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January 16, 2003
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, otherwise known as the FUD factor, is a dangerous combination, decidedly lethal when mixed with a native tendency not to trust others or believe in them except after they've proven themselves by Herculean challenges. Allowing past mistakes to dominate current reality and thereby influence the future will only perpetuate the history, the miserable cycle. Finding a way around the instinctive reaction - there's a challenge, one I have no idea how to approach. Yet if application of certain Zen thought patterns keeps one kind of misery at bay, perhaps it can help delay that learned response.