"I think of ism's as being a collection of rules. I know that is reducing it quite a bit, but ultimately its a system of conducting yourself and how to behave towards the people around you.
After you have shrugged off the mantle of religion,…"
"I watched your video.
I never was in the Jehova's Witnesses. When I was an altar boy, I remember memorizing the mass in Latin. I asked what it meant and was told to "just memorize it".
The thing that's wrong with religion is it…"
"I have written quite a bit about the ideological dimension of the importation of eastern philosophy into the west. I think this little piece I wrote some time ago sums up Taoism quite nicely:
Daodejing (Tao Te Ching), a new…"
"One can often extract rational content out of the ideology in which it was originally embedded. But I question whether we can afford illusions about Confucianism, given its shady history and rehabilitation. After the Jesuits first made Chinese…"
"The "grass is greener" phenomenon as a socially influential ideology dates back at least as far as the aftermath of World War I, which destroyed the self-confidence of Western civilization. It has roots going farther back. When the…"
"This from my Holy Bible and Sacred Texts 3000 wingear cd-rom. Just to illustrate there are intelligent things to be found in such things...
In the Confucianism Doctrine of the MEAN, find the following:
"Sincerity is the way of Heaven. The…"
"I agree with you on the greener grass and am also dismayed by the strong counter-traffic. I have known people personally in both Singapore and China who have become Christian fundies through the evangelizing of local churches out there. Those local…"
"I spent 6 months in Kenya on a coffee cooperative in the mid 70's. Didn't follow a particular "map" as you've put it- and learned I had the requirement of a map to gain ground as an independent adult. Now, over 30 years…"
"Martin Snowden: I think those few that then profess to have found it are little better than the "new age" crowd: either naive, downright foolish or, in whichever years the -ism was fashionable, just trying to be trendy.
"In my last post I began by referring to Greg Pierce, who didn't make a bit of sense to me.
The diffusion of Eastern thought in the West since the late 19th century, and perhaps in a different way from the late 18th-mid-19th century, was…"
"I have no idea what you're talking about. As for Taoism (Daoism), there is value in a few of the fundamental texts, in isolation, sundered from tradition. However, that value is not absolute, because the world view and the politics of Taoism…"
"Comfort is a different path for differnt people I think. All these 'isms' mentioned just make me think of conformism, which I reject. How about truthism? Or intellectualism? Is there no comfort in this? I think it's these…"