Gandhi, Teresa, Betty discussed on Buddhist Boot Camp Podcast


But there's no logical explanation for a lot of things, and it doesn't make any sense to look for something that isn't there. At some point, the most logical thing to do is let go. Trust the process and say, I don't know. And I'm okay with not knowing. Having faith doesn't mean believing that God is the reason behind the phenomenon we can't explain. People do that only when they're uncomfortable with the unknown. When we didn't know what caused thunder and lightning, for example, we believed God was expressing his anger and disapproval. But that's not faith. That's scapegoating. It is important to distinguish between truth and facts. Science is a search for facts, not for the truth. It sets out to answer how things came into existence, for example, but it doesn't concern itself with why they came to be. Religion, on the other hand, not only attempts to answer why things came to be, but subsequently calls its answers the truth with a capital T no less, often with absolutely no regard to conflicting facts. Scientists can and often do make new discoveries that invalidate or append earlier data, even if it means admitting previous findings were short sighted. This is possible because science has no emotional attachment to that data, organized religion can not allow new discoveries to stomp or append earlier statements because pulling one string could potentially make the whole thing fall apart. There is absolutely no reason to argue over which religion came first or whose philosophy is better. The important thing is to be kind, understanding peaceful and compassionate. It's no coincidence that these are the fundamentals of all religions and schools of thought. Whether it's Mother Teresa's acts of charity, Gandhi's perseverance or your aunt Betty's calm demeanor. It doesn't matter who inspires you. So long as you're motivated to be better today than you were yesterday. So regardless of religion or geographical region, race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, flexibility, or vulnerability. If you do good, you feel good. And if you do bad, you feel bad. Amen, hallelujah, and all that jazz. Everything we've experienced in the past has prepared us for something yet to come. Time and time again, I have found myself in completely foreign situations, yet fully equipped with the knowledge and confidence to get through whatever life has to offer. You see nothing happens to us. It all happens for us for us to learn from grow from and most importantly move on from. True, we can assume the ever comforting victim role and radar ourselves of any null responsibility to grow around obstacles, but that just leaves us stuck in a loop of what we'd call misfortunes while optimists see them as opportunities. There is no right or wrong way to go about it, but as Robert Holden succinctly stated, you can chase happiness, or you can choose happiness. It all depends on how much time you want to save. I don't consider myself a skeptic at all. Nor do I claim that the world is full of lies. On the contrary, I believe the world is full of truth and in a brilliant words of Jerry Spence. It is better to have a mind open by wander than a mind, close by belief.

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