Real Stories from Toronto #2,646,875 – It’s All a Joke

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“Why are you always laughing?  Sometimes I don’t even know what you’re laughing about!  Sometimes it’s just mean!”

– Didn’t you get the memo?

“What?  What memo?”

– It’s all a joke.

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The Laughing Buddha

The Laughing Buddha

One day a monk walks up to him and asks, “What is the meaning of Zen?”
Smiling as usual, he instantly swung the sack over his shoulder.
“How does one realize Zen?”  Budai then takes up his bag and continues on his way.

From Siddhartha
“…Siddhartha replies that for every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true; that language and the confines of time lead people to adhere to one fixed belief that does not account for the fullness of the truth. Because nature works in a self-sustaining cycle, every entity carries in it the potential for its opposite and so the world must always be considered complete. Siddhartha simply urges people to identify and love the world in its completeness…”

The Pilgrim: Paulo Coelho’s Best Story

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…directed by Daniel Augusto (Brazil)

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“Whenever a harmful thought crosses your mind, push the nail of your index finger into the base of your thumb, until you feel intense pain.  Concentrate on the pain.  It will reflect in the physical realm, the same pain you feel in the spiritual realm.  Only relieve the pressure when the thought departs your mind.”

Check out the IMDB here

Real Stories from the World #7,012,544,899 – Good: Keep It That Way

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

I went to Mexico several years back with my ex.

We had to ride a few hours to get to a dive site and along the way, we stopped by a local vendor spot for some grub.  We didn’t know what we were eating but it was something like soft tacos with stuff we couldn’t make out.

We asked the driver/divemaster what it was, to which he responded, “Do you like it?”

Yeah.  It’s good shit.

“Good.  Keep it that way.”

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And we went diving happily ever after.

PETA: Last Longer

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…was apparently one of the Super Bowl 2016 commercials…


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Nice tactic.

I still eat meat though

Real Stories from the World #6,832,910,422 – Table Saw: No Pain Without Brain

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When I was a little kid, my paternal family ran a mechanics shop (mostly for auto, but they did some construction as well).  Every now and then they would bring some of the tools and equipment in the garage and some staff would work on it.

I had a distant relative that worked there whose fingers on one hand were severed.  Each finger that lost its tip, had a mound of flesh, so from a distance it looked like he always had his fingers folded.

He cut it off when he was working on an old table saw during the 70’s.  He still continued to work on it though and sometimes he would let me sit right beside him so I can watch (I thought the machinery and how it worked was fucking cool).

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might not have been the exact thing we had, but close enough

I asked him several times if I could try the machine out and run 1 or 2 planks of wood myself.  He always strictly forbade it.  He would always give me that index finger wave on the hands where all his fingers were still intact.

One time, he told me how he cut his fingers off: he was running the material on the machine without looking at it (he was distracted and his mental attention was somewhere else).  Then he thought, “Oh, my fingers feel cold,” without feeling any pain.  It was only when he looked and realized what was happening that the pain kicked in.  The coldness was essentially the sensation he was getting from the metal saw.

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Watch this video for an elaboration of how our brains process pain. 

“How do we convince people in pain that we understand that they’re in pain but it’s not just about the tissues of their brain?…the key conceptual shift that we think is really important is to understand that pain is the end result.  Pain is an output of the brain designed to protect you.  It’s not something that comes from the tissues of your body…We show patients a really sharp knife and we go, ‘This knife is sharp yeah?  It might even be cold, yeah?  And it’s hard.’
It’s got all these properties…This knife (is) painful as it sits out there.  No, it’s not: that knife does not have the properties of pain.  And when you stick it into their belly…the belly doesn’t adopt to the property of pain.  The brain has to do some very rapid and groovy things, to project the 
illusion that pain exists there.  100% of the time: pain is a construct of the brain.”

I know this is science and neurology, but I think the same concept could be applied psychologically to emotional pain and individual & social response (he did talk about people projecting their pain outside of themselves).

Anyway, also check out a Reddit post: “Why is it that sometimes if you get a cut, it won’t hurt until you notice the wound?

The Life and Death of Pi

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…by Kenny Segal (Los Angeles, California, USA)

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The Curious Tarot Deck

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…by Michelle Cohen (somewhere in the USA)

“The Tarot is a deck of cards that originated over 500 years ago in northern Italy. Although the Tarot was first used in a game called Triumphs, it was quickly adopted as a tool for divination, and popularized by occult societies such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The early Tarot symbolism was deeply rooted in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, but over the centuries it has grown to incorporate everything from Astrology and Kabbalah to Runes (which predate the Tarot by 1000 years) and the I Ching (which predates the Tarot by 2500 years). Today, the Tarot is far and away the most popular tool for spiritual introspection in the West.”
Facade.com

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My internet stalking skills are lacking: I can’t figure out where she’s from.  If you’ve got that info, hit me up.

All of these were handmade (cray cray).  The initial thing that got my attention were the images.  I’ve seen plenty of pretty cool tarot cards, but this stood out.  As I read on what the intent was with the symbolism, I liked it even more:
“The Curious Tarot is the rarest and most unusual of modern decks. The cards form a surreal collage of American consumer imagery, eerily capturing the archetypes of the atomic age. It is the deck of those who seek to harness the ancient tribal energy that courses through the modern urban world.

If I were to get my own tarot deck, this would be it.
Don’t trust me to read you though. I suck.
On that note: the books of interpretations serve more as a guideline.  Plus, the meanings tend to change with reversals and what kind of spread you use and what kind of situation the inquiry is about…much like theories and applications in Life, really.
I’ve had several psychic readings and palm readings done before…and if there’s anything I learned, it’s that you’re essentially your own best psychic.
If you think of Life as like a mystical entity in itself where everything and everyone is One, but at the same time, there’s also a kind of pattern and logic to all the noise (signal), then tarot cards serve as like a rough map.  If you decide to change course in any moment, then the lines and potential outcomes will alter.
I believe in fate, but at the same time, I also believe that our lives are determined on how well we’re able to listen to our inner voice and what we decide to do with it.
At least that’s how I see it.

We’re all responsible for ourselves, yet at the same time, no one is really completely responsible for everything as a Whole.

God is a Joker.

Check out Michelle’s website here
And check out the page on Facade.com here
You can get info on how to buy it on Michelle’s page here

5 Things I’ve Learned About Real Life from Video Games

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…by Arieces (Washington, D.C., USA)

1. When you meet enemies you’re going in the right direction.
– Winston Churchill, one of the most badass people to ever live, once said: “You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something, sometime in your life.

2. One level can make a really big difference.
– You are not supposed to be the same person you were ten years ago, or five years ago, or one year ago. Hell, you’re not even supposed to be the same person you were yesterday. Living life has taught me that you need to do something each and every day that will improve yourself somehow.

3. It pays to have friends.
– I’m a strong believer in the phrase, “friends are the family you choose for yourself.”
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4. Life is not fair, and you have to be okay with that.
– Sometimes, I really feel like life is one massive game of Mario Party. No other game has been able to accurately replicate the sheer amount of WTF moments you’ll experience during your time on Earth.

5. Learn to live with yourself.
– I try to ask myself the same question every morning, “Are you who you want to be?” The answer often dictates my mood for the rest of the day. When I don’t feel like I measure up to the person I should/could be, it bothers me a lot.

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I don’t play video games anymore, just simple phone apps to keep my brain sharp-ish, but this was a really good read.

Check out the full article here

 

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…by Erick Oh (Korean based in California, USA)

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…by jstjr (Los Angeles, California, USA)

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…by Mykki Blanco (Orange County, California, USA)

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