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How to avoid trouble

I’m deep into a science experiment.

It can be a dodgy, discouraging, disconcerting endeavor.

I’ve been observing people again.

As I classify the species, I’m noticing key differences.

Some early data:

  • Some never stop taking. Some never stop giving.

  • Some never stop talking. Some never stop listening.

  • Some trust & defer to authority. Some doubt & challenge authority.

  • Some believe in external power & circumstance, seeing themselves as victims. Some believe in internal power & manifestation, seeing themselves as creators.

  • Some strive for moment-to-moment awareness. Some last had a moment of awareness in 1997.

  • Some sort their behavior by self interest. Some sort their behavior by the needs of others.

  • Some follow the herd. Some shun the herd.

  • Some say & do what's right no matter what the cost. Some adapt & cower to avoid any cost.

  • Some are energy vampires. Some are energy donors.

  • Some brighten a room. Some darken a room.

Fascinating isn’t it?

Same hardware, different software.

It’s amazing we can all live together without killing each other.



But somehow, with a dose of perception, we can sort in an instant.

Show me a face that doesn’t know it’s being observed and within ten seconds I’ve downloaded ten pages of data.

A smile. A glance. A gesture. A laugh. Eye contact.

A scowl. A stare. A fist. A mutter. Covert peeking.

Who do you greet, who do you avoid?

Observation is free research that avoids expensive trouble.


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