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Posted 01/04/12 - 4:37 AM:
Subject: Highway Mentality
Highway Mentality is much different from traffic mentality, it does not mean however that there could not be much traffic on highways as well, but usually, there would be sparse traffic when compared to the traffic in the city. If you choose the right time to travel you would enjoy what I call highway mentality. If you find some city traffic in between, that will not make any difference in your mentality. You would continue to drive fast and with adventure and with enthusiasm and city traffic would soon be past you. But it’s not so when you are not going anywhere and you’re in city traffic because you have to go somewhere in city. This might cause stress, anguish, breaks and lack of flow, but highway is mostly about flow. I think you do not care much about details on highway or if you do, you know your goal and hence you get rid of details. Your efforts are libidinous initially and later sublime. In city traffic, you are too enervated because of details and you rarely get flow. There is very lack of variety in details and that is what accompanies with exhaustion to make you get nightmarish boredom. The feeling of sojourner who is transcending the world is possible only with the highway mentality and you would find that this mentality would stay with you in city traffic if you have been to highways recently and then you would observe something peculiar that the details of city traffic might not bother you with highway mentality even if you have no destination to reach. You would realize that there is no need to actually drive on highway to have highway mentality. It seems an obscure idea and it’s obscure to an extent, but I am sure that if you realize it at once all of the absurdity turns into crystal clarity and you look at the world in a new light!
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Posted 01/05/12 - 2:16 PM:

the problem with traffic mentality vs. highway mentality is that all the stopping and going forces you to constantly be engaging your foot on the brake and gas, which i hate (because of my ankle injury). if i could operate the gas and brake using my hands on the steering wheel (the same way i operate the cruise control), i would be sooo happy.

also, traffic mentality forces you to keep looking at the car in front of you, especially if the traffic is stop-and-go, stop-and-go. it's different from when you're sitting a traffic light, then you have more time to take an interest in the surrounding scenery. also, at a traffic light there is generally more activity happening around you than when you're in stop-and-go traffic on the highway. in the latter case, usually all there is to look at is concrete walls on either side. sometimes trees, but not typical closer to the city.

it's an interesting idea, though, i like it. the feeling of flow for me will probably be facilitated once my ankle heals more. still hoping someone will make a car that lets me brake and gas with the push of a button!
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Posted 01/05/12 - 2:29 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
the problem with traffic mentality vs. highway mentality is that all the stopping and going forces you to constantly be engaging your foot on the brake and gas, which i hate (because of my ankle injury). if i could operate the gas and brake using my hands on the steering wheel (the same way i operate the cruise control), i would be sooo happy.


I was not expecting any response on this post because it seemed a bit quirky idea to write it in the first place. Partially I did so because it metaphorically represented my life story's unfolding in 'Whole versus Parts' fashion in relation to the quest for the ultimate truth. It was an actual experience and it was analogous to the higher Philosophy, that is what made me to write it down.

Thanks for your feedback. nod If that 'sooo' was intentional I can understand that you are desperately looking for getting healed soon. May I know what caused injuries? I wish you a very quick recovery, lib!



also, traffic mentality forces you to keep looking at the car in front of you, especially if the traffic is stop-and-go, stop-and-go. it's different from when you're sitting a traffic light, then you have more time to take an interest in the surrounding scenery.



A good observation. In this 'stop and go' fashion show, there is a need of compulsive attention. No time to look around.

also, at a traffic light there is generally more activity happening around you than when you're in stop-and-go traffic on the highway. in the latter case, usually all there is to look at is concrete walls on either side. sometimes trees, but not typical closer to the city.


Those random trees and greenery, which are not part of any 'famous tourist resort' and which stand there all the time witnessing passers-by are what invite me in a most compelling manner and not destinations; so I stop randomly and frequently and don't care about reaching to crowded places or so called 'important historical places' in time.



it's an interesting idea, though, i like it. the feeling of flow for me will probably be facilitated once my ankle heals more. still hoping someone will make a car that lets me brake and gas with the push of a button!


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Posted 01/05/12 - 5:38 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:
Thanks for your feedback. nod If that 'sooo' was intentional I can understand that you are desperately looking for getting healed soon. May I know what caused injuries? I wish you a very quick recovery, lib!

thank you hug the pain is quite tiresome. i believe that it began when i fell out of a tree at the age of 7, and i landed on my right ankle. i suspect that at that time it stretched the ligament, which caused me a lot of pain for many years, but in my younger years i was drinking a lot of caffeine (pain suppressant) and later did a lot of drugs, so it wasn't something i thought about for a long time until i got sober. then about 3 years ago, i tripped on the sidewalk and actually tore the ligament on my right ankle (in the same place). this led to me having surgery last year to reattach the ligament to the bone. so now it is slowly getting better.
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Posted 01/07/12 - 12:36 PM:

libertygrl wrote:

thank you hug the pain is quite tiresome.


Welcome. hug

i believe that it began when i fell out of a tree at the age of 7, and i landed on my right ankle.



Oops, you must have been a naughty kid sticking out tongue



i suspect that at that time it stretched the ligament, which caused me a lot of pain for many years, but in my younger years i was drinking a lot of caffeine (pain suppressant) and later did a lot of drugs, so it wasn't something i thought about for a long time until i got sober. then about 3 years ago, i tripped on the sidewalk and actually tore the ligament on my right ankle (in the same place). this led to me having surgery last year to reattach the ligament to the bone. so now it is slowly getting better.




Did your patch with drugs was triggered just by this severe pain or there were other factors as well?




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Posted 01/12/12 - 5:14 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:
Oops, you must have been a naughty kid sticking out tongue

weren't we all wink
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Did your patch with drugs was triggered just by this severe pain or there were other factors as well?

i think there were a lot of different factors. the pain was one thing, and i do think it contributed. but i also went through a lot of trauma as a child, emotional and physical, in addition to a lot of stress and frustration of growing up in such a strict religious environment. drugs offered release in a lot of different ways.
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Posted 01/13/12 - 3:09 AM:

libertygrl wrote:

weren't we all wink


Indeed.




i think there were a lot of different factors. the pain was one thing, and i do think it contributed. but i also went through a lot of trauma as a child, emotional and physical, in addition to a lot of stress and frustration of growing up in such a strict religious environment. drugs offered release in a lot of different ways.



You had a difficult childhood. zen


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It seems that you had another spider dream and the frequency of your spider dreams is matched only by my lizard dreams. laughing
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