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i am sure there are many others reading this thread who can contribute even deeper insights on this important matter; to them, please help frothow understand your points of view; i have tried something just off-the-cuff and tried to write it lightheartedly.|
what frothow has written about osama and hitler etc are bidirectional aspects about the role of religion; there's always good and bad about something so that it is not so much religion but it is the ability to make the right choice of thought and action which is what is really important. In other words, as much as possible be universal in thinking and reasonable in action. When you think of our limited brains and emotions (count the number of fingers, that's the number of different emotions which drive our actions), i guess one shouldn't expect too much from man.
there's something else; when i was very young, i happened by a philosophy book and in it, a professor asked the question: when we read something good in a saying from a holy book, how do we know that what was said was 'good' --- unless we already have in us the ability to discern what is 'good' --- so that goodness is something we already must have before we learn to assimilate the teachings of religions.
and where did this ability come from? our genes, upbringing, karma from past lives, the One above, education, peer examples and role models? or maybe a combination of all?
on a personal note, i have been having a really hard time these past six years, and i mean almost every minute of mental anguish and hopelessness; my first attempt to understand 'why' said that i must have done a lot of bad things in 'previous lives' (if there's such as thing as reincarnation); my second attempt said that it's all a cycle of life, which everyone goes through, namely there will be times when things run smoothly and everything is rosy, and then there will be years where it pour sorrows and hopelessness, without even one glimmer of an opportunity to climb up again. It's really so bad that i think this could be my last year, if only not to burden others.
we'll have to see when the time comes.
goodbye, then, and take care
[ Last edited by markwu at 2007-3-6 09:04 PM ]