On 10/18/2014 2:54 AM, TurquoiseBee turquoi...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] wrote:
Doncha love how people who believe in an invisible magic man in the sky like to portray those who don't as if *they* are the crazy ones. Sometimes the sheer feeble-mindedness of believers astounds me. Or, as someone once said so well:
/You sound really confused, Barry, like Don Quixote tilting at windmills and attacking imaginary enemies. You sound like a True Believer where everything is either black or white with no shades of grey.//
//Traditionally Buddhists throughout the world consider that the universe contains more beings in it than are normally visible to humans. Buddhists have no objection to the existence of the Hindu gods. //
//Nevertheless, Buddhists can't take refuge in the gods because the gods are not Buddha. That is, they are not enlightened. All the Hindu gods, for all their power, are not the final truth of things. Power does not necessarily entail insight, and for Buddhists the gods do not have the liberating insight. But none of this entails that the gods do not exist or that the gods cannot exert a powerful influence over our lives. Thus, the Buddhist has no problem with the gods like you seem to have. /

/"Those over there are not giants but windmills.//
//Those things that seem to be their arms are sails which, //
//when they are whirled around by the wind, turn the millstone." //
//- Miguel de Cervantes//

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."
-- Voltaire

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