Vanity

From: Michael Helsher
Date: Thu Nov 27, 2003 6:30 am
Subject: Vanity

Hello and thanks for the invite.

I liked the comment about putting on our makeup (this being a public list and all). It brought back memories of my first encounters with the WC list and the emotionally imbalanced tirades that I dumped on that list, which ultimately served to fluff up my own sense of vanity. It still rubs me fondly on the inside to write that I called the group a hyper-intellectual, egotistical histrionic, high-volume, derisive, rhetorical, misanthropic tea-party (the last one owing to uncle-Taz). My little-me loves this kind of shit. But my Big-me says that it takes one to know one :-(

Ben Franklin thought vanity "often productive to good to the professor and to others that are in his sphere of action: And therefore in many cases it would not be quite absurd if a man were to thank God for his vanity among the other comforts of life."

So... being inspired by the one that Franklin wrote when he was just 23, and my newly found and utmost respect for my own vanity, I have written my own epitaph:

Here stay’s what remains of the body of
MICHAEL A. HELSHER;
Who did not die "The death of a Salesmen".
Who found within Himself,
An inkling of Eternal Truth;
And dedicated his life,
To the further understanding, and communication
Of such TRUTH.

That you read this,
And feel, and think about it,
Is proof:
Proof of the eternal nature of thought,
And of LOVE.
Love, that will not stay here,
With these decayed remains.
For neither thought, nor Love, can exist,
One without the other.

Truth and Love

Mike

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From: golden3000997
Date: Thu Nov 27, 2003 11:19 am
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Vanity

Hello Michael!!

Welcome : )

The best antidote to vanity is a healthy sense of humor. Sometimes it is a learning process to stop taking oneself too seriously! I think we all "lighten up" as we get older. Have you ever noticed how young children take life SO seriously?? The older I get, the sillier I get and I'm glad!!!

Pride is a good thing when one has acheived something worthwhile. Or even if one is making a good effort. Vanity is usually pride in oneself for no good reason. Right?

Happy Turkey Day!

Christine

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From: golden3000997
Date: Thu Nov 27, 2003 11:21 am
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Vanity

PS - Ben Franklin was quite a character, wasn't he? I have an ancestor named "Benjamin Franklin Fackenthal" now who could possibly take THAT seriously??

: ) giggle
Christine

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From: Michael Helsher
Date: Thu Nov 27, 2003 3:50 pm
Subject: Franklin Farting Proudly


PS - Ben Franklin was quite a character, wasn't he?

Yes, from what little I know I'd say that he was *The* founding father; "The first American". I'd also say that he was what I would call an American Initiate.

And while searching Amazon for books about him I came across a title that I can't wait to read. It is called "Fart Proudly" ;^)

Truth and Love

Mike

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From: Michael Helsher
Date: Thu Nov 27, 2003 3:36 pm
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Vanity

Hello Christen:

Thanks for the warm welcome. You wrote:

The older I get, the sillier I get and I'm glad!!!

Well, I like to call myself a recovering heavy-mental-head - went through a stage where I liked to play throw-up-in-your-face music by bands like Iron Madien and the like. It was serious business. We had to get the licks just right or it just plain sucked. And most music made by women was just plain stupid (except for maybe Stevie Nicks and her orgasimic voice).

Well, I'm older now and guess what? - I like the Indigo Girls (little-me from the past is chocking on this a bit, but I just have to admit it in an open forum). I think it was Emily Sailers who said something like: "You have to laugh at yourself every now and then, or else you'll cry your eyes out if you don't."

Pride is a good thing when one has acheived something worthwhile. Or even if one is making a good effort. Vanity is usually pride in oneself for no good reason. Right?

If anything I'd say that pride is pretty temporary, and if there is a reason for it, I think it might have something to do with me realizing that fact.

Truth and love

Mike

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From: golden3000997
Date: Thu Nov 27, 2003 8:36 pm
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Vanity

"I shall call him - Mini Me" Dr. Evil

There's a new popular quote out on T-shirts, plaques & things you can by in catalogues:

"Beer is God's way of showing us He wants us to be happy." Ben Franklin

I gotta get that book, too! : )

Washington sure slept around alot, too - didn't he?

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