Revelations in the shower.. I had no idea where to put this so I put it here.

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    Mar 29, 2013 9:45 AM GMT
    So, I was thinking in the shower... life is a game. The people you surround yourself with are co-players. As with any game there are rules and I think it would be fun to start listing the rules as I have learned them. I am not following any sort of daily motif. These could be lessons I've learned from the past, lessons I've learned through watching other people, or lessons I've learned through introspection and reflection.

    Rule 1. If a friend wants to talk shit about another friend it is safe to assume they are talking about you behind your back as well. Talking shit with them only insures that everyone in your circle is going to know what you said instead of what they said.

    **Pro-tip: Keep your discrepancies between you and the person you have an issue with. Players that stir up 'drama' do it for multiple reasons: to draw attention away from their own shortcomings, to alienate a certain individual in a group, or to get ahead. Life is about strategy - understand that people will step on you and push you down to get ahead. Keep in mind that everyone is capable of anything.

    -If you are there for your friends in a crisis or to help them through a bad time there is a very high chance that they will look out for you too. Building a sense of camaraderie is extremely beneficial to any player.

    **Pro-tip: Perspective: While it is true that you are player one keep in mind that everyone playing is player one. They are playing alongside you just as you are playing alongside them. Frequently take a step back and imagine that you are playing from their end. This makes the game easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

    1a. Everyone has a motive: whether it is beneficial or detrimental depends on how you are playing and what you want out of the game. Not everyone's motives are going to align with what is best for you all of the time. Be aware that everyone thinks they know you better than you do. Do not let anyone manipulate you or steer you off track from where you want to go - you know what is best for you.

    -Don't think this applies to you and only you. This applies to every player in the game. Push the people around you for better things, but never tell them what is best for them or what they need to do. Giving advice is fine, but don't get upset if they don't follow your advice because just like you it is their game to play as they choose.

    Tip: If you stop feeding a rat one of two things will happen - they will become brazen in desperation and come into the light or they will go somewhere else to look for food. Rid yourself of 'rats' to enhance your gaming experience.

    Note: You can't change the game, but you do have the power to pick who you play the game with.
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
    What a shower philosopher lol
  • Hothouse

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    Mar 29, 2013 3:11 PM GMT
    Wow, here I was thinking you just discovered a mole or something.
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:11 PM GMT
    Yeah, the shower is a metaphor for life - you watch it go down the drain. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    ^How are you gonna level up with that attitude icon_wink.gif. Find some new players and maybe the shower will be more of a cleansing.
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    We ought to find a way to harness all that shower brain power. After all, we found a way to occupy our brain while peeing.


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    Mar 29, 2013 3:35 PM GMT
    what's a cute guy like you doing in a shower all alone? icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:43 PM GMT
    Personally I do my best thinking on the toilet.
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:58 PM GMT
    I'd like to marry your mind lol.......its sexy icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 29, 2013 4:34 PM GMT
    I think of it more as we are all on the same rock at the same time and we are all human.
    I know that I just want to be happy and not suffer.
    Therefore, I can extrapolate that other humans just want to be happy and don't want to suffer.
    From that viewpoint of a mutual interest in happiness and avoidance of suffering, I can reach out with compassion to my fellow human being to help them to be happy, and to help them to alleviate their suffering.

    Now, for the 48 people on my forum/site block list, eternal suffering and unhappiness in a limbo state between life and death is the most which I can hope for those unfortunates to attain. They're in a much sadder, painful place.
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:41 PM GMT
    You did moisturize your skin after that, right, 'cause that must have been a looooooong shower for you. icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    FatFranklin saidSo, I was thinking in the shower... life is a game. The people you surround yourself with are co-players. As with any game there are rules and I think it would be fun to start listing the rules as I have learned them. I am not following any sort of daily motif. These could be lessons I've learned from the past, lessons I've learned through watching other people, or lessons I've learned through introspection and reflection.

    Rule 1. If a friend wants to talk shit about another friend it is safe to assume they are talking about you behind your back as well. Talking shit with them only insures that everyone in your circle is going to know what you said instead of what they said.

    **Pro-tip: Keep your discrepancies between you and the person you have an issue with. Players that stir up 'drama' do it for multiple reasons: to draw attention away from their own shortcomings, to alienate a certain individual in a group, or to get ahead. Life is about strategy - understand that people will step on you and push you down to get ahead. Keep in mind that everyone is capable of anything.

    -If you are there for your friends in a crisis or to help them through a bad time there is a very high chance that they will look out for you too. Building a sense of camaraderie is extremely beneficial to any player.

    **Pro-tip: Perspective: While it is true that you are player one keep in mind that everyone playing is player one. They are playing alongside you just as you are playing alongside them. Frequently take a step back and imagine that you are playing from their end. This makes the game easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

    1a. Everyone has a motive: whether it is beneficial or detrimental depends on how you are playing and what you want out of the game. Not everyone's motives are going to align with what is best for you all of the time. Be aware that everyone thinks they know you better than you do. Do not let anyone manipulate you or steer you off track from where you want to go - you know what is best for you.

    -Don't think this applies to you and only you. This applies to every player in the game. Push the people around you for better things, but never tell them what is best for them or what they need to do. Giving advice is fine, but don't get upset if they don't follow your advice because just like you it is their game to play as they choose.

    Tip: If you stop feeding a rat one of two things will happen - they will become brazen in desperation and come into the light or they will go somewhere else to look for food. Rid yourself of 'rats' to enhance your gaming experience.

    Note: You can't change the game, but you do have the power to pick who you play the game with.
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:53 PM GMT
    Well played icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:56 PM GMT
    lol wow you either think really fast or have long showers.
    the most I do is sing in the shower.
    you're very contemplative which is a good thing.
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    Mar 29, 2013 6:34 PM GMT
    I have to say that I didn't expect any responses from my post, but maybe I will start posting more of my little revelations as I have them!

    I take really quick 5-10 minute showers. I get bored and start to feel wasteful if I am standing there longer than that. What took the longest was putting my jumbled thoughts into a coherent essay. I tend to be a sloppy writer so hours of proof reading, editing, and reorganizing followed my shower.

    I really like the idea on us not wanting to suffer. It gives a sense of camaraderie. We, as social beings, strive to be heard, seen, felt, and understood which is why we seek out like minded individuals. We get into this 'pack' mentality forming cliques with friends liking certain people and distancing ourselves from others.

    You can see it in every community - here, school, work, the bar, online, etc. It is a watered down semblance of an instinct that kept us alive. Happy people find happy people, angry individuals seek out other angry individuals, sad people group together, etc. This can be seen as early as grade school.



  • MikeW

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    Mar 29, 2013 6:36 PM GMT
    LOL @ ArtDeco.

    Life can certainly be looked at as a game. The problem I have with "game" is it is inherently "unreal". You win or you loose or w/e but when its over you've just passed the time and had some imaginary adventures.

    Life, on the other hand, is very real and it is far more complex than can be summarized by rules. Oh, for sure, there are "rules" or, as I prefer, "life lessons." But life surprises you, too. You never know what its going to throw at you next. It might be something fun, exciting, memorable; it could just as well be crewel, humiliating or devastating.

    So, here's a "life lesson" or "rule" if you must: You can predict many things in general with a fair range of confidence but the specifics will always remain unpredictable baring infinite knowledge of the circumstances. Example: I predict the sun will rise tomorrow. Chances are that's a fair prediction. I can even predict that I'll get up and do my morning routine, make coffee, eat breakfast, etc., and go about my day. BUT, what I can NOT predict (without infinite knowledge) are the *specific* details of these ordinary events. They unfold along a line of variables that are too numerous to comprehend. Life is like that and it is what makes life truly interesting.

    (BTW, I first thought of this "rule" observing breaking glass. If I put sufficient pressure on a piece of glass at one point, I can predict that it will crack. However, i can not predict [without knowing the precise strengths/weaknesses of all the molecular bonds in relation to the stress points beneath them, if any] *precisely* what direction or path the crack will take. This is why a piece of glass has to be 'scored' first before it is cut, to weaken the molecular bonds along a specific and predetermined path but, even then, if the score isn't uniform, the crack may veer off from this path and the point where the molecular bonds are strongest.)

    Here's another "rule": Despite what you are thinking, your brain is always silent. I'll not elaborate on the significance of that one, only add that it came to me while washing the dishes. ;)
  • Hothouse

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    Mar 29, 2013 6:53 PM GMT
    I had the "Life" game when I was a kid - took a long time to play, as I remember.

    And, if life is a game, I lost the box top with the printed rules a long time ago.
  • Fable

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    Mar 29, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    Tldr
  • LJay

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    Mar 29, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    Honest to goodness, I thought you had discovered a new place to put the shampoo bottle!
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    Mar 29, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    nice post!
  • metatextual

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    Mar 29, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidCole's Notes: showers are a good time to douche....wash all that shit out of your life.


    For the Americans: read Cole's as Cliff's.
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    Mar 30, 2013 12:12 AM GMT
    I don't believe you were in the shower...
    Just admit you were on the toilet !!.. Come On!! icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 30, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    I was in the shower I promise lol
  • hdurdinr

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    Mar 30, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    eb925guy saidwhat's a cute guy like you doing in a shower all alone? icon_lol.gif


    Cheating on me ALREADY?! icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 30, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
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