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  • I'm agnostic

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  • Buddhism

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  • Islam

    2 1.53%
  • Christianity

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    Ive recently taken up buddhist practice because I am woefully undisciplined in the mind and prone to anxiety and unsettling thughts. Buddhism offers practical solutions to that. I also like the fact its a living practice that is easily proved or disproved by the individual. It either works for you or it doesn't. There is no faith in deities that may or may not exist etc or belief in doctrines that determine if you go to heaven or hell.

    Its much like any martial art, a slow process of conditioning and training that [should] result in a stronger mental state.
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    Most of us believe God created the universe. This makes God omnipotent or close to it. This means that God has absolute power, such as the power of life or death over each of us. And absolute power we know corrupts absolutely.

    So an omnipotent God has always been the model for those who want absolute power over us, such as Kings, Dictators, Totalitarian Parties and Religions.

    So God validates absolute power.

    And if we reject absolute power, we are wise to reject God.

    The dirty secret of God is absolute power and those who want absolute power over us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chthonic View Post
    Ive recently taken up buddhist practice because I am woefully undisciplined in the mind and prone to anxiety and unsettling thughts. Buddhism offers practical solutions to that. I also like the fact its a living practice that is easily proved or disproved by the individual. It either works for you or it doesn't. There is no faith in deities that may or may not exist etc or belief in doctrines that determine if you go to heaven or hell.

    Its much like any martial art, a slow process of conditioning and training that [should] result in a stronger mental state.
    Hence why I dabble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Most of us believe God created the universe. This makes God omnipotent or close to it. This means that God has absolute power, such as the power of life or death over each of us. And absolute power we know corrupts absolutely.

    So an omnipotent God has always been the model for those who want absolute power over us, such as Kings, Dictators, Totalitarian Parties and Religions.

    So God validates absolute power.

    And if we reject absolute power, we are wise to reject God.

    The dirty secret of God is absolute power and those who want absolute power over us.
    What are your thoughts on pantheism, Mole?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evee View Post
    What are your thoughts on pantheism, Mole?
    Here we meet the God Pan at the gates of dawn. Pan is also known as the Piper, as in the pipes of Pan, for he plays a melody that transfixes us and entrances us.

    Here I stand trembling at the feet of Pan in the early dawn light. Won't you join me by clicking on The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Ch. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Here we meet the God Pan at the gates of dawn. Pan is also known as the Piper, as in the pipes of Pan, for he plays a melody that transfixes us and entrances us.

    Here I stand trembling at the feet of Pan in the early dawn light. Won't you join me by clicking on The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Ch. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn ?
    Ah, perfect reply. I should have suspected.

    Well played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evee View Post
    Ah, perfect reply. I should have suspected.

    Well played.
    Actually I would prefer you read the text of the chapter The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, let it seep into you, and imaginatively meet the Piper with Ratty and me, not to mention the most important person, Little Portly. After all, Little Portly is why we are here.

    And then let me know how it has affected you.

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    I'm a chaote, discordian, and animist. I also fiddle with Zen, dabble in Shinto and take vacations in Taoism. I'm an experimenter and pseudoscientist (as well as legit scientist some times) and I experiment with conjuration and alchemy using my own paradigms, but I still keep separate the hard science from my more crazy stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Most of us believe God created the universe. This makes God omnipotent or close to it. This means that God has absolute power, such as the power of life or death over each of us. And absolute power we know corrupts absolutely.

    So an omnipotent God has always been the model for those who want absolute power over us, such as Kings, Dictators, Totalitarian Parties and Religions.

    So God validates absolute power.

    And if we reject absolute power, we are wise to reject God.

    The dirty secret of God is absolute power and those who want absolute power over us.
    I think the distinction that people have typically made is that humans in absolute power are stepping beyond their reach as human beings (humans cannot handle absolute power without being corrupted), whereas "God" to whom absolute power already belongs is of course suited for it. In fact, the puny humans are stealing the power that rightfully belongs to god, much as prometheus stole the fire of the gods to give to man, which resulted in much progress but much destruction. It never belonged to us by the rule of nature, and we're prone to being corrupted and ruined by it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Most of us believe God created the universe. This makes God omnipotent or close to it. This means that God has absolute power, such as the power of life or death over each of us. And absolute power we know corrupts absolutely.

    So an omnipotent God has always been the model for those who want absolute power over us, such as Kings, Dictators, Totalitarian Parties and Religions.

    So God validates absolute power.

    And if we reject absolute power, we are wise to reject God.

    The dirty secret of God is absolute power and those who want absolute power over us.
    Absolute POWER does not corrupt. Think of taking care of a helpless newborn. Most people naturally have compassion and restraint when in a position of great power.

    Power doesn't corrupt. An entourage of ass-kissing followers is what corrupts. That ego trip when everyone bends their knee and bows their head and the king could have any one of them killed for looking at him wrong. That's corruption. But it really isn't power because that's not the king's power, that's the followers' power. They do it to themselves. The king is just a man and a man is easily solved by a blade in the dark. Any nobody in the right position can destroy a king.
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