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Eric Bock

"Surviving depression, loneliness, and poverty"

Sacramento, CA, USA
male, age 33
single
Speaks: English, Canadian syllabics, Finnish (very little), German (coherent), Japanese (very little), Spanish (very little)
Joined Feb 7, 2008


 
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Hometown Sacramento, CA 
Homepage http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/64239
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Birthday Oct 16, 1980  
Languages English, Canadian syllabics, Finnish (very little), German (coherent), Japanese (very little), Spanish (very little)  
About Me depressed
despairing
disabled
reserved
shy
tired
unhappy

kind
calm
helpful
honest
peaceful

neglected
borderline
damaged
impoverished
jaded
lonely

scientific
curious
inquisitive
noncommital
skeptical

witty
cynical
  Introduce yourself to Eric
  Lifestyle
Pets despise cats, like dogs  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Buddhism  
Eating Habits almost anything, prefer healthful food, occasional espresso  
Wild Fact About Me My 1992 Mercury Sable is dying and costs too much to fix. ;_;

I've had it for ten years. It's helped me cross the United States several times.
My Philosophy Thought exists.
Change exists.

Desire for unrealized states causes suffering.

Benefit, that which decreases suffering, propagates benefit.
Harm, that which increases suffering, propagates harm.

Wisdom transforms harm to nonharm.
Ignorance transforms benefit to nonbenefit.
What Gives Me Hope the possibility of enlightenment
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
What/who changed my life and why A suicide attempt in 1999 brought an end to my college education, which I had in any case become too disillusioned with to meaningfully continue. This also brought me more closely into the mental health system, and gradually revealed to me the limits of my parents' concern for my wellbeing.

In 2004, I had the most intense experience of my life. Through meditation I managed to destroy my sense of self, and for several days was fully awakened to the truths in Buddhism. I had previously known nothing about Buddhism, but became familiar with it in a very short time. I have had very brief similar experiences since then, but never of the same magnitude. I very much wish to awaken to that level again.

Since then, I have tried to act in accordance with my beliefs as well as I can. My depression has interfered greatly. I have additionally been hurt, deceived, and neglected by many people I had believed to care about me, leading to a worsening and dismaying borderline disorder.
What Bugs Me entropy, copyright, money, property, aggression, apathy, cats, delusions, disrespect, duplicity, gender, hostility, hypocrisy, ignorance, incivility, incompassion, incompetence, indifference, inethical beliefs, insects, intolerance, justice, nationalism, masculinity, race, selfis  
Passions agape, compassion, environment, friendship, health care, knowledge, music, personal rights, philosophy, psychology, religion, Singularity, spirituality, technology, transhumanism  
Inspirations Buddhism, Taoism, Iain Banks, Jorge Luis Borges, Immanuel Kant, Plato, Socrates, Vernor Vinge  
What Scares Me capitalism, corporations, death, feeling trapped, helplessness, limitless ignorance, limitless indifference, loneliness, mass delusion, materialism, stagnation, Western society, violence  
  Favorites
Role Models Siddhartha Gautama  
Quotation Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 3

Form is emptiness; emptiness is form.
- Heart Sutra

Not from itself,
nor from another,
nor from both,
nor without a cause,
does anything, whatever, anywhere exist.
- Nagarjuna

Joshu asked Nansen, "What is the True Way?"
Nansen answered, "Every way is the true Way."
"Can I study it?"
"The more you study, the further from the Way."
"If I don't study it, how can I know it?"
"The Way does not belong to things seen,
nor to things unseen.
It does not belong to things known,
nor to things unknown.
Do not seek it, study it, or name it.
To find yourself on it,
open yourself as wide as the sky."
"How did you learn this?"
"I was told it by the constant Tao
which inhabits all things."
- Mumon

The Tao that can be named is not the Tao.
- Lao Tzu

Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.
- Lao Tzu
(Jane English and Gia Fu Feng translation)

People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
- Mother Teresa

They will reply, "Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?"
And he will answer, "I assure you, when you refused to help the least of these, you were refusing to help me."
- Matthew 25:44-5

Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way Godís universe is made; this is the way it is structured.

John Donne caught it years ago and placed it in graphic terms: "No man is an island entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." And he goes on toward the end to say, "Any manís death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." We must see this, believe this, and live by it if we are to remain awake through a great revolution.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Emperor Wu asked Bodhidharma, "I have funded many monasteries; what merit have I earned?"
"None whatsoever," said Bodhidharma.
"What is the principle of this holy teaching?"
"Vast emptiness, nothing holy."
"Who are you that stands before me?"
"I do not know."
Interests artificial intelligence, computer science, environment, fitness, linguistics, movies, music, mythology, news, philosophy, politics, psychology, reading, religion, Singularity, spirituality, technology, transhumanism  
Books The Chronicles of Amber, At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, A Fire upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky, The Lord of The Rings  
Music Celtic, chip, electronic, Slavic, techno, trance, Uralic  
Movies Memento, Twelve Monkeys, Amelie, Fight Club, Saw, Se7en, Unbreakable, A Scanner Darkly, Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby, The Cuckoo, Alien, Crank, Kill Bill, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pulp Fiction, Terminator, The Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride  
TV Shows Crocodile Hunter, E.R., Gilmore Girls, House, Monk, Mythbusters, Terminator, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show  
Favorite Foods American Chinese, bagels, broccoli, cheerios, cheeseburgers, cheesecake, chocolate, espresso, Greek, Indian, Mexican, pizza, strawberries, sushi, Thai  
Favorite Places Arden, beaches, dreams, forests, home, Kanth, New Mexico, Seattle, urban villages  
Can't Live Without calm, freedom, intimacy, air, antidepressants, computer, food, hope, information, internet, music, water  
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    May 26, 2011 9:54 PM

    Michael D. (1047)

    Them got ears let em hear. Them got eyes let em see. Turn your hearts, and eyes to the lord of the sky. The Guthrie Family will take care of the rest. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. That which is not of those 2 things, does not come down from above.


    Jan 30, 2011 3:47 PM

    Michael D. (1047)

    Oct 18, 2010 1:26 AM

    Dr Kathi A. (215)

    Hi Eric, Do not believe you have been at Care2 for such a long time....

    Take Care & Be Safe. Pray for you, Kathi


    Oct 18, 2010 1:26 AM

    Dr Kathi A. (215)

    Hi Eric, Do not believe you have been at Care2 for such a long time....

    Take Care & Be Safe. Pray for you, Kathi


    Oct 11, 2010 12:49 AM

    Phyllis P. (424)
    Just Peeking To Say Happy Birthday
    Oct 13, 2009 4:11 PM

    Eco M. (197)
    wishing you much health and happiness on your birthday
    Oct 12, 2009 2:31 AM

    Phyllis P. (424)

    Oct 11, 2009 2:42 AM

    Dr Kathi A. (215)

    Have a lovely BD Eric. Contact me if you need to.

    My thoughts are with you. Have prayed for you.

    Take Care. BD Hugs, Kathi


    Oct 11, 2009 1:30 AM

    Vicki C. (361)
    happybday
    Dec 25, 2008 1:20 AM

    Eco M. (197)
    wishing you a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year 
    Oct 14, 2008 3:57 PM

    Dr Kathi A. (215)

    Eric, Hope you have a lovely BD. Do something different from your routine.

    This may be my FAV birthday wish. Hope you like it even though it is "cute"

    Take Care. Hugs, Kathi


    Oct 12, 2008 6:54 PM

    Jaclin S. (230)
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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR THE 16TH DEAR FRIEND WISHING YOU PEACE, HARMONY, LOVE & LAUGHTER. BRIGHTEST BLESSINGS ALWAYS SURROUND YOU ERIC. HUGZ J.
    Oct 12, 2008 2:34 AM

    Phyllis P. (424)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND.....
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    Oct 11, 2008 5:02 AM

    Eco M. (197)
    Wishing you much health and happiness on you upcoming birthday 
    Oct 10, 2008 8:48 PM

    Vicki C. (361)
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    Happy, Happy Birthday Eric ! Hugs!  ~Vee~
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