I would enjoy reading answers from a wide range of perspectives - Buddhism (which has been said to be a philosophy, not a religion), Christianity, Confucianism, Agnosticism, Science - or a personal worldview that is not associated with organized religion. What matters to you the most of all the tenets or points of your faith or beliefs, that are values shared in some way by other religions or worldviews?
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Buddhists say no screwing around? How do they propagate then? Just kidding. Your answer is along the lines I had in mind, though I know better than to have expectations (they are on my list of things to let go of.) More in an answer to come....
No screwing around, not no screwing! Both celibacy and monogamous relationship are deeply respected in Buddhism. Sects that go for no sex at all, like the Christian Shakers, are great, but don't last long.
Sid, as I know you know, my comment was in fun. I did -not- know that the Shakers go for no sex at all. Interesting. I'd edit my Question at this point to give more clarity (re: d. william,) but no more editing allowed. Ah well. Lessons learned.
Ok, since answers here are straying far from my intended purpose in asking, which was to focus on principles which unify worldviews or at least that they share in common, which are important to people, well, why don't you tell us about Hinduism?
U should have been more explicit in what U wanted. U asked about what they share in common, not just the positives. Re: Hinduism: http://sunilkunnoth2012.hubpages.com/hub/Hindus-Th... otherwise 2 long 4 limited space
Yes, you are right, I could have been more explicit. I wrote 'What matters to you' and interpreted it for myself to mean principles leading to what you choose in life. Anyway, I see Questions as an experiment, and it is all good. Thanks for the link
To B more precise with what U R asking: ALL religions have 2 main themes in common: 1.Honor God. 2.Live a life that will get us to Nirvana(heaven). Then they start 2 differ in the rules of how to live that life.
Respectfully, gentlemen, 3 disagreements here. 1 In asking for Principles, Emanate was asking for the positive. 2 Not all religions have anything to do with God, Much Buddhism doesn't. 3 Nirvana isn't heavean, it is a life lived here, w/o suffering.
Sid:Nirvana-the final beatitude that transcends suffering=blissful existence as does heaven. Thank U Mr. Pres of interpretations.Those R the 2 positives. All else falls under them. i don't presume to rewrite anyone's comments. understand metaphors.
d.william - respectfully - can't say it well in a short space. I was referring to the Buddha's original meaning of Nirvana Dukkha (3rd noble truth). I honor that other interpretations exist. But Buddha himself discouraged speculations of afterlife.
I think all religions attempt not to achieve perfection from its followers, but to provide ideas from which people can base their moral decisions. Bruce Lee once said, "A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves as something to aim at"
Emanate Presence: By quoting my comment that you so kindly erased, you have shown two of the basic principles for living that religions & philosophies share in common: Humility & Respect (thanks)...
It was reductionist 4 a reason. Best Wishes
bunnypoeta, yes, I erased your comment kindly. Also went to your profile, but as you've not published any hubs, it does not help me understand where you are coming from (besides Portugal.) What does it mean, about reductionist? Did I miss something?
Have you ever felt in a written dot more depth than what would be found in a thousand written words? That's from where I come from besides of proudly being from Portugal. Don't expect to obtain enlightenment from recycled dry straw...Best Wishes.
Hummmm. bunnypoeta, there might be something to it, about the dot and dry straw. Thank you for the insight. I understand Portugal is a beautiful country. Closest I've been is Tarifa, in the south of Spain. Best to you.
Yes, Renee, and then is asked what is meant by 'love each other' and how does it look in daily situations. It seems in general that religions have brought more grief to humanity than blessings. I was looking though, for common points of usefulness.
I am not a Christian. Raised Jewish, now mystic with pagan beliefs. Common traits are there absolutely. Minus 'my' religion is the correct one, there is a common thread through them all. An evolotion of humanity, with yin and yan mixed in it.
Renee, I really like that, 'An evolution of humanity, with yin and yan mixed in it.'
You cant have one without the other.
Yes, agreed. You cannot have Yin without Yang or Yang without Yin. It is the balance of the universe. Also, depending on one's definitions, you cannot have matter without spirit or spirit without matter.
I appreciate this elucidation, and can see how my wording of the question was not entirely clear. I really was asking, 'What key principles for living do religions/philosophies/worldviews espouse and what do they share in common with each other?'
Emanate, I don't think your wording of the question was unclear. My answer was that both espouse moral values to live by.
Thank you, it's a start. I have written to a friend who practices Buddhism to ask her about the core teachings of the Buddha, the principles for living. I know they hold that all sentient life is sacred, not humans only. Jesus spoke of a way of life.
Emanate, if you are interested in more about Buddhism (in all its variants), just ask. I live the ancient practice, and teach about all existing schools. If all goes well, I'll be publishing it soon.
Sid, I am interested, to a point. Here I was more responding to the noise in another Question thread, with a wish to focus on unifying and positive principles. I practiced Buddhism in the '70s, but off-shoot brands. Good energy is sent for your book.
SidKemp, how about publishing a hub on Buddhism... it can act as a summary for your forthcoming book.
I second the motion from WalterPoon.