RE: [philosophy-211] February Meeting

From: Betty
Sent on: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 10:21 PM

Very long winded??? absolutely lololol 

Freedom from obsessive compulsive disorder, not needed here.  

I'm happy to say I have not suffered anxiety, social or otherwise.

 

Every other meet up I've attended has had a sign posted, a balloon floating, or someone at a door greeting folks as they arrive. These "signs" allow new comers to recognize them without the need to go table by table.  This practice, from what I have observed so far, tends to allow individuals to feel more comfortable meeting new people.  I would think leaders of groups would be desirous to welcome interested parties as they arrive, eager to make others feel welcome, happy to identify themselves.

 

So I guess you can return to Jonathan Gray and I will return to Og, Napoleon, Clement and Bob.

 

Wishing you prosperity -in every way-

Betty

> From: [address removed]
> Subject: RE: [philosophy-211] February Meeting
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Wed, 27 Feb[masked]:36:36 -0500
>
> If the cosmos are concerned about our attending
> philosophy meetups, I think we've all been had. Not
> to sound smug, but next time, try walking around and
> asking people if they know about the philosophy group.
> I know we're all trained to fear each other, but it's
> going to take a little work to undue years of cultural
> hypnosis. Believe me, I have suffered from anxiety,
> social and otherwise, for a long time. If fear and
> anxiety are holding you back, I strongly recommend a
> book by Jonathan Grayson Phd called Freedom from
> Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-- learning to live with
> uncertainty. Uncertainty is paradigmatic problem of
> our time. Our institutions are ostensibly corrupt (it
> has always been corrupt just not this apparent), our
> religions are not often relevant to practical,
> post-industrial activities, our jobs are often very
> spiritually and financially unfulfilling, are
> psychological therapies and treatments are often too
> extreme, etc. We often feel like we have nothing to
> believe in and we constantly feel threatened
> (communism, terrorism, capitalism, homosexuals,
> environmental collapse, population explosions,
> foreigners, disease, elitism, slavery, nihlism, gang
> warfare, drugs, repressed/oppressed/confused young
> adults and teenagers that shoot their classmates,
> darkness, the devil, evil, God, pain, etc.)-- there
> are millions of vessels to pour our fear into, and
> human history and imagination is plentiful with ripe
> examples.
>
> We are seduced by an ideological pyramid of
> perfection. The pursuit of perfection is embedded in
> our brains at a very early age, and it constantly
> whispers that we are not good enough, that we haven't
> reached our goals, that we haven't conquered enough,
> that we haven't experienced enough, that we haven't
> loved enough, that we haven't learned enough. We are
> pursuing a ghost, an apparition, an illusion, a dream,
> a vague concept, a feeling, and unfortunately some of
> us become caught up in our private obsessions, which
> more often than not have a negative shading (always
> not). This pursuit leads to uncertainty. We face
> myriad choices everyday and we are not sure how to
> "optimize" these choices. Do I want Diet Coke or
> Pepsi. If I drink the Pepsi than I'll become fat. If
> I drink the Diet Coke I'll be supporting a big
> corporation that exploits its workforce. If I choose
> a soda can, should I throw it in a regular trash can,
> or a recycling bin. What if there is no recyciling
> bin handy, should I hold onto the can until I find
> one? Etc. Ad Infinitum. The goal of facing
> uncertainty is not to attain certainty in making
> mundane or profound decisions. The goal is to live
> with uncertainty (the mantra of the grayson book).
>
> All of this is a very long winded way of saying that
> people are generally friendly if you give them the
> benefit of the doubt. People are usually like you and
> every other person you know. Everyone deals with the
> same mundane to existential problems. I find it is
> best to assume the best from yourself and other
> people. If it hurts or embarasses, that is a part of
> life.
>
> My new mantra is to loosen my tie/collar. Please help
> me write the 21st century guide to unendarkenment
> (unless of course your spirit animal is a bat and you
> prefer darkness, but we can include that in some way).
> i'm serious. Our philosophy should keep running tabs
> on the myriad ways of living without sweating the
> small stuff.
>
> I know this is all very obvious stuff, but it is very
> easy to forget that we are actually not islands unto
> ourselves, and if we are, there are several ways of
> getting to each other's islands (that is and is not a
> sex metaphor).
>
> I haven't been to the meetups lately because I've been
> working nights. i would love to go however. If
> anyone ever wants to meet up on a sunday, please send
> me an email.
>
> Brian
>
> p.s.
>
> God is what happens when we stop looking (for God).
>
> Peace??/?!!&:).
> --- Betty <[address removed]> wrote:
>
> >
> > I went but I saw no meetup sign, I was told there
> > would be a sign so one could recognize the
> > group....so I got a cup of coffee and I left. This
> > was my second attempt to meet with the group. I'm
> > thinking perhaps the cosmos are showing me this is
> > not the group for me.
> >
> > Betty Palmieri, Chief Operating OfficerNORTH
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> > Cell:[masked]Great Things Come From Those Who
> > Are Inspired And Give 110% !
> >
> >
> > From: [address removed]:
> > [address removed]: Re:
> > [philosophy-211] February MeetingDate: Tue, 26 Feb
> >[masked]:23:09 -0500
> >
> >
> > What happened at the last meeting? There were 6 or
> > 7 people who said they would attend, but the only
> > ones who showed were Bill, Nancy and myself. Where
> > was Greg?
> > -----Original Message----- From: Greg Sent: Feb 18,
> >[masked]:35 PM To: [address removed]
> > Subject: [philosophy-211] February Meeting Just a
> > reminder that our next meeting (next Monday, Feb.
> > 25) will be at Starbucks on 19 @ Chestnut, on the
> > SECOND Floor. Look for the "MEETUP"
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