--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Rick Archer 
> 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 
> I agree. I don't get this "hostility on the Internet" thing. Would 
> 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 
> attacked. I know that when I spew negativity on someone, I feel 
> 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 
> 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. 

The way free though is just as you said, exactly as you said. Then, 
after that, the force of fire, which burns us in anger, is harnessed 
into a steady flame of passion, the momentum of the Atman. The root 
of an easier life.

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