|my page, my rant! join my nag-list|
|god's own language|
|is he happy?|
|make sure the bungee cord is tied at BOTH ends BEFORE you leap|
|but we still fall for it, don't we?|
|breathable air in a can? what an idea, sirji?|
|there is only one religion...only different fairytales|
|metaphysics? isn't it like quantum physics?|
later edit (as loudspeakers started blaring buddhist prayers on 'buddha pornima' today): even for a religion that presupposes the absence of any supernatural force (or that is what we have been led to believe by buddhist apologists), the one hymn that is the most easily and popularly identifiable with buddhism is "buddham saranam gachhaami", which means that "i submit/surrender to the buddha". i wonder that out of the million other beautiful and wise things that could have been the trademark/tagline/motto/warcry of this very philosophical religion, why THIS particular line is considered the most apt for popularising it with the common folks? surely, this has been thought up by the priesthood and surely, only an idiot will not see the not-so-subtle attempt at domination and the demand for blind submission here. is it not clear to educated, thinking people? or are these believers not thinking?
of course, the apologists are quick to point out the root of the word "buddha" to be "intellect" and so on and how this is only figurative and symbolic etc. they forget that this is followed by a similar promise to surrender to the society and the religion, or "sangham" and "dhammam" respectively, which, once again are given spins by the self-same apologists in a way that makes these misfit pegs fit in the smooth politically correct holes, using language to convolute and twist things conveniently to mean what they want by selectively deciding what is literal and what, figurative, when they want it. semantics: just what this whole mail/post is about!
|if i win, you lose. if you win, i lose. better, i win!|
|please tell me you are kidding!|
|thank you, sir, for proving us wrong|
|built with floating rocks 10,000 years ago by monkeys?|
|good on ya, mate!|