Buckwheat wrote:It seems the better measure of a person is not to ask if they believe in God or not, but to carefully observe their actions to see if they are honest and peaceful.
I think that is exactly what the Buddha taught...
Also, it seems like there's this deep habit of trying to treat the organizations like a religion, government, or even prominent figures, like the president or the pope, in a very Atta-like fashion... as if they were some self-functioning entities that are the sources of all the problems, or even all of the good things. It's a very strong illusion...
Many people are gullible with this, even the skeptics.
There is no such thing as a religion or a government which functions in itself. They're entirely made up of people who do their own actions. There also is no such thing as a prominent figure which functions by himself... he's only made up of the conditions which are/were around him.
Trying to think that if we take down a religion, a government or a prominent figure, then the problem will be solved is a kind of annihilationism... this is a dead end according to the Buddha. Why? Because it's only an illusion that we were trying to fight with.
If we wanted to make some change that is significant, then we should be focusing on the actions, along with the conditions which caused them. They're not to be found in things like the Atta-like figures.
It's never about "atta boy"... it's always either a "good job" or a "bad job," or an "average job."