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  1. The more accurate the warnings are , the more they will be heeded . When I first came to Florida the weather people seemed to have a lot less certainty , and appeared to want to panic everybody in the state , which is bad , because roads and safe lodgings become flooded with folks who really dont need to be out there. Most of the deaths , I am told are actually, people driving around in the rain OR are in flood prone coastal locations. They had the 'boy who cried wolf" thing going on , and then had less credibility. The interval for problematic weather is around 8 years for most of the southeast coastline , so its understandable to me , if last minute type things end up waiting for a storm to be looming. This time St Johns water district , the power guys , FEMA and so forth were even more on the ball than last storm , I think the authorities are getting the hang of it.
  2. Well things are looking better , Right? , Dorian may miss entirely , fernand is petering out , and Gabrielle is being predicted to stay at sea. Googling the mortality of past hurricanes, I'm thinking most people just left the Bahamas in advance, and theyre probably coming back now, to where there homes used to be.
  3. Yeah , I think its going to get South Carolina. Luckily Fernand-on the gulf side is petering out... But then there is Gabrielle way way out in the Atlantic, at a latitude which could be trouble.
  4. Thanks, I thought it might lend perspective , that even a few miles from the shore, the impact may be minimal.
  5. The storm is about 90 miles directly off the coast , and while the Bahamas got wrecked , here in the center of the state , by disney , we just have cloudy skies and occasional light breeze.
  6. If anything ! survives it's going to be politics.
  7. Ok man , up to you , but things often being what you make of them .....
  8. Chuang and Buddha and Ghandi and the Dalai Llama , dont have a problem with politics, maybe wallowing is bad , and bringing self control and rationality to conversations with others is the best way to cultivate ones own way. JMO
  9. Joe

    Tao Te Ching - Discussion

    The Sage has a supreme disregard for non-essentials. Nothing in life is essential , humans live for spiritual reasons , so thats fine Worldly power, fame, advancement, titles, vanity, self-esteem, and dependence on the strength or merits of others are condemned by him as undesirable honors, not essential to true happiness and welfare. Ones own merits are not here condemned. He perceives that they are related to the externals of life, and are, in fact, the products of a corrupt civilization, and therefore to be shunned as offal or excrement. Rightly so , man is a spiritual being, the externals of life serve only to enhance the spirital, a man has to be the end user of his own existence, being slave or servant is not the rightful place of men. The difference between deserving and desiring the esteem of the world is of importance. True , those who wait for validation wait in vain, but notice that the author does think that there is deserving. The man of virtue will so act as to deserve merit, but this he will do because the whole virtue of life consists in use, and not because of any desire for merit. He cares only to fulfill his natural part in life, and to live without strife. If he gains merit, he will know how to wear it with modesty, but it will not in any way affect his course of action, nor cause him to set a greater value on anything that he does. The man who is desirous of merit acts only within the lines which lead that way, and there is nothing spontaneous or altogether virtuous in what he does. He is from the first attached to the fruits of action, and therefore if he fails to gain merit by his work, he is so much the more despondent and disappointed, and comes even to the point of regretting whatever good he may incidentally have performed. Essentially true , if he recognizes it , he knows that it was not his own spirit which led him to his actions.
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    Tao Te Ching - Discussion

    The Dao encompasses all , both yin and yang therefore an accurate view includes both. Knowing this -Then one sees the truth 24 One who cowers doesnt grow One who doest not attempt, finds no peace The ignorant have nothing to tell If you dont believe in yourself , why should anyone else believe in you? Doing nothing, one has no reason to be proud Those who wait for validation , wait in vain To those who embody the Dao,..These are essential components which drive men to be active participants in their lives , acting in their own interests, to their own benefit and the benefit of society in general they are proper Role models of virtue.
  11. Joe

    Tao Te Ching - Discussion

    Your comparison to the Abrahamic religions I can see. But I personally wouldn't call Judaism a vehicle for Christianity, Judaism was the origin or basis of Christianity. The relationship envisioned between mankind and God is different ,otherwise a lot is common. ......why do emojis lock up my phone here??
  12. Joe

    Tao Te Ching - Discussion

    Buddhism, I read, is a branch of Hinduism, and is Hindu in origin and development. Appearances can be deceiving?
  13. Thanks, I read several long discussions on this subject, everybody has their own idea where to draw the line. If you go totally free speech you cant deal with obvious and ugly harassment on the part of the participants. Or ,the other extreme ,harassment is done by the admin. Like at X ,IMo,
  14. The operating principle of a forum is to promote communication. Reserve the right to suspend or ban. Permit odious speech unless it's truly intolerable, as in an abusive pattern. It's not possible to specify tightly what is transgression, beforehand. The moderation is just a thing to be judged over time by the individual participants, the general response by admin should be presumed to be, 1 suck it up, 2 cut it out , or 3 please leave,.. in that order. ( And the person asked to leave may be either the defendant or plaintiff) Imo
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