As I said, I’m new to this, but I’ve been digging into great philosophy books for a few years now and philosophizing with friends and I come here and find the people I have been looking for. The people who are free from the everyday life that the system has imposed on us. I am studying to be a high school English teacher, but damn it, I want to be a great one that will help so many other young minds learn that they should chase life, not money. I hate the idea that this useless paper is wanted by so many people. What bothers me more is that people don’t see that it’s the people up top who created the game so they could live happy, free lives while so many others suffer, kill, die, betray, strive, and do anything but be happy by showing them the illusion that they can someday be like them. I really wish that we could spread this word and join together to fight against the system.
I hate religion, but one of the greatest teachers was Jesus and seeing in how more people know about him than they do Buddha or Krishna and others, I like to use his message. He said he was the son of God. While for me, there isn’t really a God, but rather a life force that is in each and every one of us, not someone in the sky to whom we pray to. The universe is in all of us as I can see that so many of you believe as well. While I don’t believe in his resurrection, I believe that that he was the son of God. But only because he acknowledged everyone as being his brothers and his sisters. He never said they weren’t sons and daughters of God, he just said he was one. By that logic, I am a son of God and you are too. He said what you do to the least of my people, you do unto me. Well, seeing in how this life force is inside all of us, we are each other. I am a part of you and you a part of me. I have no idea who you are, but I love you simply because you are.
To fast forward it to one of my favorite writers, Walt Whitman who compared people to leaves of grass. There are many leaves, but they all come from one seed. When we die, we go back and join the universe and live in everyone. The connections never stop, but sadly, the love has. So many people are convinced that the system is right and money means everything. They believe in complete and utter individualism for the negative aspects of it, that being so they can eat and others can’t. I really want to join the people and I want to open eyes as so many of you do. I am new to this community and I hope you find my ideas great and accept me with open arms. I hope to hear from some of you and even philosophize and get to know you better.
There is only one continuous life that runs through people who have their turns. I hope that we can help the future generations so to keep the world intact and even happier than when we were here.
im new to this site, but the concept is intriguing…..the concept of total communication has been around a long time, but this experience comes as close as ive ever heard…the idea being the connection of two minds purely isolated and uninfluenced by any external bias….gender, race, style, none of the superficial decorations that distract focus from true self….essentially blinding that part of us that can truly see what is real, leaving us with what our eyes convey….illusion and shadow…..
my currently favorite quote….
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
he wrote “the little prince”….that quote is the central theme…..years later john lennon used that same quote as the basis for what he called “bagism”, essentially the same idea of pure communication but dressed up in hippy clothes and such….
I don’t hate religion.
It’s a good thing used for a bad cause at times, I will agree, yes.
It’s like a gun. Guns can be used for good things but when put in the wrong hands, they can be deadly.
@veronicalolno, i dont hate religion either….somehow people lost sight of the obvious fact that we are each responsible for creating our own religion, for our own use alone….otherwise its useless at best….just as we develop a sense of right and wrong as children, so must we interact with the universe on personal terms, and learning at our own pace….the problem with organized religion is that it pretends to assume responsibility for someones spiritual growth, when its original purpose was to serve us on our path, as shelter, encouragement, or lighthouse…..when we choose our own path it always leads us where we need to go….thats how i try to live and its served me well…
@donaldpgervais, Well, yes.
I realize that some religions can be bad with this… I have a nice church that I go to and they literally only promote love.
No scare tactics about hell and no begging for money. No condemning either. I am so blessed to be by such a nice church for I have been told sad stories about those being thrown out of the church because of mistakes that my church would have regarded as “nothing in the eyes of the Lord.”
I don’t know. You are right though.
We should be our own “religion” in a sense… As long as our “religion” asks us to constantly educate ourselves.
I agree with you. I guess i shouldn’t say that I hate religion, rather the fact that many people use it for their own negative purposes. But you are all right. Where there are people who use it for the purity of it, it’s original purpose and not that which has been imposed, it can be a good thing and it can help people in many ways. I will take back that comment, as many of you have made good points. This is the kind of philosophizing I like. Thank you all for the feed back!
check out The Partially Examined Life podcast, it will blow your mind! I found the one on Buddhism and ethics to be particularly intriguing because they discuss how it’s possible to have sound ethics without the need for a god.
It’s interesting to think that there is an essentially atheist religion. There is no problem with religion per se, the problem lies with the people that believe in it dogmatically according to rules that have long ceased to be relevant in the world. That said, I have to say I wish that religions would vanish. How much easier would it be to make progress in this world if all the god fearing idiots stopped trying to teach their outdated beliefs in the face of overwhelming proof of the contrary (creationism) because if they dared to think for themselves they would go to hell. In the words of the late, great Bill Hicks: “Christianity’s such an odd religion…eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God’s infinite love…Believe or die!”
Sorry, I have strong beliefs about this :)