posted on Aug, 31 2010 @ 09:49 AM
Interesting post by the OP. A couple of thoughts.
Jean-Paul Sartre wrote: "Hell is other people." He had a point, but he was a fairly gregarious person who had a lot of girlfriends too.
I had a period in my life, six months, where I wandered through Europe, like a spectre, knowing only those I met along the way. It was the happiest
period of my life. All my emotional burdens dropped away.
But there came a time when I realized I had to engage in life in some productive way. I was like a fly in a bottle, or perhaps like a fly who
wants to get into the bottle.
So I went home and soon I lost the perspective I had gained and my life became as constipated with entanglements as ever.
Eventually, I discovered meditation. By means of it I could maintain a sense of perspective on my life, while still being engaged in it. I became like
someone who had just come back from a holiday . . . perpetually.
I'm not a very social person. More like a hermit, really. But I do live in a spiritual community, so Sartre is never far from my consciousness.
You've taken a good step with this thread. If people know who you are, what you are and what your needs are, there is a better chance of having them
There is a person, a group, a situation for everyone in this world. If you keep an open mind, you will find yours.
Here's a challenge: Try to go for a day, or even a week without using the first personal pronouns, I, Me, Mine. Sometimes those get so big that they
crowd the rest of the world out of the picture.