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    grey cloud right now, Max. Today I saw this diary by teacherken, and was reminded of this series of scenes from Soylent Green. I had tears in my eyes thinking of how humans are endangering so much of the beauty in the world for the accumulation of personal wealth.

    Your teacher has a point that we allow minor annoyances to cause us suffering in our personal lives. That self-created suffering can make us self-centered.

    You and I, though, are worried about big things that affect large groups of people. It's distressing. I attended a talk by a Buddhist monk entitled, Creating World Peace. His premise was that to bring peace to the world, we must create peace within ourselves. For people who are so wound-up in their own problems, the idea that they don't really matter can be relieving. I think problems that affect us all or affect so many are a different kettle of fish.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:58:06 PM PDT

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