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March 30, 2008

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Don't most religions believe this, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam?

Yes, you're right. But I tend to think in Chinese philosophical terms...

Ok. Makes sense. Just wondering.

Most religions do believe this, but (except possibly for Judaism) such roads back to goodness are inextricably tied to god and ritual. This "way to be good again" is not about sins against god but about moral crimes against a fellow human.

hello.

i was under the impression that in judeo-christian though man is born essentially sinful. this seems specially highlighted in the christian that the sin of man is so great that man could not have been redeemed by anything within his own capacity which necessitated the sacrifice of christ... one is redeemed by witnessing to this truth.

i believe the expression could have found inspiration in islamic philosophy with which the author is likely to be most familiar. muslims believe that all being living and otherwise are created 'pure'. only man has the choice of walking the straight path or heading off astray. this straight path is identified with submitting to god's will. since all objects in the physical world are subject to physical laws they are in this sense submitting to god's will. when one embraces the path of islam he is referred to as a 'revert' (as opposed to the more typical convert) since he is believed to have returned to the path. 'islam' is derived from the root verb which means 'to submit'. peace, 'salam' in arabic, is derived from the same root. the clear implication is one enters peace with god, with himself and becomes harmonious with nature when one chooses to submit.

peace!

Blah christ this and blah Lao Tzu that. Are you invoking discourse for enlightenment or truth? "Again" is simply a reference to the childhood that was cut short by pervasive poverty and a survival reality manifest in an Indian slum. Please, don't make a reference to "the good old days" a guideon for spiritual and philisophical armies. If you want a litmus test for humanity, compare yourself to a dog. If you come out ahead I will be surprised.

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