Hi there Katsuninken.
I found an interesting survey at www.durexnetwork.org/SiteCollectionDocum... . Also, the Kinsey Institute has an indepth summary by countries. Check em out, they're cool.
Your in Louisville, right? I just read that the Southern Baptist convention was being held there. It might be just where you are at. I was in Lynchburg, VA before moving overseas and it was abit stiff there too.
At any rate, I'm not trying to argue or anything but being an American I just wanted to address the broad nature of your blog.
When I was a teenager I asked my mom what she did in the 60's and 70's expecting something provocative. My mom gave me a sincere dear in the headlights look and said, "nothing special." Innocence ain't so bad really. :)
Thank you for the kind words of encouragement on my blog post.
Training ones self to enjoy periods of restfulness - and to make the most of it is hard I think. And to be grateful and humbled is extremely important. Its easy to continually critique that which isnt 'right' or needs to be 'improved' instead of being aware of the present and thankful for it.
Being a Shinto in Louisville I'm sure is very difficult. I can't say I would know of anywhere to go- maybe you could try out a local Unitarian Universalist church. They have a pretty wide net from what I've seen here in Cincinnati.
And if not - we will both have to just hope this little Social Network will be enough for both of us at present :).
Good to meet you - and thanks again for taking the time to read my babbling post.
Thanks for sharing. I love to hear stories like that. It sure makes me wonder. Thanks again. :-)
Thank you for your beautiful post! You said several things that really struck me:
Contagiousness - such a good point. I would love to be able to help spread it, and I like to be around people who have it .
Distress helps it germinate - that has certainly been my experience. Seems counterintuitive, but the bad stuff can force us to go inside to our cores just to survive. There is some good stuff down there! A huge store of compassion for the crazy human condition lives down there, along with joy. When I am tapped into that core, I realize that I can face the death of people I love, not inspite of loving them too much, but because of how much I love them. My fear, dread and premature grief goes away, and I'm left with a sense of pure wonder, deep gratitude, and a huge calm love for myself and everybody else.
Thank you for posting - please come back and do it again!
Thanks for you comments on "Tasting the Pizza"
I realize on an intellectual level that I have everything I need. I still however am looking outside of my self. I think I am almost there, and somebody will point out what I am missing, and then it will happen.
I am in the process of deprogramming myself of all the crap I was taught, and trying to accept myself unconditionally. Once the programming is gone, I will be able to see the world through the eyes of a child. Everything will be new, with a sense of wonder.
That basically is my long term goal. In the short I am reminding myself to accept the moment just as it is.
The journey is just beginning and I have a long way to go