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By Eagle Flys

I Just got off a two-week road trip because I needed to get out in the real world and away from cyber- space. As I traveled around I once again learned a lot about the human species and what it is capable of.

Near Del Rio Texas, I stopped to help a woman who was broke down. She told me that she had been broke down since 3 am in the morning it was now about 7 a.m. She had counted 45 cars that had gone by, and no one had stopped. She went on to say that she was trying to get to her daughter's place because she was not doing well, expecting a child on the way. The doctors could not get a heartbeat in a 19 week old fetus. Now the strange part: I had driven that road the day before on my way to San Antonio. I stopped at a town about 40 miles from where she had broken down for the night. In the morning I decided not to go there and headed back towards Del Rio where I found her, where she'd been sitting in the middle of nowhere since three in the morning. Things turned out OK for her; we got a tow truck, and I took her into Del Rio and dropped her off at her daughter's. Then I continued on to Fresno California. On the way there and back home, I stopped to help five more people who had car trouble. For most, I simply helped change a tire or gave them a ride to get a tow truck. I heard the same story every time, that no one would stop to help; not even the police would stop to lend a hand.

(Three days later she phone me to say that the doctors had removed the dead fetus and that the daughter was doing fine.)

Here's the point people: We need to pull together and help one another, because if we don't, you will find that in your time of need there won't be anyone to help you. I'm not saying that everyone is this way, but from those who would not stop to help, I expect the most criticism.

In this country, the formerly common practice of helping your fellow man is being lost, this loss of humanity or humanism more so in the last ten years. To help your fellow man used to be taught to us at a very early age, usually by example, but now it's a “me, me, me” world. “What's in it for me, what do I get out of it?” I know that I must help my fellow man whether I'm in a hurry or not. I know that the Ancients sent me out there to reaffirm my spirit. It causes me great pain the see the vast indifference to man and the unwillingness to lend a hand to help. Do you see yourself here?

For those of you who are good religious people, to not even stop and offer help goes against your very teachings. Yet I, a “pagan shaman”, so care and do act. I've written about helping and having compassion for your fellow man before. (“Compassion”)

And for all you “New-Agers”, the road to “riches” is not “me, me, me”, the road to enlightenment is not “me, me, me”. The true path is not what you get out of it, or what you expect to get out of it, but is a true richness of your mind, body and soul. Look into your New Age teachings, do you find any mention of helping others? If you look carefully, you'll discover that the message is, “What's in it for me?” I'll lay you ten to one odds that your “gurus” would be the first to pass someone in trouble by, because they couldn't sell them a CD or make any money off them.

I'm under the impression that you all talk big, but when it comes right down to it you just don't give a damn about anyone but yourselves . Well I say to you all that's not what made this country great, nor is it the true way to behave and act. “Man is a higher species”? I say to you, many of you have proven that man is actually a lower species.

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Yup. That idea of I-am-my-brothers-keeper/lend-a-hand-when-you-can has fallen by the wayside in the past couple of decades. It used to be "commonplace" as you've said. In times of crisis (bad storms, etc) people tend to be a bit more "neighborly". Maybe all the downturns in this country (and the world) will reawaken that forgotten concept.
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I attest to the fact that Eagle Flys is willing to do anything to help a fellow human in need. I'm glad you're back home and had a safe trip.
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By Eagle Flys

I Just got off a two-week road trip because I needed to get out in the real world and away from cyber- space. As I traveled around I once again learned a lot about the human species and what it is capable of.

Near Del Rio Texas, I stopped to help a woman who was broke down. She told me that she had been broke down since 3 am in the morning it was now about 7 a.m. She had counted 45 cars that had gone by, and no one had stopped. She went on to say that she was trying to get to her daughter's place because she was not doing well, expecting a child on the way. The doctors could not get a heartbeat in a 19 week old fetus. Now the strange part: I had driven that road the day before on my way to San Antonio. I stopped at a town about 40 miles from where she had broken down for the night. In the morning I decided not to go there and headed back towards Del Rio where I found her, where she'd been sitting in the middle of nowhere since three in the morning. Things turned out OK for her; we got a tow truck, and I took her into Del Rio and dropped her off at her daughter's. Then I continued on to Fresno California. On the way there and back home, I stopped to help five more people who had car trouble. For most, I simply helped change a tire or gave them a ride to get a tow truck. I heard the same story every time, that no one would stop to help; not even the police would stop to lend a hand.

(Three days later she phone me to say that the doctors had removed the dead fetus and that the daughter was doing fine.)

Here's the point people: We need to pull together and help one another, because if we don't, you will find that in your time of need there won't be anyone to help you. I'm not saying that everyone is this way, but from those who would not stop to help, I expect the most criticism.

In this country, the formerly common practice of helping your fellow man is being lost, this loss of humanity or humanism more so in the last ten years. To help your fellow man used to be taught to us at a very early age, usually by example, but now it's a “me, me, me” world. “What's in it for me, what do I get out of it?” I know that I must help my fellow man whether I'm in a hurry or not. I know that the Ancients sent me out there to reaffirm my spirit. It causes me great pain the see the vast indifference to man and the unwillingness to lend a hand to help. Do you see yourself here?

For those of you who are good religious people, to not even stop and offer help goes against your very teachings. Yet I, a “pagan shaman”, so care and do act. I've written about helping and having compassion for your fellow man before. (“Compassion”)

And for all you “New-Agers”, the road to “riches” is not “me, me, me”, the road to enlightenment is not “me, me, me”. The true path is not what you get out of it, or what you expect to get out of it, but is a true richness of your mind, body and soul. Look into your New Age teachings, do you find any mention of helping others? If you look carefully, you'll discover that the message is, “What's in it for me?” I'll lay you ten to one odds that your “gurus” would be the first to pass someone in trouble by, because they couldn't sell them a CD or make any money off them.

I'm under the impression that you all talk big, but when it comes right down to it you just don't give a damn about anyone but yourselves . Well I say to you all that's not what made this country great, nor is it the true way to behave and act. “Man is a higher species”? I say to you, many of you have proven that man is actually a lower species.

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Bless you Eagles Flys. You are a good & kind spirit...I have had highway angels visit me when I have been broken down along the road. :)
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I help out when I can, even if it's something as simple as holding a door open for someone.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
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I stop to help people all the time.

Usually when they are in a vehicle that has broken down they are inside with doors locked, windows rolled up and flashing me a cell phone saying i'm ok.

Guess they are afraid someone is going to stop and attack them or something.
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Look into your New Age teachings, do you find any mention of helping others?

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This is what I think is the week point for New Age teachings...That is the reason I left. I have always believed that spiritual growth comes from giving. And taking away the importance from one's self in the service to others. By making yourself less you more your self more.
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By Eagle Flys

Look into your New Age teachings, do you find any mention of helping others?


By making yourself less you more your self more.

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Ooooops! Sorry let me correct that last line.

By making yourself less you make your self more.
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Excellent Written Truth Eagle Flys.

Over 20 years ago, on my way to pan for gold, I
noticed an older car sitting on the side of road
with two older folks in front and two young teenagers
in back seat, in 100^ high desert heat.

I stopped to ask if everything was ok. The old man
stated that he had just picked up his grandkids so
they could spend a few weeks with him at his home
in Seattle, but his car broke down. He thought his
alternator had gone out.

I was driving an old International PU and had room
for only one, and invited him to ride with me to
the nearest town (50 miles away) to find an alternator
for him. During the drive we engaged in polite conversation
but due to the deafness in my right ear, I missed a great
deal of his conversation, but noted that he was a very
good-natured old soul...particularly under the stressing
circumstances.

Town #1 did not have his alternator, so we continued on
20 mi to town #2, which DID have one. As we drove here
and there, I decided it was a good opportunity to try
and find a 'sluice bottle' and a different 'pan' for
my new hobby. To no avail.

I drove him back to his car and installed his alternator
with the tools I ALWAYS carry with me, as I have broken
down a 'time or two' and have learned to 'be prepared'
for most anything. The old man asked for my PO Box so
he could send a 'thank-you' note. They were all so
appreciative.

Two weeks later I received a package at the postoffice.
The 'package' included 3 gold pans of different size,
1 sluice bottle, and a 'Book of Poems.' I was 'blown away.'

The 'Book of Poems' was authored by a Mike Byron.
I browsed the poetry then flipped to the back...
Inside the back cover was a new hand written dedication..
"There are two most wonderful, unique people on this earth,
and one of them is YOU." Thank-you for giving up your
day, to MAKE our day. We will NEVER forget.
Love, Mike Byron

He was a published poet. Very colorful, heartwrenching poems
in his book. I'm sure I certainly missed out on some teriffic conversation on our trek, due to my deafness.

"One just never knows when they stop to lend a hand."

Thanks, again, Eagle Flys. I've shared this with very few,
but think of it often. seesaw



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an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."