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  1. Phone addiction

    I turned on the Screen Time feature on the iPhone to guilt myself into putting the phone down. I'm not sure if it's working but it's good to know.
  2. Gendao, as I remember him, was very mildly tempered but was not the type of person who would let others push too often without a push back. I am completely unaware of the details of what happened, but I can say with some confidence his positions were usually well-thought out and he typically expressed them with an intent to be effective. I rarely if ever detected malice or ill-intent in his expressions, and if there ever was it was usually brought upon by another party. but above all the details (many of which i am ignorant of) I think we can agree that it is a good thing to be open to ideas even if they're not ideas we agree with, particularly from someone who has had a long-standing position during a previous era on this forum.
  3. Looking for an old member

    Thank you for the response, Kakapo. I sent you a message.
  4. Hello. I am looking for an old member, his name used to be Vortex. Perhaps he has changed his user name? He is an old friend and I am just trying to reconnect. Thank you.
  5. Politics and The Dao

    Strange thing happened after I posted this. All the news of election fr@ub came about and I went on Tw!ttt3r to ask about this. Genuine questions. Suddenly my PC detects network intrusions. Files are deleted. No F'n joke. Being a rebellious Taoist I continued asking FULL FORCE. Suddenly, my p0rn collection is being displayed every morning on my monitor full screen. Honest to Tao truth. Conclusion: Truth is being suppressed by dark forces, my friends. Be wary. Be nimble. Be strong. Build your energy and don't take the vaccine.
  6. It's fascinating to me how the providence of Yin and Yang are so prevalent in today's politics. It seems TOO apparent. TOO obvious. Yet this polarization feels like it's edging towards a resolution that may not be so equitable for all parties involved. Maybe I'm watching too much TV. Maybe I should delete Twitter and turn-off the internet. You can say this, and you might be right. But there's more to this than what's churning on the surfaces of not only legacy media but even along the fringes. The lines between the Fringe and the Mainstream have become blurred in the age of COVID. Yet, as a Daoist, I feel compelled to step back and observe. I feel obligated to avoid taking sides and remain centered in that things must happen as they do and I should not interfere in the process. But am I wrong? Are there moments in time where the Sage must also pick a side? (i am not Sage but a follower of Sages and their derivatives). In the bowels of who I am I WANT to pick a side. In the shallow innards of my being I WANT to protest what I believe is wrong. But I also want a threesome and really good Belgian ale. These things, as important as they may seem to me, feel irrelevant at the same time. What say you, Daoists, in this precarious moment in history? The universe is old and this has probably happened billions of times before. What makes this any different? IMHO, nothing makes it different. There is nothing new under the sun.
  7. Oldie but Newbie

    Hi thelerner. I remember you. It's nice to see that you've elevated to the much "desired" position of Concierge.
  8. Fascinating story. Thanks so much for sharing.
  9. Oldie but Newbie

    Hi Everyone. Been a while. Not sure who is still around but I wanted to drop by and say hello as this forum and the people in it helped me in ways I cannot begin to describe. Thank you, Bums.
  10. Inequality

    I did not know Taoism was supposed to provide happy solutions to the problems of the modern world. Are there extensive texts on this "careful thought"? Or was this "careful thought" simply you thinking it?
  11. Wisdom

  12. Wisdom