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  • eupraxis@aol.com
    If you are quoting someone, please make that evident. I can t see who is saying what here. WS ... From: Mary Jo To:
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 8, 2007
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      If you are quoting someone, please make that evident. I can't see who is saying what here.

      WS







      -----Original Message-----
      From: Mary Jo <maryjo.malo@...>
      To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 9:40 am
      Subject: [existlist] Practical, not cynical

























      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "bhvwd" <v.valleywestdental@...>

      wrote:



      If we want a world that accepts and controls the choatic untoward

      events that bash our progress then stupid human tricks must be

      grossly minimized. That goes for the leadership also as they think

      they are unbridled and unassailable.



      ***********



      Indeed. This past week I watched "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "The U.S.

      vs. John Lennon." There was a subconscious symmetry in these choices.

      We should do whatever we can to affect positive change but

      acknowledge that we're headed for very bleak times. The wealth and

      power which fuel a reckless, greedy, and destructive global

      corporatism can't crush the intellectual momentum of existential

      humanism.



      We're on track for a one-world diluted democracy with a meager

      socialism and perpetual wars. Technology will continue to minimize

      war, terrorism and other crime. Econmically the need for small

      pockets of solidarity will be exigent; people will need pull together

      for survival. Non-traditional families could thrive, hopefully with

      government sanction, or at least without interference.



      Existentialism could be the pervasive philosophy when most have

      exhausted their pleas to the heavens. Fear and hatred of minority and

      displaced people must change, but this plea for tolerance is nothing

      new under our finite sun. For millennia humans have known or

      suspected a better way. I propose a new `liberal' activism that

      shifts its focus from the same old tired diagnoses to projects of

      humanitarian reclamation. The only revolution that's effective is

      personal, though painfully difficult. "Existentialism is a humanism,"

      and there is a "politics of friendship" which could eventually

      prevail, but obviously not all will embrace a more communal or even

      congenial path to survival. Certainly the solitaries are preferable

      to endlessly contentious.



      Many have believed and lived these ideals. I simply predict that many

      more will. The time for expecting political, economic, and abstract

      philosophies to solve our problems is ending.



      If the cabal are as clever as I suspect they are, they will 'elect'

      leaders capable of inspiring the people through the coming storm with

      compassion, pragmatism, and a profound sense of responsibility for

      one another. Am I seeing a new Eleanor Roosevelt for a new,

      manageable Depression? Don't expect a bail-out this time round — just

      encouragement.



      "Give peace a chance; the war is over if you want it; and imagine"

      have become strangely quaint for me.



      MJ

















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    • Mary Jo
      Now I m confused. I thought it was evident. The opening is attributed to Bill. I wrote what follows the asterisks, and the closing is easily recognized as John
      Message 2 of 5 , Aug 8, 2007
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        Now I'm confused. I thought it was evident. The opening is attributed
        to Bill. I wrote what follows the asterisks, and the closing is easily
        recognized as John Lennon.

        MJ

        --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eupraxis@... wrote:
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        >
        > If you are quoting someone, please make that evident. I can't see
        who is saying what here.
        >
        > WS
      • eupraxis@aol.com
        Quote marks or other indicators are best. This way, no one is confused. WS ... From: Mary Jo To: existlist@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wed, 8
        Message 3 of 5 , Aug 8, 2007
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          Quote marks or other indicators are best. This way, no one is confused.

          WS







          -----Original Message-----
          From: Mary Jo <maryjo.malo@...>
          To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 10:49 am
          Subject: [existlist] Re: Practical, not cynical

























          Now I'm confused. I thought it was evident. The opening is attributed

          to Bill. I wrote what follows the asterisks, and the closing is easily

          recognized as John Lennon.



          MJ



          --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eupraxis@... wrote:

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          >

          > If you are quoting someone, please make that evident. I can't see

          who is saying what here.

          >

          > WS

















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