You play this at your cubicle, loud, and it's the opposite of workplace violence.
PrÃ©ambule : tout ce qui suit ne peut pas Ãtre considÃ©rÃ© comme enseignement. Il s'agit simplement de rÃ©flexions personelles sur la vie en gÃ©nÃ©rale et sur ma comprÃ©hension limitÃ©e du Dharma. Je suis un simple pratiquant et je m'excuse par avance des erreurs et imprÃ©cisions qui pourraient figurer dans ce texte.
La Voie (le Dharma) nous propose un chemin pour faire cesser la souffrance. C'est la quatriÃme noble vÃ©ritÃ©. Il s'agit d'apprendre Ã ne plus Ãtre atteint par la souffrance par un entraÃ®nement de l'esprit essentiellement basÃ© sur la mÃ©ditation. Une des caractÃ©ristique de la mÃ©ditation et le "lÃcher prise" et le "non-agir" qui permet d'acquÃ©rir un calme intÃ©rieur et une luciditÃ© mais aussi d'Ã©chapper progressivement Ã la loi des causes et consÃ©quences (karma).
A force d'entrainement, la rÃ©alisation permet aux Bouddhas de se libÃ©rer de la vie ordinaire (samsara). Logiquement, un Ãtre rÃ©alisÃ© serait incapable d'action, totalement transparent et heureux car la moindre de ses actions le re-lierait inÃ©vitablement au samsara et ses consÃ©quences. On pourrait donc croire que la Voie nous enjoint Ã nous dÃ©tacher du monde. Il n'en est rien car on tomberait alors dans l'indiffÃ©rence qui l'un des trois poisons, causes de la souffrance.
Comment comprendre alors les mots d'action Ã©veillÃ©e (ou juste), accomplies et bouddhisme engagÃ© ?
La premiÃre observation est que le chemin de certains pratiquants consiste Ã s'en tenir exclusivement Ã l'entrainement par la mÃ©ditation dans un cercle de pratique (sangha), de dÃ©barasser leur vie du superflu et de se tenir Ã l'Ã©cart des tentations. C'est le chemin proposÃ© par la Voie des Anciens (Theravada). Cela conduit parfois Ã ce qu'un grand cercle de laÃques soutiennent matÃ©riellement financiÃrement, avec beaucoup de dÃ©votion et de rÃ©vÃ©rence, un sangha de moines qui, dÃ©gagÃ©s des obligations matÃ©rielles, cherchent par la pratique la rÃ©alisation Ã l'Ã©cart du monde. C'est la pratique ou la vie ordinaire mais pas les deux.
Ce chemin-lÃ nous livre deux enseignements trÃs prÃ©cieux :
- il faut commencer par faire le mÃ©nage chez soi avant toute chose. Vouloir sauver le monde en n'Ã©tant pas bien dans ses baskets est illusoire. Si l'on est en grande souffrance soit-mÃme, on doit d'abord s'occuper de soi. Sinon, on risque de "contaminer" ses propres actions Ã cause d'une vue faussÃ©e par notre propre souffrance.
- Au moment de mourir, on perd tout. Il faut savoir se dÃ©pouiller de ses biens et ses rÃ©ussites avant de souffrir de leur attachement. Quelque que soit la noblesse et/ou la rÃ©ussite dans nos actions, il nous faudra laisser cela derrirÃre nous.
Pourquoi agir alors ? Comment agir ?
Certains pratiquants ne se satisfont pas de cette dÃ©marche de rÃ©alisation centrÃ©e sur une Sangha. Cela choque notre sens de la justice et du bien commun. Pour ceux lÃ (dont je fais partie), une pratique spirituelle ne peut Ãtre sÃ©parÃ©e de l'amÃ©lioration de la sociÃ©tÃ©. La Voie du Grand VÃ©hicule (Mahayana) propose prÃ©cisÃ©ment de qu'une fois avoir acquis une certaine stabilitÃ© soi-mÃme, on commence Ã s'occuper des autre avec le but de soulager puis de supprimer la souffrance pour tous les vivants. Objectif immense Ã tel point qu'un de mes enseignants l'appelle Le VÃ©hicule DÃ©mesurÃ©.
Ce chemin nous propose une nouvelle figure : le boddhisatva. Si nous comparons la vie ordinaire Ã un labyrinthe, un Bouddha est un Ãtre qui a trouvÃ© l'unique sortie. Il qui se tient au seuil et transmets ses instructions Ã ceux qui lui sont proches (ses disciples). Eux-mÃme
transmettent Ã leur tour aux gens un peu plus loin. Le bouddha ne peut bouger et sa mort est sa sortie dÃ©finitive de labyrinthe.
Le bodhisattva est au seuil de la rÃ©alisation mais il garde un pied dans la vie ordinaire. Dans le labyrinthe, le bodhisattva a Ã©galement trouvÃ© la sortie mais il replonger volontairement pour guider des personnes plus loin en leur tenant la main
Pourquoi agit-il ? Car il a vaincu les voiles de l'indiffÃ©rence et que sa clartÃ© de vue va lui permettre de voir oÃ sont les vrais nÃ©cessitÃ©s mais Ã©galement d'Ã©valuer instinctivement les consÃ©quences des actions.
TrÃs trÃs inspirant! Je suis inspirÃ© en tout cas et me considÃre comme aspirant bodhisattva. Le mot bouddhiste engagÃ© est pour moi la traduction correcte d'aspirant boddhisattva. Quoi de plus inspirant que de voir Thich Nhat Anh faire la navette entre les vietnamien est les franÃais pendant la guerre du Vietnam ou l'actuel Dalai Lama - qui se dit simple moine refuser la violence et demander l'autonomie du Tibet. Mais plus encore, le fait de savoir qu'il existe un moyen d'agir Ã la fois pour son bien et celui des autres, concrÃtement et au quotidien est un puissant moteur dans ma vie.
Facile Ã dire
Suite au prochain Ã©pisode. En attendant, que tout vous soit propice.
Wow, it's been 15 years but I've finally got my own personal troll!
I must apologize to everyone I've ever called a troll now that I've seen a real one. Yeah, there are trollish comments, but this... it's a different league. If you ever wondered who these brain-damaged morons were who set up geocities homepages with blinking purple text on blue background with red dots in Comic Sans - that kind of different league.
Now it does make me wonder about trolls in general. Has there been a study on this? I really wonder if psychologists have tackled this because quite honestly, you cannot be mentally stable and post in this and this content at the same time. So I do wonder if trolls on the Internet (the real trolls, not the people occasionally posting something stupid) do have a mental problem. It definitely looks like it. Probably insecurity issues, definitely an exaggerated need for attention, might be related to borderline syndrome or schizoprenia.
And, of course, the Internet provides:
- The Worst Internet Trolls Might Be Mentally Ill
- Internet trolls are narcissistic psychopathic sadistic
- Internet trolls might be mentally ill
- Most Internet trolls are mentally ill
- If Trolls Are Actually Mentally Ill People, What Do We Do About It?
As someone who has had to deal with family members suffering from mental illness, let me tell you that it's not funny. So despite the fact that they are, in fact, obnoxious, aggravating assholes, these sad little fucks also need help and their miserable little existence is not something you'd want to trade for yours, no matter how much you think your life sucks. Trust me, with a mental illness on top, it'll suck more.
Obviously, we can't offer therapy to people who usually comment anonymously and will often go to great lengths to avoid being tracked down. What we can do, however, is get a better understanding for how they act this way (they can't help it, mental illness is stronger than your conscious mind) and that the best thing we can do for them is to not continue the feedback loop. "Don't feed the trolls" - old wisdom there.
The last link in that list contains a few more ideas.
Now that I'm at the end, I kind of regret the smiley face at the top. But I'm leaving it in because this journal entry is a bit of a journey, even if it is short. Thanks to some Internet resources, a bit of research and connecting the dots, I've come a short way, changing my mind a little on this particular sub-sub-sub-part of life.
A short additional statement on how to treat trolling. From what I've gathered from the resources above, a few comments (both here and in the various spammed threads) and my own life experience:
First, don't feed the trolls. Most of them seek attention, so if you stop giving it to them, they become frustrated and go away. Notice that they seek attention, not validation. A rebuke or an angry rant or even a shootout of personal insults satisfies them as much as anything else. Much like the old PR saying "there is no negative publicity", it is all about the attention itself, not about its content.
Second, stand your ground. Do not leave the site or stop commenting just because you're being trolled. It takes a bit to do that, yes. Trolls consider it a "victory" if they shut you up, either by simple flooding or by frustrating you enough to disappear. In their twisted minds, it gives them validation and somehow proves that they were right.
Third, if you see someone else being trolled, give them support. Doesn't take much - a single sentence is more than enough. Someone under attack by a real troll is being flooded. The troll will commonly post under multiple aliases or otherwise attempt to appear as more than one person. Psychological experiments such as Solomon Asch's show how we humans as social animals experience conformance pressure. So give that other person support by showing him that the flood he's getting is no the only opinion around. It doesn't matter if he consciously knows it's just one troll, the pressure is subconscious.
I'd like to have comments disabled on this journal entry, for obvious reasons, but you can't publish a journal entry with comments disabled, so... 1000:1 bet that he's stalking the journal as well and will add his drivel below?
Also, if the formatting looks atrocious, turn off beta and revert to classic. Seriously.
There is no shortage of available crude oil, domestic or imported, in the
United States, and for the last few years there has been a glut at the nationâ(TM)s
largest crude oil terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma. Canadian tar sands oil
would be processed for greater use in the U.S. only as other imported or domestic
sources are reduced. Replacing Mexican oil with Canadian oil would
only trade the closer source for the more distant.
"Just the other day, Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers said, 'If the cost of solar panels keeps coming down, installation costs come down and if they combine solar with battery technology and a power management system, then we have someone just using [the grid] for backup.' What happens if a whole bunch of customers start generating their own power and using the grid merely as backup? The EEI report warns of 'irreparable damages to revenues and growth prospects' of utilities."
Days before the US presidential election, the Ohio Secretary of State (Republican) directed that an "experimental patch" be installed on voting machines in 39 Ohio counties. Federal law makes it illegal to make any changes in hardware and software to election equipment without it being tested and certified by the Federal Elections Commission. [NOTE: if Brad Blog is not "notable" enough of a source for you, this story is being reported in many other media outlets.]
You Slashdot readers are supposed to know a little something about software and patches and security. What do you think? This sound like "best practices" to you? By the way, John Husted, the Ohio Secretary of State who ordered this "patch" installed, is the guy who tried to stop early voting in Ohio and then told his county clerks to ignore the federal courts when they issued an injunction to put those early voting dates back in place. He's also one of the Republican officials who claimed that the proposed voter ID laws and purges of voter rolls would "deliver" Ohio to the Romney campaign.
I'm a little curious about what any sysadmins who read this and support Romney think of this move.
Jeremiah Cornelius has covered this story, but if you haven't read this article about a journalist who infiltrated the G4S security firm, the private company to whom the security for the London 2012 Olympics has been outsourced, go take a look. It just gets worse and worse.
It's a pretty stunning story, not just the plan to evacuate London, not just the 200,000 body bags that were ordered, but the level of incompetence that G4S has shown thus far.
Ben Fellows, the filmmaker and journalist who went undercover as "âoeLee Hazledean", has recently revealed his true identity when the complete blackout on his story by the mainstream media, and other irregularities, have made him fear for his life.
The great Swedish alt-blogcasters Red Ice Radio also have some pretty shocking coverage (warning: includes some rather out-there material, but still interesting). In their 2 1/2 hour special, they get opinions from some pretty impressive people, but also from some, shall-we-say "less conventional" characters like David Icke. But even those interviewees have some fascinating insights (I happen to think Icke is not nearly as loony as he is portrayed). Depending on your tolerance for challenging consensus reality, YMMV.
As any Libertarian will tell you, there's no reason a CEO shouldn't be paid 2000 times the amount of an average worker, because they're worth it.
Keep that in mind when you read the story of Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson. It's a tale of how mistreated the 1% are in Obama's America:
When Duke Energy announced its merger with Progress Energy last year, the two companies agreed that Progress CEO Bill Johnson would assume the same position at the combined company. So he did: On June 27, Johnson signed a three-year contract to helm Duke. When the merger went into effect on July 2, he assumed the position of CEO.
And then, on July 3 at midnight, Johnson resigned
As the article tells us, Bill Johnson was forced out by the board after the merger, but just imagine the job he did in that one day as CEO when you read about his compensation package for that 24 hours:
Despite his short-lived tenure, Mr. Johnson will receive exit payments worth as much as $44.4 million, according to Duke. That includes $7.4 million in severance, a nearly $1.4 million cash bonus, a special lump-sum payment worth up to $1.5 million and accelerated vesting of his stock awards, according to a Duke regulatory filing Tuesday night. Mr. Johnson gets the lump-sum payment as long as he cooperates with Duke and doesnâ(TM)t disparage his former employer, the filing said.
Under his exit package, Mr. Johnson also will receive approximately $30,000 to reimburse him for relocation expenses.
Well, thank God for that $30k in "relocation expenses". Renting a U-Haul isn't cheap.
Like the saying goes "The rich are different than the rest of us. They are completely without shame." I want to know what the board of directors was doing the day this benefits package was approved.
But remember, according to Mitt Romney, Bill Johnson is a "job creator". Except, during the 24 very busy hours that Johnson was CEO, he laid off 900 workers. I wonder how much that comes to per laid-off worker?
Nous voici les Ã©claireurs
La nature nous appelle
Soyons calmes st soyons clairs
Parcourons les chemins fiers
Autour du feu et des pierres
Voyez ce signe dans l'air
Nous irons jusqu'aux Ã©toiles
(fredonner une derniÃre fois l'air en ralentissant Ã la fin)
The Olympics is all about World Peace, we are told, but Charles Stross isn't quite convinced.
The science fiction writer and blogger is a little concerned about the extent to which Britain will go to keep corporate sponsors happy.
The Olympics: It's a movement. And everybody needs a movement, every day.
The G-Bread Man breaks it down for you.
I had to double-check to make sure this wasn't an Onion article. It appears that a Wyoming state legislature has advance (yes, there was a vote) to prepare for the worst. They want to create a task force to prepare Wyoming for the total social and economic collapse of the United States (aka, the Zombie Apocalypse).
The best part of the story, and the part you just can't make up, is that the preparations include the formation of a Wyoming Navy . As reported in the Wyoming news source m.trib.com,
The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.
Of course, an aircraft carrier costs about $6billion, but first there's the little issue of Wyoming being landlocked. The purchase of a submarine was not mentioned.
Read more in-depth analysis here.
Is anyone surprised that the amendment creating this task force was written and sponsored by Republicans? It's worth noting that Wyoming, the least populous state in the US gets back $1.11 for every $1.00 it sends to Washington in federal taxes.
Guardian photo-journalist Adam Gabbatt was told "No press today for security reasons" for the Occupy Movement's November 17 Day of Action.
Think about that for just a few seconds. News helicopters are being told to stay out of the Wall Street area according to WNBC radio. What is it we're not supposed to see?