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nods It's been years since I've seen him, and that's a lot of time to change. We used to play poker together - it's just a serious disconnect between the playfully sarcastic fellow I used to know.
Some of my favorite things suck...PM me if you need an address to send me a vacuum cleaner.
On a more serious note, I often find myself in staunch disagreement with folks who say that you can't love someone you only know online. There are people here on NB that I love - and nothing sucks about that.
I prefer a vegetarian diet but couldn't, in good conscience, continue to do so. Since moving back to the reservation the community center sporadically gets large quantities of fish and/or meat (salmon for instance, elk, moose and deer both from hunters as well as quickly treated road kill). They don't have a freezer to keep it in and so, what doesn't get picked up quickly spoils and is thrown out. When my wife gets off work and sees activity at the community center on her way home, she stops in and saves some from the refuse pile.
We had salmon last night. Don't care for salmon at all (bones) but it's food and eating it insures it didn't go to waste.
I found that the article simply reinforced my reluctance to choose in order to communicate which I am to someone else. As I said in an earlier post within this thread, there is not a neat and clean definition of God that is easily referenced, and certainly none with any type of universal appeal.
I certainly reject the Abrahamic God out of hand, and for many, that would make me an atheist. Once we get past any type of anthropomorphic definition, if one attaches the idea of 'Creator' to a god, then it is possible that the Big Bang is the Creator and atheism would then deny physics. The idea of a Universal Consciousness is appealing to me. As I've stated here before, probably ad nauseum, that I live with a sort of miniature model of such within my own psyche based on my DID, and it's lovely to think that my life is a model for existence. However, even if a Universal Consciousness exists, I've seen nothing that would suggest that there is nothing beyond that; nothing to suggest that Universal Consciousness is not a creation of a Creator.
So, in the event that I've muddied the waters too much in my musings, without a definition of God, I can't tell you (or myself) if I am agnostic or atheist.
What I struggle to understand is why people with some kind of God belief choose to explore Buddhism, which is essentially a non-theist tradition. Wouldn't Hinduism be a more obvious choice?
I think it is because any other theistic tradition is seen as unfaithful, like a cheating spouse, while embracing Buddhism is more like having a platonic friendship.