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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-22-04 01:45 AM
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19. Struggle against our own human habits is struggle enough, dont you think?
Edited on Fri Oct-22-04 01:50 AM by shance
In college, I had a professor who I thought was one of the best teachers I had bar none, repeatedly say that anger was the easiest emotion to 'portray' and/or to use as humans.

He said that anger is the quickest, most primitive emotion for humans to resort to using, because its the most immediate and quickly received response for us instinctively to receive from the brain, and requires little cerebral usage and/or thought. How often do we get angry, and slow down and take a 'cool down' period to think things through before we act and/or say something we might later regret?

I agree that right now a healthy anger is important and useful because there are a few individuals that in a sense are trying to corner and bully Americans into having to defend what is sacred to us, and we must say NO in whatever lingo they will understand.

Interestingly, I don't think some of these individuals have probably ever been been told no, or have gotten their way so many times that the concept of no is simply intolerable to them, even on choices that would hurt them in the long run. (Actually saying no is often an act of the greatest love because I think we learn to delay gratification and develop discipline, but that's a whole other topic**.) So some of these individuals learn no concept of boundaries and respect for others boundaries, as self-help woo-woo as that sounds. Perhaps it all does boil down to good ole self help lingo*** Who knows?

But, there's a time to know when to hold and when to fold, that's true. There is a time to have struggle, like right now is a good example I would say.

However, in truth, was all this necessary if we'd just done what was right, honest, and let Florida actually have a FULL recount that it was rightfully entitled to in 2000?

And constant struggle? I'm sure there is some truth to your point, and yet if we actually would learn from history and from our negative habits and patterns, I don't think we would struggle nearly as much. Perhaps, if we actually rewarded those who succeeded in helping those less fortunate, and those who shared and sought enlightenment and learning, instead of rewarding those who accumulate the most money and power, we would actually create a wholly different, more enjoyable place for everyone to live?
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