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May 16, 2012

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Andrew

Inspiring words. Thanks.

Kent Thune

Thanks Andrew. I get a bit frustrated with people who vote for politicians based upon promises to "fix the economy."

Politicians have no real power to control economies or financial markets. However, people continue to place blame on the President for a poor economy and give credit for a good economy. Both positions are wrong.

Ultimately it is unhealthy to place such high value on national and world economies when the attention should be placed on one's overall well-being, which is only partially influenced by financial status.

Thanks again...

Monica de Liz

I shall agree with Andrew! I tottaly support your worldview Kent. It reminds me of the movie "Invictus" that tells the story of Nelson Mandela (have you watched it?). If we consider his situation and ViKtor Frankl's, both of these men could have chosen to play the victim and give up. What did they do? The opposite, they saw their challenge as an opportunity to build resilience. Here is a poem by William Ernest Henley to celebrate your inspiring post: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182194

Kent Thune

Thanks, Monica. I haven't seen Invictus. Yes, I believe we all are given the choice, "live or die," although to various degrees (some experiences in this context are more extreme than others).

To live is to embrace and attach meaning to suffering. It is the best (often the only) means of moving past it. To die is to succumb to suffering. Oddly enough, and in the extreme cases of suffering, the greatest courage is to live.

I'll look at your link. Thanks for sharing...

Monica de Liz

You are welcome Kent! When you have a chance, please watch the movie Invictus, it's based on a true story.

I know what you mean, according to Buddhism, humans ae addicted to suffering. The Buddha identified 3 types of craving: sense-craving, craving to be, craving not to be.

I find the two last sentences of the poem say all: "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."

Kent Thune

Thanks Monica. I'll look for Invictus at my library, which has a good collection of DVDs.

Your comment reminds me of this:

"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Monica de Liz

Kent, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Invictus.

Thanks for this extraordinary quote, I've just shared it on my social media. I love this monk's teachings, he wrote a remarkable book with mindfulness verses for daily living that I cherish very much: Have you read "Present Moment Wonderful Moment"?

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I look ahead to listening to your ideas on Invictus just like Monica.

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