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Voltaire99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-15-06 03:43 AM
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25. Well, I'm sympathetic...
...having often felt during these past several years as you describe. Still, we must find new reasons for joy.

Hoping for the return of "the old America" is fruitless. An ethos has passed from us and a new, crass, violent, material age is here: a time of stupid marvels, base mystics, idiot princes, soldier-rapists, CEO cannibals, religious vampires, and useless politicians of every stripe.

Later a new America may be possible to create, not immediately but in the future after the present crises have left their terrible mark. Understanding that this re-creation is only partly in our hands and largely in those of forces beyond our control is, I would gently submit, one step toward being free of gloom.

Another is this: history is a trickster, you never know where it will lead. It can be unkind both to tyrants and idealists. Historical crises also remake how men and women think. I don't think, for instance, that the present banal American identity of I-Got-Mine is going to survive the next few years; too much is waiting to smash it, and it will turn into I-Lost-Mine. There is a chance, anyway, that what emerges after this chastening will be an improvement.

Meantime, as Candide says, we must tend our garden. Revivify yourself, Blues90, in whatever personal way makes sense, and good luck.
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  -I miss my life blues90  Jul-14-06 01:50 PM   #0 
  - You're not alone, blues90  ceile   Jul-14-06 01:58 PM   #1 
  - Bravo for sharing how you feel...We are with you  Nimrod2005   Jul-14-06 02:04 PM   #2 
  - I miss feeling hopeful.  Rainbowreflect   Jul-14-06 02:07 PM   #3 
  - I understand what you are saying....  OwnedByFerrets   Jul-14-06 02:19 PM   #4 
  - I allowed myself to feel hopeful on election night 2004...  lostnfound   Jul-14-06 10:47 PM   #21 
  - Since most of us are powerless to fix the big things  OKNancy   Jul-14-06 02:36 PM   #5 
  - Well there ain't no time to wonder why,  deaniac21   Jul-14-06 02:42 PM   #6 
  - Me too... i get up at 3am and get home at 4:30pm and go to bed at 7pm $8hr  sam sarrha   Jul-14-06 02:46 PM   #7 
  - Have you heard of Vipassana?  RethugAssKicker   Jul-14-06 05:58 PM   #10 
     - yes, i have a tape called 'Doing Time Doing Vipassana', about prisons and  sam sarrha   Jul-14-06 06:43 PM   #11 
        - I saw "Doing Time" on Link TV  RethugAssKicker   Jul-14-06 07:32 PM   #15 
        - the trick is to just meditate for 10 minutes a day the first 30 days..then  sam sarrha   Jul-15-06 03:10 PM   #30 
        - here is the address for Venerable Bobina Courtin's "Junkie Mind", ..LINK>  sam sarrha   Jul-15-06 03:31 PM   #31 
  - Have these been the LONGEST, most surreal 6 years  chill_wind   Jul-14-06 03:33 PM   #8 
  - One good thing happening... Many CEOs/CIOs  RethugAssKicker   Jul-14-06 05:41 PM   #9 
  - I Miss Mine, Too  tlsmith1963   Jul-14-06 06:53 PM   #12 
  - A wink and a nod.........  Jim Warren   Jul-14-06 07:07 PM   #13 
  - You are not alone.  blue cat   Jul-14-06 07:31 PM   #14 
  - don't forgive, if you forgive, nothing gets better  pitohui   Jul-14-06 08:09 PM   #16 
  - I think many of us feel the same. Thankfully we have this website to  Bullwinkle925   Jul-14-06 08:18 PM   #17 
  - I don't even want him in crawford  blues90   Jul-14-06 10:08 PM   #18 
     - I must confess to flipping on the tv each morning to see if * has dropped  Bullwinkle925   Jul-14-06 10:17 PM   #20 
        - I did not serve in vietnam but  blues90   Jul-14-06 10:54 PM   #22 
  - Welcome to the club.  mmonk   Jul-14-06 10:12 PM   #19 
  - Maybe it's time to rethink your attachments.  lostnfound   Jul-14-06 11:05 PM   #23 
  - some of this is true but  blues90   Jul-14-06 11:54 PM   #24 
     - I personally feel a sense of responsibility for what I haven't done  lostnfound   Jul-15-06 10:43 AM   #28 
  - Well, I'm sympathetic...  Voltaire99   Jul-15-06 03:43 AM   #25 
  - .  Swamp Rat   Jul-15-06 04:09 AM   #26 
  - I am with ya, blues  Skittles   Jul-15-06 05:56 AM   #27 
  - You are definitely not alone...  BrklynLiberal   Jul-15-06 12:23 PM   #29 
  - Couldn't have stated my own feelings better...  misternormal   Jul-15-06 03:34 PM   #32 

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