How many people still follow their gut? How many have kept their childlike attitude when learning--analyzing with curiosity and not giving “experts/adults” the power to distort their ability to think for themselves after gathering data? Who is not easily persuaded by trends, propaganda, and movements, or at least recognizes when certain persuasions should be challenged despite the strong pull?
I’m not a fan of disagreeing just to disagree, but my most profound experiences taught me to never ignore my being (which encompasses the wisdom I gained through my unique experiences, my feelings, my body, and my thoughts). Life is short, but the fullness we experience while we are here is our choice. I started this Meetup group because I wanted to see if there are others with similar ways of living/being--people who know that deadening ones experiences by shutting down or letting others manipulate their choices robs them of enjoying life. People who are not no-it-alls, but on the contrary at times can step back with amazement at all the complexities in this world, which cannot be measured or adequately explained.
One viewpoint that is important for me to share with the group is that Jesus’ way of living/being is the path I try to follow even while I’m not a Christian (I'm not a Christian because I believe apostle Paul is a complete contradiction to Jesus, and there is too much I doubt and/or disagree with the bible). I share my viewpoint on Jesus so that people who want to join know that the Golden Rule: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” is very important to me and only people (which may include atheists, agnostics, spiritual, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus or any other religion) who follow this rule are welcome to join. I believe Jesus’ ideas such as being honest, being nonjudgmental, not lusting out of an exclusive romantic relationship, etc. are fundamental components in reaching a healthy self-control/self-mastery. Reaching one’s potential will result in peace and an ability to share ones’ highest self with others.
My plan is to get-together with people whose hearts are open and warm while having conversations, sharing meals, singing karaoke, hiking, etc. That said, unless you have a serious emergency that you provide an explanation for, there is no excuse for reserving for a Meetup and then not showing up. So if you want to continue to be a part of this group, please make sure you only RSVP for Meetups you attend, and if you need to change your RSVP, please do so at least one day before the Meetup.
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