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    I wanted to
    pull out his eye while he screamed. Then I would see straight through
    into the brain that did this to me. I walked over to his house in
    Brooklyn. He had lied about me, distorted the truth, wrote about
    me in a major public forum, got others writing lies about me. I
    was angry. I had thought he was a friend.

    I knocked on
    the door. He opened it. I then took a glass bottle I happened to
    have on me and smashed it over his head. He fell to the floor and
    was bleeding from all over his face, his glasses broken, one of
    his eyes maybe gashed too deep. “What the f***?!” I then
    kicked his head. Flattened his nose. And I left and walked away.
    In my dream about it I think I had an erection.

    The brain is
    the worst tyrant. I imagined the above scene in my head the day
    he wrote about me. And a year later, today, I imagined it again.
    It’s hard to be a pacifist sometimes. Sometimes I think I’m
    mentally ill.

    Anger (external
    or internal) can raise your heart rate in seconds to 180 beats a
    minute from 120. It can raise your blood pressure from 120 over
    80 to 220 over 130. Over 400,000 deaths a year are attributed to
    sudden anger. Your brain kicks into survival mode. Chemicals get
    unleashed that clot your blood, causing heart damage or strokes.
    Acids get released into the stomach, causing ulcers. It’s all
    bad.

    I want to be
    happy and healthy. A vow of pacifism is hard to stick with. But
    it’s worth doing. An outer renunciation of violence as well
    as an inner renunciation. You have to do both. A perfect example
    of not “practice makes perfect” because I never will be.
    But eventually practice will make permanent.

    Someone asked
    in my Twitter Q&A if they should be a “physical pacifist”
    as well as a “verbal one”.

    You must commit
    to being a pacifist in EVERY WAY else it’s false pacifism.
    There’s 27 kinds of pacifism and to be the happiest you
    can possibly be you must engage in all of them.
    I would say
    most people do a few of these but that’s not good enough. That’s
    a false commitment. One must practice and get better until one is
    doing all 27.

    The FIRST
    THREE

    There’s
    thinking, speaking, acting. Don’t think bad thoughts of someone
    (because those thoughts can be better and more productively used).
    Don’t speak badly about someone or to someone (has gossip ever
    helped you in life?), and don’t hurt someone physically (you
    will only hurt yourself in the end and your lifespan will be one
    day less so was it worth it?) That’s three ways.

    The SECOND
    THREE

    For each of
    those ways there’s: before, during, and after. There’s
    before the action (when the anger builds up, which is a hot iron
    burning straight through all your neurons and synapses, speeding
    up the onslaught of dementia and polarism), there’s during
    the action (where all anger is unleashed and only chaos is the result),
    and there’s after the action (the regrets, the guilt, the shame,
    the consequences).

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    June
    12, 2012

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