fe: Note: Do as I do, or Be Punished"Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books.
Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true." (Buddha)
We were not given the gift of life to adhere to other's dreams, we were not born to live in the shadow of another being, and we were not bequeathed with the right of freedom to dwell on other's visions.
Has our society fallen to such contemptible levels? Are we really that misplaced, that we must look to someone else's ways to feel whole? We must look somewhere else for guidance? That, to me, is one of the sorrowful things I have ever heard. I fear for our future; I fear that independent thought will someday begin to seize to exist.
There is nothing left to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth.
Religion; the satisfaction for your needs, a place to turn when you are too weary to continue searching for the truth. You should never believe those who claim they found truth, but only those you are still yearning for it. Religious persons do, have positive virtues, they do, have optimistic morals, but they settle for not their own vision, but someone else's vision.
Your elders should always be respected, but just because they contain some higher ranking, does not mean that you should follow intently to what they say, and what they tell you to do.
It is in your own will, and your own right, to flourish in your own visions, in your own heart. Do not forget yourself in this great scheme of things. When we finally become one with ourselves, when we finally find peace within your souls, we will be able to establish a better community; a better world. Follow your dreams, follow your ambitions, for no one can steal those from you, they will forever remain intact, remain planted in your very own soul; it's up to you to help it grow.