“The Emotionally Charged Birds of Anger”
Gregory V. Boulware
Do angry birds have a choice to be angry?
is a semi-mythical place, usually an island.
“The lips of black-robed judges appeared before him. They were whiter than the sheet of this printed page.”
Their lips displayed an unholy and terrible exaggeration. He saw this. His soul was spoiled…”
“The Pendulum of Hades”
“Fate was issuing from the lips of the black-robed men. What an expression of firmness and immovable resolution? My lord, the grotesqueness! The faces blazed with stern contempt of human nature. Fate continued, in his view, issuance from their lips. He saw them writhe with deadly locution. I shuddered to think what the man saw. The idea of delirious horror … Can you imagine the thought of him seeing angelical form? Some of the forms having heads of flaming spectres haunted his very soul. He had hopes of receiving help. He thought of sweet rest – in the grave. What peace there must be…in the grave? The thought came to him gently.
Silence, stillness, and darkness would contain such peace.
The judges disappeared. The tall candles sank into nothingness. In a maddening stupor, the feeling of descent into the soul of Hades slowed and stopped. He did not say if all of his consciousness was lost as he swallowed. No, even in his deepest slumber, all was not lost. In delirium, “Even in the grave, all in not lost,” he said. “Otherwise, there is no immortality for man.
In his return, from the swoon of ebbing death, to life… In returning, there are two stages one could possibly face; the sense of mental or spiritual cognoscente; the second stage, one can recall impressions of the first.
“How shall we distinguish the shadows from the gulf beyond betwix those of the tomb?” Asked the man, to himself. In his impression of first stage recall – after a long interval – will the reality truly come after swooning? He wondered within his semi-conscious mind. In glowing red-yellow coals, he recognized familiar faces. He saw much sadness. Many others would possibly or probably not see. No two sets of eyes see the same. The man pondered over the perfumed scent of a flower. “Is my brain growing feeble? Why am I bewildered with the meaning of some musical cadence, which has never before gained my attention?” These things happened, he thought. The sad visions of many faces floating in thin air.
He conjured remembrance of frequent lucid reasoning, although thoughtful endeavors and earnest struggles to regain the state of seemingly nothingness of his soul began to ebb. There have been moments of dreamed success.
Shadowy moments tell of tall figures that lifted and bore him in silence. They took him down, down, and further down with a dizzying oppression of descent. He remembered the vague horror in his heart, and an unnatural stillness. Suddenly, motionlessness, a ghastly train had outrun the tall ones who bore him. In seemed limitlessness, the descent into flatness and dampness, they paused with the weariness of their toil.
The motion returned. Then just as suddenly, there was sound as well. Sound, motion, and touch tingled his very frame. Yet, a strong desire to lapse into insensibility overcame him. The shuddering terror of the existence of thought became an earnest and endeavoring comprehension of true state returned with a sickness. A full memory of his trial, the tall men in dark robes – the judges, and their adornment of sable draperies hanging about the court, he swooned. He swooned at the sentence. His sentence. Forgetfulness of that later day plagued him an endeavored curse.
“So far, I have not opened my eyes. I felt like I was lying on my back, unstraped – unshackled,” he
Controlling Emotions: A Lesson from Angry Birds
“Do angry birds have a choice to be angry?”
Rabbi Noah Weinberg and based on his 48 Ways to Wisdom
Feigele: May 8, 2013
Yes, there are many legitimate reasons for being angry but we should not seek justice ourselves
Wassim, May 7, 2013
“Mindfulness vs The Reactive Mind”
When you’re young, you’ve yet to learn how to get what you want from the world. You don’t understand the world yet. You don’t understand what you can do to get what you want. All you know is what you want, and you want it immediately.
You demand instant gratification. You want food, you express your feelings. You want that toy, you express your feelings. You want to be burped, you express your feelings. You want the adults in the house to be quite so you can enjoy your nap, your express your feelings. When you’re young, you learn to express your feelings, if you want to get what you want.
Your mind learns to reactively express the desires that sprout in your mind as a consequence of a preceding stimuli. When you’re young, the reactive mind usually receives positive reinforcement (because your parents can’t stand to leave you crying). This strategy works pretty well for you, until you hit your teens and your desires (your worldly ambitions) suddenly expand beyond your immediate sphere of influence.
Your horizons have been broadened, and now you’ve got your eye on that pretty girl who doesn’t even know you exist. Why don’t you just ‘express your feelings’ to her and see how receptive she is? Who knows, maybe she finds the idea of playing Play Station games appealing! Go on, give it a shot! … No, all of a sudden, you know
better. You know it just won’t work.
You may not realise it, but this is the beginning of the end for your innocence… And, if you don’t learn a new strategy (for how to get what you want), it might just be the beginning of the end for you altogether. “Oh dear!
I’m much too young for this politics” you think to yourself… but your ambition has got you in a trance.
You’re enchanted. You’re under her spell, and you don’t even know it. You probably think she’ll be impressed if you score a goal with a scissor-kick or come up with a novel and elaborate dance for the post-goal celebrations!
Hah! Think again. Learn to CONSIDER things HOLISTICALLY.
“A Ghost Writer Q&A with G. V. B.”