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Hi Robin Faichney -
>One of my closest friends in my teens, who was more cynical than me back
>then (though not quite as badly behaved), subsequently joined Jehova's
>Witnesses. The brother of one of my closest current friends has been a
>Scientologist for over 20 years. Both, to me, like the people in the WTC
>on Sept 11 and the Taliban too, victims of mind-games taken too seriously.
>John Lennon had the right idea (sometimes).
I suppose we've all lost friends and neighbors to the 'death' of a cult,
of whatever tincture. And I don't know why some of us resist. I just know
I did, and do.
>I do "believe in" the *philosophy* of Buddhism
And I adhere, as much as I'm able, to skepticism, perhaps even
pyrrhonism, but, I take solace in the message and teachings of Confucius,
if I had to put anyone up on a dias.
(Then again, he's crowded a bit by Fuller, and Cage, and Beckett, and
Dali, among others.)
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