Peter wrote:Isn't a lot of this better person idea culturally biased and personally biased, I thought that a lot of the samurai and other types of warriors practiced meditation and a lot of the states we all engage in to get a balanced focused mind with the ultimate objective of defending or attacking in the name of their beliefs or masters.
There were considered a spiritually aware, well balanced person and in their own minds they would be a good person as well.
"Becoming a better person"
"Lowering your entropy"
"Becoming more spiritually aware"
They're all synonyms. Pick and choose whichever feels right for you to use. They all mean the same thing.
The Samurai is a great example... but it's also a "double edged sword" example, as pretty much ANY example you could give is... other than, perhaps a Saint? LoL Someone who meditates, or projects, or does any number of metaphysical pursuits can definitely become a better person, but they could also just as easily be someone who uses fear to grow. I'm sure some Samurai were very humble and spiritual practitioners, but I'm also sure that some Samurai were the exact opposite.
The point is what I said before... it's all based around your "Intent". What's your Intent for giving that wallet back to its owner who dropped it? What's your Intent for holding that door open for that woman with a stroller? What's your Intent for helping a starving man on the sidewalk? What's your Intent for helping to save that child with a hard to cure disease? What's your Intent for being kind & nice?
I wouldn't say it's cultural. However, I would say it's individual and personal. Definitely.
Each person has to come to their own conclusions at their own pace.
The idea of a better person is a hard one, I would say that to be a better person you could always think about doing great harm rather that great good and if at the deciding moment you just cant do the act then you are a good person and better than you thought as you are fighting the inner demons and winning. That would feel good and the removal of conflict or defining your values with a look inside is better that seeking outside conformation for becoming a better person.
I'd say that the one who has mastered this concept is the one that wouldn't even consider the notion of "doing great harm". It simply wouldn't be part of their equation.
But then, at this point, I'm just speaking of my opinion. It only holds water with myself.
What a perfect example the Samurais are...ahem...were. LOL. Absolutely! I think Ryan there likes to pick his favourite words and give them his own meaning.
Don't we all?
It's kind of the major problem with using a physical language to describe non-physical actions/events. There aren't any words to describe the indescribable, yet we continue to try anyway.
I am also confused by the "becoming love" statement... What love? Love of what? Human beings constitute an array of emotions. Are you talking about denial of what you are as a whole, Ryan?
The exact opposite, in fact. It's not a denial of myself as a whole... it's an *acceptance* of myself and everyone else as a whole, just as I am and just as they are. It's allowing everything to simply be as it is. It's knowing that I'm going to make mistakes along the way, and not holding others accountable to those same mistakes.
I don't know. It seems to me like it's a path of self-delusion rather than integration and self-acceptance. There's an old saying: know thyself.
You may call it whatever you wish to call it. It's entirely your label.
And, please, don't get me wrong, I'm not speaking about something that could or should be... these aren't concepts which I'm trying to convince anyone of either. These are concepts which *I AM*.