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wow, i'm turning 56 in a month...

4/4 , when were you born?

great diary...thanks for balancing out the public politics with something more personal.

as for support systems....

i see it like castaneda did, that allies come along, and for some mysterious reason help you pull your weight and get some traction.

allies help you see more clearly, but can turn on you too, when their enigmatic interests no longer coincide with yours.
 and another comes along...

some stay a long time, contributing in little bursts, some blow through your life like a hurricane, upsetting all your houses of cards...

having difficulty at the beginning of one's life can accellerate independence, though insecurity is an inevitable corollary, for some this is an added spur, for others the reason they do not achieve their goals, as their support systems didn't manifest, or more likely, they did and went unnoticed in the trance of unknowing.

some allies feed your emotions, but not your mind.

others satiate your mind, but leave you emotionally untouched.

so i think becoming aware of the difference between our own needs, and our needinesses, is a lifelong task, best started asap.

i've found the universe will tend to punish neediness, and reward honest need, as long as it is unobfuscated by denial.

tautology, i know...

it's a bit of a stretch to come to the internet to try and meet emotional needs, so it is very odd and pleasant when it occurs.

there is a degree of peace that comes from knowing better brains than one's own are diligently applying themselves to problems one cares about, and the generosity of posters here is definitely altering my intellectual topography.

sven's semidiotic diary has been following me around like a shadow all morning!

it's funny, i think if this site was just an emotional support centre, it might become uninteresting, however getting to know peoples' internet persona(e) gradually through their political views, humour, etc, does make one mildly curious as to how they translate 'in the flesh', and what demons lurk behind the polished repartee and forensic wit...lol

people communicate through ratings sometimes as well as through their posts, (wink)

love this community, it's a lifeline of serious fun!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 07:41:09 AM EST
Ah, another Castaneda fan.
by Fran on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 08:33:55 AM EST
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Thanks, melo.  I was born late evening on this very date.

Ahhh, the happy balance between need and neediness. It gets very evasive, especially when you learn to go beyond the call to avoid neediness!  Sometimes it becomes the mistake of being independent and proud, yet the only serious need is social, needing people, and I agree, "go with the flow" usually works the best.

Trying to be aware of the dark-side-of-allies and the light-side-of-enemies...

I cannot imagine looking for real emotional support on the net, but the ET comm--unity, through all the intellectual banter, is a form of social support because it is about relating.  We have public topics in common, but I was glad to see the community jump in with first-step help and full encouragement on a personal story.  

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 03:39:17 PM EST
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no wonder,  it's yer birthday!

have a meaningfulone.

it is faaaaaaaaaaaaascinating, how people open up in different ways in cyberspace.

me, i'm a humour junkie

i wish my real friends were as dependably well-informed and funny as you guys!

lol...

my friends all went somewhere when i started logging on too often.

<sobs>

thanks to the miracle of dialup...ET, right into the vein.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 06:37:49 PM EST
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Happy Birthday, metavision. You beat me into this world by 22 months only ,so I will be there in no time.

According to western Astrology, Saturn comes back to the place it was when you were born at 28 and 56 years and these are two major crisis in life..
Not that I believe in Astrology, but sometimes is good to know...
I've to run...

by amanda2006 on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 02:17:21 AM EST
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Thank you. Time shall stand still at the reunion...

Oh, my...  I am feeling the typical birthday evaluation, but I refuse any more crises!  I had a son at 28 and I am not having another, so I´m calling NASA to adjust those planets.  

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 04:14:17 PM EST
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