Culture and Religion

Observations about society, including culture and religion, and about life. With our inherent social nature, group behaviors are important, such as divide and conquer, absolute power, or conformance, in the critical issues of our day. A team with diverse skills can accomplish what an individual cannot. Our problems are solved when we work together.

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Brief View of Life

Adult

Baby

Cycles

Death

Energy

Idols

Job

Love

Management

Now

Opposites

Primate

Question

Respect

Size

Thinking

Voluntarism

War

Zen


A Brief View of Life

This collection of essays, a brief view of life, could be used to teach an adolescent the basics about life. Some of these perspectives are influenced by an awareness of Zen, but that context is gained through the experience of living a real life, without ever being part of any Zen training or even meeting a Zen master. Zen is all about being part of life now. Of course we are always truly a part of the universe but religious thought often sets up an artificial barrier, making it seem the person is somehow separate.

The date shown in parentheses is the date that page was last changed. They are in alphabetical order, not chronological.

Adult. Adults in our social system. (12/17/2011)

Baby. A baby is the start for each person within this social system. (12/17/2011)

Cycles. There are important cycles in nature. (12/17/2011)

Death. Every life ends in death. (12/17/2011)

Energy. Energy is necessary for human survival and success. (12/17/2011)

Idols. Religious and political idols are used to divide society, so some benefit while the others do not. (12/17/2011)

Job. A person’s job within our social system. (12/17/2011)

Love. Love one another is a slogan that, when applied to one’s behavior, enhances everyone’s lives. (12/17/2011)

Management. Managers control employees for corporate goals, not lead them for their enrichment. (03/18/2013)

Now. Living in the moment is important to enjoying life. (10/09/2012)

Opposites. People have a variety of traits and priorities; often those can be opposite of yours. (03/06/2016)

Primate. Some human traits are also found in certain primates, our close genetic relatives. (12/17/2011)

Question. The control and manipulation of information benefits those in charge, so everything from them should be questioned. (12/17/2011)

Respect. Respect for others, by all members of all social classes, is critical to the vitality of our society. (10/31/2015)

Size. The increasing size of social structures is detrimental to social and economic justice. (01/22/2012)

Thinking. Thinking is what the brain does, not a soul. (12/18/2011)

Voluntarism. Libertarians define a society based on voluntary action or free will, but all social structures will have uneven distribution of power which will necessarily constrict our choices. (03/06/2016)

War War has always been present in human society and there seems to be no way to stop it. (04/29/2013)

Zen. Zen is a religion whose main goal is enlightenment. (12/17/2011)


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