A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Birth, life and death

We don’t have a choice as to when we are born, or to what family, we are born into. As we grow up we are conditioned to accept certain beliefs, by our parents, our friends, school, and society around us. Birth, aging and death are a continuous process around us. We are part of this cycle. Our physical existence here is generally around 70 years. Then the physical existence ends, but according to all faiths or religions the spiritual part continues. Regardless of which one a person chooses to follow, the do so on faith. People have defended one with their lives, others have chosen to change religions. We must all choose our own path. My parents raised me with a scientific outlook on life, and question everything, test it, then decide. I look at evolution and see that we have changed as a species. The idea that we share a common ancestor with our primates is a strong one. This does not mean that a monkey will evolve into a man, they took a different evolutionary branch a long time ago. To me a faith that does not fit with the world around us, does not offer a basis for believe in the afterlife.

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