Well here I thought with title and the way you started out you were 
going to suggest that some of the FFL warmongers should take a trip to 
the Middle East and find out for themselves what its all about.  Hell, 
India would do as when I visited there we pulled into a small town to 
stay overnight and were greeted with the usual coterie of little kids 
curious to see who had arrived.  As soon as I stepped out their smiles 
turned to frowns and I mused they think the "Great Satan" has arrived.  
However their folks in this Muslim populated were just as happy to see 
me as anyone else because they knew we would be spending money there.

But no I see you are doing your usual Art Bell retirement imitation.  I 
know better, you'll be back. :)

TurquoiseB wrote:

>Yesterday was a real wake-up call for me. 
>I started the day with a great meditation 
>that left me happy and fulfilled, and 
>followed it up with laughing and joking 
>with friends over coffee in the corner cafe. 
>None of them meditate, but they rejoice in 
>life, and consistently find ways to share their 
>joy with others. There was not an ounce of 
>fear or disharmony around the table.
>And then I went home and logged onto FFL, and 
>it was like diving into a cesspool. I was 
>plunged into the words of 30-year meditators 
>who were advocating the use of nuclear weapons 
>on millions of people whose only crime was to 
>be born in a country and a culture the 30-year 
>meditators are terrified of. I read the words 
>of those who supported that stance for no other 
>reason than because it gave them another way to 
>slam someone on FFL they don't like. I saw again 
>the TMO's 'selective focus' in reporting the 
>'News,' and trying to take credit for those 
>selective reports, while distancing themselves 
>from the bigger stories they can't see because 
>of the blinders they're wearing, and have been 
>wearing for so long. I was reminded of the way 
>that the TMO deals with those who don't believe 
>what they're supposed to, and how some of these 
>same 30-year meditators here see absolutely 
>nothing wrong with that.
>Suffice it to say that it was a real bringdown. 
>This morning the experience repeated itself. 
>Within moments I was right back in the shit 
>again, reacting and posting stuff just as 
>lowvibe as the things I was reading. I've now 
>deleted them.
>Enough already. 
>My thanks to Rick for creating such a forum, 
>where people can do what they are not allowed 
>to do in the TMO -- express their doubts and 
>their questions along with their fervent beliefs. 
>At the same time, my apologies to Rick and 
>everyone here for my part in turning it into 
>a more contentious forum than it needed to be.
>My thanks also to Kirk, Vaj, Jim, Tom T., Sal, 
>Dr. Pete, Rory, George, Paul, Michael, Shemp,
>cardemeister, and all of the others who have 
>consistently demonstrated that one can survive 
>the TMO with one's spiritual hopes intact, and 
>with some sense of style. You have all posted 
>many great comments and experiences for me to 
>ponder, and I have. 
>I have also pondered the things that others 
>have said about my participation here, and have 
>come to the conclusion that they were correct. 
>I don't belong here; the nasty things that are 
>said get to me and all too often goad me into 
>participating in and perpetuating -- if not 
>deepening -- the nastiness. Kirk was right in 
>his decision to leave FFL, and for the right 
>reasons. He found many of the discussions here, 
>the way they are handled, and the mindset of 
>the 'handlers' too heartbreaking for him to 
>endure. He wisely moved on. I join him in that 
>decision, and in the quest for people who more 
>closely share my own sensibilities.
>Road Trip time. I'm taking August off from 
>reading and posting to *all* of the Internet 
>forums I have been participating in, not just 
>FFL. With any luck I will not return to any of 
>them. Thanks to all here for being one of the 
>catalysts to make me realize that I need to 
>hit the road. I wish you all well in your own 
>travels, wherever they may lead you.

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