Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Apr 2009 10:55 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The weeks just keep flying by, don't they? It's time for another Week in Review, and this time, we actually have a few interesting things to review. Microsoft is going on the full assault against Apple and Linux on netbooks, Canonical retaliates, the IBM-Sun deal is still the talk of the week, and we did a podcast. This week's My Take isn't a happy one, but it is an important one.
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RE[4]: Rwanda
by sithlord2 on Mon 13th Apr 2009 15:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Rwanda"
sithlord2
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2009-04-02

Well, I can agree on some of your arguments. Religion should be not be practiced in a way to control the behaviour of other people. It should be practiced individually to gain moral discpline and do "the right thing". I think all major religions started out that way...

As soon as people use this spiritual practice to control other peoples behaviour, the religion loses his primary intend. In my opinion, this is not a problem with the religon, but with the people who use/abuse their religion for such ends.

PS: I heard from a lot of people that they don't consider Buddhism as a real religion :-) Altough it is very organized in some countries (ex: Tibet) and we do have concepts like heaven, hell, gods and demons. We just consider those as other elements of nature (like humans, animals, the earth, etc...).

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RE[5]: Rwanda
by darknexus on Mon 13th Apr 2009 17:59 in reply to "RE[4]: Rwanda"
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2008-07-15

Well as I said, the word "religion" means different things to different people. Here in the West, the U.S in my case, religion has come to mean the governmental, controlling style.
Whether all religions started out as individual spirituality isn't likely to ever be known. The trouble is, depending on what one person believes and the way he interprets a supposed holy work, it takes little to no effort to abuse it. It depends on the individual, the religious beliefs of that individual, and the willingness of those around him or her to follow. It's frighteningly easy to begin to slip into the mentality of "well, I'm forcing this upon others for their own good," particularly in cases such as the religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam where the central, over-powering concept is eternal reward or punishment and conforming to the rules is, supposedly, the only way to avoid being punished.

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