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http://crashinglybeautiful.tumblr.com/post/17710296074/the-inner-law




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Thanks--I really liked this.


I think ERE requires a lot of inner strength and introversion at this moment in human history. It takes a lot of conviction to pursue a non-materialist lifestyle in a consumerist society where economic activity is the sine qua non.




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I too enjoyed it. Thanks for posting Jacob.


Secretwealth, tell me about it. You are in Manhattan, yes? I am in Los Angeles. Going out this morning to the wealthy, colorful, flashy, hip West Hollywood scene with acquaintances was a little tough on the ego. Nonetheless, the intrinsic freedom to be had from ERE vastly exceeds the debt-fueled extrinsic flashiness of this town.




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I liked the entire book (The way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton). I'd definitely need some personal growth to get on the same page as some of this wisdom.


(I'm still an "expert" who is compelled to do "expert things"...)




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Interesting you mention it, Joe. I lived in L.A. for years and hated it. While NYC has a clear divide between haves and have-nots, the cultural opportunities more than make up for it. Still, I do sometimes get aggravated in some neighborhoods (the Upper East Side is the worst), but I always take solace in the fact that I've stepped out of the matrix. I think the hipster culture in NYC makes it more amenable to ERE than the celebrity-centered culture in Los Angeles.




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Great quote. Thanks. It's nice to read, but horribly hard to do, though.




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@Jacob, Thanks.

I just wrote a post: "tame your will" in Miscellaneous, and read thereafter this wonderful poem and the accompaning photography. I think this poem contains the answer.

@ Felix, Indeed, so simple but soooo difficult to realise it by myself.




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