--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Rick Archer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > on 1/31/06 8:16 PM, wayback71 at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > > > > > Nicely put, Michael. It seems to me that much of FFL is a different place > > than it was a few > > years ago. There are wonderful discussions, good laughs, and such knowledgable > > people > > here. But I skip many of the posts these days because they are so hostile - > > from a subset > > of people looking to engage each other by jumping on a word's implied meaning, > > an > > assumed criticism, the personality or character of someone they've never met, > > on and on. > > I'm not sure why they are here on FFL at all. Why not email each other on the > > side or > > better yet, just call each other on the phone and work out these "issues" and > > conflicts > > between each other, rather than taking up space on FFL? The tone of this kind > > of stuff is > > "off," unpleasant, and it feels as if a portion of FFL has been hijacked. > > I agree. I don't get this "hostility on the Internet" thing. Would the > people who behave this way here do so face to face? Maybe, if they had been > married 10 years and it wasn't working out, but otherwise, I'll bet they're > a lot more cordial in "real life" than they are on the Net, or at least I > hope so. Amma always says that anger is like a knife without a handle that's > sharp on both ends - it injures the attacker as much as the person being > attacked. I know that when I spew negativity on someone, I feel polluted > afterwards. And upon reflection, I realize that I'm just lashing out against > my own flaws, mirrored back to me by the person I'm attacking. Can a sincere > spiritual aspirant habitually indulge in negative behavior? Wouldn't their > spiritual progress be facilitated by examining why they tend to do that and > rooting out that tendency? Wouldn't they and all they influence feel better > if they did so? People are always going to do things which potentially could > invoke our anger or negativity. Seems to me that we use take those > situations as an opportunity for our own growth by exercising restraint and > judgment and sublimating the tendency to respond in kind. In a word, > forgiveness. Maybe our doing so will facilitate their growth as well, by > setting an example or causing them to reflect on their own behavior rather > than reinforcing their destructive habit. > > Just some thoughts. Sorry if I'm sounding preachy. > Well said, Rick. That working towards forgiveness is some pretty powerful ju-ju, hmmm hm. Its easy to get high on rage, though- takes on a life of its own.
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