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Title: thinkArete
Source: Youtube
URL Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBhFV_8RHKU
Published: Apr 24, 2008
Author: not sure who
Post Date: 2008-04-24 22:38:23 by A K A Stone
Keywords: None
Views: 3010
Comments: 13

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? OK... So...uh...what exactly are you waiting for? This isn’t a dress rehearsal... Wake up! Here’s the deal: What we can be, we MUST be. Period. There’s no getting around that one. So, turn off your TV. Put down your drink. Get off the medication. Quit numbing yourself. The pain’s not going away. Not until you thinkarete. “thinkarete”? Yep. Gandhi got it. Einstein got it. Mother Theresa got it. Tiger gets it. Gates gets it. Oprah gets it. The Greeks got it. Get this: Guys like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle said that if you want happiness you better live with areté--a word that literally means virtue or excellence but has a deeper meaning...something closer to “constantly striving to reach your highest potential.” areté. How beautiful is that? It was one of the highest ideals of Greek culture. It should be one of ours. Tragically, it’s not. We seem to be more interested in resumes, accolades and 401k's. Speaking of retirement... Who came up with that? Work like crazy doing something we're not passionate about so we can accumulate enough money to pay the bills from our stress-caused illnesses while we complain about what we should have done when we were still young. Hmmm...We can’t quite figure that one out. Seems like it makes a bit more sense to go ahead and dare to live now... Why not thinkarete? Live to your highest potential--moment to moment to moment. Not in the mood? Fine. Then live with regret, anxiety, and disillusionment. Your call. Think about it. When do we feel most alive? Exactly. When we’re being ourselves--our highest selves. You want happiness? thinkarete. Dream. Grow. Stretch yourself. Rip off the tie. Jump out of the cubicle. Dream. Think. Dare to be crazy. What are you waiting for? thinkarete. Are you crazy enough to think you can change the world? Good. Now go out and do it. Live. Love. Smile. Hug. Laugh. Dream. Do. Create. Have fun. Be intense. Be audacious. Be unreasonable. Act impeccably. Breathe. Be you. Be different. Get paid to do what you love. Dance in your underwear on your way to work... Why not? Ditch the tie. Escape the cube. Leave the 8-5. Trash the resume. Ignore the critics. And the cynics. Burn the corporate ladders. Laugh at the ceilings. Quit the bitching. Open your mind. End the laziness. Overcome the fear. Transcend the conditioning... Why not? Move the world. Change the world. Push the human race forward. Whatever you call it, go out and do it. When? Now. Not when you have enough money or once you do this or do that. That’s nonsense. It’s not gonna be easy, but go out and live your dream. Now. You deserve it. And, if that doesn’t move you: The world deserves it. thinkarete. http://www.thinkarete.com

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#1. To: A K A Stone (#0)

I hate it when you do that; all I get is a blank screen 'cause nothing shows up or plays ...

_Jim  posted on  2008-04-24   22:40:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: _Jim (#1)

You can't watch youtube videos? Are you on dialup?

A K A Stone  posted on  2008-04-24   22:41:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: A K A Stone (#2)

At LEAST put down a line or two 'splaining what is showing!

_Jim  posted on  2008-04-24   22:53:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: _Jim (#3)

I will do that in the future. Look back up top in a minute and I will put something there.

A K A Stone  posted on  2008-04-24   23:09:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: A K A Stone (#0)

End the laziness. Overcome the fear.

I get the gist, but the author is not focused enough.

The above quote is about the only virtuous thing in the Stone written article (dial-up, can't watch vids).

If this is what the vid is about, it's just another way of saying, 'Do your own thing" ego-centric, selfish, limiting view of the world. It doesn't really address purpose.

"Laws are like spiderwebs; they hold the weak and delicate who are caught in their meshes, but are torn apart by the rich and powerful."-Anacharsis.

barkentine  posted on  2008-04-25   5:52:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: barkentine (#5)

It is more about self. I thuoght it was interesting though. It doesn't address that our primary purpose is to serve the Lord.

A K A Stone  posted on  2008-04-25   6:42:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: A K A Stone (#4)

Look back up top in a minute and I will put something there.

Thanks, Stone.

_Jim  posted on  2008-04-25   19:45:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: _Jim (#7)

You are welcome.

A K A Stone  posted on  2008-04-25   20:02:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: A K A Stone (#0)

You want happiness? thinkarete. Dream. Grow. Stretch yourself. Rip off the tie. Jump out of the cubicle. Dream. Think. Dare to be crazy. What are you waiting for? thinkarete. Are you crazy enough to think you can change the world? Good. Now go out and do it. Live. Love. Smile. Hug. Laugh. Dream. Do. Create. Have fun. Be intense. Be audacious. Be unreasonable. Act impeccably. Breathe.

Okay, Stone, when I do this, I have found that I just end up getting in trouble ...

In trouble with all around me.

And with other posters as well.

See, at some point THEY insist that I conform, adhere to THEIR interpretation of 'the rules' ... so, how should that be handled?

_Jim  posted on  2008-04-25   20:43:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: _Jim (#9)

... so, how should that be handled?

Their conformity and their interpretation probaly comes from television.

And those who do not conform to the image of television are judged out-of-step.

What to do about it? Disown the kids, divorce the TV mindnumbed wife, tell the in-laws to take a leap and move to the country.

"Laws are like spiderwebs; they hold the weak and delicate who are caught in their meshes, but are torn apart by the rich and powerful."-Anacharsis.

barkentine  posted on  2008-04-26   7:37:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: barkentine (#10)

And those who do not conform to the image of television are judged out-of-step.

Good observation.

A K A Stone  posted on  2008-04-26   9:10:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: _Jim (#9)

How can you get in trouble doing that stuff?

Do you work in a cubicle?

A K A Stone  posted on  2008-04-26   10:11:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: A K A Stone (#12) (Edited)

Do you work in a cubicle?

Depends; I can spend time - weeks, at a desk - but there is a lot of time 'in the field' as well too, and time bouncing between the two ... but that's not really my 'complaint' or observation, that is, it is about norms that people willfully accept, then proceed to 'impose' on others, norms they learned in school (graduate degreed individuals even!) and then blindly impose on others ... even sometimes in the light of new evidence.

Poster 'barker' says it is TeeVee; I don't quite place the blame there, I place it elsewhere.

I place it in a place I call 'Bego'.

Short for Big Ego.

And not that I may not/don't have a Bego problem, I'm willing to look at the facts, at least ...

But they gotta be facts.

An individual I've know for quite awhile now, and has become a good friend, kinda puts this way:

"That which is not understood is to be feared or beaten"

_Jim  posted on  2008-04-26   21:17:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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