BaruchAnytime you encounter mortality ...Wed May 23, 2012 18:35126.96.36.199you are seeing the elephant. This was applied to soldiers in the 19th century, when they had first experienced battle. It is OK to be glib, but do add some emoticons. Also don't make an idol of me. Even if I went out and started healing the blind by touch or raising dead people. The Mahayana can say "Kill the Buddha if you meet him on the road", but Theravada would find that blasphemous. Generally the Chinese view is that life takes all kinds. Each has their individual challenges to face and overcome. I would tend to agree with you, that at the highest level, even the virtues are traps ... because everything is part of the Matrix. Neo didn't leave the Matrix, but his behavior changed when he knew he was in the Matrix. As far as taking virtue to an extreme, the highest level would agree with you also, because their highest ideal is the enlightened lay person, not the ascended monk or nun. As far as serving the inner self, that is good, but the outer self isn't to be neglected either.
- Being glib......and not...... clarym29, Wed May 23 18:29I do not have the depth of understanding of the Eastern religions/philosophies that you do. But I do have a grasp of the main thoughts on many of them. I was being somewhat glib with my observations. ... more
- Anytime you encounter mortality ... Baruch, Wed May 23 18:35
- And once again....... clarym29, Wed May 23 20:41balance comes into play. It is hard to find fault with the little trite saying--all in moderation. That is a simple concept--except when one really takes it inside and mulls it over. Then it can... more
- We make the simple complex, adding entropy (nm) Baruch, Wed May 23 21:57