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The mind is complex, and as they say... everyone is different. Everybody responds to the emotions of others in a different way. There are people out there who have a completely different outlook. For instance; everything you believe is the opposite of everything they believe. This leads to both 'negative' and 'positive' reactions, in accordance to how they perceive you, your emotions, and whatever else, etc. etc. - Then there are those who cannot pick up on the 'signals' you mentioned, or simply misinterpret these signals - so much so that their reactions/responses are flat-out misguided, and may or may not turn out for the worse.
reply to post by Astrocyte
I predict that as time unfolds, and as the future inches closer, human-kind will continue evolving forward with the help of intelligent policy in education, spurred by changes in academia, and in culture. Mindfulness and social-emotional regulation will become a fixture of education.
The World is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it's real, because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round, and it has thrills and chills and is very brightly colored, and it's very loud. And it's fun, for a while.
Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they've begun to question, 'Is this real, or is this just a ride?', and other people have remembered, and they've come back to us and they say 'Hey, don't worry. Don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.' and we KILL THOSE PEOPLE.
"Shut him up! We have alot invested in this ride! SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account, and my family. This just has to be real."
It's just a ride.
But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that. You ever noticed that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn't matter, because ... It's just a ride.
And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear wants you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead see all of us as one.
Here's what we can do to change the world right now, to a better ride:
Take all that money we spent on weapons and defence each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and WE CAN EXPLORE SPACE, TOGETHER, BOTH INNER AND OUTER, forever ... in peace.
-- Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)
reply to post by tridentblue
It's important to remind ourselves that we are complex systems, which means, we are highly sensitive to external-internal feedback loops.
For example: why do you consider this a "tall order"? I agree by the way - from where we CURRENTLY ARE i.e. from the perspective of the culture we emerge from as individuals, it seems as if monk like devotion to ethics and science is a tall order. But this is the interesting thing. How we feel about things is an emergent property of the general "feel" of the culture surrounding us.
So thats the beauty of it. It's not that "hard" to be good and kind when the only mental model you've been exposed to is good and kindness. And when everyone around you models this way of being, it becomes recursive: it repeats itself. It reinforces itself.