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39 minutes ago, romansh said:

Paul ...  This is the sort of thing I am trying to drive at:

"A Chinese Farmer Story" ~ Alan Watts - YouTube

Has Christianity been beneficial? ... Maybe!

I've always loved that story and take a lot from it in regards to a philosophy about how to consider what happens in one's life, but even the farmer still takes action in his life - he farms.  Presumably he views farming as beneficial in some regard or another, or why else farm?  Why not sit around meditating, or hunting, or working in a factory?  So similarly, I was asking how others view Christianity - having some benefit or not?  

For what it's worth - I agree with you - maybe it has been beneficial, maybe it hasn't.  But I think more accurately it's a case of perhaps sometimes it is beneficial, and at other times, no.  But I still take your point - even in those times, whether such is beneficial or not, is still a 'maybe'.

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16 hours ago, PaulS said:

... the farmer still takes action in his life - he farms.

But the point he is not judging it.

16 hours ago, PaulS said:

Presumably he views farming as beneficial in some regard or another, or why else farm?

That's his dharma.

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7 hours ago, romansh said:

But the point he is not judging it.

Maybe.  Or maybe he's living his judgement of it.

7 hours ago, romansh said:

That's his dharma.

Maybe, but maybe he's not aligned with his dharma, and instead is farming! :)

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19 hours ago, PaulS said:

Maybe, but maybe he's not aligned with his dharma, and instead is farming! :)

That's his dharma too ...  but perhaps a not very happy one. ... I really recommend Joseph Campbell's Pathways to Bliss and Myths of Light.

1 hour ago, John Hunt said:

Wish I'd spent my life doing something useful like farming...

That I understand ... my dharma was to be a chemist, I was lucky I enjoyed it. Was it useful? 

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On 7/23/2014 at 7:02 AM, romansh said:

Campbell discussing dharma ...

You perform your duty to support the universe. The universe is alive. The Sun performs its duty, the Moon performs its duty, the mice perform their duty and cats perform theirs, the brahmins perform theirs, the sudras theirs, and by this - everyone performing his duty - the universe is held in form. By following your dharma you hold the universe in form.

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