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#211563 - 12/24/05 03:54 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: harlan]
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I think most of the folks hanging around this zen pool are statistical 'outlyers'...far from being under the Bell Curve. But that just makes us weird...not geniuses.




I think I'm a statisical outlyer...my school teachers used to tell me: "chances are, you are a flat out-lyer."

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#211564 - 12/25/05 12:09 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: harlan]
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I think most of the folks hanging around this zen pool are statistical 'outlyers'...far from being under the Bell Curve. But that just makes us weird...not geniuses.





Yeah, you're probably right...
... and I like weird better than genius anyway

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#211565 - 12/25/05 03:25 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
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I absolutely abhor internet speak.




Considering most of it is written, shouldn't it be 'internet write'?
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#211566 - 12/25/05 03:30 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: harlan]
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You hit upon something there Harlan (with the cow mucking).

Probably geniuses have an idea that they have to use their mental ability and often lack the chances to do it and probably feel guilty about it. How many times have you been happy doing nothing until some idiot tells you that you're 'wasting your potential' or 'you've got brains, why don't you use them'?

If they were able to just have a relaxed time and muck out the cows occasionally it might be easier.

Of course, it could be that they don't have anyone to talk to, either...
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#211567 - 12/25/05 04:43 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: trevek]
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Something like that. It is more like, academics and intellectuals are mentally disconnected from their bodies. While they are internally directed they are in a world of the head/ideas and unaware of the experiential. To bring it back to martial arts...being on the mat immediately reconnects one to ones body. So does physical labor, farming, meditation, dancing, giving birth, etc. Happy people are connected people.

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#211568 - 12/25/05 05:39 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: harlan]
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I once asked Phillip Zarrili about this (shame I didn't ask him how to spell his name). He was talking about 'the sacred' in theatre and I commented that 'the sacred' a 19th Century concept made up by intellectuals with too much time on their hands. Many holy people actually talk of finding the sacred in everyday work.

Afterwards, his partner came upto me and said that her father was a farmer and, although he didn't necessarily 'believe' in a divine being, he said he felt closer to 'it' when he was working in the fields.

I always find that no matter what the crap around me, when I walk into the dojo/dojang/kwoon, I know why I'm there and I'm connected.
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#211569 - 12/26/05 04:25 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: trevek]
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Treveck, that was a brilliant post. And yes, I know that most things are "written" on the internet, but when referring to a form of communication (refer to George Orwell's 1984) "speak" is the proper suffix to call something (ie, newspeak, oldspeak, etc.) For example, "Armyspeak" would be using the acronyms for everything, such as ASVAB (armed services vocational aptitude battery), BCT (basic combat training), AIT (advanced individual training), OSUT (one station unit training), USAREC (US Army Recruiting), SOCOM (special operations command), etc.

However, the brilliant post was the one about being "connected". I am at my happiest when I am "doing" something. For a genius, being "connected" is to be doing something that improves the overall quality of people's lives. Intellectualism doesn't interest me. I thoroughly enjoy learning new things, but to put the pursuit of knowledge above practical considerations defies the logic that so many "intellectuals" espouse and love so much. This is perhaps the biggest reason for joining the Army. I hope that by being involved and "connected" to something bigger than myself, I can help change the lives of many people for the better, as well as improve myself much more than I have been able while in Northern California.

Geniuses come in many different forms. The word merely refers to having a gift. There are many geniuses out there who find a positive outlet for their gift, and make a decent life for themselves. Hopefully, I'll find my outlet soon.

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#211570 - 12/26/05 04:53 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
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Thanks for your kind appreciation Bushi.

Good luck with the army. I was in myself for a while (UK) but it wasn't the right thing for me (or maybe I wasn't the right thing for it), however, I can't say it wasn't useful or I didn't learn anything. My brother has been in over 25 years and served alongside the US forces in the first Gulf campaign (Desert Storm?). My best wishes to you and your comrades.

BTW, I did know about 'speak' I was just indulging in being a smart-arse
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#211571 - 12/27/05 06:10 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: trevek]
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Back off, man, Resident Forum Smart Aleck is my title!

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#211572 - 12/27/05 11:19 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
trevek Offline
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Sorry, I was just a visiting smart-arse. Usually I just talk c-rap
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