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On our shared little planet we become, for most part, products of enviroment/geography. If born in Turkey, for example, there's a 95+% chance of being raised Muslim. Most teens, or any age group for that matter, have limited knowledge of philosophies/disciplines beyond those represented by family/elders. In my case it was not until college years and after, that I read/studied varied disciplines. An example: The Vedic literatures- from scriptures originating in Sanskrit, (predating Christianity by several thousand years), translated/transliterated into Latin, then English; highly recommended reads.

When 17, I thought I knew it all. Being told I had a genius IQ didn't help with that misconception. Not until many years later did I realize the scant volume of knowledge I'd actually attained.

Lit.Org is a great place for writers to share/improve/test market their craft. It is also a place to learn from others. I've been writing for three-plus decades. Since finding this wondrous place, mid-December, 2004, I've learned much- of self included.

Read. Learn. Write. Grow. Learn more. Live..Keep writing...


...Game of Life...

If from Gainesville, Florida, you are born a GATOR, taught to chomp on loathed DOGS. If born in Gainesville, Georgia, you are BULLDOG raised, learning to bark at and bite hated GATORS. Just a few hundred miles of geography separated, yet in perceptions a world of difference. If one is open-minded, both institutions can be appreciated for their storied histories and passion. But we do not have to be dog, gator, or even tiger, for as in life it is game, not team, which matters.


022006


journey*

as everything happens
for reason
our karmic
community service

once smoke and mirror
methods cease
on path transcending
all mundane

to place
we truly seek

home


*Poem submitted here, 011705;
could not have penned when 17.

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below the subliminal
deep within manipulation
that's where tr^th resides

2 Dec 2011






























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The following comments are for "Alight for Knowledge (Game of Life)"
by Bobby7L

Bob Callaci, Bobby, GREAT
How wonderous a comment, one that many of us will agree to, as well as agree with this very welcomed opinion Bobby......you sing it beautifully, even with spoken words.
The things I have read in here was reason for me to repost my "I'm Not".

Thank YOU for bringing this in front of our faces, that we will want to stop and comment in agreement, with heart and want. Thanks again.

There are many good people here, good writers, good readers, it's what attracted me here and kept me coming back. Trying to stick with the positive things.

Darlene

( Posted by: Dareva [Member] On: February 21, 2006 )

I agree and I disagree
Your viewpoint is interesting, and I understand where you are coming from to a certain degree. I agree that life can seem like a game. Life is a game of growth. With time and experience comes wisdom and foresight.
Not one of us has the right to take the life of another no matter what they believe their God has told them to do, except in the course of immediate impending danger in self-defense. Karmic lessons earned at the expense of another is one way to look at it, but I prefer to believe that I have more control over my own behavior than to be a mere player in some great mysterious game whose players and outcome are only known to the Big Gangster Cheese in the sky.
I also think that most can overcome their conditioning as youths. Being raised a bigot by hooded Klansmen is not an excuse to continue in ignorance. I have known many fine people who were raised to hate but had the fortitude to change.
You are correct in saying that we do not have to be a dog, tiger or gator. We do not have to be murderers either. We do not have to respect murder or murderers just because they are different from those of us who do not murder. Open mindedness can go just so far. It cannot be applied to all things, situations, philosophies, religions, or politics, unless one is a sociopath with no understanding or conscious and then it does not matter.
Thank you for telling us about yourself and your background. You are an interesting fellow. Positive outlook is always a good thing when seasoned with compassion and insight. I do agree with you wholeheartedly that lit.org is a good site for writers. I'm sure there is much to be learned from such an exposure of varied outlooks and minds. I like the home page welcome:

" Lit.Org is a community for Readers and Writers. We provide a place to share your ideas and thoughts. You can use publish your stories, poems, essays.. whatever it is you have to say or if you prefer to read you can browse our extensive collection of Stories, Poetry and Classics. Read. Write. Respond.

Not all of us (certainly not I) can be great writers, but most everyone has an opinion. Good to find a site that allows for diversity of those opinions.

( Posted by: BHansen [Member] On: February 21, 2006 )

rcallaci/ Dareva
Bob- For more than kind words, am greatly appreciative.

Lit thankful..Feeling lucky, being here..

RW

Darlene- Pondering discretion v. valor, decided 'opinion,' over engaging ongoing inflamed thread..

"Conflicting Perceptions," penned in 2004, posted as 'opinion' last year, predates current Lit-fire.

Much thanks for your warming words..I take them to a chilled heart.

Ciao,
Robert William

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 21, 2006 )

tinalouise/ BHansen
Tina- Extravagant # noted... Thanks for leaving clue of visit.

BH- My allogorical representation, (SEC football rivals), which fell from top of dome, may not have translated well.

Of course, transcending this mundane material madness is no game. Nor is 21st century armed conflict.

Before raised collective consciousness can be hoped/wished for, individuals can/must initiate process..(self-realization)..

This piece is in large part reaction to ongoing inflamed atmosphere/threads at Lit. Without context, some references may confuse.

See: "Conficting Perceptions," posted here at 'opinions,' for further context.

Thank you for time taken here.

Respectfully,
Robert William

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 21, 2006 )

Popcorn Sutton
It's very interesting that you wrote a poem about my father.
I'm always interested in how American culture handles him.
Sky

( Posted by: SkySutton [Member] On: February 22, 2006 )

Sky Sutton/ Welcome to Lit
Sky- How did you come upon this? Are you a writer?

Did not wish to offend or dishonor you or your father in any way. Hope you found my poem, as intended, a tribute, of sorts..

Respectfully,
Robert William, aka: Bobby7L

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 22, 2006 )

windchime/ Of inspiration
Lucie, Yes, title was 'inspired' by username of recent poster and inflamed thread..now deleted..

This is reactionary in nature, but experience based, as well..

Much thanks for time spent,
RW

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 25, 2006 )

I'm game (in theory)
I'm glad you shared this. My previous attempts at a response have metastasized into manifestos. Carry on, my Vedic son.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: February 26, 2006 )

Lit Lite/ Bibbing in Babylon
soos- Much thanks.

On point,
7L

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 26, 2006 )

chomp
i am absolutely positive that i do not know everything! never will. i also make it a point not to judge people. waste of time.

i keep myself open and available to all. that's why my life is never boring ;-)

nice read bobby!

( Posted by: cmsmuse [Member] On: May 17, 2011 )

Knowledge is past tense.
Tina,
The older we get, the less we appear to know. [smiling]

This thread is missing some comments..likely deleted by a now gone legion of one.

Thanks

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: May 17, 2011 )





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