Belief is something primal and biological. It is something you discover, not something you have to try and convince yourself of. Telling yourself over and over to believe something is not faith, doing that, in the Buddhist sense, is called delusion or illusion, not belief. This behavior of trying to convince yourself of something is not only not belief, it also demonstrates a profound lack of faith in the topic one tells ones self they are supposed to believe.

It is overcompensation for this lack of faith that causes religious fanaticism and extremism, and often violence.

Like the Greeks said, and the Indians practiced, know thy self.

“Violence is the result of a loss of identity –
the more the loss, the greater the violence.

– Michael McClure


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