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[quote=Carson] My mother used to have several transient ischemic attacks in an hour. When they were over, we'd go out to some cafe with a view, and we'd talk and have a wonderful time. For those wondering, a transient ischemic attack, or a "passing stroke", is analogous to taking hold of your computer's main cable at the wall, yanking it right out and immediately shoving it back in again. This instantly kills all short-term memory in person or computer. If the person was partway through a sentence, the sentence stops. The person seems to hiccup in a strange way, and then sits there smiling at you, wondering why you have that odd expression on your face. Not only is the sentence gone, but usually the person has no knowledge that his "power cord" was just removed and reconnected. Any TIA can be deadly, but so can crossing the street. As our options decline, we have no choice but to accentuate the positive insofar as what blessings we are still able to count. Grandchildren are one form of pretty special blessing. But life is not for winning anything. Capitalism has perverted much of the world view. The human species, perhaps 3 million years old or so, is not very bright, and seems destined to lead a short life in this paradise. I've taught classes of people who were all serving time for murder, and I've taught classes of all high achievers. Both felt they were successes or failures according to the things they did, and their score-points. Marks to students are like money to capitalists. They totally ruin the big picture. The Zen is destroyed. If anyone reading this wants to know whether he is powerful, or whether he has a very high IQ, I have a test for you. Do this: -- Go downstairs to your basement workshop if you have one, or just pull up a chair at your kitchen table. Make a nice neat pile of all the equipment you need to assemble, from scratch, a living, breathing, dragonfly. Don't use any living units. You must make your dragonfly entirely from inanimate components. -- You have one hour to build your dragonfly. Make sure he can fly, catch mosquitoes, and reproduce. When you are finished, we will call you "intelligent". So far, I have mainly met people who could destroy dragonflies. A lot of people think they are powerful if they can pull a trigger and wreck somebody else's life. This is not power. But we must all learn, early or late in life, that greatness is not to be measured by IQ points or by the "external" things we do--whether they be murder or some great invention or fantastic comprehension. What matters is who we ARE. I learned this when my own life was saved by two men who were both barely surviviving in life, and who had neither the mental nor the physical blessings I enjoyed. The story of Superman is a poor lesson. Anybody would enjoy the sheer fun of being a computer whiz, or any other kind of expert. But, really, my high achievers were boring to teach. They came into my classes withy A+ grades, and they left with A+ grades. I far preferred helping a C- student up to a C+. So I pretty well stay with my original stance, Eyes-Only. You're as "good" a man now as you ever were. No one likes to lose any form of power. Absolutely everyone in the world does eventually lose every bit of their power. I guess that's because we never owned it. It wasn't really ours. It was just on loan for us to enjoy for awhile. I apologize for placing all this in a thread about computer crashes, but perhaps it's relevant. All this browser exists to do is to run around the world and bring back information. I suppose these paragraphs have a lot to do with the why and wherefore of what might become of that information. My esteem for you remains where it was, Eyes-Only. Your former powers don't impress me much, nor do your losses. I regard you the way I did before: a fine person, caring and sensitive, brave and compassionate. And my very best regards go out to you, with respect.[/quote]
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