“My god is better than your god!” – every religious bigot ever.Protiguous, 2020
Buddhists believe in something called “karma”.
Karma simply means “cause and effect”, in the Buddhist sense.
Every action you take has an effect, and those effects cause other effects (think: billiard balls striking one another).
There is no “good” karma and “bad” karma.
There is merely the net effect of all the things you have set into motion.
This translates into things that often appear good or bad.
For example: if you beat your son, he’s likely to hurt others in the future. You aren’t directly hurting anyone but your son, but the net effect of your actions could be causing harm to others, who in turn hurt others even more.
The same is true when you do “good” things. Help one person pay their rent this month, and now they are able to feed their kids, those kids see how their mom struggled, and how a stranger helped just when she needed it most, and they go on to help others some day, etc.
Now what this has to do with reincarnation first requires you to understand that the Buddhist concept is not the same as the Hindu belief of the same name. When you die and are “reborn” in the Buddhist sense, it’s not some mystical soul that travels from body to body.
It’s your karma that experiences rebirth.
The effect of everything you’ve done in your life ripples out from you and continues to bounce around long after you are gone. Eventually the long chain of events that you set into motion will arrive at the place and time where a new creature is born.
If you’ve done lots of good things, then the chain of events you set in motion will be passing through people mostly having good lives, so when your karma all meets up to cause two people to make a baby, you’ll be “reborn” into a pretty good situation.
Likewise if you are a horrible person, the things you do will mostly have an effect on miserable people, and you’ll be reborn in a bad situation.
That’s essentially how it works.
If course the goal of Buddhism isn’t to be reborn in better situations. It’s to never be reborn at all. Buddhism is about escaping the endless cycle of death and rebirth permanently by attaining “Nirvana”.
Nirvana literally means “blowing out”, like a candle. It’s the state where you no longer are part of the chain of cause and effect, the ultimate freedom, but also the ultimate end of the ego.
[Source:] Edited from the comment from gnovos on Reddit for posterity.
Atheism: The belief that God does not exist.
I reject your belief. So stop pushing it onto me.
God, science, evolution, and creation and not mutually exclusive.
My personal belief is that we don’t have a clue what Reality really is.
Proof of Satan’s existence: the tags on the back neckline of shirts.
- Every Being is initially created equal.
- Every Being initially has the right to live.
- Every Being has the right to defend itself.
- Every Being has the right to communicate.
- Every Being must accept the consequences of its actions.
I use the word Being to go beyond the narrow scope of person, country, planet, or lifeform. Meaning sentient robots, talking cows, androids, aliens, and yes, even lawyers, are all covered by these Universal Rights.
For example (sorry vegans): Earth cows do NOT have these Rights until a cow communicates to us earthly humans that it [they] do not want to be eaten [read: slaughtered] anymore. That they deserve and want the protection of these Rights. Or that we humans discover/realize that they are intelligent creatures and thereby deserving of protection.
I want the wording to be vaguely-specific. No set of rules can encompass all actions, desires, and outcomes by listing each and every combination of factors. (Talk about a Cartesian explosion!!)
I know philosophers have been wondering things for thousands of years. Does our mind think for our bodies? Do we have spirits? Do we even exist? Does anything really exist?
Whether there is a God and an afterlife, where we may be punished or even rewarded for what we do in life… or if there is Nothing. As in poof you’re gone. No more. Entropy wins. Everything freezes to Nothing.
I say to you. It doesn’t matter which is truer…. so do your best to do your best. Make Everyone as happy and comfortable as you can. This includes You. Just remember “Everything in Moderation”.
Just thinking around down here…
The degrees of goodness: helping, nurturing, caring.
The degrees of badness: murdering, harming, stopping, hindering, and annoying.
The degrees of intent: willful (deliberate), involuntary, ignorant.
The degrees of thought: premeditated, random, intentional, unintentional.
The Levels of Evil:
- Willful and premeditated killing of another Being. (murder)
- Willful and premeditated harming of another Being.
- Directly harming another Being without intent.
- Indirectly harming another Being by negligence or carelessness.
- Accidentally harming another Being.
- Allowing harm to come to another Being.
- Allowing harm to come to oneself.
What Is Butt Dust??
What, you ask, is ‘Butt dust’? Read on and you’ll discover the joy in it!
JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister… After a while he asked: ‘Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?’
STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom good night. ‘I love you so much that when you die I’m going to bury you outside my bedroom window..’
BRITTANY (age 4) had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she’d have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: ‘How does it know it’s me?’
SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. ‘Please don’t give me this juice again,’ she said, ‘It makes my teeth cough..’
DJ (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: ‘How much do I cost?’
CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried when his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, ‘I don’t know what’ll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?’
MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: ‘Why is he whispering in her mouth?’
TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a while and then asked, ‘Why doesn’t your skin fit your face?’
JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: ‘The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt..’ Concerned, James asked: ‘What happened to the flea?’
Kids say the darnest things…..
The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget…
This particular Sunday sermon….’Dear Lord,’ the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. ‘Without you, we are but dust….’ He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, ‘Mom, what is butt dust?’
Lil kids.. yah just gotta love them…