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Subject:  Re: On second thought, 2828 - Small Cap Issue Date:  1/30/2013  7:22 PM
Author:  tjscott0 Number:  669380 of 876031

Of course you like Art's version better! LOL Who wouldn't? Nothing matters. Everything's copacetic. Belief is immaterial. Bliss awaits.

I think, though, in your heart of hearts, you know that can't be right.

Islam & Christianity both place belief/faith as the key for entrance to "heaven/Elysian fields".paradise. Hinduism & Buddhism center more on enlightenment/liberation/purification.

Buddhism has an appeal that rings true to me. It certainly describe my first decade of adulthood attempting to gain happiness via conspicuous consumption/materialism that did not lead to happiness.

1)Life is suffering
2)Suffering is caused by craving and aversion.
3)Suffering can be overcome and happiness can be attained. If we give up useless craving and learn to live in the moment(not dwelling in the past or the imagined future) then we can become happy and free.
4)The path to end suffering is being moral, in thought, speech, & deed & loving others.

We all follow the path that speaks to our spirit/soul/inner peace. And perhaps there are many roads lead to "heaven/Elysian fields". We each have our journey to make. I have no wish or need to dissuade one that their path is an erroneous one.

I now close with a hymn from brother Bob:
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