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Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:08 PM

50 People Were Asked To Enter A Room Full Of Balloons.....

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Reply 50 People Were Asked To Enter A Room Full Of Balloons..... (Original post)
kpete Apr 2015 OP
gopiscrap Apr 2015 #1
okaawhatever Apr 2015 #2
rhett o rick Apr 2015 #39
okaawhatever Apr 2015 #42
7962 Apr 2015 #49
Martin Eden Apr 2015 #3
BlancheSplanchnik Apr 2015 #4
jwirr Apr 2015 #5
Cheese Sandwich Apr 2015 #8
Unrepentant Fenian Apr 2015 #6
JDPriestly Apr 2015 #7
kentuck Apr 2015 #9
tomm2thumbs Apr 2015 #10
merrily Apr 2015 #11
BlueJazz Apr 2015 #12
eggplant Apr 2015 #13
Gidney N Cloyd Apr 2015 #28
eridani Apr 2015 #14
alphafemale Apr 2015 #15
eridani Apr 2015 #17
alphafemale Apr 2015 #16
treestar Apr 2015 #20
7962 Apr 2015 #50
JHB Apr 2015 #18
uppityperson Apr 2015 #23
JHB Apr 2015 #48
treestar Apr 2015 #19
Gothmog Apr 2015 #21
Surya Gayatri Apr 2015 #22
Buzz Clik Apr 2015 #24
deurbano Apr 2015 #27
randome Apr 2015 #25
Dont call me Shirley Apr 2015 #26
KittyWampus Apr 2015 #29
jtuck004 Apr 2015 #30
liberal_at_heart Apr 2015 #34
samsingh Apr 2015 #31
GCP Apr 2015 #32
Xyzse Apr 2015 #33
Helen Borg Apr 2015 #35
LineReply .
NM_Birder Apr 2015 #36
tclambert Apr 2015 #37
randome Apr 2015 #38
BeanMusical Apr 2015 #40
olddots Apr 2015 #41
IronLionZion Apr 2015 #43
oberliner Apr 2015 #44
Stevepol Apr 2015 #45
BumRushDaShow Apr 2015 #46
graegoyle Apr 2015 #47

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:13 PM

1. I can use this in a sermon!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:14 PM

2. Excellent. Thanks for posting. nt

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 02:37 PM

39. Good thing I wasn't involved. I would have started popping the ballons until

 

I found mine. Hard telling what the analysis of my behavior would have been. Probably consider a danger to society.

Great post.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #39)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 03:39 PM

42. Funny, that was my first thought. I'd have been popping them.... nt

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #39)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:49 PM

49. See reply #28

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:23 PM

3. Excellent Lesson!

And I think I'd like to move through that room full of balloons whether or not I was looking for one with my name on it.

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:27 PM

4. me too!

And they're translucent gold? Even better! Prettyyyy!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:28 PM

5. This lesson would be especially important in times of crisis.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:40 PM

8. I thought the moral of the story would be we can solve tough problems when we are organized

 

Disorganized we just bump into each other.

Still turned out to be a good story.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:28 PM

6. Sweet!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:29 PM

7. So true, true, true.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:41 PM

9. Such an excellent example.

Bravo!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 11:56 PM

10. Banksy has good taste in articles and stories



Glad he is spreading the good ideas and news in this world --

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 12:20 AM

11. Happiness is a balloon with my name written on it? Who knew?

What's wrong with these people that they frantically to do this silly task? And it takes 5 minutes to find one balloon out of 50?

I am not buying the set up, but the moral is wonderful and true. Think of any mutual gift-giving occasion. If you think you've bought the perfect gift, all you do is look forward with excitement to the other person's reaction when they get it. You don't even think about what you might receive as a gift.

Imagine if you gave them something they absolutely needed, like a meal for a needy, hungry person. Or a clean, safe place for a homeless person to take a shower and do laundry. (What's wrong with us as a society that we can't even do that for the homeless?)

Or a visit to a lonely, long-term patient in a nursing home, with maybe a small gift of cookies (if they are allowed them, of course) or toiletries or a magazine.

Gratitude is also an effective mood lifter for me. A relative always looks at people who have more material things than she does--and she has a great deal-- and gets pissed off. I look at people who can even get to the bathroom unassisted and feel so blessed. In turn, feeling so blessed creates feeling a need to give back. What a beautiful cycle for happiness that almost anyone can afford! Good for your own physical and emotional health, too.

BTW, if those 50 people had organized and worked together, each picking up some balloons and calling out one name at a time, they would have been less frantic and finished sooner. Another great moral of this story.





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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 12:21 AM

12. I did a quick estimate of those balloons and there's over 500 of them. I notice that only one is...

 

...going in there at a time. I smell Aliens. You can see the one guy trying to get out.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 02:07 AM

13. It would have gone much quicker if they had pins. n/t

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Response to eggplant (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:14 AM

28. The repub way. "Not mine" (POP) "Not mine" (POP) "Not mine" (POP) "Not mine" (POP) "Not mine" (POP)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 02:13 AM

14. Ezcellent. Note however, that adulthood--

---never survives contact with bubble wrap.

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Response to eridani (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 02:31 AM

15. Amazon has those huge ones now.

Really quite loud.

My cat hatez. Goes under the bed when she sees them.

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #15)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 02:39 AM

17. Not popular with my kittehs either n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 02:35 AM

16. Even finding one of the 50 balloons in that mess would have been a luck upon.

I think I would have naturally called out the persons name.

A right-wingers response to finding a balloon with someone else's name would likely be to pop it.

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 07:02 AM

20. Great analogy!

Exactly! They think "winning" involves damaging other people.

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:51 PM

50. See response #39!

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 06:58 AM

18. If they can ENTER the room, the room was not FILLED with balloons.

Q.E.D.

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Response to JHB (Reply #18)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:01 AM

23. maybe they were given pins?

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #23)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:47 PM

48. Ah, but upon application of the pin, the room ceases to be full of balloons

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 07:01 AM

19. How intriguing!

I do believe the happiest people are the ones who think least about themselves.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 08:45 AM

21. Thanks for posting

This is very interesting and moving

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 09:56 AM

22. K & R for a universal life lesson...

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:23 AM

24. That story made me sad.

 

Why was I not given a balloon?

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #24)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:41 AM

27. The story of my life.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:31 AM

25. This could make for an interesting swinger's party, too.

 


[hr][font color="blue"][center]Don't ever underestimate the long-term effects of a good night's sleep.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:38 AM

26. We are all our sisters and brothers keepers. Cooperation rocks! Opposition sucks!

Funny when I read the first part of the challenge, grabbing a balloon and calling out the persons name on it was the first thing that came to my mind. A smile came to me when I saw the second part of the challenge.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:17 AM

29. wouldn't true happiness be just popping all the balloons and not caring whose name

 

was on which balloon?

Subvert the dominant paradigm!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:18 AM

30. So why do we start teaching everyone to be an individual and compete with each other

 

from day one, telling them who is good and bad, what sex they must be, etc?

Then gripe when people become selfish and racist and unappreciative of what others have sacrificed to get them here. After we taught them to be like that. lol

We must be some of the least self-aware people on the planet.

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #30)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:55 AM

34. Why do we have a Federal Educational program called Race to the Top? That clearly

says we don't care about those who can't keep up with the winners. Our next generation is screwed from the very beginning.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:44 AM

31. i like the message, but i'm not sure i follow the logical connection

its more of a lesson in work flow optimization.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:51 AM

32. It's called Cooperation

He hasn't invented the wheel here.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:52 AM

33. Interesting and thanks.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 12:12 PM

35. A lesson on cooperation.

That is why you need "rules of the game" beyond simple local competition.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 12:16 PM

36. .

 

^B^A^L^L^O^O^N
^T^H^U^N^D^E^R^D^O^M^E

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 12:38 PM

37. To the Koch brothers, the purpose of life is to score as many points in the money-making game

as possible. If it involves subverting governments (including ours), fighting wars to maintain our dependence on foreign oil, polluting the environment on a massive scale, causing the entire world to warm up, and then pay propagandists to deny such warming exists; in other words, if it involves making the world a much, much worse place to live for everyone else, . . . well, that's fine. Remember, the whole point of human existence is to score points in the game of making money.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #37)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 12:41 PM

38. Hm. Sometimes a balloon is just a balloon.

 

[hr][font color="blue"][center]Birds are territorial creatures.
The lyrics to the songbird's melodious trill go something like this:
"Stay out of my territory or I'll PECK YOUR GODDAMNED EYES OUT!"
[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 02:56 PM

40. That's really neat. K and R.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 03:04 PM

41. don't let politians near that room

 

they would break them all .

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 05:21 PM

43. I like giving evilDUers happiness

it makes me happy!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 05:33 PM

44. Who were these 50 people and what was the seminar?

 

What was the context?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 07:53 PM

45. And not just happiness

but FREEDOM as well.

Edgar Cayce was once asked in a reading he gave during or shortly before WWII, what was the spirit that Russia had come to represent in the world. He said something like this:

"Freedom. Freedom. That each man will live for his fellow man."

To me this is the essence of freedom and it's the only principle that, if followed, would bring total civility and fairness to society and peace internationally.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 08:02 PM

46. This was posted last year on DU

I knew I saw it here before!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024663278

Definitely bears repeating!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 09:39 PM

47. I would have just wandered through them and bopped them around.

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