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Did reading rather than posting first, but was doing some IM at the same time, so maybe that was sapping my creative focus. Fun, though.

Immediate stimulus was a self-help site peddling a lot of the standard babble. Mostly wrong, which is to be expected, and mostly being peddled without the peddler thinking about what he's peddling, which is also typical. But since I now *am* thinking, I'm going to take a few of his more egregious errors and see if I can say something more sensible.

"So often people try to find that spark outside themselves. That spark must be found within." Really? Who said so? Why?

I see this as a variable. The advantage to being a self-contained person is that you don't have to have any human contact. The disadvantage is that you're a psychopath, but hey, you can't have everything. *We are social beings*. To be a social being, we *require* to have relationships with other such beings. This is why solitary confinement is a punishment; it destroys the context in which we live our lives. Some of us may be able to tolerate it for a while, but I don't think it's a good idea to base policy on extraordinary abilities. If they show up, by all means use 'em, but don't plan on 'em. That's a tangent; back to subject.

It's necessary to be able to work without contact, because sometimes it happens. But it's a fundamentally different form of being, much like sporulation in mosses. If I have to spore up, I should do so, and then grow again when I get the chance, but I shouldn't try to delude myself that my spore-form is all of who I am.

More, later; that's all I've got attention span for ATM.

best,

Joel