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maryellen 
Posted: 18-Nov-2003, 03:38 PM
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The basic differences between Eastern and Western Philosophy is that Eastern sees gaining wisdom, knowledge etc. through silence. From the time of Socrates and Plato, the gaining of knowledge and wisdom has come from discussion/talking in Western Philosophy.
I want to lean towards the Western philosophy approach, but I feel that since I have been immersed in it, that it is difficult to see any other side to the question.
Should people do both? Is one better than the other? Any successes?


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Posted: 18-Nov-2003, 06:37 PM
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I would only suggest trying it to someone who has a VERY open mind


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Eastern pholosphy was around before western, That in itself should tell you some thing. again I make this statement..

" God/ The Gods gave us two ears and one mouth to do twice as much listening as we do talking. Are you doing as they wished?"

I see nothing wrong with shutting my trap & opening my mind so that I can learn without prejudice (sp) We are to work on our spiritual growth. all confrontation brings us is negative energy......why bother with negative when YOU can give positive in return.


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Posted: 18-Nov-2003, 08:32 PM
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Posted: 19-Nov-2003, 12:51 AM
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QUOTE (maryellen @ Nov 18 2003, 08:32 PM)
"Please show respect and appreciation to alternative views posted here. We appreciate your consideration."

Can I ask why you posted this? No body is trying to be mean, we are just sharing our opinions with you. You ask us remember? These posts were not meant for you specifically.
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Posted: 19-Nov-2003, 09:16 AM
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QUOTE (Angel Whitefang (Rider) @ Nov 18 2003, 08:32 PM)
God/ The Gods gave us two ears and one mouth to do twice as much listening as we do talking.

Actually we were given two ears so that we could hear music in stereo!! walkman.gif
Also, with only one, glasses would fall off nerd.gif , the earring industry would only be half as prosperous and Prince Charles' head would be only 2/3's as wide


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QUOTE (maryellen @ Nov 18 2003, 03:38 PM)

Should people do both? Is one better than the other? Any successes?

First Post,

I believe we need to do both. We need to both listen to each other and have an open dialogue. Only following one I belive is too closed minded.

Also, I would like to point out, if we don't discuss, what are we listening for. wink.gif

I like the we have two ears and one mouth to do twice as much listening as talking. I will agree to that as long as you recognize the need to talk at some point.
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Posted: 19-Nov-2003, 09:09 PM
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Maryellen,
I do respect every ones opinion, even yours. Now breath and take a step back please.
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QUOTE (Keltic @ Nov 19 2003, 09:16 AM)
Actually we were given two ears so that we could hear music in stereo!! walkman.gif
Also, with only one, glasses would fall off nerd.gif , the earring industry would only be half as prosperous and Prince Charles' head would be only 2/3's as wide

Ha ha ha ha ha laugh.gif
I love it
too funny

I think I agree a little bit with everyone.. not to ride the fence... biggrin.gif
I personally fallow the listen closely for a time then give bits of input followed by more close listening to peoples responses.

My dad jokingly used to say... if you tell everything to you know to someone then they will be twice as smart as you... (having known what they already know and now what you know also). Take this and apply it as you wish.

If we fail to listen, we will fail to understand
If we fail to speak, we will not be understood
If we equally listen and speak
Then we will both understand and be understood
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Posted: 21-Nov-2003, 01:28 PM
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QUOTE (Keltic @ Nov 19 2003, 09:16 AM)

Also, with only one, glasses would fall off nerd.gif , the earring industry would only be half as prosperous and Prince Charles' head would be only 2/3's as wide

You are very funny Keltic LMHO

and I know from funny when I read it tongue.gif

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Posted: 22-Nov-2003, 10:40 PM
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Even Jesus instructed us to go into the closet to pray. This sounds to me very much in line with the Eastern method. Although I have learned much from dialogue with others, I have also learned much from getting in touch with myself through silence and meditation.

Does this make sense to anyone?


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Posted: 23-Nov-2003, 10:02 AM
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Makes a lot of sense High Plains Drifter. I think when we do not take a proper amount of time to sit in silence, to be alone, we do not have the a good foundation on which to live. We lose sight of ourselves. We need a bit of introspection and self realization to reach self actualization. Take a minute everyday to sit silently and breath and to realize the magnificance of air moving in and out of the body giving you life.
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