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  •  An interesting concept indeed, wdrath, (4+ / 0-)

    and one worthy of an impassioned discussion.  If the world is a reflection of oneself, why isn't it better for the majority of human beings, for instance?  I wish no one were hungry, that peace would prevail everywhere, that disease and poverty could be vanquished...

    If only we could transform ourselves to that these things would happen, wouldn't it be wonderful?

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 04:40:18 PM PST

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    •  Maybe we're transforming, but it's trial and error (3+ / 0-)
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      and takes centuries of work.

      The world and our society reflect us, but it's really hard to be human, upright and progressive all at once.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 09:10:30 PM PST

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      •  the responsibility is on each one of us to (2+ / 0-)
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        find out...that's part of what this book suggests...and we have been so conditioned to rely on outside authorities (religions, political leaders, etc.) that we, first and foremost, need to find out how to actually look at reality directly for ourselves...and only through actual, direct observation (including seeing through the illusions and delusions that our brains and egos have constructed)...can real change occur...otherwise...we're just fooling ourselves.

        ...this, basically, leads to the fact that our dualistic way of living (wanting to think that we're nonviolent even as we continue to to act violently, etc.) in and of itself produces conflict in ourselves; you take seven billion people, each of whom is living in dualistically-created conflict...and wars are inevitable... than try to change onself, per se, and rather than try to be something other than what we are...we need to explore the reality of exactly who we are...warts and all...and only through that observation of what's real...actually, truly looking, listening, observing...can we go beyond the psychological jail cells of our own making...

        •  I haven't read 'Think on These Things', but I did (2+ / 0-)
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          read his Awakening of Intelligence, which brought up some of the ideas you mention. Very thought-provoking book. Unfortunately, soon after finishing my intelligence went right back to sleep.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:19:41 AM PST

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