Now I'm a Buddist?

2 years, 9 months ago

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.

May 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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Profile photo of Adam Smith Adam Smith (@adamsmith) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Peter Peter (@searchingforthetruth) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

Well, a dude told me that I have a paranoid schizophrenia. I told him he’s an idiot. So I guess that if I develop a paranoia towards idiots, I’d be pretty much scared of stupid people, which doesn’t make any sense. Anyway, labels.

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Profile photo of Ricardo Ricardo (@ricardomrodriguez) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

Religions are just groups of people with different beliefs, call them cults. It’s stupid when people judge just because you step out of the box and search for knowledge when other beliefs appeal to you.

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Profile photo of Dick Dick (@dick) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

It is all labeling, but hey, you have a package so it needs a label. I don’t have a package though, a concept that the package owners don’t seem to grasp.

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

@dick, People will always label. Its like calling someone a name, or telling them they are happy. All words are concepts, its just saying some ism is a mass over-generalization since no two people share the same belief.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

This is why I do not label myself. Other people will do it for me, plenty! I’m recycled star matter. There’s my label.

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Profile photo of Andy Andy (@andy) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

nice way of putting it ellie! i’m constantly amazed at how similarly we think :)

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

Me too Andy. Much love. :)

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