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Warning: Politically incorrect post. It may be offensive to some.
Now the Islams Radicals have gone too far.
http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/on-having-lovingkindness-for-hackers Is it time to take action? Compassion is no defense. We can use compassion to eliminate or emotional distress, but the radicals still do damage to others. It it time to call for a ban of all religions and turn to philosophy instead.
Ok, so what am I on about. To me it seems that religion is the main cause of issues in the world today. Believe as I do, or I will kill you seems to be the cry of Islam (at least ISIL) , and yet no one can demonstrate that there is a god. For god to do as most religions say would be supernatural, and that does not exist, we only have nature. So the simple solution is to abandon all religion.
That is not to say all religion is bad. Many teach fairly good moral standards, but many people are too dependent on faith, rather than sound reasoning. If they cannot build up the logic of thier belief system from first principals, with logic, there is a problem. The two "religions" which do not depend on faith are Buddhism and Stoicism. After studying them, I realized how similar they really are, with the emphasis and language being so different. Words are dull pointers, but the concepts behind the words are so similar, that they work together. The ritual are different, the language is different, yet they integrate into a more complete belief system, philosophic of life type system, that is logical and near complete.
What does that look like?
Well here are a reworked four truths.
Life contains emotional, physical and spiritual distress and suffering. The cause is our thinking, attachment, expectations, and delusions of how life should be. We have no control of the future. We have no control over that which is beyond our power. It is the desire to influence anything beyond our control that we must let go of. Within our power is our ability to assent, withhold judgement, or decent from a proposition.
Some things are up to us and some are not. If we keep our expectations to that which is up to us, we cannot be disillusioned, disappointed, or emotionally damaged. Humans are mortal; nothing is permanent; shit happens, we die in the end anyway.
It is our beliefs that need to change to match reality. Expect to go through life hungry, craving, wanting, all natural ways of life, but unnecessary to satisfy. Expect pain, physical discomfort. We can eliminate, after a brief time, most emotional pain by changing our thoughts.
The solution to removing emotional pain is to live virtuously, knowing I am doing right. This provides meaning, engagement, interest, commitment, motivation, to continue; if fate permits, then achievement, satisfaction, stoic mental joy, and hence a flourishing life.
Accept hunger, carvings, wants, pain as natural and unnecessary to satisfy or avoid, also accepting that avoiding is sometimes possible.
Wake up and look for gratitude for life, at this time in human development, for each breath, and for all that we have. We live in a period of rapid change, rapid population growth, beyond what the world can logically support. Oh well, all mortals must die sometime. The only solution is a general die back of the population. China's one child policy will be required everywhere if the humans hope to maintain. The other choice is war. It is the human choice.