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black321

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Posted: Dec 18, 2020 - 3:22pm



 Lazy8 wrote:
black321 wrote:
reminds me of a story my neighbor told me...
he was driving his kids home after they won a football championship game.
the kids were chatting away in the car, admiring their trophy.
dad asked how he thought the played...begrudgingly, they admitted they didnt play that well, and probably won because of the other team's mistakes.
he agreed, took the trophy and threw it out the window.

I would never condone littering.

This approach seems like it misses the point: the kids had already learned the lesson, and belittling their accomplishment doesn't motivate them to do better.

I wonder how many of them still play.
 
sure, wasn't passing moral judgement
(Thread is called War on Happiness)
Lazy8

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Posted: Dec 18, 2020 - 2:42pm

black321 wrote:
reminds me of a story my neighbor told me...
he was driving his kids home after they won a football championship game.
the kids were chatting away in the car, admiring their trophy.
dad asked how he thought the played...begrudgingly, they admitted they didnt play that well, and probably won because of the other team's mistakes.
he agreed, took the trophy and threw it out the window.

I would never condone littering.

This approach seems like it misses the point: the kids had already learned the lesson, and belittling their accomplishment doesn't motivate them to do better.

I wonder how many of them still play.
black321

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Posted: Dec 18, 2020 - 1:47pm



 Lazy8 wrote:
sirdroseph wrote:
That would depend on the context of course, but when ego is involved I usually try to go the other way.  I am very skeptical of listening to the ego.
{#Snooty}

If your ego drives you to feel like you're right, it's serving itself. If your ego drives you to do the homework, to actually be right, then your ego is serving humanity.

I was driving my youngest, the fiddler, home from a performance once. He was sullen and pensive. Trying to be the encouraging parent I tried to cheer him up, told him I thought the show went well. He politely told me to shut up, dad, he knew he had sucked. He told me that it wasn't enough to think he was good, he needed to demonstrate it every time he played in public.

He spent the rest of that night, into the wee hours, practicing until he sounded as good as he thought he was.
 
reminds me of a story my neighbor told me...
he was driving his kids home after they won a football championship game.
the kids were chatting away in the car, admiring their trophy.
dad asked how he thought the played...begrudgingly, they admitted they didnt play that well, and probably won because of the other team's mistakes.
he agreed, took the trophy and threw it out the window. 

Lazy8

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Posted: Dec 18, 2020 - 11:29am

sirdroseph wrote:
That would depend on the context of course, but when ego is involved I usually try to go the other way.  I am very skeptical of listening to the ego.
{#Snooty}

If your ego drives you to feel like you're right, it's serving itself. If your ego drives you to do the homework, to actually be right, then your ego is serving humanity.

I was driving my youngest, the fiddler, home from a performance once. He was sullen and pensive. Trying to be the encouraging parent I tried to cheer him up, told him I thought the show went well. He politely told me to shut up, dad, he knew he had sucked. He told me that it wasn't enough to think he was good, he needed to demonstrate it every time he played in public.

He spent the rest of that night, into the wee hours, practicing until he sounded as good as he thought he was.
sirdroseph

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Posted: Dec 18, 2020 - 11:02am

 Lazy8 wrote:
Isabeau wrote:
"Would you rather be Right or Happy?"

* ...

... * my ego won't let me be Happy.

I would rather be right.

Being wrong and happy with that situation seems the ultimate in selfishness.
 
That would depend on the context of course, but when ego is involved I usually try to go the other way.  I am very skeptical of listening to the ego.{#Snooty}
Lazy8

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Posted: Dec 18, 2020 - 10:26am

Isabeau wrote:
"Would you rather be Right or Happy?"

* ...

... * my ego won't let me be Happy.

I would rather be right.

Being wrong and happy with that situation seems the ultimate in selfishness.
sirdroseph

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Posted: Dec 18, 2020 - 5:42am

 Isabeau wrote:
"Would you rather be Right or Happy?"

* ...

... * my ego won't let me be Happy.
 
Perhaps this is the real pandemic.{#Cry}
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Posted: Dec 18, 2020 - 5:40am

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Posted: Dec 18, 2020 - 5:35am

Isabeau

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Posted: Dec 17, 2020 - 5:45pm

"Would you rather be Right or Happy?"

* ...

... * my ego won't let me be Happy.
oldviolin

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Posted: Dec 17, 2020 - 4:00pm

For the most part happiness itself is probably conditional and definitely temporal.
Joy, however, is embedded in your heart. It's a reckoning. A recognition. An objective subjective if you will. A place where hatred and fear need not apply.

Joy to the world. All the boys and girls...
props to Hoyt

ribbit...
BillG

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Posted: Dec 17, 2020 - 1:06pm



 miamizsun wrote:



if you're teetering on an edge (or ledge) of some pseudo happiness don't watch!

you've been warned!

but if you're just not sure, go ahead
 

We'll that was a powerful thing. 
haresfur

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Posted: Dec 17, 2020 - 12:10pm

Happiness isn't all it's cracked up to be
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Posted: Dec 17, 2020 - 9:06am



 winter wrote:

It's an exercise in mere style: it offers no prescription, no profundity, nothing of power. You could sum the whole thing up as "we suck" and not miss much in the translation. 

The truth is that our times are no shallower, no more materialistic, no less preoccupied with pride and position than any others. We are no worse than we ever were at any time in the past, and no amount of finger-pointing is going to make us better.

Ask yourself why Christ spent more time blessing than cursing. Ask yourself why there are so many examples of that great man demonstrating compassion and a commitment to justice, and so few of him condemning or judging. It helps no one to tear down the old temple if the new temple is never to rise: mortifying the flesh does not edify the spirit.

Distrust any simple analysis of a complex problem. And human problems are invariably complex.
 
Boy is this backscroll a slog but I finally got to this..
Thanks for the ghost!

miamizsun

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Posted: Dec 17, 2020 - 5:55am




if you're teetering on an edge (or ledge) of some pseudo happiness don't watch!

you've been warned!

but if you're just not sure, go ahead
Isabeau

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Posted: Nov 19, 2019 - 1:06pm

"Would you rather be right or be happy?"

"My ego won't let me be happy."
Isabeau

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Posted: Nov 19, 2019 - 1:03pm



 Coaxial wrote:

You're doing it wrong.
 


sirdroseph

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Posted: Nov 19, 2019 - 3:42am

Happiness is nothing but another temporal emotion not a permanent state.  Once you figure that out you may experience it more often.
miamizsun

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Posted: Nov 18, 2019 - 2:35pm

 Coaxial wrote:

You're doing it wrong.
 
killjoy   {#Lol}
Coaxial

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Posted: Nov 17, 2019 - 4:02pm

 haresfur wrote:
Happiness isn't all it's cracked up to be
 
You're doing it wrong.
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