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12/09/2004
10. The Principle of Solidarity report
Tonight Pablo, Gerry, John and I talked about the Principle of Solidarity as promised last week:
"When you treat others as you would have them treat you, you liberate yourself."
Pablo shared experiences at work where his boss (much younger than Pablo, and less experienced) asks Pablo to do something in a way that Pablo knows isn't the best way. Sometimes he's able to simply do as he's asked, but other times he causes problems for himself but simply doing it the way he knows is better. Tonight he shared that if he were the boss, he'd want his employee to find a way to share with him about the better way to do things.

We then talked for a while about isolation. At work, I have some people that I don't often speak with. I somehow use as an excuse the fact that they discuss mundane matters among themselves rather than treating them the way I want to be treated, which is initiating conversation about something meaningful. John and Gerry both had similar (at least tangentially) experiences to share.

I then showed my photos from my recent Ghana trip and answered a bunch of questions about what it's like over there and what people are doing. I really need to create a summary of my previous blog posts with the gaps filled in, but I'm having trouble sitting down to do what I see as a really big job. Maybe if you asked questions in the comments here that would help me organize what I want to say in a new post. I'll answer in the comments and then summarize in a new post.

We decided that at next week's meeting we'd work on the Principle of Acceptance: "If day and night, summer and winter are fine with you, you have surpassed the contradictions." Please join us if you're in town.

If you're not in town, there's a conference call on Monday where we'll discuss The Principle of Denying Opposites: "It does not matter in which faction events have placed you. What matters is for you to comprehend that you have not chosen any faction." Please just let me know if you're planning on attending.

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