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  1. Is there something wrong with nature?

    Everything that you're referencing is based on your personal perception. Suffering and happiness are emotions which are unique to the filter that the events are being processed through. Your quest for finding perfection may lead you to find imperfection where you expected perfection as defined by your ideals and cause you disappointment because things are not as you had expected. You see parasites and disease and think that they're horrible. Another person will look at the same parasites and diseases and see them as necessary to weed out the weak of the herd so that the species can continue to evolve with the traits most necessary to survival in the current world being the ones that are passed along and view them as great. As long as you view the world through your perceptions you will also find disappointment because your expectations are not as complex as the workings of the universe and you do not have the understanding of how everything comes together, as no human does. Just as these words limit my ability to pass on the full concept to you. They are filtering my ideas through the best choices out of a limited inventory I have available but much is lost in the process and it becomes subject to further filtering for meaning by your brain. I have no way of knowing what meaning will be the outcome of your perceptions
  2. Operation Mind Seed - MUST SEE

    Well, China just put out a proposal yesterday to form a global currency: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090325/ap_on_...bal_currency_12 And Obama rejected it: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090325/bs_af..._20090325032632
  3. Does Bonsai go Against Taoism?

    Practicing bonsai teaches you the subtle and major workings of plants; intricacies that most people never realize, even some avid gardeners. It is a hobby that truly aligns you with nature and its Way. "A bunch of years back I was told that you can't bonsai an oak tree because of the tap root it has. So for 10 years now I have been trying to do it. My next idea is to run the root in a twisty pipe to keep the pot shallow......." If you cut the tap root as a seedling you'll have no problem. The alternative (when collecting) is to slowly work on cutting back the roots over a few years, a little at a time until you have sufficient fibrous roots that the taproot is no-longer needed. Here's an example of an oak bonsai http://walter-pall.de/oaksmaidenhair_oak_n....dir/index.html and you can find more at walter-pall.de Or if you want to purchase a seedling try http://evergreengardenworks.com/quercus.htm as they sell primarily for bonsai cultivation. Don't give up on them yet!
  4. Is a Guru/Master/etc needed?

    You can either take the trail that's well-worn or you can blaze your own. Taking the one that's well-worn will probably be easier and faster with fewer obstacles, and you know where it leads. Blazing your own you'll encounter more obstacles, which IMHO, makes the process more meaningful. It gives reason to why things are done rather than just because "that's just the way it works". And maybe the trail you blaze will cross one that's worn. Just like anything else in this world, there are tradeoffs to either approach. And so I'll leave you with the words of Robert Frost... http://www.bartleby.com/119/1.html
  5. Growing with the Tao

    http://www.horizonherbs.com/group.asp?grp=48 has salvia aplana and many other herb seeds. Under $3 for a pack of 100 (approx.) or if you want 1/2 lb to 1lb try ebay.
  6. Can the Mass Media be an Energy Drain?

    Try working with CNBC droning in the background for 7 hours a day and then you tell me
  7. Hearing a Photo

    I thought this technology was pretty cool and figured I would pass it along: http://www.bastwood.com/aphex.php http://www.synestesia.com
  8. know your minerals ;)

    even snake venom can be used to cure http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/74253.php
  9. Capitalism Almost Ended

    An interesting article on just how bad the world economy really is at the moment: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11...s-collapse.html
  10. Don't Know Where to go in Life?

    Most likely, yes. However, society won't allow it
  11. Is Hope a Distraction?

    I think hope distracts you from reality and the truth.
  12. Passing the hat around for Gossamer

    if this is what Gossamer feels is his path, I will help where I can $10 paid PS. And if you would like advice on securing your computer just ask and I'll give you a few things to try.
  13. Run Your Car On Wood!

    He got it all wrong, of course it doesn't work! It needs to be a DeLorean and it needs to be traveling at 88mph!
  14. It sucks to live in UK

    "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." - Benjamin Franklin
  15. Demons

    Hellraiser: "Demons to some, angels to others."