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  1. Evolutionary Theory and You

    Competition plays an important role in evolution but so does adaptation. Evolving overly competitive- too big, too strong, too.. toothy and you can't adapt when change happens and it's catastrophic. I don't think the strongest human survives, rather being clever and able to work well with others has been our key. There's a balance between the selfish (competitive) and communal (working together) that has to be balanced for a person and society to thrive. Winning and innovating are great. Hoarding supplies, stifling other's innovation is bad. So imo nothing wrong w/ healthy competition, it can bring out the best in us, but when winners start dictating that theirs is the best and only way then there's problems.
  2. Salutations!

    Welcome to the site, great to have people with TCM experience and esoteric studies onboard.
  3. Transgender Q&A

    I never considered myself bigoted, I had gay friends in highschool but I don't think it was til my 40's and going to Burning Man events that I really got it- Acceptance and appreciation for colorful, different, eccentric.. following your own beat and being your own person. For better or worse part of my acceptance is understanding for my brethren who aren't there yet, as long as they do no harm.
  4. Could anyone introduce me to the basics of daoism?

    I like to think of Dao (the philosophy, not the religion) as the study of nature and it's cycles. How things ebb and flow using the tools of yin and yang and the 5 elements. The Dao seems to like things simple and quiet though it has few rules. When one follows the Dao, one flows with the circumstances of life, accepting and adapting.
  5. Where are all the martial artists at?

    I started out in highschool with a very traditional Shotokan karate instructor. He kept it simple, was passionate about the art, probably taught for free in the J.C.C. We'd end sessions with our gi's covered in sweat. Made some lifetime friends there. In College did 2 years of Taekwondo. It was nearby and college sponsored. Didn't feel as connected, it felt commercial and with less heart than Shotokan. After college starting out in business my biggest problem was stress. I found Aikido, Ki-Aikido and helped me. While practice was mostly pre-rehearsed moves, they were still full force. You attacked hard, got thrown.. then roles were reversed. Figuring out throws was like a physical koan. Good people, some philosophy, weekly ki-class on breathing, meditating, walking strongly.. even healing techniques. Great year end Misogi training in January where we'd enter ice cold streams and do some ki-ai's.
  6. The power of Russian love

    That's why I had my kids take karate when young. It was one of the few places, other than the home, where there was talk of control, humility, honor, respect.
  7. I wouldn't be surprised to see it prehistoric cave art. Before chairs, it seems a logical way to sit. Even now, when I see a squarish rock or log, I'm sitting half lotus.
  8. monster turtle

    My son tells me those empty plastic balls can be useful for capturing strange otherworldly looking monsters, and these Alligator snapping turtles certainly look the part. Example: I always feel very lucky when I see them, even a raised claw.
  9. The power of Russian love

    I'm not MA or particularly accomplished but that's one of the greatest benefits I got out of my decade or so in martial arts. When young and stressed if you can't release pent up energy constructively, it ends up in your head making you crazier.
  10. monster turtle

    I keep one of my kid's Pokeballs in the kayak as a last ditch defense if I'm ever swarmed by these Snappous Aligatormon.
  11. monster turtle

    They've had one that's more than a 100 years old at a nature center (The Grove in Glenview IL) for as long as I can remember. Old, mossy and rises to the surface once every 5 minutes to take a single breath the slowly sinks back down. 3 years ago near the Skokie Lagoon I stopped to see what people were staring at. It was a small Alligator snapping turtle, in the stream across from the lagoon. Last year in the spring on my first venture out canoeing there, the water was particularly clear and I saw a medium size snapper under my boat, gliding along. I slowed and watched him, til he went deeper. This year while kayaking I saw a splash in the water from fish jumping. I kept looking and a big singular claw came out of the water for a fraction of a second. Alligator snapper? Maybe. Downtown Chicago a large pond by the Lincoln Park zoo, has a alligator snapper or two in them. Always amazing to see these large prehistoric looking reptiles so close to the city. Kayaking the rivers and lagoons I'm seeing way more deer, muskrats, blue herons, cormorants and water snakes than ever before.
  12. Zz and the Gongsun Longzi

    South Park is sometimes brilliant, sometimes droll. The Marklar episode was brilliant philosophy. If I had to write a dissertation for a doctorate in philosophy, I'd use that episode. Obviously I wouldn't pass but then again there's not much money in philosophy. Writing for TV on the other hand..
  13. Zz and the Gongsun Longzi

    and the Gongsun Longzi text is off my reading list..
  14. Simpsons did it
  15. What are Buddha 's teaching on householders

    One thing I like about Buddhism is they didn't overly dwell on metaphysics, tending to be focused on here and now. Can't help thinking after-life theology is mostly about conjecture and control.