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Mon, Sep. 20th, 2004, 01:42 pm
jenny_evergreen: FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES to the faith

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The Fundamental Truths

We believe in the Rule: Do the least harm to all. Do the most good for all. This is the most important thing.

We believe in the Infinite, which is not one being, but which is all beings and no being. The Infinite is the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, that which is both within and without all things. The Infinite is that from which we come and to which we return, but from which we are never truly parted. The Infinite is the essence. It is the great sea into which all rivers flow and from which all comes. The many are one, the one is many.

We believe in Truth. We must pursue truth as best we can. Only together may we know it, no one being knows all. We must be honest within and with ourselves. It is good to be honest with others, so long as we do not use that honesty to be unkind.

We believe in Balance.
We trust in the Infinite to balance the universe, for it is only balancing itself. One should be balanced within oneself. This balance should be dynamic rather than static, for no one is without change, extremism should only appear temporarily and should be watched carefully for negative effects on the self and others. Though there are many crests and valleys in the ocean, in the end, it is balanced.

We believe in Life.
No life is without value and no life is fundamentally evil. All beings have the right to determine the path of their own lives, keeping in mind that no being is without connection to others, whose paths must also be respected.

We believe in Love..
Loving and being loved are vital to all beings. Because of this, we should bring goodwill to all others in the hope that it will be returned.

We believe in the Pursuit of Giving.
It is spiritually expanding to seek to discover what one is able to give and to give freely and happily, of one's own will and truth.

We believe in Fear.
Fear, while a necessary part of existence, is also the cause of most of the horrors of humanity. It must be managed particularly carefully and examined particularly closely. Fear of the different and/or unknown is the most dangerous kind of fear. Caution is wise.

Wed, Sep. 22nd, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
tom_vroom

These changes seem good to me. Although, I can't help but feel like I miss the Mother and Father part, not really sure why though. Just feels like the "infinite" doesn't conjur up an image, other than space.

Is the pursuit of giving new? I don't seem to recall that before, but I like it.

Me :)

Wed, Sep. 22nd, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
jenny_evergreen

Well, that's kind of the point. It's not that I don't think one can believe in the Mother and Father...they were quite literal figures...but one can also imagine the Cosmic Muffin. It's all the same...representations of the Infinite that some people find more accessible.

The text isn't really new, it used to be part of "Purpose", but I thought that needed breaking down into smaller parts. (The fact that we still end up with 8 truths is actually a coincidence. :)