Originally Posted by !@#$%!
been staring from the outside waiting for a shitstorm but nothing.
anyway, ex-catholic here. buddhist sympathizer-- not in the religious sense but in the "philosophical" sense not in the western "philosophy" sense but yeah plenty of well developed ideas. i don't "believe" in it but rather find myself in agreement with a lot.
found this little chart the other day.
clearly i'm not ready to practice the whole of it but some of it just makes so much sense and notice how there is no santa claus there, except maybe the "cessation of suffering" which is a great concept that gets to the real meat of the problem.
reasonable stuff there for the most part, mostly practical. hocus-pocus not required.
My Superman thing requires no hocus-pocus. Itís basically like having an imaginary friend that you hope, somehow, might someday not be imaginary. Mine involves Kuhn, so... pretty practical.
Anyway, I have respect for Buddhist philosophies. But Iíd never be a Buddhist, because it ó like being anything ó requires that you insist to know the unknowable.
Iím an ex-catholic too. But I honestly donít see why anyone needs religion. Keep your beliefs in your mind and that should be good. Itís good enough for me anyway. I donít see any need to gather with people that ďbelieveĒ (donít not believe) the same thing. Just another unnecessary division between human beings.