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How many rivers do we have to cross?

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Messenger: speaks from the chalice Sent: 2/19/2019 6:52:37 AM

I hope this works, I notice this forum doesn't support normal bbcode.. but here goes anyway :=)
Nah doesnt work... Ah well, I'll find a way :=)
Any help in uploading images would be welcome btw :)

Messenger: CarterBlunt Sent: 2/19/2019 7:03:57 AM

Or if it's something already uploaded, just right click it and pick "copy image URL" or "copy image location" or whatever, and paste the text link. If you try to make it an HTML link with this forum code, you gotta cut off the https:// part.(I think)

Messenger: speaks from the chalice Sent: 2/19/2019 7:06:12 AM

Thank you Carterblunt, I'll get my head round it haha.

Well, that went well... this is a nightmare Ark I.

Messenger: speaks from the chalice Sent: 2/19/2019 7:22:04 AM

Ahh. I'll need leave my chalice for an hour or two figure this out. :)

Messenger: CarterBlunt Sent: 2/19/2019 7:47:12 AM

is what I put, but with the ++ around it.

is what you put

is the link I had to go to. Then I had to right click the image and copy the location to get this.

Then I had to take http:// off and insert it into the code, after img=

Messenger: speaks from the chalice Sent: 2/19/2019 7:54:49 AM

Wow, brother CarterBlunt.. Thank you
so much..I really wanted some certain people in this forum to see that. You made it happen. Many thanks to the I. Peace :)

Messenger: GARVEYS AFRICA Sent: 2/19/2019 2:02:25 PM

I recognise the left and right but not the middle

Messenger: The BANNED -- Hemphill Sent: 2/19/2019 2:15:08 PM

Mick Jagger

Rolling Stones.

Messenger: CarterBlunt Sent: 2/20/2019 9:01:19 AM

So, now I'm gonna be the Debbie Schlussel here and arrogantly answer your rhetorical question.

It seems like your main focus is the simplistic, "Can't we all just get along?" and the answer is no. There are too many differences of opinion and ways of thinking, sometimes convoluted ways of thinking that violate principles of logic, and often in brains with scientifically proven defects, such as clinical narcissism or psychopathy.

Humans are a tribal species. We tend to pick a group and conform to their rules. We start to project ourselves onto others in the group, when they might not even believe the same thing. If we stay in the group too long, it becomes an identity, and personal growth is capped or restricted, because everything we can possibly learn is squished between those boundaries. We start to judge other groups as substandard, and lose the ability to learn from their customs, or to even enjoy their art.

"I listen to all music except country"
"I like all Asian cultures except the Chinese"
"I would never date an overweight woman"

All very mild examples of self-limitation. Lots of people have much broader prejudices. If we want to be harmonious, we have to continue pushing outside of our comfort zone. Most people these days do anything they can to avoid discomfort, and so they are incapable of change.

"If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him." A famous Buddhist saying I learned about from Mutabaruka earlier. It means that if you cross Buddha on the path to enlightenment, you have nothing more to learn from him, so shed him from yourself and continue on your journey. The "road" never ends.

Similarly, you should probably find ways to filter people out of your life who are halting your growth, and also not be disappointed when someone filters you out, because you are in a different place spiritually. Learn what you can from them and move on. At least, that's what I do. I tend to forcefully confront people that I disagree with, but only to the point we stop gaining anything from it. Then it's time to walk away, or sometimes lay them flat.

So the answer to your question, "How many rivers do we have to cross?" Too many to count.

Messenger: Nesta1 Sent: 2/20/2019 12:51:03 PM

I live here in a pretty poor part of Asia. A lot of people here wear t-shirts with just the 3 words "Never give up" printed on them. Makes me think of Marley: "Never give up the fight". Since that's the way these dirt poor have to live in order to survive, I draw inspiration from it and I never give up on Imanity. There's a lot of good that we do that we never see or realize we've done.
Anyway, like Marley said another time: "Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for."

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