Re: [ba-unrev-talk] An approach to a simpler truth.
Eric Armstrong wrote: (01)
>>If you are pampering yourself spending your money on a lot of
>>"things" there is a good chance that you don't really know who
>>you are! You speak like you DO know. So tell me.
> Ah. Past tense. It is only the recent realization of who I really am
> that it made it clear how much I was pampering myself. Before that,
> every option was equally valid. Now, some clearly align, while others
> don't. (More on that in a future post.) (02)
>>With regard to all the "if only's, that is a really tough fight.
>>a more powerful approach would be to offer "charming deceptions"
>>that would provide forces and tools to assist people in waking up.
> Sounds like a good description of something that would work.
> Know of any somethings that fit the description? (03)
If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.
If I told you, I whould have to kill you.
Here is an experiment you can try that may get you pointed in
a fruitful direction direction. The next time you are in really bad
vibe traffic and you are feeling hateful and uncooperative, help where
you can and by your actions promote harmony. After you have done this
for a bit, check out how you are feeling. You could arrive at your
destination in rush-hour traffic feeling refreshed, empowered and living
a life less wasted. (04)
> I've long been intrigued by the notion of finding a rationalization
> for doing good to others that *wasn't* based on religion. Such
> a thing could go a long way to reduce religious prejudice, as well
> as the worst of captialism. Equilibrium theory holds promise...
I think that a system based on beliefs rather than observation is in
trouble right from the start. People learn to believe and accept on faith
such things as "and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us" The actual words remain unexamined. A good test
is to ask yourself, what thoughts and actions aid my digestion? For me
it turns out that I won't allow myself to be forgiven UNTIL I forgive
others. There may or may not be GOD, but this truth remains and sheds
light on what it is to be human. I am open, however, to meeting someone
for whom this is not true.
A non-religious "do unto others" would make a big dent... (05)
p.s. If you really want to know, sleep outside of the gates for a while. (06)