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Fri Mar 14, 2014, 01:11 PM

500 balloons


My son sent me this ...I thought I would share




Once a group of 500 people were attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each person a balloon. Each person was then asked to write their name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

The people were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written on it within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Then, the speaker asked each person to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

The speaker then began, "This is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.

Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life...the pursuit of happiness."

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Reply 500 balloons (Original post)
SoCalDem Mar 2014 OP
840high Mar 2014 #1
OnyxCollie Mar 2014 #2
badtoworse Mar 2014 #3
HereSince1628 Mar 2014 #4
Jackpine Radical Mar 2014 #5
hootinholler Mar 2014 #11
Brother Buzz Mar 2014 #6
FiveGoodMen Mar 2014 #8
Brother Buzz Mar 2014 #9
BumRushDaShow Mar 2014 #7
jtuck004 Mar 2014 #10
meegbear Mar 2014 #12
bigwillq Mar 2014 #13
geardaddy Mar 2014 #14
hfojvt Mar 2014 #17
geardaddy Mar 2014 #18
penultimate Mar 2014 #19
yuiyoshida Mar 2014 #15
Tikki Mar 2014 #16
cui bono Mar 2014 #20
baldguy Mar 2014 #21
B Calm Mar 2014 #22
marions ghost Mar 2014 #23

Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 01:14 PM

1. k/r

 

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 01:14 PM

2. I see what he did there.

 

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 01:15 PM

3. Simple and the same time, profound

 

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 01:17 PM

4. Pervert! Happiness is a stretchy membrane swollen beyond its normal shape?

I think you need a psychoanalyst!

HOW DARE YOU assume that you can identify MY happiness!

As if MY happiness is just an inflated balloon with my name on it!

Happiness???? Really!? This is just a bag of breath with someone else koodies in it!




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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 02:54 PM

5. Maybe they were

inflated condoms.

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:25 PM

11. Yes! Ask any kid. n/t

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 02:58 PM

6. Heaven and Hell

An old Chinese parable about heaven and hell

In Hell, all the people are seated around a long dining table piled with delicious food. Each of them has three-foot-long chopsticks. They are all starving because they are only trying to feed themselves.

In Heaven, same set up, long table, tons of food, three-foot-long chopsticks, but everyone is eating well because they are feeding each other.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:11 PM

8. Heaven is socialist

and Hell is present-day American in that story.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:19 PM

9. Just less than half of this nation, and shrinking

And you can thank Ronald Reagan, father of the "Me" Generation

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:02 PM

7. Probably a good % were accidently popped

in the initial mad dash, so there may have been some (unhappy) balloonless people.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:25 PM

10. I would be surprised if some of those people didn't start cooperating on their own because that

 

is what many people do naturally. But that would kind of deflate the story

Still, it's a really good lesson in cooperative values, and how your welfare may depend as much on what your neighbor does as what you do.

Thank you.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:33 PM

12. ...

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:36 PM

13. Cool story.

 



K and R

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:49 PM

14. That's too many balloons.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 04:16 PM

17. and the wrong color

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #17)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 04:19 PM

18. Right!

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 04:25 PM

19. heh... what came to my mind too

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:52 PM

15. I suddenly have a craving for

Butterscotch ..

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #15)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:58 PM

16. ..or caviar...




Tikki

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 14, 2014, 05:54 PM

20. Not just giving someone else their happiness and knowing you will get yours...

but it also shows that when you work together you can accomplish more than when you work alone, for yourself.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sat Mar 15, 2014, 12:25 PM

21. Also illustrates how we can only find solutions to common problems by working together.

 

Conservatism is bent on forcing people to work out solutions to common problems by themselves.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sat Mar 15, 2014, 12:30 PM

22. Sounds like socialism. . .

 

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sat Mar 15, 2014, 12:51 PM

23. This would be an excellent exercise for young kids

you could do it with balls of paper or something not poppable.

This needs to be learned early.

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