WORD'S WORTH“It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled”  Mark Twain

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WORD'S WORTH“Truth is a strange thing.
There is a danger in seeking it, for one might find it.
That one does not like a truth does not make it false.
How few people understand that!
But there are many sorts of truths, as there are flowers and beasts. Some truths are hard and cold, and sharp, and if one touches them one might cut oneself and bleed. Some truths are like dark stones which do little more that exist unnoticed; others are green with the glow of life, like moist grass rustling in the morning sun/ some truths are like frowns; and some are like smiles. Some are friendly; others are hostile; and, in both cases, their nature is just what it is, not what they may be said to be. Politics is not the arbiter of truth; it may be the arbiter of comfort, safety, conformity, and success, but it is not the arbiter of truth; the arbiter of truth is the world and nature; they have the last say in these matters.
Many may wish it were not the case; and many will pretend it is not the case; but it is, for better or for worse, the case.
Truth does not care whether it is believed or not; similarly, stone walls and cliffs do not care whether they are noted or not; so then let us leave it to the individual to do as he thinks best. Truth, the stone wall, the cliff, are not enemies; but they are real.”  John Norman

WORD'S WORTH“A true warrior is never at war with the world. And it takes this understanding to begin a revolution with one self. There are no shortcuts in the human journey. As much as we dislike it, the mud in which we all swim is necessary to bloom. Many times we get confused and think we are the mud. We are not. In Eastern traditions the Lotus flower symbolizes perfection because the flower raises unstained above muddy waters. I choose to be the Lotus.”  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

WORD'S WORTH“We may lose our best piece of pottery in the firing, the charter school we work so hard to create may fold, our start up business may go under, our children may develop problems beyond our control. If we only focus on the results, we will be devastated. But if we know the cup is broken, we can give our best to the process, create what we can and trust the larger process of life itself. We can plan, we can care for, tend and respond. But we cannot control.  Instead we take a breath, and open to what is unfolding, where we are. This is a profound shift, from holding on, to letting go.  As Suzuki Roshi says, “When we understand the truth of impermanence and find our composure in it, there we find ourselves in Nirvana.”  Jack Kornfield

FYI: Online Petitions.

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1. Most countries insist that you be a verifiable citizen of that country in order for your signature to be counted.

2. A petition requires 100,000 signatures to even be considered for parliamentary debate.

3. Amelia Tait  in her article for New Statesman, titled  Do Online Petitions Actually Work? The Numbers Reveal The Truth stated:  

“Using the content analysing tool BuzzSumo, I discovered the top ten most-shared campaigns from petition.parliament.uk within the last year. It seems logical that the most-shared petitions are those with the largest chance of success, and all reached the threshold to be debated by MPs (though four of the ten were actually denied a debate). Despite accumulating millions of signatures and hundreds of thousands of shares, however, not a single one of these campaigns suceeded in obtaining its intended outcome.”

4. Be aware that by adding your name and address or other contact details, these online petitions become the dream tools for advertisers and criminals.  Some of these petitions are actually generated BY criminals for the express purpose of gaining that info.

5. By signing a petition, many people believe they have done something about an issue and may, then, fail to involve themselves in action that might be more fruitful in obtaining the results they desire.

However, online petitions can raise awareness to important issues, providing your followers do not understand the above and are not totally fed up with endless, pointless requests filling up their feeds.

WORD'S WORTH“There were thousands and thousands of forms of joy in the world, but that all were essentially one and the same, namely, the joy of being able to love.”  Michael Ende