This may belong in the "RIP Steve Jobs" Thread
What happens to us when we die?
Are we just an ON and OFF Switch? <-- Steve Jobs thought.
Ever wonder why so many people suddenly "find God" when they are on their deathbed?
Jobs spent his final days contemplating God. "Maybe it's because I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn't just all disappear," he said. "But sometimes I think it's just like an on-off switch. Click and you're gone. And that's why I don't like putting on-off switches on Apple devices."
I am going to get this book..............downloading now.
Id love some fresh DC perspective in this thread. My philosophies have changed over the past couple years and i love the back in forth arguments
Shitstorm threadomancy, huzzah! I'm always up to talk Buddhism or Christianity, but always skeptical whether or not a public forum is an effective way to do it.
EDIT: That was a bit of a silly, pointless post. If I'm going to chime in, I should explain what I'm saying.
I was raised Christian and still am. My biggest complaint about going to church growing up was that the pastor would just give his sermon and everyone would be nodding their heads and agreeing as if some giant lightbulb had went off in everyone's head. I never felt like this. I always had more questions about the sermon or scripture; there was always more discussion to be had. The major problem, as I saw it, with church and interpretations of the Bible were that there were 'life lessons' in the stories, but no clear instructions on how to integrate these things into one's life. Saying "turn the other cheek" or "treat your neighbor as you want to be treated" is all well and good, but that's not useful in the real world.
I study Buddhism for the practical life application. I don't agree with the larger metaphysics, but the way that the teachings clearly explain how to mediate, how to think critically about things, how to read, analyze, understand, and then implement religious teachings into your own life are hugely helpful. I've also found the fundamental approach to life between Buddhism and Christianity to be very similar - often boiling down to 'be as good to one another as you possibly can'.
Anyway, that's a very brief explanation of my perspective, I'm happy to entertain questions if this topic happens to pick up speed again.
oh? you want something fresh, do you?
Truth Siren Time OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.