Ingredients for current lifestyle:
- Climate Change,
- Pandemics,
- Heart Disease,
- Water / Other Pollution,
- Obesity,
- Animal Abuse,
- Deforestation

MASTODON GROUPS TUTORIAL!
(ACTIVITYPUB GROUPS IN THE FEDIVERSE!)

NO EXTRA SIGNUP NEEDED...
USE YOUR FEDIVERSE ACCOUNT

TUTORIAL BELOW:

- SEE A LIST OF GROUPS !
- FOLLOW A GROUP !
- MAKE A GROUP !
- POST IN A GROUP !

ALSO
- HOW TO SEE POSTS?
- TESTING / NOT SURE?

After doing some digging here's my near mini-tutorial about groups...
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- SEE LIST OF GROUPS!
a.gup.pe/
Also shows follower numbers.

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FOLLOW A GROUP !
- Following a group is done a few ways but I found this way as 100% / BEST WAY so far:

Step 1. Find the name of any group (on a.gup.pe/ website)... "Plants" group for example...

2. Put name "Plants" with @ before it in Mastodon Search Box (the top left box):
@plants (and hit enter)

3. The Mastodon search result will show @ plants @ a.gup.pe (without the spaces) as a group

4. Click :follow: to follow group!
Done!

(If you see two entries in the search results then one might be an old server from before - just follow what the newest which is "a.gup.pe" <--- newest has extra "a." in the address)

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MAKE A GROUP !

- Anyone can make a group.
It's done in 2 ways (your choice both is ok and can't go wrong even if you do both)

METHOD 1 - New groups can be created in the Mastodon Search box. So at the same time as when you use the search to search for it then the group it's automatically made for you in the process if it doesn't already exist! Then it shows up a few seconds later!

METHOD 2 Another way to create group is to *mention it* in a post and also at the same time it is created for you.
Example if I mention:
@ Freeschool @ a.gup.pe (without spaces) then the group will be made!

This group it's now created and if you start typing @ freeschool then you can autocomplete @ Freeschool @ a.gup.pe

SUMMARY
Whatever method you choose from it will create a new group name as you do that method and it will show up when you put that in search box results or mention it in future!
*Immediately* anyone else looking can find the group!

It will not show in the a.gup.pe/ website as it has to be more populate to show up there... and better for privacy not to show the smaller groups.
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MY OTHER COMMENTS:

I personally like they way to create group using no external signup AND using existing Mastodon account.

The Mastodon search box name provides a direct and powerful interface to see things
e.g. "@ freeschool @ a.gup.pe " shows " freeschool " group.

After creating group you can post and mention the group name to people in your group and can be quite private.

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HOW TO SEE POSTS?

Posts show up in timeline like following a person.

To see posts just Mastodon search box in Mastodon with group name (like @ plants) and then click the group name to natively show the existing posts.

I don't think you can enable notifications on these groups (yet) but the usual mentioning / replying / favouriting can show you immediately someone read it or replied.
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POST IN A GROUP !
To post to a group yourself, mention the " @ plants @gup.pe " address (without spaces) in your post. If you start typing @plants now it will attempt to autocomplete for you so just select the a.gup.pe address from that and you don't have to type out the full address!

Just remember for posting just the group name is needed... use @group and autocomplete will do the rest in your compose box and you can choose the appropriate.

If you delete-redraft post don't worry it will only show once - I re-draft my posts a lot so I know !

Hope this info is worth it to you!

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TESTING / NOT SURE?
If you want to test some messages, feel free to use the Freeschool group by mentioning @ FreeSchool @ a.gup.pe (without the spaces)
or
use search "@freeschool" and select the a.gup.pe group from there.

OTHER NOTES / DETAILS / READING
- Newest website is a.gup.pe
(notice the "a." prefix - Old website was gup.pe which changed earlier in 2022, around April)

- a.gup.pe is the server that is used as a middle between Mastodon without needing separate accounts but rather creates accounts itself on-the-fly / as you ask or search for it!

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THANKS & CREDITS

-Thanks FediTips @feditips for initial tip about this - Hope you liked my tutorial :)

- Thanks Will datatitian@social.coop for initially creating guppe groups

Github Info + Description:

github.com/wmurphyrd/guppe

"Decentralized social groups with ActivityPub, NodeJS, Express, and Mongodb"

another description:

Guppe is an ActivityPub server that automatically generates group actors and provides distribution functions.

Searching for and following any account in the gup.pe domain, such as in Mastodon, will create a new group which you can then follow.
a.gup.pe/

IS THERE A GROUP TALKING ABOUT GUPPE ITSELF?

- A group talking about a.gup.pe itself is at link below. Use if you want to follow / get updates / chat about a.gup.pe itself:
@guppegroups
(or search @guppegroups)

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FAQ / INTERESTING QUESTIONS
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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HASHTAG AND GUPPE GROUP?

@GuppeGroups helps actively grow your network of people around topics of interest. So if two unconnected people both participate in same group, it will cause them to become connected and see each other.
Hashtag doesn't have this unless you happen to post at same time and look yourself at hashtag page more aggressively / manually etc.
The Guppe group way *let's you* know and choose to follow it more actively listening.

Hashtags are more a way of organizing toots and checking when you want (not sure if a tool exists or worth it for high-traffic hashtags)

POSTING TO GROUP VIA PUBLIC OR UNLISTED POST?

"Public" in your post setting (when writing any post) will get it seen asap.

"Unlisted" level of post means everyone in the group will still get it, but it won't appear in local or global timelines, just when someone is looking in the group specifically.

RECOMMEND ANY GROUPS / ANY OTHER EXAMPLES?
@ retrocomputing @ gup.pe is the OLD group without a. in server (still can see the posts

so use newest
@ retrocomputing @ a.gup.pe

is also great

NOTE!
Searching "@ groupname" is good / works best but also creates the group if not already existing!

NEED HELP? LET ME KNOW AS USUAL FROM THE FREESCHOOL / FREEDOM LOVER.

, Social, , , , , ,
, ,

Debian for the win!... Long-term less-for-profit growth and for the ❤️ end-game... 

What Debian has done well is make it less purchasable - i.e. keeping it more for volunteers / non-profit which eventually keeps the best check for it's own progress and less elements monetary elements.

As a non-profit it's better calculated in the long-term "for the love of it" and non-corporate type of efforts.

Being bought and taken over happens constantly today - so no surprise when *yet again* something good then gets bought out / changes hands / new leaders / put to sleep etc.

Debian people can die happy they didn't sell out. Poor people tied to what they love rather than momentarily rich / bad exchanges with wrong people.

WHY IS THE "GO" GAME PICTURED IN THIS POST...?
The idea in the picture refers to the game "go" which often suddenly has your pieces flipped over and captured by the other person (the other team in this case which is the monetary team / governments / banks etc - "the dark" or uncaring side)...
Playing the money games would effectively turning your 'piece' of work and love into a "dark" one day inevitably as time goes on and it gets bought or sold or more involved financially at risk etc (it's all risky business money and in the hands of wrong-minded people).

The Go game is the analogy later down the line as you see all your pieces get flipped to the opposite colour and hard work captured... even worse locked off (this is the kinda of default for the Matrix we live in and want more sharing of instead).

OTHER EXAMPLES?
Perhaps like RedHat which is now under IBM but that also lasted a while without so not the worst example-
IRC servers who got replaced / admin rights removed / new staff put in...
Websites with pay-gates and all this stuff probably as a result of monetising it or feeling in and around it.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_%28ga

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EXTENDED WRITING / OPTIONAL
Not "scaling up" using money is another way to see quality prevail and less toxic elements mixed in to decision making. The expectation without speed is that quality is maintained and the main focus, andeven slow cooking is better than hard and fast..
Speed via money (banks and companies, feelings from money by people) damages things and often crashes it knowingly (to get the tax or infrastructures bult only then for government to take over / regulate it).

So it's about keeping our monumental slow-progress ours and non-purchasable / less designed to be bought.
We know the banks and governments are cruel / financially based.
And ❤️Debian❤️ is not!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian

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GENERAL DEBIAN FACTS

Debian is Free Software.
Free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. This is our main promise to our users. It's also free of cost.

Debian is stable and secure.
Linux-based operating system for a wide range of devices including laptops, desktops and servers.

Debian has extensive Hardware Support.
Most hardware is supported by the Linux kernel which means that Debian will support it as well.

Debian offers a flexible Installer.
Our Live CD is for everyone who wants to give Debian a try before installing it. It also includes the Calamares installer which makes it easy to install Debian from the live system.

Debian is the Base for many other Distributions.
Like Ubuntu, Knoppix, PureOS or Tails, are based on Debian.

The Debian Project is a Community.
Everyone can be a part of our community; you don't have to be a developer or sysadmin.

Debian has control
Debian cannot be controlled by a single company. Our developers are from more than 60 different countries, and Debian itself is translated into more than 80 languages.
#2022 = 29th

Debian T-Shirt - Modified Original

Artistic modification of our favourites! For the ❤️ of it.

-Shirt

IMAGINE 'YOUR' MONEY IS ' FROZEN ' IN THE BANK!

(The bank says "Due to extraordinary circumstances we take XYZ measures")

YOU MIGHT NEED TO TAKE YOUR MOOLA NOW OR SE IT DISAPPEAR LATER!

We've seen how governments AND banks can confiscate / seize / impound / FREEZE money... and even eat it completely!

❗⚠️ Under the mattress is not the best way ‼️ 🛏️

🚫 ⛔ In the bank is also getting less secure 🏦 🏧

Money and it's debt was always insecure (artificial scarcity) so IF government and banks get nervous they will hold back money and even eat customer money as we saw in Greece.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artifici

I'm kinda glad to see this as visually it doesn't make sense to rob you're own bank but technically when banks take care of themselves before customers robbing your own bank makes complete sense. Do read your terms and conditions! :)
:nes_fire: 🏦 :cc_nc: 📉 💱 💰 💲 💳

CryptPad = private editing together.

Unreadable outside of the session you are logged in.

Even the service administrators do not have access to your information.

cryptpad.fr or
cryptpad.devol.it/

- Try whiteboard:
cryptpad.fr/whiteboard/

MASTODON INTERFACE QUIRK?

Can't open posts *natively* because there if no text to click (opens in new tab IF you click the picture.)

Explained:

Pictured = (1) Can't open posts *natively* (in same window) if they have no text! Try find a post yourself and see if you can open without opening new tab!

Pictured (2) Another post with text you *can* click open natively by clicking on it's text (no new window needed)

AGAINST CENSORSHIP? PROXIES:

Snowflake / TOR -
Allows people from all over the world to access censored websites and applications.

Iran and India facing even harder times.

snowflake.torproject.org/

POETRY - It's Up To You (poem)

It's up to you to fill the chair,
It's up to you to be aware,
It's up to you to take a chance,
It's up to you to take a stance,
It's up to me to show I care,
It's up to me to be aware,
It's up to us to communicate,
It's up to us to always be straight,
In order for this to succeed,
It's up to you and it's up to me.

- Lynette, September 2019
kalum.ca/?It's_Up_To_You_(poem)

THE CAUSES OF CHAOS ( Game / RPG )

It's just a picture from a a retro game, and I secretly hope it teaches me the Causes of Chaos....

Will you join me on this quest?
Y/N>_?

(so I can rescue me/ourselves from the causes!)

I just looked this up as I had not clue and it's text RPG (Role Playing Game, not graphics yet!
But fun to read)

I ended up watching the player play (type) and the descriptions like "You are in a forest"
go n (north)
"The is a well"
"Use Headdress"
"Throw Rock"

lol

Will you join me on this quest?
Y/N>_?

Also music from game here:
botsin.space/@SIDMusic/1090752



CLIMATE CHANGE relative to BANKS

" When it comes to climate change, it's all about following the money "

- Twitter User (via Nitter filter)
nitter.snopyta.org/DrStranglel
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a LONGER VERSION HERE
EVENTUALLY CONNECTING BACK TO CLIMATE CHANGE.

I wrote this because Banks are pretty much the basis for all life (full stop?) and so if all of life today is at the cost of PRIVATE bank % so then % is the root of everything even in the loosest sense as % is increasingly added on top of % (compounding all at the same time). This causes unpayable total % amounts across humanity as they all try to pay percentage back... using guess what... more %! (which is people taking loans from banks and they acting like mini-banks or pyramid scheme trying to get other people to pay what people before them promised to pay as loans)
- basically the equation
💲+%'s = 💲 💰💰💰
(+ more %'s or 💰interest if one side of the equation is pumped into the the starting side of the equation almost as an infinite mathematical loop or impossible unsolvable equation (other than slavery to banks).
Imagine humanity's problems simply because of the above equation or just being locked into that and not getting any better!

A computer trying to solve the equation might crash or report unresolvable error relating to one side feeding the other like an legal infinite loop using values that haven't been create yet but as % on paper this virtual money is used to create/loan more money every second and every minute of the day...

(not the best example perhaps as life is continual but heading towards the spectrum of negative-numbers or greed is obvious a big part of the unhelpful pre-defined goal nobody by banks and similar-minded people want)

Re-loaned from loans, feeding into it's own equation many time become like a calculator crashing saying the numbers go out of range.
(a man-made formula of course which accept this logic where a computer might not so easily allow cheating in this way)

It soon becomes impossible to pay without you or your government selling you and your existing self further. And even after selling grandma's land (via banks and then selling mortgages) it means many by now don't even have their heritage even if it was legit in earning or owning it.

All this is used as leverage when it's basically hard for people to beat a banks system propping their life (some parents can't even speak against it knowing their child might go against their own existence going against banks)

WINNING STRATEGY / SOLUTION?
Playing the slow game just like you wouldn't want to go into a casino thinking you're going to always win... spend less money get taxed less because faster let's you put money more money into banks and pay the greed and taxes and %'s... and since we were not set to start in a fair system (we were not born into a fair system) then we also have to accept dying slow / never really in a world born from fairness or positive numbers / positive people (for the most part and even the good were using and born into bad tools themselves).

So accepting it's not winnable outright but a slow process to bend the tree back slowly back to something straight and more-often more best we can.

A lot of time people think or assume they can 'solve' it in one... but with increments over the years, it seems more likely we too have to increment it back while enjoying like butterfly's the time the banks allowed us (imagine in 1 or 2 generations when your parents were alive or about 80 short years our population has tripled in total... this was also enabled by banks... not just fertilizer etc which could have kept feeding the world instead of banks taking from it)

When there is only % to pay for everything one has to take that bad chess game and almost call it a day...

Getting money isn't easy either, as you are taxed as an individual for the transactions or taxed as a fee for initial loans etc... or even saving things by leaving them in banks results in % as they are allowed to re-loan from holding savings upto 10 times what actually exists.

CLIMATE CHANGE JOBS RELATED TO BANKS WHICH ARE IN TURN CAUSING CLIMATE CHANGE
The need for jobs becomes another choke point that probably deliberately is design to burden the public and get them to do what they want in jobs or at least turn a blind eye / not speak out / turn their back on bad practices ... and companies ONLY exist to get 'more' leverage or more power or money by definition as a 'job' (hired hands) because if you would help get less money and do more good in the world that would not make sense for them and usually useless. 1st money or at least using good for money like hospitals grinding down it's staff when each one is actually doing the work costing people millions every year but still they are understaffed somehow and overworked).

A bad cycle because it diminishes morality itself if banks and processed are without morality or without people or morality (including government too orchestrating and allowing things to happen all the time) and instead financial oppression is used and a bad "normal" for decision-making from top to bottom.

CARE AND CONSENT - THE MISSING ESSENTIALS
What isn't in the equation or ingredients is *care* by banks AND at the end expecting us to pay them OR GOVERNMENTS ALLOWING PUBLIC TO PAY FOR PRIVATE BANKS with out public money is a constant joke (and again the unplayable position) as their % and their taxes are fees that just keeps adding every time we do a transaction as a cut to themselves while pretending to offer us a service we end up paying amazingly more for and still not getting what everyone wants (getting tyranny or fat cats instead).
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CAN'T BEAT PERCENTAGE
And since you cannot ever beat the percentage by paying more %
then life becomes even more out of whack unless you are in the middle in which case you might not even notice these percentages flying around above and below you... with those who are playing / gaining more while those above and below do the gambling as do or die or all or nothing poker play games... poor having much more to lose and more risk of death outright if not attrition vs. the rich.
(we have also seen ourselves personally our parents slogging it and doing increasingly questionable work, long hours, unpaid mothers, uncaring infinite treadmills and rate-runs)
If you haven't had that then like Bruce Wayne or Batman your wealth was built on the rail roads, oil and real estate (land & finance)... and then one can try to solve the world and attempt justice!
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RELATIONSHIPS
Therefore most of the stresses in life from the very beginning of relationships are from banks and government collusion / doing deals with each other like 2 supermarkets exactly opposite each other who do deals on advertising alternate weekends to catch all fish / increase weekly sales overall. We see it in Malls and various centralised places... look illogical but in terms of sales perfectly placed.

We in debt or indebted / chained have to answer for the negative-numbers based society which is not helping at all or even worth it.

Somewhat equally and proportionately it is eroding our compassion and a heavy weight for everyone to carry.
Anyone that thinks banks are OK or neutral needs to understand they are choosing and they are not caring and that is political (both in the co-ordination with Goverments and also how they do 'business' / use people for more money as their primary goal).

The decisions banks make is simply about "who gets our money" and "we decide" so why they would give it to any good idea or something saving money?
Any good idea therefore stops dead right there at funding as usually it would have not money as #1 interest or even 10th on the list. So unless it hooks something else (like subsidizing early internet or any technology to then make money, then the banks are not going to go for it without further hook or advantage)

KILL THE FUNDING, KILL THE IDEAS
More than outright killing people in the daylight, just kill the ideas at the funding level. Nothing to see here, just a non-starter or crazy people. What but debt can be grow from banks?
Even good ideas will sell out somehow by nature of being given the ok but banks and pre-set government rules which ever tighten.
You can only beat the % (or match it) by taking from elsewhere and then realise that was a short-lived relief so by aiming at moral decision-making I think that is the most worthwhile investment or people voluntarily sharing their wealth or spaces without roping others into it.
When 18 or so I got the ultimatum from my dad "Do you want study further in university or go get a job" (I chose the easier or the two and still think I needed more time though I wouldn't have been supported or cared as much as I might need having very little idea of the world other than "this is all so twisted, nothing seems right about this system and ultimatums everywhere")

FASTER TREADMILLS DON'T HELP
People running faster to pay forever increasing debt (if money is debt and bank constantly re-loans it) just means forever adding % on top everywhere faster than people could ever pay (in fact the only way to 'win' is to play as less as possible and not take on money (debt) in order not to spread it.
It's a fine line and easy to say but as another analogy imagine a hard chess game - where you know they set the board up with all the possible moves known by them or from previous experience with others in the same game...

These chess pieces are not set up fairly or even move in the same way you are allowed and so the system has a cheat and a head-start and all the possible things you can imagine against as individuals who needs 30years to figure out how unfair it is or has become and aware it's impossible.

BORN INTO IT
What individual or family were born into (and then decline / try to opt out of) is what banks and government allowed to be funded for the most part.
In many many ways a company is an extension or member of government and having a house and extension allowed by bank mortgages (both company and houses all need loans and to pay back more + get profit also to stay afloat). That's asking a lot from life!

And so no surprise people are prepared to do bad things to try counter-balance how much is asked for them and just get more money infinitely... AND THEREFORE CLIMATE CHANGE AS A MIRROR TO THAT through the pressure on people of staying in job (staying alive, keep family alive through their jobs) and companies making them keep quiet to live (or just about survive) as ultimatums continue for even staying in the job as wave after wave the companies have another 'bright idea' or change to their workforce to optimize 'efficiency' using said or unsaid terms with their workers (scientists, researchers, journalist, teachers, all screwed down by this systematically / financially).

And so one of the main ways to either keep people quiet or 'grateful' is to hold jobs>money>food/shelter in your hands or pay them a bit more than average to hire their allegiance and loyalty.
By paying people and having this chain means people act like hired muscle / brain muscle for you with priority always about staying alive themselves / self-interest in the pyramid of self-interest.
A bit like bailiffs and police are the well-paid muscle 🕺 🚔 :blobpoliceangry: 💪 and a bit like lawyers are the well paid brains 🧠 💼 ™️ - they all enforce high levels of return for system ( banks and government(s) )

END NOTE
I think you get the chain...
perhaps it's not clear how banks run everything but they are the bad seed that want more % back and choose who gets money and who doesn't.

I hope this shows without money (and decisions by bank and government to give it unless they get more back) nothing good happens without big stere/// so almost everything runs through those uncaring people as initial funders (vulture capitalists) and for even more control it's an incremental grip (not only money)
Even if people try to operate as nice people within it and try not sell out - the have to pay %'s and undo any good work (unless it gets you out of this matrix <--- also a business term)

** might redraft this all later of course **
root %'s are relative root problems to everything even climate change which feeds into that debt equation like everything else **

Also know as systematic or structural violence. The picture may say represent that well enough to see it's not a good place to go anywhere near.

BOOK QUOTE - The Little Prince

" Of course I'll hurt you
Of course you'll hurt me.
But this is the very condition of existence.... "

SHEESH I'm going to call "deep" on that !

And say hurting each other (if that's part of the process) just without money :cc_nc: I think is better :red_heart:

LANGUAGE LESSONS - DUTCH
"Advanced Dutch" (see picture)

and also:

What to call the 2nd column... the kinda of translated writing? :)

RETRO COMPUTING GROUP

Hello to the RetroComputing group: @retrocomputing

I believe this is the current group which natively you can search in Mastodon by searching for:
@ retrocomputing
(without the space otherwise you get the web page / hyperlink)

You can read the old posts since the change over to new in before ~April 2022 - so old posts are here:
@retrocomputing
(or search @ retrocomputing without the space to see in Mastodon natively)

So if you're reading this in either group I'd like to say hi and add my own interest / experience via this pictur.

I made in an Atari homage and nostalgia anim and welcome anyone to "ping pong" about it :)

PERSON RECOMMENDED: ALAN WATTS
A story from alanwatts.org/
mailing list: news@alanwatts.org

(Extra info at the end)

A Summer Story of Alan
Written by Mark Watts (son)

In the summer of 1973 I was staying on my father’s ferryboat the Vallejo in Sausalito, and he was living at Druid Heights up on Mount Tamalpais high above San Francisco Bay. Each weekday he would either come down to the boat to get the mail, or I would drive it up the hill to the redwood water-tank library that had been converted into a comfortable place for him to work and write.

One day he thought he’d come down the hill but he still hadn’t shown up by 11, and so I gave a call to see if I should bring the mail up. He said: “Oh yes, please— I became caught up in painting out on the deck, you must see!” Very curious now, I headed up the hill.

When I arrived he was sitting outside on the deck surrounded by long strips of rice paper weighted down with round stones, painting kanji characters with a coarse brush and black ink. With smooth strokes characters would appear, but the brush was also picking up the wood grain from the deck below, mapping its textures in what he described in his book on the Tao as li, or organic pattern.

He offered me the brush and I tried a few strokes, and then he did some more, and I’d never seen him happier or more engaged in the moment. After a while we hung the gorgeous strips with *those* textured characters
from the shelves in the library to fully dry, and he made us good green tea.

A few weeks later my father left on what would be his final lecture tour, and as he passed through more than twenty airports over the next two months I could see that day stayed with him reflected in the recurrent Taoist themes of li and tzu jan - organic pattern and nature: of itself so- heard by his audiences along the way.
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EXTRA BITS
1 - I also recommend his audio which is like a podcast available on TORRENT <--- if not sure how to download then let me know!)

2- My fan page also here:
freeschool.0id.org/alan-watts/

METHODOLOGY - EASY WHEN YOU TRY OR ADAPT YOUR OWN WAY

Video says to me / sends the message :

"When one breaks free - The rest can follow"

The idea with this video is:

- something unlikely is possible
(once you know how or just try)

- others can follow good methodology

- people (and dogs!) can do it in a different way but can achieve the same result
( like the second dog who jumps on fence in different way, both get the result done according to their own speed and ability)

You get the idea - we can find good ways. And not just escaping but working together after escaping or after the first phase think about the next / pre-plan.

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