Anonymous said: Greg, that anon you received a minute ago just reminded me of something thats been on my mind for a while. I've got through most of my life thinking that there's not really any definitive good or bad, just as you said, but recently I've started to think, that, because the Buddha teaches us to live compassionately is the way to peace, that we might be able to call an action "bad" if inflicts pain or suffering on someone else. Do you have any thoughts?
We could call an action that inflicts suffering on someone else bad. But, what if that suffering inflicted turns the person into a Buddha. What if that is the suffering they need to realize the cause of the suffering and awaken to peace. We can’t truly call the initial act bad, it is bad and good and if it is bad and good, then what is it? I would say that it is just life. It is neither good or bad. It just is. The mind makes it bad and then later good.
I would say that there are things that traditionally we would call bad, but we need to look at the whole and see life there doing its thing, using what we call bad and good to change, to evolve.
Bad and good need a subject and an object it implies two things. There is the person or thing that is bad and there is the observer who the bad or good is done to. From a bigger perspective we are all so interconnected that good and bad stop to make sense, the is just this, now.
It is in your own power to maintain the beauty of your soul, or to be a decent human being.
the wwf’s living planet report 2014, which discovered that we’ve lost half of all the world’s wildlife in the past fourty years, showed more specifically that the population of common dormice dropped by 43 percent between 1993 and 2010.
not only are dormice vulnerable to habitat loss, but they’re hesitant to cross open fields, and the grubbing out of hedgerows in recent decades has removed the wildlife corridors between woods that has allowed the dormice to move more freely to new habitat.
dormice have very specialized diets of berries and nuts, and with less habitat they are unable to seek out enough food to fatten up before their six month hibernation (which was featured in these two posts).
Seems to me that should classify as a mass extinction event. I wonder what the cockroach scientists will determine to have caused it?
Anyone have any thoughts on this? Severely mutated human? Failed interspecies hybrid? Tiny little alien? What do YOU think?
When you finish a jar of pickles, you can save the juice and add it to your Bloody Mary mix, or use it as a marinade. Source
Anonymous said: I'd just like to thank you for explaining depression. It has provided me with such knowledge on the subject that I now feel like I can better understand depression as a whole.
If anything I have posted helps even one person, my heart is filled with gratitude!
Christ a crisis in the life of god was a book I read when I was eighteen years old and living in California, it introduced an idea that I had never heard from christians before or since (I don’t know if Jack Miles, the man who wrote the book was christian or not) and it gave me a viewpoint about the religion that I had never seen or thought about before
It was a revolution in consciousness for me to read the book, because I had grown up hearing how God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, the idea that God was perfect and without flaw or blemish but that his creation deserved to burn in unending pain was one that was taught to me since birth, and is another reason I commonly repudiate the religion to the degree that I do
However, Miles begins the book in his prologue by declaring outright at least twice, once as the first sentence and again towards the end, that God or The Lord, the two titles are interchangeable referring commonly to the same belief, relationship or religion, must die
God (or the lord) must die
But why? for what?
The crux of the argument and the reason I love the book and the ideas that it presents as much as I do, is that the reason god must die, is because it is his fault that death and suffering exist
That sin came into the world, not through man or the Devil, but through God himself
And in order for God to achieve at-one-ment with his creation he must suffer and die as they do
This was a powerful idea to me, one that seemed to displace judgement with forgiveness, and one that seemed to place God on a more equal footing with man
One that took the virtue of obedience and displaced it, perhaps replacing it with solidarity with regards to all that suffer
The reason this idea is likely to be considered blasphemous by mainstream normative christian thought, is because it takes the blame off of mankind and places it on God and perhaps also because it hints at the idea that God can change and grow
That he is not a perfect being, even if he is all powerful, but that he is a creature that while being all powerful is not all knowing, that because of power that he had, he created the world and punished it with very little restraint
And that he came to understand that what he had wrecked upon the world was out of proportion and so, he decided to die, to pay for his crime of bringing death into the world, and perhaps to also show solidarity with those that suffer
An interesting and powerful idea, that if I had grown up hearing, I don’t believe I would have been so quick to walk away from, an interesting book, well worth the read
Reposting this for damiancarpathia ;)
Too late at night for a four hour video, but posting this so I will hopefully remember to watch it later,
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