love and heretics

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness

Whatever inspires you….

Many are ready and willing to give a book full authority over the way they live.
Others try to follow codes that others found work for them and have sold via book or audio series.
Some prefer interpretations of the above preached out for easy compact absorption through a sermon on a Sunday morning, or a blog on any day of the week… 😉

I have always been impressionable, and found that lessons can come from anywhere…even a wall.
I have at some point, enjoyed all the above.
But for me, a most important step was learning to not just absorb, but test first.
Weigh, reason, and test.
Apply critical thinking skills and say Is this best? Does it work for me? Should it? Will it harm me or others? Could it? What? Where? Why?

To accept blindly simple because it is from a book or a person, (a hero) is where mistakes begin.

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” Buddha

Test all things; hold fast to what is good. -1 Thessalonians 5:21 – Bible

Never assume, that what you hear, or read, or are taught, even IF! (no matter how high your regard!)is truth, or the best answer…

 

for assumptions are the mother of all foul ups…

“Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make — bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake — if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble. Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble. For instance, one morning you might wake up and make the assumption that your bed was in the same place that it always was, even though you would have no real evidence that this was so. But when you got out of your bed, you might discover that it had floated out to sea, and now you would be in terrible trouble all because of the incorrect assumption that you’d made. You can see that it is better not to make too many assumptions, particularly in the morning.” -Lemony Snicket

Be a sponge if you will…but a selective sponge.  🙂

And i hope you didn’t just believe this… 😉

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7 Comments

  1. I’m sure you know I enjoyed this 🙂

  2. Sound advice.

    How did the discussion thread wind up about that meme the other day?

  3. I second John’s evaluation, very good advice.

    Personally, I don’t believe in belief.

  4. Hey, I just started this page so we can all help each other find the juicy ones
    http://defendyourpost.wordpress.com/lively-discussion-links/

  5. That Buddha is one wise being.

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