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 ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <sharelong60@...> wrote :

 Salyavin, I admit that when I imagine more developed beings, I automatically 
assume that would include being ultra compassionate. I guess the tricky part 
is, how would ultra compassion be expressed? 

 Opinions vary about what an ultra-technological society would be like. Some 
think that they would be extremely friendly because crossing interstellar space 
is such a big undertaking that, surely, any species would have to have 
conquered any bad attitudes amongst themselves long ago and pulled together.

 It sounds to me as if Share is suffering under Yet Another Unfounded 
Assumption. By most standards, homo sapiens could be considered the "most 
developed" species on planet Earth, but they've been the cause of the 
extinction of (by some estimates) 99% of the other species that ever developed 
here. One could hardly call that an indication of "compassion." It also appears 
likely that humans will eradicate the remaining 1% in the next 20-50 years, 
also hardly an indicator of "compassion."

 We do have things to work on for sure. I'm sure if you asked most people about 
what it meant to be human they'd give us a glowing account despite the fact 
we've exterminated most large life forms and set the planet on course for an 
environmental disaster. 

 We just don't like to think about the bad bits. I think we are OK individually 
but en masse we can screw up seriously. What funny critters we are! 


 Finally, since Share seems to equate Maharishi and his teachings with being 
"more developed," I challenge her to find even one instance of the *word* 
"compassion" in either The Science of Being or Maharishi's commentary on the 


 Hint: According to Amazon's "Look Inside This Book" search feature, she can't 
do it. Maharishi spent over 50 years without ever *using* the word 
"compassion," much less teaching it. And I think anyone who spent any time with 
him knows how little compassion he actually demonstrated in his life. 


 Hmmm, it is an interestingly absent part of the TM spiritual movement. a 
friend of mine said the same thing when I was telling him about the behaviour 
of our local TM teachers "Sure sounds like they've developed a lot of 
compassion from all those decades meditating" [eye roll] 

 It's the sort of behaviour I just expect so I don't notice anything different, 
it stands out as a motiff though...  I blame the teaching for telling people 
that meditating makes your thoughts more likely to be "in tune with nature". A 
recipe for arrogance. Not that I think Share is arrogant, just a lot of the TM 
teachers I've met. Elitism, not pretty. I'm sure our new alien overlords will 
put a stop to it.


 Another way of looking at it is that intelligence implies belligerence. Maybe 
it's only possible to evolve to this space-faring level if you've had the 
environmental and social hardships to drive you towards mastering the 
environment and defeating any enemies. Bad attitude built in.

 It is certainly likely, given what we've seen in the species that have 
appeared on Earth, that any species arising elsewhere and being able to come 
here would be pretty much the very definition of belligerent. You don't get to 
be the ruling species on your home planet without defeating most of the other 
species. Take that 'tude into space, and they'd just be lookin' for the next 
species to annihilate, not lookin' for friends.  


 Or maybe it's that belligerence in us that will ultimately prevent us getting 
it together to leave Earth. Maybe it's only the ones that achieve proper 
spirituality that get to colonise the universe? Which would work as a kind of 
universal extinction failsafe. Handy!


 Both are projections from our state of being of course, but I tend towards the 
friendly interpretation. Particularly concerning our Wow! signal. Assuming that 
it was an alien broadcast, they must be curious to be sending messages and 
curiosity would mean they are philosophical. And friendly too because if you 
want to steal a planet's resources or suck the occupants brains out you 
wouldn't call them up and say Hi! Unless the message reads "Start running - 
you've got 30 years before we get there". 

 Maybe we'd better work on decoding it before it's too late....

I think they finally deciphered the title of the Wow! signal and found that it 
is "To Serve Man."  :-)

 Priceless, I'd love to see the rest of that.

 "It's a Cookbook!" Ahah... I get it! 

 "It's a Cookbook!" Ahah... I get it! 

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