Skip to comments.The Free Republic Koan
Posted on 04/14/2012 11:40:37 PM PDT by Talisker
It's struck me that JimRob's absolute RomneyZot has created a situation rarely seen in the world, especially on a mass scale: a koan.
A koan is a technique used in Zen Buddhism to stop the endless thoughts of the mind, and thereby enable a genuine spiritual breakthrough when the ego finally shuts the hell up. Traditionally, this is done by giving the acolyte an impossible question, and demanding an answer.
While somewhat inverse tactically, JimRob has created a similiar situation on Free Republic. Freepers are already faced with an impossible situation politically, and JimRob has (at least on FR) removed the easiest answer.
Real koans are not merely trick questions, as most people think (you can even buy books with "answers" to traditional Japanese koan questions, so clueless is what passes for understanding these days). Rather, koans are a method by which a person is forced to examine their most fundamental assumptions, in a desperate attempt to resolve the pressure of the paradox. As result, a more profound understanding is eventually reached that sheds light on what usually is realized to be a self-created cycle of delusion. In politics however, cycles of misery are exactly what the Left was created to maintain, precisely to deny the clarity that would lead to freedom.
So JimRob's making Freepers sweat it out. This is a remarkable thing - and rare. And I predict it will lead to a whole new level of clarity about political dynamics here, because that's what happens when you stand your ground and say: "Enough." You drop the self-indulgence, because you simply can't afford it anymore. And isn't that a perfect paradigm for what needs to happen in America?
Which brings me to my trademark mixed metaphor. Once upon a time, two frogs fell into a cup of milk. They could paddle around, but couldn't reach the rim. As time went on, they grew exhausted, and one of the frogs decided the whole effort was pointless, and despite the entreaties of his friend, he gave up, and drowned. But the other frog kept going, determined never to quit, despite how bad things looked. To that frog, it was the principle of the thing, even if he drowned too. So he paddled on... and just when he was about over, to his amazement, he felt something under his foot. It was a clot of cream he had churned through his incessant paddling. And he was able to brace upon it, and hop out.
So here's another koan: after going though that experience, who did the frog vote for?
My guess was Captain America.
Wow, I feel bad you are having to go through what sounds like a completely unbearable experience wardaddy. Here's to hoping you find relief soon!
The percs probably help but in my experience they don't really "relieve" any pain, they just make it so you don't give a "biden" about it, or at least make your hair go numb which can be entertaining.
Prayers up for your abscess.
It took a great deal of honesty to make this declaration, especially while running a fund raiser.
Shows me he is honest about his position even though it will make Free Republic smaller- for a while.
Conservatives need to let go of the GOP. One good offering every 100 years or so should be a strong indication that they are not conservative by choice but rather by convenience.
Sorry, I'm Vajrayana not Zen. ;^)
Does your physician know about the chills/sweats? You could be septic, and if so, that can kill you. It sounds like you belong in a hospital.
Sounds horrible... I hope you get the right treatment and feeling better soon. Prayers.
If 0bama had a son he would look like frog #2.
I Love the song. Here it is, Enjoy.
That's good, and I would normally be happy to play, but wardaddy's posts have me worried.
Wardaddy should to go to the hospital immediately unless his physician knows about the chills and fever and has OKed him staying at home. Not all bacteria are killed by Augmentin.
The frog voted conservative down ticket where possible.
Then he fished out his dead buddy and gave him a proper Christian burial.
Voting for the lesser of two evils means you're still voting for evil. The question becomes - do we embolden conservatives in Congress by being the opposition party, or do we empower RINOs into shoving even more liberal dung down our throats?
I'm voting for Newt. Piss on these lesser of two evils, I'm choosing a good man.
Why would they do that if you vote for a liberal? Obama or Romney, both think that Mommy Government is the best, and will rule your lives with the power of your tax dollars, and when that's not enough, they'll hawk everything you own, and then add more debt atop it, just in case you earn more later.
I know but I can’t do much about that. I’ve been doing practice for him since I read the post.
Assuming that your doctor doesn’t know about those sweats and chills, let me add my voice to the get-to-a-hospital chorus. Immediately. Seriously.
You might look into taking oregano oil for it, topically and by mouth. Oil of oregano can wipe out infections... I had a bad MRSA infection that antibiotics couldn’t touch, and oregano oil beat it in two days. Health food stores carry it in little blue bottles. Ask for doctor first, just in case it might conflict with something you’re already taking.
wardaddy, I’m with Slings and Arrows on this one. If you’re having chills that bad you need to get to a hospital.
But all is not lost! A wayward frog happened to come across the “dead” frog and performed CPR. The Obama frog was to stupid to be sure his foe was truly deceased, and counted his tadpoles before they were
hatched. The supposed dead frog was reportedly seen drinking Tea at some sort of Party.
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