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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Call it what you will.

    You're still not giving me anything to work with.

    And to expect me to sift your posts is ridiculous.

    You could tell me in 5 minutes what it would take me hours of searching to find on my own.

    So whats your family like Nic?

    What are you like?

    Are you close with your parents?

    How was your childhood?

    Do you have any siblings?

    Were you picked on in school as a child?

    What's your favorite thing to do?
    I know that you were bullied at school. Why don't you know anything about me?

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    I felt angry because he tried to humiliate believers for believing.

    And that is something I will not abide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    He felt threatened because I criticized his religion.
    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    I felt angry because he tried to humiliate believers for believing.
    Guys, come on. Let's behave like grown men and respect one another if we can't tease like friends. No one's opinion, no matter how ridiculous and insensitive, has to let you surrender your self-control. We're all friends here.
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    You really cut to the chase there. Creating has always helped me and I have done very little of it lately. When I was younger and felt a lot of turmoil in my life, I often worked it out through drawing. By drawing and making, I was able to calm my mind and enter this trance-like state where I felt like I was just the channel for something that was within me, but not me. If that makes sense. It made me feel connected to something mysterious and ineffable. Strangely, the mind state of creation is hard for me to enter because in some way it requires me to be, hmm, open and receptive. And for some reason, it is hard for me to let go and trust enough to do that. I feel like posting here sometimes allows me to access that part but more indirectly. I will have to think on that.
    Precisely! This is creative concentration. Its not foreign to you. Actually its not foreign to any of us who when were children, who were allowed to just engage our imaginations and play without any "purpose" or direction or obligation. Lynda Barry, who has been my inspiration, talks about this and about the trick of creative concentration that trips many of us up as adults which is, "to stand not knowing certain things long enough for them to come to you." Movement (of a brush, a pen, a body, hands) is key to keep you rolling and your mind in that state where ideas can enter.

    I have been doing some writing and I do occasionally paint on my iPad, but it doesn't feel "real" enough.
    It could be because your iPad, and all electronics, have a delete key. I'm serious.
    Brush painting has been around for thousands and thousands of years, and it isn't simply for the art's sake or the writing's sake, its also for the meditative side of it. The chi of the hand, so to speak.

    Yes! That is what it feels like exactly when I draw. I just focus on shading and cross hatching and it's like a state where consciousness smooths out and drops away.
    Marion Milner wrote about this in 1957:
    "The phrase 'contemplative action' had seemed as appropriate description of the process: 'contemplative' to distinguish it from practical expedient action, 'action' to distinguish it from pure contemplation, to bring in the fact of the moving hand."

    Thanks for sharing that.
    There is more where that came from. Lest you think I consider it a sad state always. I like this quote, too. It sort of reflects how creative concentration can quiet the mind and transform consciousness, even if it doesn't exactly change your physical reality.

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    Is to forget both alone and not alone
    And again to forget the one who forgets
    This is truly to be alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    I felt angry because he tried to humiliate believers for believing.

    And that is something I will not abide.
    "Turn the other cheek" is not just words (I assume you're a Christian). It's a call to action and it's an ethos. If someone insults you or smites you, present your other cheek to be insulted. Get it?
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    What about it feels more psychologically secure?
    Well, I've come to see I can deal with poverty, so the financial security is not that big an issue. But I'm not sure if I can deal with not doing the things I love doing, being creative and pushing myself to being better in it. I feel I'd have to abandon my enthusiasm if I chose the smart choice. So, if I went there and was succesful and made money, I still wouldn't feel like I accomplished anything. On the other hand if I went the other way and failed, I'd probably just give myself credit for taking the chance and trying the hard road.

    I have to get rid of the idea of playing it safe.

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    I get what you're saying Synarch.

    But his actions truly offended me and I felt like my human dignity was encroached upon.

    He needs to learn to treat others with at least a modicum of consideration.

    To turn a blind eye when evil men do evil things is almost as bad as doing those things your self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    "Turn the other cheek" is not just words (I assume you're a Christian). It's a call to action and it's an ethos. If someone insults you or smites you, present your other cheek to be insulted. Get it?
    Indeed. Come here, Claude!

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    Where precisely is here?

    I'll be on the next flight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    He needs to learn to treat others with at least a modicum of consideration.
    I have great consideration for people I respect.

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