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Everything I do is not for the 'self' and now I have been told to do three things that effectively, preserve my existence.
I have been dwelling on this ever since and I toy with the reality, that if I am self destructive, then perhaps I am 'selfish'?
from "Mankind", WWF wrestler:
Destruction can be beautiful!
Only after travelling to the deepest, darkest abyss of our own souls can we truly look up, see the light, and begin the climb without fear and with firm footsteps
Originally posted by NJE777
My quandary is, if I am spiritual, why should I give a rats if I might die?
Isn't that the goal? Shouldn't we aim to forsake the body?
Originally posted by MajorMalfunction
In 1992 I was diagnosed with HIV.
when I was diagnosed, I could feel a huge gulf between me and people who weren't "positive." It felt like I was outside of life, looking through a thick transparent wall, and could see it, but not touch it. I basically just waited to die.
But despite what her mind wanted, her body hung on. And on. And on. It seemed like I was in the hospital forever.
It made such an impression on me, the one who used to be suicidal, who went out and subconsciously acquired this horrid virus purposely, to end my life without having to do it by my own hand. Passive-aggressive suicide.
The body is a vessel for our consciousness. Forsaking the body is forsaking yourself.
It is here, it is now, and it is all we really have.
Now I hope I haven't depressed anyone.
All I can say is that, being told you have three years to live puts a whole new spin on the idea of living. It opens your eyes. It makes you realize that life isn't so bad after all, no matter what hell you live in for a moment. The wheel turns, life moves on, we go up and down the wheel as it turns. It is all as it should be and the body is the important anchor to the wheel.
Without the body we cannot grow, we cannot learn, we cannot live.
Each life is a gift, and the only life there is for each individual
Originally posted by nerbot
If doing things for others makes you happy, to preserve your "self" will give you the chance to continue doing those things. If you are Yellow, Red and Blue cannot make a rainbow without YOU!
Originally posted by NJE777
Who puts their hand up and says... I have HIV?
I, like most of society am guarded about what I share. I can't thank you enough for your honesty. I do feel it is contagious Honesty, that is.
Is there any colour that is not in the rainbow? lol
What if you can't help people, others? Oh that is so ruddy negative. But, what if you can't make a difference? What if it doesnt really matter if you do or you don't? What if we continue to perpetuate an error? What if there is a collective outcome and it is the outcome regardless of what you do or don't do?
If you are wise, you will forget yourself into greatness.
Forget your rights, but remember your responsibilities.
Forget your inconveniences, but remember your blessings.
Forget your own accomplishments, but remember your debts to others.
Forget your privileges, but remember your obligations.
Follow the examples of Florence Nightingale, of Albert Schweitzer, of Abraham Lincoln, of Tom Dooley, and forget yourself into greatness.
If you are wise, you will empty yourself into adventure.
Remember the words of General Douglas MacArthur: "There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity."
Empty your days of the search for security; fill them with a passion for service.
Empty your hours of the ambition for recognition; fill them with the aspiration for achievement.
Empty your moments of the need for entertainment; fill them with the quest for creativity.
If you are wise, you will lose yourself into immortality.
Lose your cynicism. Lose your doubts. Lose your fears. Lose your anxiety. Lose your unbelief.
Remember these truths: A person must soon forget himself to be long remembered. He must empty himself in order to discover a fuller self. He must lose himself to find himself.
Forget yourself into greatness. Empty yourself into adventure. Lose yourself into immortality.
William Arthur Ward