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Originally posted by SpacePunk
Originally posted by KSPigpen
Do you think. my friend, that not only with me, but with others, that this is a permanent condition?
Absolutely. It's a permanent condition for all humans from birth to death. Probably for all animals. Our reaction to it can be controlled, but it will never go away.
Originally posted by KSPigpen
Originally posted by RRokkyy
Originally posted by Nichiren
reply to post by RRokkyy
Please do tell what this thread is really about. I'm all ears.
Third line for extra protection.
Are you saying this is about Narcissism, RRocky? I've been dense before. Am I somehow staring at my own reflection in a pool, so enamored that I'm going to die there? The gay son of a nymph? Please elaborate.
It is written in the Upanishads that as soon as an Other is noticed, as soon as there is an Other there is Fear. Thus your primal nature is Fear.
That is what You are. You are essentially just FEAR.
There is really no YOU. JUst this FEAR. Yes, with enough distractions you can for a time forget it. But this FEAR is constricting everything about you, down to every cell in your body.
This FEAR is the duality of subject/object that you create in EVERY moment by meditating on it at your pond. Prior to this creation of FEAR there is only INFINITE LOVE BLISS, aka God.
The functions of Mind,Identity,Differentiation,Desire arise as part of the Body/Mind but you in your state of Fear have Identified with them and now believe yourself to be them. Then you try and escape them when they distress you. But the very action of trying to escape reinforces the prison of the Self Sense.
Simply observe yourself and see that you are always meditating on yourself creating this imaginary Narcissus/Ego. When this observation becomes profound you may fall spontaneously into that which is prior to this self meditation. That moment is Radical Understanding. In that moment you see that you are no longer,"AVOIDING BEING ALREADY ENTIRELY IN RELATIONSHIP'. You are one with everything in NonDUality. In Reality there are no separate beings,there never have been and there never will be. There is only INFINITE CONSCIOUSNESS.
Originally posted by seeashrink
I've been here a while but I don't post much, however this is a subject near and dear to my heart.
I am a 53 year old white male born and raised in the southeast. I too was raised in a family poisoned by prejudice. It was seen more in my mother and my father's family rather than my father. My mother had some mental illness so to help with the chores around the house dad hired a maid that came 3 to 5 times a week depending on the need. She was a black lady by the name of Lessie. Dad treated her as one of the family. He insisted that she eat with us at meal time even though she would try to separate herself to the kitchen. She treated me well and even helped raise me.
When the schools desegregated, I was bussed to a black school where I remained for a year. While there I learned that there was no difference between me and the other black kids, but I did experience some prejudice from some of the black teachers.
As an adult I joined the military where I saw the races further integrated and learned even more about accepting those of different color, ect.
I've never considered myself prejudice until NOW. I am a cop in a segregated town in the south. Very little if anything is ever done to bridge the gap, on the contrary, things are done on "both sides of the tracks" to strengthen the problem. I patrol the "white side" and I patrol the "black side". I have been proactive in trying to bridge the gap to no avail.
When I have to go to the black side of town all I ever get is attitude. I am always respectful but am never respected. If I pull a black person for speeding I am told I wouldn't be doing so if they were white. If I take a person of color to jail for selling drugs I am told the same thing. If you are wondering, yes, I pull and take white people to jail too. If I am running radar at night and I pull a car for speeding, I have no idea what color the person behind the wheel is until I get to the window, yet I am still accused of acting on race. If I run the tag on a Monte Carlo that is jacked up on 28 inch rims with blacked out windows and rap music thumping so loud that it rattles the windows in my patrol car and that tag comes back expired then I am racial profiling.
I do not like what I have become. No, I don't use racial slurs or treat people with prejudice, but in my heart I am prejudice. I despise the attitude I get pretty much everyday at work. I despise the thug attitude I get from the teenagers of color. I bought some snow cones for some black children at a park not too long ago and as I was doing so I heard one child exclaim "I want a free one just because I'm black", he was probably 8 years old. It certainly gave me a moment of pause.
Yes, I'm prejudice and I hate it. I fight it on a daily basis and I fear that I am losing the battle.
Originally posted by EvolvedMinistry
Here's a way to overlook bias...
Just remember that everyone is made of flesh and blood just like yourself. Everyone bends over to take a dump the exact same way. Everyone has someone who loves them. Mostly everyone has sex and eats to survive.
All of these things put us on the same par level making us a part of the same race...HUMAN.
As long as we are all human, there is no one above the other.
Originally posted by riddle6
reply to post by KSPigpen
No, I don't think other groups have learned to become more discreet with racism, I just think that whites are called out for racism most often because they have become an easy scapegoat (in the US, anyways).
It's so much easier for people to constantly blame [insert specific group here where you live] for racism than to actually think that every group of people have racist attitudes toward another group.
Originally posted by Huey Adinasi
Lol I just had the post this as on a just because basis. I'm sorry if it seems on topic but really it is to show how inane this all is. Today I was at grand central train station. If you know anything about NYC then you know that just about all day that station is packed. I walked past two posters. One had an ad for Vince Vaughn's latest movie. The other had a poster up for a newer TV show called White Collar. Someone defaced the Vince Vaughn photo and wrote "Big Dumb N*word*" next to Faizon Love (Who is a pretty overweight). On the White Collar poster the words "White Power" were written on Matt Bomer's right cheek. All I could do is laugh. I couldn't even get angry. It feels good to be able to laugh at the ignorance. This discussion has really helped me. I'm a better man for what I've learned and I what I will continue to learn.