Volume upon volume has been written (and re-written) over the millennia by believers who seem bent on showing that their beliefs are right – which, of course directly implies that all other beliefs are wrong. They don’t all do this, but far too many do!
Sidebar: Ever notice how often religions are relegated to the status of 'cult' - or even 'myth' - by other religions?
I’ve read plenty of these ‘gospels’ and I’ve found that there is an awful lot of defining right from wrong, telling people what to do or not do (mostly not). There has also been a lot of interpretation and re-interpretation, a lot of editing, a lot of skewing and, evidently, a lot of corruption. In fact, I doubt there are many, if any, of the original words/intentions left in many of them.
I doubt anybody really knows 'the truth’ and are either fooling themselves or intend to fool others for personal gain. I believe that people miss out on living life itself by spending too much time contemplating the unfathomable, or just by believing what others tell them to believe.
I won't tell anyone what to believe because it's a personal decision - one of the most personal decisions one can make - and I know I don't have any real answers. But, with a nod to Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” I offer up this bit of humble advice: Just dig life the best way that you can, while you can, and try not to be an asshole while doing so!
Happy holidays to you all!
- Eric 'Bubba' Alder
Happy Bodhi Day!