True, but then what is the truth, is that just subjective?
We can only know what is true when we witness our own actions, but then can we believe our own mind, for is our present and future not influenced by our past?
Bertie was a philosopher who spoke it like it was. What he said always made sense.
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The first step is to acknowledge that things are not so bad as they might be:
- We are not dead
- We are not starving
- We are not at war
- Hardly anyone has been killed by terrorism
- We are quite comfortable
- We are not cold
- We are not in great danger
- Our children and grandchildren are safe
- If we need help we will be taken care of
In fact we are exceedingly lucky when compared to the conditions most of the world lives in!
The second step is to realise that most of the things we worry about do have solutions:
- Islamic terrorism will be defeated
- War in Syria/Libya/Iraq/Afghanistan will come to an end
- The environment can be protected
- Poaching of rhino and elephants can be stopped
- Overpopulation can be dealt with
- Global corporations can be controlled
- Inequality and poverty can be addressed
- Racism, sexism and xenophobia can be addressed
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Buddhists and Quakers
It seems to me that human beings are psychologically hard-wired to relish ritual and pageant. We are enthralled and impressed by it. The ploys of fancy dress, high hats, big thrones and sceptres always work. We apply ourselves to ritual washing and ostentatious prayer, chanting, singing and reciting with gusto and find it reassuring. We take the ornate palaces, cathedrals and mosques as proof. We see the Castles, Palaces, and pageant as evidence of unassailable power.
We are gullible and easily duped.
The same tactics rarely failed in the past. The planet is festooned with abandoned pyramids, stone-circles and mounds that are testament to past religions that have blossomed and perished. Ruined castles, sacked fortresses and toppled statues are testament to power overthrown.
Religion is about power. We have a need to feel that someone is in control – ultimately god, but in the meantime the imams…
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Another nice tree to worship.
Doesn’t look like a shaman to me – high on some hallucinatory drug!
The Real Meaning of Christmas
The real meaning of Christmas is locked away in pagan mythology. Most religions that usurp other religions take over the ceremonies of previous religions and modify and adopt them. Christianity did this with both Christmas and Easter.
What we now have as a Christmas celebration – the birth of Jesus with all the nativity scenes – is actually a celebration of the winter solstice.
The winter solstice was celebrated by ancient tribes all over the world. It is, in the northern hemisphere, the shortest day of the year. The days are drawing out, though, because of the way the earth cools, the coldest winter months are still all ahead. This celebration was accompanied by ritual and feasting.
We see a…
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