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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 03:18 AM

Over the decades, I have had the pleasure to have met so many people from so many religions...

many ethnicities, people from bikers to bankers,exotic dancers to environmentalist, very wealthy and dirt poor. It's my joy, most of the time, to have shared a moment in life with so much different people.

I bring this up now because this is the time of year when most of us start to think about family and friends we have lost through death and those we have lost because that moment we had filled with that person was over when you parted.

I had a lot of discussions about religion over that time and I have to say that after a while when people tried to convert me or persuade me this is what I returned.

I live my life the way all modern takes on religion, at their core, practice. I say that I always treat people the way I would want to be treated. I lend a hand when I can and offer the shoulder to cry on when someone is in need.

I then explain I do not need to fear the wrath of god in order to practice what I profess. If there is a heaven, I ask them, why would a loving god deny me entrance because I did not follow your religious practice but practice what is most religions say would be a good and moral life.

Too many people think about Jesus or god or Krishna or Mohamed as a real prick to nit pick about how he/they are celebrated.

From what I understand, the best way to achieve Nirvana is to do your best as a person while living on earth.

I have to confess I was quick to retort about all that is bad about religion but now that is all I say.

I usually get a few nods as I, more often than not, kill that part of the evenings entertainment and we can all get back to backslapping, remembering what crazy things we did when young and, the ultimate conversation, politics.

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Viva_La_Revolution Dec 2012 #1
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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 01:34 PM

1. Do unto others..

somewhere on my hard drive I have that poster that shows all the major religions of the world, and some version of that is always the main tenet.
I live by it, raised my sons to follow it, and frankly, I judge others by it. No matter what religion they claim, if they don't follow that rule, I just don't need them in my life.


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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 01:37 PM

2. I read it here in DU, IIRC....

"All the great religions strive to teach one basic principle: Don't be an asshole."

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 01:38 PM

3. There is only one moral or ethical rule that is needed.

Every major religion states it, and following it thoughtfully solves pretty much any problem.

That rule forms the foundation of human society. No other rule would be needed if everyone followed it.

Just treat all others as you would like to be treated, and you're home free.

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