RE: virus: Hegel's Virus (was Altruism, Empathy, Etc.)

Mark Hornberger (
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 16:10:52 -0500

At 03:48 PM 4/23/97 EDT, you wrote:
>David wrote:
>> I have a tendency to "lay down the law"? That's ridiculous. I just
>don't think
>>we should allow Buddhism or other belief systems that I don't agree
>with. :)
>Declaring Buddhism to be a belief system indicates clearly how poorly you
>understand it. There is no need for belief, only understanding.
This may be true for some Buddhists, and I think it's true of what Buddha
originally tried to convey, but it falls somewhat short of what Buddhism is
for many people. No, it isn't a 'belief system' in the way that most
western religions are, but there are x number of paths, virtues, etc... I'm
thinking of the book I read some time ago by Christmas Humphreys. I know
there are different schools, some of which are more formal and structured
than others... I'm not saying 'you're wrong', only that many Buddhists do
indeed have something strongly resembling a 'belief system.'

take care

Mark Hornberger