God must be so bored.

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So you are saying, essentially, that they are the most schizophrenic people in the history of the human race...

Yes, I know that dissociative personality disorder is not actually a part of schizophrenia, but that would have screwed up the joke.

No, they believe everyone has the same number of gods inhabiting them, so they're no more or less schizophrenic or multiple personality then anyone else. As far they are concerned the issue isn't how to integrate them all into a single personality, but how to promote harmonious relationships between them.
 
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As far they are concerned the issue isn't how to integrate them all into a single personality, but how to promote harmonious relationships between them.
Do you realize how many pharmaceutical companies would be forced into bankruptcy if that philosophy is adopted by the general public?! :eek:
 
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So yesterday while watching a sunset I was throwing some rocks at another rock. By luck I hit the rock I was aiming for two times in a row. Then, it dawned on me. If there is a God, s/he must be soooo bored. Everything happens according to your wishes and blah. Just so boring.
Maybe it wasn't luck, and god has gifted you with a certain rock flinging skill. Thus, you might embrace this in a revelatory spirit and re-engineer your circumstances to maximize this skill, rather than speculating on the inevitability of god being bored (which I wasn't sure how you got to, but then you mentioned that you needed more sleep and it made sense, sort of).
 
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Do you realize how many pharmaceutical companies would be forced into bankruptcy if that philosophy is adopted by the general public?! :eek:

Nah, they'd just market them as "promoting inner harmony" instead of "anti-psychotics".
 
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Soon there will be pills that will let us unleash 8000 gods within us. And the power will be unlimited!
 
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Soon there will be pills that will let us unleash 8000 gods within us. And the power will be unlimited!
The power is called "Chi" and according to legends if you cultivate enough power you become immortal and even capable of flying. The earliest legends of enlightened beings say they couldn't be killed in battle, they were too spontaneous, and they had the most serene smile on their face as the chopped your head off. Not a sadistic smile, just someone totally at peace with what they had to do in the moment. Think David Carradine's "Kung Fu" and you get the idea. Masters of disguise these people are said to still wander among us to this day.
 
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The power is called "Chi" and according to legends if you cultivate enough power you become immortal and even capable of flying. The earliest legends of enlightened beings say they couldn't be killed in battle, they were too spontaneous, and they had the most serene smile on their face as the chopped your head off. Not a sadistic smile, just someone totally at peace with what they had to do in the moment. Think David Carradine's "Kung Fu" and you get the idea. Masters of disguise these people are said to still wander among us to this day.
Scary stuff... I think I'll stick with Watts sensible serenity.
 
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Scary stuff... I think I'll stick with Watts sensible serenity.
Yeah, Star Wars is often used as an example of Taoism too. However, Forest Gump and Peter Sellers' "Being There" are even more classic examples. The idea is that it isn't really your power, but the power of the universe flowing through you and surrender/acceptance is the only way to keep it flowing.
 
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Yeah, Star Wars is often used as an example of Taoism too. However, Forest Gump and Peter Sellers' "Being There" are even more classic examples. The idea is that it isn't really your power, but the power of the universe flowing through you and surrender/acceptance is the only way to keep it flowing.
That seems like trivialising it a bit? How should a westerner understand Taoism or whatnot?
 
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That seems like trivialising it a bit? How should a westerner understand Taoism or whatnot?
Unlike a lot of western religions and philosophies Taoists love to make fun of themselves, so trivializing Taoism is perfectly acceptable. They especially appreciate a very subtle tongue in cheek sense of humor that offends no one and can be easy is miss altogether. They can even view everything as having a humorous side include God, religious dogma, or a physics text book.

That's actually a good example of how Asian philosophies tend to differ in general. They stress attitude and affect as much as logic, metaphysics, and epistemology. Hence the emphasis on meditation where the idea is to clear your mind and become more spontaneous. To many westerners they resemble psychologies more then philosophies or religions, but they really are at heart philosophies and religions. Just very different ones in ways that are hard to explain because the differences are as much emotional as rational and to a Taoist the idea of having one without the other is a contradiction.
 

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