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What we think we become.

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by Seeker of White Light, Sep 25, 2022.

  1. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    If you think you are an animal you become an animal.

    If you think you are a spiritual being you become a spiritual (in a body)
     
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  2. Secret Chief

    Secret Chief Leaderless Animal

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    I already am an animal. :)
     
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  3. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    That is kind of sad (to me)
    :hugehug:
     
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  4. Secret Chief

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    I prefer it to being a mineral or a vegetable. :)
     
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  5. stvdv

    stvdv Veteran Member: I Share and Debate NOT

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    NO

    Would be something

    People have the weirdest thoughts
     
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  6. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    I try not to do X is Y and not Z and X is Z and not Y.

    Being an animal is relevant in some cases, but not all. Being spiritual is relevant in some cases, but not all. :)
     
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  7. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    We all have weird thoughts.
     
  8. stvdv

    stvdv Veteran Member: I Share and Debate NOT

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    I'm not an animal :D
     
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  9. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    I am both for different cases.
     
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    stvdv Veteran Member: I Share and Debate NOT

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    I can't know/speak for all people
     
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  11. Secret Chief

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    I'm impressed. :)
     
  12. stvdv

    stvdv Veteran Member: I Share and Debate NOT

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    I am not an animal

    BUT

    I might show "animal" behaviour
     
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    stvdv Veteran Member: I Share and Debate NOT

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  14. Sirona

    Sirona Hindu Wannabe

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    People who had experiences with Buddhism probably know that there is always a third option: seeking the middle ground between two extremes.
     
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  15. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    Well, I learned that through Western philosophy and science.
     
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    Sirona Hindu Wannabe

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    I was talking to people who used to be Buddhists, specifically ... ;)
     
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  17. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    When I was a Buddhist i always understood Buddha and arahant as someone different to animals and ordinary human.
     
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    The story is called "Indra's lute".

    Gautama was having difficulty deciding whether or not to give up the extreme austerities He had been practicing. Lord Indra comes to advise him.

    Indra is seen with his lute-like instrument, which has three strings. He plucks one of the strings, which is too slack and makes only a dull sound. He plucks another string, but this one is too tight, and it snaps. The third string is properly tightened, and it makes a beautiful sound. In this way, Lord Indra encourages the Buddha to take the 'middle path', modifying his austerities so that His life will not be ended.

    The slack string means surrendering to the animal nature, the string which is too tight stands for exaggerated, excessive striving for asceticism and "holiness" which is detrimental to health and well-being. If you have self-awareness and compassion with yourself, the "string" works properly and makes a nice sound.
     
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  19. SalixIncendium

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    There is nothing to "become." In my experience, we are already that.

    (Also, you're already and animal ;)).
     
  20. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    Agree to disagree ;)
     
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