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Re: OT: Being and acting [Was: Re: Talking to each other]

On Sun, Feb 15, 2004 at 08:43:32PM +0100, Matthias Urlichs wrote:
> Hi,
> Mathieu Roy:
> > Matthias Urlichs:
> > > IME, whether you see a difference between those phrases depends mostly on
> > > whether your parents and/or teachers did.
> > 
> > I'm not sure to understand what you mean. By no way "acting" is equal
> > to "being".
> I didn't say it's equal. I said that you may not be aware of the
> difference between the two phrases, emotionally, if/when somebody says
> one of them to you.
> I know that from personal experience. :-/

The again, as those lost in their own minds will tell you, to act "as 
if" and "to be" are the same.  If you can't be it, act like it -- and 
you will be it.

Merely to make the sign of the cross before leaping over a gorge that 
could lead to your death will have physiological effects, to quicken 
your pulse and stiffen your muscles, which will make you more likely to 
jump farther.  The results are equivalent "as if" there were a God there 
to answer your prayer -- and thus some say God exists when we think of 

I call it Karma or "my neat, neat mind" instead -- the results are the 

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