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February 16, 2008

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mandt

Tricks of the Mind:
"When it's cold, water freezes into ice; when it's warm, ice melts into water. Similarly, when you're confused, essence freezes into mind; when you are enlightened, mind melts into essence." (Muso Kokushi)
There is no seduction like peace. M

mandt

PS. exquisite writing!

The Fat Lady Sings

Thank you, my friend - for both comments. It has been a very revealing week. Human beings are such inconstant creatures. There are times when I wonder if god shouldn't just start over with the bees.

Missouri Mule

Exquisite writing, indeed!

I like your idea about the bees, Fat Lady Sings.

I nominate you for the position of the queen bee.

"The queen, for her part, is the unifying force of the community; if she is removed from the hive, the workers very quickly sense her absence. After a few hours, or even less, they show unmistakable signs of queenlessness." --Man and Insects---

The Fat Lady Sings

Generally speaking, I find men a conundrum. They virtually stalk you; proposing marriage as a way of 'nailing down' their own personal little corner of the sexual universe - then spent the next 20 years trying to turn that lover into a version of their mother – at which point they either leave, or regress into a permanent state of pre-adolescence. I have never understood it.

But its not men who are the most accomplished seducers. Women take that cake. No one seduces as expertly as a women with a plan. And I’m not just talking sex here. Women mount infiltration campaigns that would do Kim Philby proud. Men may have hurt me emotionally, or physically; but its women who’ve done the worst damage to my spirit. They know exactly where to hit, and how slowly to turn that knife. My friend Amy thinks it’s because women are more observant. They pay closer attention – so they know what makes the people in their lives tick.

That’s not an indictment against my own sex, mind – just an acknowledgement of tactics. Perhaps it has to do with how each sex is generally treated. Women bear the brunt of abuse – family, work. There’s a sociopathy that identifies with the abuser. My mother certainly felt that way. She constantly told me someone needed to understand all the pain she had suffered in her life. Her method? Visiting that abuse upon others. As she was hurt – so she hurt those around her. Something else I have never understood.

I think true gender and cultural equality would balance all that. Some of the traits stereotypically assigned to each sex are nurture not nature. I feel that way about all stereotypes, by the way. People often behave in expected ways because they believe that is what’s expected of them. I’d really like to see all that expectations bullshit eliminated. Not likely in my lifetime, unfortunately.

Ron H.

You write nothing I thought I needed to hear, so why do I love reading it?

All day I've surfed looking for something... I don't know what, but anything that would be more meaningful than the normal run of internet information overkill. I've killed an entire Sunday that way.

I still don't know what I'm looking for, but whatever it is, I've come closest to finding it here.

Keep it up.

deuddersun

We are whoever we want to be, even tho we may not realize it at the time.

I have been both the seducer and the seduced, and loved and hated it, and sought and run from it.

I am one of those who is "married" to his "job". The women in my life have had to be happy being my "mistresses".

Only one was able to be that for me for any length of time and she is still with me.

d.

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