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Same thing here - most of the posters, thankfully, mention Hocus by name in the topic - so I try to skip over them - but every once in a while
something Hocus related seeps through........

Good luck - any mania should be avoided, if at all possible.


Have you ever watched a movie with no conflict? A movie where nothing happens? It would be incredibly boring wouldn't it? Every movie, every book, has to have a conflict, something has to happen or it's so incredibly boring that no one would pay attention. Conflict and conflict resolution. Chinese or Eastern movies and stories have many small conflicts that the protagonist overcomes. Western movies and books usually have one big conflict which the hero conquers.

Every human endeavor soon "splits" into "factions" and then there is "conflict". It's part of human nature. In this sense, hocus is loved. He is needed to provide the "duality" that keeps this board interesting. If there wasn't an antagonist one would have to be invented. Every country needs a common enemy in order to keep it from tearing itself apart from within.

It all has to do with "why we are here." We learn who we are and form a sense of "self" or an "identity" by identifying ourselves with these causes. Every single near death experience that I've ever read makes some mention of how they felt this overwhelming sense of oneness and connectedness while they visited the other side. I believe that sense of oneness and connectedness is so overwhelming that it's only by living a life in the physical realm, where "duality" reigns, where we experience separation, by death, divorce, by being separated from loved ones, that we develop into unique separate individuals. We learn who we are, and learn what it feels like to unique.

The conflict that revolves around Hocus is just one more aspect to duality that we have to endure while existing in this physical life.
- Art
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