is not a loss to myself if I could have made more. I wasn't really deriding the shifting dynamic of a capitalist market, only the parasites who would abuse it because they think their self
  16. The beauty of capitalism appears when both manufacturers and consumers recognize that their interests are better served by respecting the needs and desires of the other. When either side of the equation feels they have a "right" to profit without respecting the other, it all falls apart. If there is a fair and mutually satisfactory dynamic in a $2 cup of coffee, those who demand it for free and those who charge $4 are equally greedy. They both require someone else make the greater sacrifice in order to enhance their own lives.
  17. I think he's advising us not to tread on him. "I would not enter on my list of friends (though graced with polish’d manners and fine sense, yet wanting sensibility) the man who needlessly sets foot upon a worm." ~ William Cowper, The Task
  18. I don't consider things of this world to be part of me. I live in a higher realm... I'm only visiting here. I don't think violence is evil. How we use it defines the morality, and that's entirely subjective. I don't condemn those who killed bin Laden, nor do I condemn him. For me there is only sadness that this has come to pass, and I'm glad I wasn't a part of it. The issue at hand is that I don't see only two options. Both of those you provide result in suffering. I would love, rather than fight or die. I don't follow the RCC anymore, but that's still my greatest commandment. Telling you I wi
  19. Evil isn't a condition of the soul, it's an action of the soul. You expect me to take a life to save another. I tell you I am not God, I don't judge who is worthy. My goal is to eradicate the sins without eradicating the sinners. Evil can only flourish if we hold it in our hearts. I still have claws, I'll react to save my life if you push me hard enough, but I hate losing that control and I'll be scrambling for alternatives until the last moment. It's not self-defense if I have to hunt them down. 9/11 wasn't self-defense either. I'm not ashamed of my nature, I just believe it's a temporary con
  20. I would rather we had all found something better to do, yes. What difference is this foolish and tragic waste of life if the dead are in New York or Abottabad? The conflict didn't end the violence or defeat evil, it only created more. Hundreds of thousands of people have suffered and died in name of another "righteous" war. Countless millions throughout history. Many more are dying even now. It's not God's will, it's insanity. It's nothing more than unrestrained barbarism. I have seen enough killing. I choose to be more than just another stupid murderous ape. Life has so many greater things to
  21. I endure my enemies so that I may have the opportunity to correct them, rather than destroy them. I would wish no less mercy for myself. I am not content to let wars thrive, but I cannot defeat evil by becoming the devil. It's easy to kill. It takes a lot more courage to love.
  22. I believe in hell, I just believe it's a matter of karma rather than punishment. What I believe is just what I believe, but I try to allow my mind to be as unrestricted as possible. I think God can do anything, I just don't think God is as crude as we. Nobody wins at war until it's over. The whole point of it is to stop fighting, I just dismiss the extraneous battles and victory is achieved. My perspective is as Israel with the White Tārā. I'm not a pacifist because I think violence is inherently evil, I'm a pacifist because I have seen a God that transcends it all. I merely try to align myse