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TOTD 26 Jun 2001

Our tendency to identify ourselves with our acquired skills rather than our natural gifts is one of the less desirable habits of the ego. (...) Because the ego's identity is so heavily invested in these acquired skills, it does not want to acknowledge the natural, untrained, effortless gifts over which the ego has no ownership or control.

-Parker J. Palmer, author of The Active Life: Wisdom for Work, Creativity, and Caring

Are you willing to be sponged out, erased, canceled,
made nothing?
Are you willing to be made nothing?
dipped into oblivion?

If not, you will never really change.

-D. H. Lawrence, Phoenix

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srmg
Jun. 26th, 2001 02:05 pm (UTC)
Psychic Thief
Did you just suck that out of my brain?
kmo
Jun. 26th, 2001 06:16 pm (UTC)
Blame the Victim!
You may have the power to insert your psychic programming into my brain, but you can't turn the tables and make me believe that I'M the violator. Not buyin' it!
srmg
Jun. 27th, 2001 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Blame the Victim!
Ah, but it was a good steal. These thoughts were just sitting in my brain idle. You were able to articulate!
saint_monkey
Jun. 27th, 2001 08:09 am (UTC)
synchronicity
to quote pjammer

"synchronicity? you're soaking in it"

I just finished reading (devouring, really) "Fight Club," and it made some interesting points in that direction... mainly that in order to make any real progress towards enlightenment, you must be willing to completely destroy yourself.
kmo
Jun. 27th, 2001 09:31 am (UTC)
Re: synchronicity
LiveJournal just taught me a lesson in non-attachement. I spent about 45 minutes composing a reply to your message with lots of links, witty insights, and references to the film version of Fight Club.

I hit submit and got an error message because I had not entered my user name and password. I hit the back button and found a blank message field. Thank you, LJ, for this valuable reminder.

Check out this review of Fight Club by NPR film critic Bob Mondello.
saint_monkey
Jun. 27th, 2001 10:05 am (UTC)
bummer
Damn. I might to have liked to read that. A good review btw, although mondello, like a lot of critics had trouble with interpretation IMHO. The movie isn't about numbness and disaffection, and "feeling pain so that at least you feel something." It's about deconstruction. It's about children raised as princesses and kings by television and over-indulgent parents and capitalist dogma, finally discovering that they are only going to be the ditchdiggers, and that no amount of Starbuck's Quad Mochas is going to change that. Only deconstruction of our current system will effect any worthwhile progress.
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