reply to post by Cyberbian
Thank you. English is my first and only language. Although I did do my best to ignore everything in English class I think I still absorbed it. My
earlier sentence wasn't about my language. It was about trying to put my thoughts into words that would be interpreted the same for everyone
reading. Of course, I can't know if that happens but I always try my best to do so. (Sorry I wasn't more clear on that before.)
The thing I think is at the root of non-native English speakers speaking clearer is that their study courses are meant to achieve succinctness in
business. Whereas, here in the good ole USofA there appears to be an ongoing program to dumb kids down. Thankfully, I was in school in the 80's
before it really got bad.
My only wish is to offer some logic to cut through all the muck we are bombarded with. I don't like seeing people struggling to make sense of things
that don't always make sense. I want to be around deep down happy people and I'll offer whatever small things I can to help that along.
reply to post by hushpup
I've found that cold hard logic does lead to emotional happiness. I read something early on that said actions should beget emotions not the other
way around. And I applied that in life. The result was being able to come to a balance with all topics that I encountered. And I know that each
person has that same ability. I was pretty mucked up mentally from my childhood. So I know if I can get to a state of happiness through balance of
ideas via logic, then anyone can.
I was reminded of the serenity prayer after I made my last post. I'll replace "God" with "Self" so it's more personal...
Self, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
This little thing has deep implications. For instance, I can't feed all the starving people in the world. If I could I would. But since reality
dictates that I can't then the most logical conclusion is to accept that unless or until it's possible to do something different. It does not help
me or the other people to constantly feel down about the plight of others in this world. To constantly feel down and wallow in the negative emotions
from that is not to stand on some moral high ground. It's just an egotistical effort to make one feel better and to forget their own inability to
effect the change many of us would like to see.
In other words, it's actually quite selfish although the individual probably won't admit to that. The least selfish thing we can do is work on
ourselves to the point of achieving a level of knowledgeable bliss. Then we can actually be available emotionally to help others that we do have the
power to help. And then they can help others and so on. If we are in a state of negative emotions and/or confusion we are no help to anyone.
[edit on 20-8-2008 by OmniVersal]