Over the last two years I have been told I was a Muslim, a shaman, and tonight, a Buddhist. It is a good example of how people bias/filter what they hear to fit with their model of the world. My philosophies were formed in the absence of religious bias and largely without any knowledge of the religions/beliefs. It suggests that each religion began simply as an attempt to capture basic truths about being human, only later to be groomed into a kind of political package. People resonate with the narrative on human essence and buy into the package. That is why we have religious beliefs, the packaging is very attractive. Strip away the packaging and you won’t be able to tell one philosophy from the other.
I completely agree. One who knows the truth feels welcome in any temple, mosque, or church. I laugh when people say, “I’m a Christian,” or, “I’m an agnostic,” or something of the like. I want to turn to them and say, “I’m a human, and even that is questionable.”
People are very deluded in believing that labels are actual things. After a hefty dose of meditation, many people would be astounded by the realization that words are just noise, like car horns or rainfall.
I grew up as a “Christian”..but, I don’t like being put into this category of belief. I mean, people ask what religion you are and they automatically assume you have the same view and perception of god as they do. I don’t like it.
I am starting to be more comfortable with the term “agnostic”. I believe in something, what it is, is none of any one’s business but my own. All you have in life is yourself and your beliefs.
tell me about it. It’s like people are trying to accuse you of something and make it seem like you aren’t thinking for yourself. Even on this site people like to do that. “Oh you think _____? You’re just a ______”. I’m starting to learn to just laugh at the ignorance rather than respond