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Updated on January 19, 2012

This news article will always be etched in my memory. Several years ago, in Los Angeles, a couple of hoodlums hid from an opposing gang by entering a Buddhist monastery. The monks were sworn not to tell a  lie but they were also sworn to protect anything that lives. When the opposing gang came to the monastery, the two monks that were on duty refused to tell the opposing gang where the others were hiding. Subsequently the people who were trying to find the hiding opposing gang members beat the two monks because they would not speak.

Were the monks right or wrong?

There are questions posted to me by many people of which I have given answers that were only true to me. I would very much like to know you would answer these questions yourself and if you have questions that you also find difficult to answer.

Q: Why did not the Buddha manifest world peace?

A: Why did Jesus Christ not take us all up when he ascended?

Q: I am in love with someone else. Should I leave my husband/wife/lover?

A: How do you feel about it?

Q: Why do people lie?

A: What is a lie?

Q: If there is a God and He/She/It is All powerful, why does He/She/It allow so much suffering in this world?

A: Peace is within you.

Q: I am in love with someone who belongs to another. What should I do?

A: There is nothing wrong with loving. You can love as much as you like. Just don't covet. The old maxim follows. If you can steal him or her from the person he or she is with...you know the rest.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Hi, Tonipet,

      Thank you for coming by to read and leave your comment.

      I was 12 years old when I moved to town with my grandparents to go to high school, so I would go home to my parents in the village only during the weekends.

      Although my mother tried to teach me everything about being a "lady", I was still more like a boy, since I spent lots of time with my father outside as a "boy". She gave me a book to read..I don't remember anymore the title, but it was about proper etiquette, clearly it was not for a 12 year old living in the Philippines, as it was a publication from England..however as she knows, the rules of etiquette don't change and because my mother gave it to me, I read it from cover to cover. I studied it as was bid of me.

      It had section on that..if you want someone who belongs to another, or something to that effect, and although I thought"Why would anyone want something or someone that belongs to another?" one sentence stuck with me. It was that sentence. "Remember that if you could steal him from someone else, then someone else can steal him from you.

      I had never coveted anyone nor anything that belonged to another, not because it was the proper etiquette, it just never entered my consciousness.

      However as the years went by I found many people did..and I know how they suffered.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello msorensson. I'd like to answer:

      I am in love with someone who belongs to another. What should I do?

      Loving someone is right, but since he already belongs to another, the best thing I should do is control my feelings. There's no point pushing myself to what I like because it is already obvious that it shouldn't be, in its most possibility. I'd do my best to forget the feeling, GOD heals. I'd like it that one day, my own man will be happy of how I tried to spare myself from falling into something that shouldn't be (you know what I mean :=)) Oh my, I wish it won't happen to me, lol.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, katyzzz, for reading and leaving your comment. Much appreciated.

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      katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thereby hang some more questions, that's life and you have a huge fan club here

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Indeed, Electro-Denizen. I concur wholeheartedly. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

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      Charles 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      I like thought provoking reads like this - I find it intriguing that all of these questions can be answered by turning the focus away from some external entity or position toward one's own self... Very interesting and nourishing hub!

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, LastHeart. Very kind of you. Blessings.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very good hub, actually I thought I would never find where to comment...so all these comments says that your title and your words provoked us. Blesses!

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Oh, Thank you Lady_E. About Oh..about romantic relationships..I was raised in Asia..we would not even look at another person if we have a hint that he is attached in any way.

      As for the lying, we do not judge why people lie because we cannot know where they have been and where they are going.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting read. I particularly like the last answer you gave. A lot of relationships breakdown because people do actually go after the other person and sometimes that person give in - if they are not happy in their relationship.

      Why do people lie?

      It varies. Some lie for bad reasons, some lie to protect people, (my dad once called me to say hello, while I was on admission in hospital, I said I was okay and I was relaxing at home - I'm miles away from him and didn't want him worried) some may be at an interview because they are desperate for a Job to feed their family. Good question.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      So kind of you. Thank you, strictlydating.

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      StricktlyDating 5 years ago from Australia

      You always seem so wise, and I enjoy reading your work and your comments here at Hubpages.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, Robert. I appreciate your reading and leaving your comment.

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      Robert Pummer 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I have learned that it is better to have no answer than to adopt an answer that is untrue. Thanks for your amazing post.

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      I so agree with you, munirahmadmughal. Human beings, if they only realize it are masterpieces of the Great Maker, the creator.

      Thank you for your comment!!

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      munirahmadmughal 6 years ago

      The hub, the questions, the comments are all lifting the veils to show the reality from different angles which itself is thought provoking that a human being is really a masterpiece of the Great Maker, the Creator. Actions are to be adjudged by the motive or intention behind them. Surface evident and in depth vision, Disguise and device, Plotting and strategy are to be distinguished keeping in view all circumstances, which may be many and multiple, similar and dissimilar. A human can never be God. A creation cannot be a Creator. A finite cannot be infinite. Answers may be correct or incorrect. A Day of Judgment is to come.

      May God bless all.

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Out of compassion for a mother lion who was dying of hunger because she was caught in a thicket and unable to move, having just given birth to two cubs, the Buddha, according to literature threw himself into the mother lion so she could feed the cubs. In that moment, the Buddha felt the desire of the lion to get out so she could feed the newborns. By that single act, again, according to the literature, the Buddha hastened his evolution many lifetimes.

      In the Bible, when Jesus Christ said to offer the other cheek, it meant, I am stronger than you are, so give it to me, I can take it...this is how I now interpret it. It was not always how I thought it.

      When a Zen Master asks the student a question, the answer is solely dependent on the state of mind of the student, so one student can answer with a smile,a nonsense grunt, an action.

      The answer to your question is I do not know since I was not there. They did what they thought they had to do, and if the action is taken without attachment, then that action is right and complete.

      A god will not throw himself in front of a truck, because it would create chaos in the mind of the participants of that particular scenario. On the other hand, he would not hesitate to sacrifice a whole continent. I was thinking of Sodom and Gomorrah, and in this context assuming it to have happened. I hope I answered your question. There are no right or wrong actions. It is only dependent on the state of mind of the one who is doing the act. On the other hand, the impeccability of a god lies in the fact that he will always be bound by ethics. An ethical being has to, first and foremost be strong.

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      hubpageswriter 6 years ago

      I have to quote from one of your responders, such a superb answer: "There are so may different variables which will determine different responses from different people, so who is to say that one is correct and another not? I can only judge how I would react to a specific situation, but that does not mean that my reaction is the correct one :D"

      This is so true. I choose seeking inner peace within ourselves. It is not easy to attain, but with acceptance and maturity in handling things, the process will be much more easier. The transition from being a kid and wailing into wanting something to becoming an adult knowing that not everything will be served on a platter and that we will have to attain it and accepting success and failure is all inter-linked and part of it. I just love the story, so what is your answer to the monk and the couple of hoodlums? In the story of the monks, they are protecting the lives of others and I think that's a pretty honorable thing to do. Oops, look at the time. Sorry for the rant. I like the way you write. Will come again.=)

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thank you, Rhonda. Much appreciated.!!

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      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Wow a great hub for inspiration. Thanks for writing it.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Micky :-)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I need to rest a bit! Whew! It's a long way down here! My scrolling finger got a cramp! You are so wise. I have not forgotten you! I will write a poem about Melinda some day!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, twentyfive !!

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      Very interesting and thought provoking.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Truth..ahhh...we have to peel layers upon layers of lies in order to arrive there...

      Lies we tell ourselves, lies others have told us. Inside us is everything we are searching for.

      Thank you for your comments.

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      amorea13 7 years ago

      Another wonderful hub Msorensson, again so full of wisdom with a loving sensitivity running through it.

      Yes - questions - and answers - how important it is that we ask the right questions - so that we may uncover the Truth answers - we already know deep within. That's what I believe - that we spend most of our conscious time 'getting in our own way' so that we rarely discover that which we truly DO know of Truth inside. I'm working on it all - still!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, Martie,

      Thanks for coming and leaving a comment. And yes, I agree. We have to appreciate the good and the beautiful because by definition what we focus on expands and we get more of it.

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      I like your philosophical thoughts! There are too many questions without answers. Eventually we realise that living does not mean finding the answers of all questions, but to appreciate the good and the beautiful.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, bandrocker. Much appreciated.

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      brandrocker 7 years ago

      Why do people lie?

      To give protection - to protect life, property and peace of the neighbors... That's the good side of telling a lie.

      The God is superior.. Believe in His all good intentions and judgments and do whatever you can do to server the human race and our mother earth in the best way we can...

      Enjoyed reading the questions and some of the comments.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Wow.. thanks so much!!

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      Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Great hub, here are my answers.

      Q: Why did not the Buddha manifest world peace?

      He did, others did not!

      A: Why did Jesus Christ not take us all up when he ascended? It was not his job to do so! It's ours, within each soul!

      Q: I am in love with someone else. Should I leave my husband/wife/lover?

      This answer lay in whether one wishes to live a lie or truth.

      A: How do you feel about it? It as in what?

      Q: Why do people lie? out of fear!

      A: What is a lie? It is a cover up!

      Q: If there is a God and He/She/It is All powerful, why does He/She/It allow so much suffering in this world?

      Whether there is a God or not, suffering is caused by man and not any god! suffering is of our own making!

      A: Peace is within you. it is also an action when shared by our actions toward others.

      Q: I am in love with someone who belongs to another. What should I do?

      well, do you wish to cause pain in others lives? If not, then find someone else to love who is not with someone already!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you kindly, CMCastro.

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      Christina M. Castro 7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Definitely interesting things to ponder! Thanks.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      He could have. As the Dalai Lama now and as Jesus but to do so would violate free will.

      We need enlightened leaders..but the enlightened ones would never do so.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Very interesting questions. I really wonder why buddha did not manifest world peace. I think he just ignited the idea of world peace in our mind and it is our duty to follow all the teachings of great leaders.Unless the majority of the current world leader will reach some kind of consensus about world peace, we won't get a peaceful world.Thanks you so much for posting some great questions :)

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Indeed RedElf, the comments are truly challenging. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      My goodness, the comments are as thought provoking as the questions you raise in the hub - much to think about.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Oh..you are too kind, vocalcoach.

      I have written this story elsewhere but for you, I will do so again.

      A widow in a village had a young son. The son was playing in the yard one day, he was just a boy. A poisonous snake came and bit the boy and he died.

      The woman, in anguish, came to the Buddha and said "Please, this is a terrible mistake. Make him live again, for my husband had already been taken from me and now I only have my little boy. Please!!"

      The Buddha then said to the woman "Then you must go and find me a mustard seed from a household that has not known any pain."

      The woman left the boy's body with the Buddha, knocked on every door in the village asking for that mustard seed.

      At night she came back to the Buddha, wearied.

      The Buddha then asked her "Have you brought me a mustard seed?"

      The woman answered "Oh world honored one, I have knocked on every door in our village and they do have mustard seeds but ALL of them have experienced pain."

      The Buddha then said, go and ask the men to carry your boy's body to have him buried.

      There is no answer that would satisfy any mother as to that question, vocalcoach.

      I can assure you that the Buddha did what he did out of compassion..there is nothing else in him.

      The story that I told you is thousands of years old...

      I will tell you what I read in one of the discourses in Christianity books I read:

      "We do not have the answers to some of our questions because we are not ready."

      I hug you from afar and know that I KNOW how you feel and that my heart reaches out to you.

      Much love,

      Melinda

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      How gifted and intelligent you are. Your questions are not easy for me to answer. I wonder if we knew the answers how important knowing is to the way we live. When my son was taken from me, I wanted answers. I wanted to know why? I wanted to know also why these innocent, sweet children were left with no mother or father? I wanted answers. I wanted to be able to give answers to my grandchildren. I wanted to make some sense of it all. Even if I had the answers to my questions, what good does it do me? The situation is the same. Knowing, does not help. All that matters is love. Love is all that matters and the only thing that lasts. A wonderful hub, written by a wonderful woman!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thanks couponalbum. Much appreciated. :-)

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      couponalbum 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Wow! That was really amazing. You caught my attention through your title and I must say these questions are very tough to answer. But I musty say that the answers lie in the questions themselves. Liked your other hubs too. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, BkCreative, this, loving all you want is the key to everything.

      We were programmed to covet..:-)

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love all you want - but do not covet. Why can this not be done? It would lend a touch of humanity to our culture. Sigh. Coveting seems to have become a right in the minds of so many. Sad.

      Great hub by the way. Thank you!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Springboard, great points. To our own selves we must be true first and foremost. Because of our programming, we don't always do this. At least I did not.

      Meditation is at first a very selfish act. The motivation is to alleviate the pain from the conditioned mind.

      The next motivation is to be free. It is selfish and yet it is not. There comes a point when you meditate because you "think" that you are giving others a gift. But this is not so. The only true gift that one can offer is oneself.

      When one has relinquished all selfish desires, including the desire for freedom for self and others, then one is gifted with imperturbable peace, and just by being, impart stillness unto others.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      In situations like this, I think the best answer (and even it is probably not the right one) is to simply follow one's heart. There is a saying I heard once that went, "Self-betrayal is the ultimate betrayal." Perhaps that seems a bit selfish, but one must really be true to themselves before they can ever truly hope to be true to anyone else.

      I bring that up only because you have to question who the monks were being true to, and for what purposes? What were their internal motivations? What were their external motivations? And did (or would) those external motivations ultimately have met with conflict with their internal motivations?

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Christopheranton :-)

      It is possible to look for answers while we are in this body but yes, peace within is the most important thing.

      "Be still."

      "For only those who are still can impart stillness unto others"

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      Christopher Antony Meade 7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I sometimes feel that the nswer is to do ones best to live peacably with each other, and God, and hen to worry about the answers to the deeper questions in the next world.

      Thank you for a most thought provoking hub.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Kelly.

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      kellydove 7 years ago

      great hub

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you prasetio30 for coming and leaving your comment. I am glad.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for share this for us. I learn much from these answer. Good work, my friend.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, A M Werner..for answering that. I was confronted with this last night.

      I chose to acknowledge the truth to myself that I was lied to, deliberately, I don't think to manipulate me, really.

      Perhaps the other person was thinking it was to protect me or my feelings, so that person never really knew me at all.

      It made me really angry and then sad but in the end,I felt better. I did not tell myself anymore "It's okay" :-)

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      Allen Werner 7 years ago from West Allis

      I am so behind msorensson on reading hubs, still trying to catch up. Interesting thought here and lots of interesting responses. I would answer to, 'Why do people lie?' with 'People lie because there is something about the truth they don't feel confident revealing.' Of course the motivation for that can be various, from protecting feelings to manipulating others. Peace.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you creativeone59 for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      You're right there are always question to be answered and sometimes no answers. Great hub Melinda, thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Sree, on the contrary. I know you are aware of things that others are not.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      sree1987 7 years ago from India

      Hey Ms..

      your hub weighs a page by quality but the comments it receives exceed more than 5 pages...

      Fascinating..

      It is the prize for the value ur hub contains..

      Really awesome hub..

      If I am not atrocious, I hope that you would have got the answer by reading my He Met God from the reply given by God.

      Thanks for sharing..

      Sree

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Yes, it is true!! Thank you someonewhoknows.

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      someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      This hub reminds me of this statement -

      "When the student is ready,the teacher appears."

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, noori and mwatkins.

      mwatkins, we were born with basic sanity that tells us what to do at any given time. Until we have reached the point of "no consequence" we are bound by our programming, past thoughts and actions remembered, guilt, etc..

      The only object of meditation is to be in the NOW, no past, no future.

      Imagine if what you do does not have any consequence? You will find that you are AWESOME in every sense of the word, for inside you will find that it is impossible for you to do wrong...but I do not mean wrong in the way we were programmed to distinguish right from wrong for this varies with culture, our upbringing.

      Oh..I found it. Decency...we were born with it.

      When we meditate/pray or contemplate or do any activity that quietens our tumultuous minds, we access awareness and through it we find truth, and we become an expression of decency.

      Oh..I love the end of "The Bonfire of the Vanities" where Morgan Freeman lectures those who accused him of being "racist"

      Please do watch it if you have a chance.

      Last thing, mawatkins. To be true to ourselves is our highest goal, then being true to others is secondary because it becomes automatic.

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      mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Very nice! I struggle with wake up, or go to sleep questions, but I believe that honesty hurts so much sometimes because of the things we are afraid of that it becomes impossible for some to truly achieve any kind of honest, open, reciprocal communication. Karma gets us all at some point. I believe that by following your principles even when they become dangerous is not truly honorable. Belief systems are learned. I also believe that some things are worth dying for. For the members of our family, I would stand in front of a bullet.

      . . . "sworn to protect anything that lives" - Did the monks not believe that they fit into that category? I have to wonder about that . . . thumbs up!

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      No worries. Glad to have found your page.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you noorin, very true. To our own selves we must be true.

      It is difficult to understand that true love requires no justification, no desire to possess and the thought /action of wishing only the happiness of the person we love.

      We all deserve that kind of love and we therefore can give it.

      Only our egos want the possession of the person we love.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      msorensson, beautiful hub. To answer ur question, i know which question i would never want to face, that is " I am in love with someone else. Should I leave my husband/wife/lover? " ... it would be hell on earth.

      And for "I am in love with someone who belongs to another. What should I do?" simple if hes in love with the other person then just leave him, if i truly luved an individual, i would want nothing but happiness 4 that person. Obviously much easier said than done.

      Rated it up and will be following you.

      Noorin

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      msorensson, beautiful hub. To answer ur question, i know which question i would never want to face, that is " I am in love with someone else. Should I leave my husband/wife/lover? " ... it would be hell on earth.

      And for "I am in love with someone who belongs to another. What should I do?" simple if hes in love with the other person then just leave him, if i truly luved an individual, i would want nothing but happiness 4 that person. Obviously much easier said than done.

      Rated it up and will be following you.

      Noorin

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you presetio. I appreciate!!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Great for inspiration. Thank you very much. You always come up with beautiful word. Thumbs up for you

      Prasetio

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Billy, you are so right. We need the President to focus here!!

      Will answer more later.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I was thinking of this hub the other day when someone asked when will they stop the oil leak in the Gulf and when will the clean the mess up and I realized this hub is the answer - clearly these are questions that have no answers.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Springboard. We lie to ourselves because we somehow want the illusion..for our selves...and yet in moments of clarity we see situations as really very simple.

      I do not think there is anything wrong with falling in love with someone who belongs to another.

      To love is a gift. It is the coveting part that is hard to deal with.

      I do not wish to judge anyone..it is a pointless exercise. We would do anyway whatever we want to do.

      Let us hope that our basic sanity, our basic goodness would prevent us from making mistakes that would hurt us, because we hurt ourselves when we hurt others.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      In the questions regarding what to do about going with someone else's love, or cheating, I think it comes down to following one's heart and following one's conscience simultaneously. If the question crops up, "Why do I feel I am NOT any longer in love with the person I'm with that I desire someone else?" we tend to run from it.

      We cheat because it's easier to love someone else than it is to recognize our faults, or to address the issues that have led us to fall out of love. It's the easy way out.

      Regarding lies, we lie in order to evade the truth. We use lies to cover for failures. And sometimes we use lies to seek opportunity.

      Interesting and thought provoking hub BTW.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Dolores. As long as we are true to ourselves, we will be fine. This is a mistake that even I have made in the past.

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thought provoking hub. When we ask ourselves these and other questions, I think the answer must rely on whether anyone will get hurt due to the answer. Our speak and behavior should always follow the path of peace.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Sometimes we "lie" because we do not know the whole truth..sometimes we "lie" to ourselves because we are bound by norms/traditions/religion.

      It is the willful lie that hurts us the most for we have the memory of it ingrained in us and haunts us later.

      Thank you suny51 for dropping by.

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      suny51 7 years ago

      I think a 'lie' is some thing that one speak for own benefit and to make some one else feel bad about him.

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      BJBenson 7 years ago from USA

      I think there just isn't enough love in every body's hearts.

      Jealous and angriness seem to rule so many people actions and lets not forget fear.

      Wonderful hub. Sorry, I haven't read you more often.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      msorensson,

      I think the monks were right because they stuck to their principles depite it causing them to get a beating. They sacrificed themselves for others and stuck to their principles of not lying or allowing harm to come to others.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Why do people lie? I guess out of fear,pity or greed would be my answer to this question. You asked some tough questions here. Nice work. Cheers.

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      hair2nv 7 years ago from Huntsville, Alabama

      AGREED!!!!!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      hair2nv, Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

      We are programmed to sacrifice for others. I came to this conclusion after looking back at the business mistakes I have made. I lied to myself, because of my strict religious upbringing.

      To ourselves we must be true. It does not do others any good if you say "It's okay" when it really is not. You bind them to yourself that way and sooner or later you will have to resolve it.

      This is why we have basic sanity.

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      hair2nv 7 years ago from Huntsville, Alabama

      I wonder if I were one of the monks would i have coward and told where the gang members were hiding. Whether I would have struggled with the right or wrong of it. Wonderful points i have always struggled with not hurting feelings and this sometimes causes me to lie. I think that i am willing to be a little unhappy so others don't have to I have a question.

      Why do some of us sacrifice and others don't?

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, habee, for dropping by and leaving a comment!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I often find myself struggling with answerless questions. Great read!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      I agree wholeheartedly, Petra. Thank you for your comments.

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      There are questions and there are questions; people are always looking for answers or challenging others to give them the answer. The process itself is what really counts; asking and searching.

      Life, Love and Faith are questions with very personal answers and giving a definite and definitive answer is presumptuous at best. The way we answer those questions makes our own life philosophy as it defines who we are OR want to be

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you cossette for dropping by.

      They did not die, they were badly beaten.

      Yes, they honored their vows.

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      cosette 7 years ago

      the monks were right, as they honored their temple and doctrine. i admire them for sticking to their principles even when faced with being beaten or killed.

      even though thugs ruin things for everyone, they are still thugs and can't hold a candle to those monks, and never will. life is full of unaswered questions like this. i too wonder quite often why evil people get away with their tomfoolery. well, they might get away with it on Earth but i am sure some form of justice is waiting for them in the spirit realm, which gives me some measure of peace.

      thought-provoking hub.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, katiem, yes, it is. I think because those are perennial questions.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      msorensson, questions that have no answer are moving along nicely. Thanks and Peace :)

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      What a lovely comment, thank you, valerie. We cannot choose whom to love...this is a fact..so please do not further complicate your mind by asking why...

      To know that you can love, in and by itself is a gift. I can tell you that I did not believe those people who have told me they cannot love, and yet, it was true! I know this now.

      Just love..that is enough. No longing necessary. It is the longing part that creates suffering.

      Oh..one other thing, Valerie..this I have always advocated to. Your truth is yours and you must only accept that which you have proven yourself by insight, by intuition or by physical experience or what Deepak Chopra terms experiential knowledge.

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      First of all, msorensson, thanks for following me. I have seen your picture on many sites I visit, but get busy and don't check people out at often as I should, one reason I have so few followers. They have to find me almost by accident. I also lived in New Orleans for about six years, and am familiar with your location of residence. I can't answer any of these questions, except one. If I am in love with someone who is already in a committed relationship, I need to just get over it. There is enough greed in the world, without me adding to the problem. That one is a no-brainer, but those others, I try to avoid. Too many people talk about God and his or her motives, as if they have already been to heaven and returned as a spokesperson. Sorry, but I don't believe they actually know anymore than I do. we can choose to believe whatever we want, but talking as if we are all knowing, annoys me, because it is a type of programmed thinking many feel they must insist is true, when they can't be sure. If God exists, he or she can see through fakes, and pretending to know what we do not know. I, for one, will not do it, and I also refuse to buy all of the programmed thinking I'm exposed to within my own field of study. No matter how unpopular this stand may be among support group members, I haven't used stimulant drugs, my drugs of choice, in years (over 20), but can drink red wine, and have been doing it for years. while I don't advocate anyone else in recovery go out and try it, some can do so without returning to their drug of choice. In my case, the anti-cancer benefits make it worth it, and it hasn't caused a problem in over twenty years of use. So, I've done it; Opened up another can of worms by refusing to buy into programmed thinking, either about religion, or addictions recovery. LOL.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Nazir1988

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      nazir1988 7 years ago from chennai,india

      so nice keep on continue fnd

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, katiem.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      msorensson, This is moving along nicely, thank you for creating such an inspired conversation. Peace :)

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Namaste, Deborah :-)

      Thanks for stopping by and writing your answers!!

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      These are great questions, and like many have said before me, the answers lie within ourselves. Why didn't Buddha manifest world peace? Peace is in anyone who wants it. It is a choice. I'm in love with someone else.... Do you still love your spouse, are you committed to them? Why do people lie? Fear.They are afraid to tell the truth.

      What is the meaning of life? To learn our lessons and to share love and forgiveness.

      Namaste.

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      Melinda you gotta deal !

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Tony :-)

      Please call me Melinda