Archive for June, 2008

Notice to All Teenagers!!!

Posted in Life in America on June 16, 2008 by americanexile

Teens!!
Tired of being harrassed by your stupid parents??!!!!
ACT NOW!!!!
Move out!!
Get a job!!!!
Pay your own bills!!!
DO IT NOW WHILE YOU STILL KNOW EVERYTHING!!!!

The Wisdom of Socrates

Posted in Genre: Spiritual on June 16, 2008 by americanexile

Socrates “triple filter” of true utility

Keep this in mind the next time you either hear or are about to repeat a rumor!

In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was well known for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who said excitedly, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students ?”
Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.
“Triple filter ?”
“That’s right,” Socrates continued “Before you talk to me about my student, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say.

The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true ?”
No,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and …”
“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good ?”
“No, on the contrary …” .
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because here’s one filter left: the filter of
Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me ?”
“No, not really.”
“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all ?”
This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

Symptoms of Inner Peace

Posted in Genre: Spiritual on June 15, 2008 by americanexile

1. A tendency to think and act deliberately, rather than from fears based on past experience.
2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
3. Lost of interest in judging others.
4. A loss of interest in judging self.
5. A loss of interest in conflict.
6. A loss of interest in interpreting the acts of others.
7. A loss of the ability to worry.
8. Frequent and overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the heart.
11. Increasing susceptibility to kindness offered and the uncontrollable urge to reciprocate.
12. An increasing tendency to allow things to unfold rather than resisitng and munipulating.

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June 12, 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2008 by americanexile

For nearly a year I have been trying  open my account and access this blog to post as usual..my password failed everytime.  At last wordrpess sent me a new one and I am back in. Thanks WordPress!!!! There are some screed-like messages waiting..I think!!!! More later!!!