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  • Re: Barcelona Terror Attack

    @karasti said:
    We have to learn to stop giving people reason to hate. We (as in the allied western powers) have created a lot of misery that has contributed to a lot of desperate people. I think everyone has a lot of learning to do to help end the levels of hatred and violence in our world.

    Spain has played a very minor role in the Middle East. There was no real reason to target them if that's what you're saying that's why it happened to them.

  • Re: Supernatural energy/something bigger than what you have alone

    @Frosty said:
    In Buddhism, where is the source of the strength when you run out of it? We are all finite. There is a limit to how much strength we can harness and possess. What is the "other" part that gives us strength when we are seeming out?

    Compassion, I guess.

    I'm crap at doing things for myself, but a lot better at doing them for someone else.

    Even if I'm making dinner, if it's just for myself, I'll not really bother and put little or no effort into it.

    If I'm making dinner for others, it's a lot better.

    I think us humans are like that with most things.

    In the British army there only two soldiers have ever won the Victoria Cross twice. One of them was a medical officer who, during WW1, kept on venturing into no-man's-land, amid bombs and bullets, to drag injured soldiers back to safety.

    To get a VC, you have had to have risked yourself in a position where there was a 90% chance of dying, which is why these awards are normally given post-posthumously (when you're dead).

    In Korea they say a woman isn't very strong, but a mother is very powerful.

    Compassion is very powerful.

  • Re: Sleeping pills

    A quiet mind and a tired body are the two requirements for a good night's sleep. If you're not exercising, start, and if your mind isn't quiet, welcome to Buddhism.

    Hahahaha; I'm like an annoying Yoda.


  • Re: UK elections.

    @Hozan said:
    Speaking as an Irish person who wants continued peace in NI.

    I spent quite a few years in NI as a soldier during The Troubles.

    First tour was 1989 at North Howard Street Mill, just off the Falls Road. It was a typical 'hiding behind walls in people's back gardens' kind of tour. Getting spat at, bricks chucked at us, p-checks, house searches, sitting for hours on cordons, the odd shooting or coffee jar bomb; it was a very archetypal NI tour. I loved it; I was only 19 years old.

    Then I did two years with Force Intelligence Unit (NI) and worked in one of those 'funny sections' that did covert bomb disposal. It was a really facinating job and I met a lot of 'interesting people'. Some of the stuff Martin Dillon wrote about in his book "The Dirty War" was straight out of this unit.

    My last two years there was in RAF Aldergrove. A boring office job, unfortunately.

    I met and married a Carrickfergus lass too. She was very pretty, but was driven crazy (by me) fairly easily.

  • Re: UK elections.

    @Kerome said:
    It sounds like a hung parliament from the early results

    Yes, I agree, hang the ruddy lot of them.

    I'd like to see a bit less politicking and a bit more governing.