Thread Detour - my 2 cents
Ok I may be moving this back into the simplistic side of things but let’s face one thing; everything that has been written is man’s conception and interpretation of what they perceived as the word of God. Being Greek Orthodox, I’ve had way too much time dwelling in theology and exploring other religions when I thought my own religion was nothing more than some ritual mumbo-jumbo. And after being into everything from Buddhism to Taoism and all in-between, one needs to have a perspective that I think Golda Meir summed up about life: – “Nothing in life just happens… You have to have the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them...”. Life comes with no guarantees and as much as books like the bible, Koran, Talmud, etc are supposed to be our guidelines, there are just a few basic precepts that I get form all this.
1. We are here to learn and do the best we can. Life itself is a gift and take advantage of every moment.. Although I may believe in the ideology of Karma somewhat, basically we contribute to either the positive in life , the negative or choose to stay on the sidelines. But it is the individual’s choice to do good or not. That is the freedom and that is the hook at the same time. SO if one is a mass murderer we perceive it as a bad thing, but maybe we also learn how to help those in that kind of tortured state so that others do not follow a similar path. Maybe we are the tools and part of the mechanism.
2. Stuff Happens: The universe is a wondrous and dangerous place… I think there’s a quote from ST TNG: where Q says this best but I wont digress. I think the entire mechanism of where we are and exist need to be looked at from the Zen point of view and accept things as is. Is suffering is part of the journey and process? After having survived and cheated death a few times and still left standing I think one deals with things with the gifts and abilities one has. Pain and I have become old friends as they say, but one truly evloves from the experience. However, conversely, some choose to be stuck in that event, stagnate and become immobile and literally cease to live out life’s potential.
3. Big Bang and in the beginning there was the word: From the soup of primordial gases and chaos there was some energy ( in thought or otherwise) that sparked the existence of this universe, was this is the hand of God as we know it? This is the question.
All in all I have come to the realization that we give God too much credit and blame for actions we enable. Our focus is to continue to evolve and maybe be able to one day truly understand what the concept of God is.
As for the time being I leave you with the Leo Buscaglia ( or Barney the Dino) aphorism:
Continue your focus and belief in yourself and abilities. May whatever God you believe in give you focus and strength to become your best and fulfill your dreams. And just from briefly listening to everyone I think you all
you have come a far way already and grown and I know will continue to shine and be a source of strength for others to rely on.
Ok Back to the Thread ....
Edited by scruffylookin, 18 May 2005 - 04:25 PM.