reply to post by Badgered1
To say "Knowledge is the real enlightenment." means you don't understand enlightenment.
You can have knowledge of being in love, or having an orgasm, or deja vu
yet never had the experience.
And once you experienced such phenomena
it would be an enlightening experience.
This knowledge = enlightenment equation is way off the mark
and reminds me of the deluded thinking that has caused many
a potential rock guitarist to go to college thinking they should
get a degree in music-to get knowledge of music.
When the greatest rock guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton
never went to college-they just went ahead and did it-experienced it.
Jimi Hendrix was so creative and not limited to just ossified received knowledge
that he played his fender stratocaster upside down.
This is clearly an example of Einstein's statement,
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
This Knowledge =enlightenment approach has caused a lot of mediocrity
in music and has given rise to much uninspired concept oriented schlock.
(By the way you took my quote out of context and twisted it with a bunch
of irrelevant concepts that were never mentioned in the debate continuum. You twist my words like the church twists the words of Jesus.
Chronic ironic of the iconic.)
Inspired-derived from "in spirit"-spirit means spirituality not materialism.
Atheist countries like Russia and Maoist China for some reason haven't
produced any great rock guitarist or international rock songs but when western rock groups go to Russia the kids go crazy. But these atheist
countries have repressed the people and left them uninspired for decades. Fortunately this is changing. And look at Atheist prison systems like Maoist
China or North Korea-Religious countries almost always have better prisons due to the teachings on compassion that get get subliminally internalized.
Jesus and Buddha taught compassion and forgiveness. Atheists are the least flexible and most prejudiced people the world has ever seen.
Atheists believe there are no Deities.
That is a religious belief-like it or not.
Personally I don't believe in God (one Supreme being)-
And I accept my not believing as a religious belief.
Of course it's religious-God is the subject of my nonbelief.
I haven't experienced God.
I have had mystical, inspired experiences.
I believe there are infinite beings in infinite universes
That is my unlimited, flexible and vast spiritual perspective.
This is impossible to prove-yet Enlightened beings like the Buddha
taught this 2500 years ago. People still study the wisdom of Buddha
and Jesus after 2 millenia. True wisdom enlightenment holds up over time.
Fanatical atheists like Chairman Mao and Kim Il Jong suck all the
inspiration out of their countries and give rise to repressed zombies.
As time goes by these fanatical atheist zombies become more despised.
They fail to realize the following Jimi Hendrix wisdom teaching...
"When the power of love
is stronger than the love of power,
then there will be peace in the world."
Peace, love, creativity from inspiration-this is what brings joy to the world.
Forget churches and isms-if you just listened to the words of Christ or Buddha-
they say the same thing as Hendrix.
Narrow minded, repressed fanatical atheists tend to be the used toilet paper people of the planet.: