Quote Originally Posted by blansky
Don Wrote:

It seems to me that attachments whether they be to "art", to an idea, to an opinion, or to an object are the source of all suffering.

As an admirer of Eastern Philosophy as yourself, I'm wondering with that statement you believe yourself to be a pacifist. Nope never said that at all. Said that I believe that attachments are the source of suffering. As such I examine the place of attachments in my life.

Not to get off subject too much but my take on Eastern Philosophy is one of balance. " For the maintenence of peace, one must prepare for war".
Their cultures produces some of the fiercest warriors the world has known.
In all cultures there are various factions. A culture does not consist of a group of automatons. Not all members of a culture are aligned with a given discipline.

If everyone believed that nothing was worth fighting for, we would be controlled by facists. Your sentence leaves no room for balance, yin-yang, masculine/ feminine, only submission. That begs the question "who is controlling what"?
I find it hard to believe that you really feel that way. Amazing isn't it?
As some have said, is there only gray, is there nothing that is black and whiite? Right vs wrong. Nothing that we are willing to fight for. Isn't gray a mixture of black and white? That means that it consists of all.

I climbed all the way up to the top of this damn mountain so please give me an eloquent response. Not some "when you can snatch the pebble from my hand..." "I don't know eloquent words, Michael, only what I believe to be the truth and that is beyond words.

For heavens sake come down from the mountain, Michael, you may get a nosebleed up there.

Michael McBlane
Live from Tibet