The Most Important Relationship of Your Life

The Most Important Relationship of your Life: Your Relationship with Yourself

 

Relationships are the cause of our greatest moments, our greatest sorrows, our celebrations, our highs and lows but it is the relationship with ourselves which is the most important and all too often forgotten.  Knowing: we are perfect; we are enough; we do not need to be any more than we are today brings a foundation to our lives which carries us smoothly and effortlessly through every other relationship journey which we will encounter.

Do you search for who you are in the eyes of others?  Have you created your life based on what other people believe?

You do not need anyone’s permission to be who you are.  People spend their whole lives searching for someone to make them whole. You don’t need someone, you want someone.

Society, in and off itself, says that: pretty is better; more is better; the more money you have the better you are; the more everything you have the better you are.  The reason I bring this up is because what this tends to do is validate itself.  Suddenly, if you don’t have the big house and you don’t have the big car, you don’t have a wonderful relationship, you are not good enough.  You are not enough.  This is so very wrong.  In order to be one with yourself you must be enough for yourself.  Whatever happens, there is no one you want to be; there is no place you’d rather be; just who you are is enough. 

Spirit always tries to show us the simplest form of being.  You can get into all kinds of metaphysical hoo-ha, but the truth is simplicity itself, the simpler you reduce your form and thinking the greater are your prospects for joy in your life.  The more you complicate your thinking the more you complicate your joy and the more you complicate your relationships.  The more you don’t find out who you are the sadder you will be and the more stressed out you will become.  So starting with yourself, start with the self and know: you are, in fact, enough.  You are enough.

What if you found out that nothing that anyone says as a child has any bearing on who you are whatsoever?  What if you found out again that you are enough?  The expression of others into our lives, if we listen to that, if we believe that, if we follow that path, we will be very unhappy people.

A lady, who at 72 years spent all her time talking about how her mother told her that she would never be in a good relationship.   At 72 yrs she had never had a relationship, she was still listening to her mother.  That had absolutely nothing to do with her.  That was her mothers stuff.  How could a mother create such a reality for her child?  It happens often.  Every day.

In the Broadway musical Little Abner, somebody asks Little Abner “if you had a choice, who would you rather be?” and he answers “just me, I love just me, just me is enough”.  We don’t teach that in society so you never learn it. 

If only someone had said to you “You know: no matter what others tell you, by golly, you are enough.  You are a beautiful soul, a beautiful spirit in human form.  How can I help you express yourself in this life? What is it you need from me in order for your life to shine the way you want it to shine?  Because, heaven knows, you are perfect. What is it you would like the experience of?”   Unfortunately we don’t do that do we? We don’t get that. Very few parents give it.

Teachers don’t really like this way of thinking.  They are so busy teaching children that they are not enough, and that they need to know this and that.   Children don’t NEED to know anything.  They should read and write but we busy ourselves teaching children things they will never use, because it fits a program of how we want our society to look and so we cram all our children into the very same learning experience and hope that a couple of them turn out to make our lives better financially.

What is the self?  

Remember always that we are spirit in human form, not a human form with a spirit attached.  

The form in which the soul occupies; the form that made your coffee; the form that brushed your teeth; that put on your make up; that your soul helped you to create into this life and to draw your lessons to; whom ever you chose to be with; whatever life you chose to create – it is spirit, a soul in human form.  

The soul is occupying this particular body, it doesn’t make a bit of difference whether it is male, female, young, old.  It doesn’t make a bit of difference. We choose the vehicle for the possibility of the greatest lesson we want to learn.  What we each should strive to do is learn how to blend the spirit, the mind, the body and the soul together.  You and your self, true self, in one, always remain one.  You arrived as one.  You will leave as one.  The body will be discarded.  Dust to dust, ashes to ashes.  The soul that occupied the body will go home to the true self again.  Always remember spirit is the reality, humanity is the lesson, nothing more, nothing less, this is the illusion.  This whole life that you are living is a giant illusion that you have created for your expansion and that of the universe.

We never die, we are either alive in this body or alive out of the body.  We never die.

Just who you are is enough for you for the rest of this incarnation so developing a relationship with yourself means I love and like me.  I am the nicest boy or girl I know.  All the pain that that statement may make for some was created by other people and other situations.  When you arrived here you were a perfect loving expression of god, period.  Nothing more, nothing less.  You are divine.  And we have a divine right to be here. 

In society we can have difficulties with parents, siblings, the people around us, grandparents, teachers, all these people have an impact on the self and we tend to believe them because at that early stage we really don’t know any better.  We think “oh yes, I have to do this in order to be loved by my mum”, “I need to be a good girl or good boy for my parents”, “in order for my dad to love me I have to perform these certain things which he thinks are important”, but each of those statements, each one of those things actually invalidates the self.  It doesn’t validate the self.  It invalidates the self and when the self gets invalidated the self starts to follow the path of least resistance; which means it tries hard to be loved; it tries hard to be liked, it does what others say is best; it does not stand up for itself; it diminishes itself as it tries to be loved and liked.

No one is better than you.  If you ever meet anybody on this plain that you consider to be better than you, you have a problem.  People are in different sets of circumstances based on their own karmic needs and own karmic destinies, absolutely no one is better than anyone.

There are no favourites whatsoever.  There is no judgment of your life, only you do that, judgment day is in your mind.  Stop judging others and start by not judging yourself.  Project love and compassion.

You don’t need to achieve anything to be.  If you never advanced from here today you are enormously successful just to be alive.  Not responding to mind chatter is successful.  If you were to record your mind chatter and play it back you would not be very happy with yourself. 

Spirit is not watching us with binoculars.  They hear and see the vibration of your soul as it goes through life.  They see the vibration.  Do they care who you are sleeping with?  Noooo.  What they care about is how you are going through.  Are you learning what you set out to learn?  Are you content? Are you peaceful?  Are you getting out of your way?  Are you taking advantage of each and every day and not worrying about tomorrow?  Are you learning? Expanding? Growing?

Nothing is the matter with us, nothing ever will be. You are perfect in the space that you are today, you do not need to be afraid of a thing.  If cancer or heart troubles come to visit you, you are fine; nothing changes.  You change clothes.  We don’t keep our bodies.  It is like going to school, it’s a classroom, there is no reality to this. 

Pain usually was something that happened, will it be again?  We go from was to will it be again so we build up an expectation of pain.  We start to wait for someone to hurt us again.  We don’t go into a relationship because we know that some pain that hurt us last time and is going to come back and visit us again. Was there any truth in the statement from the individual?  NO, but they set it up, it is an illusion.  Some people set it up that the next relationship is going to bring pain and to take care of themselves they will not enter the relationship.  When we get into the preoccupation of pain we limit ourselves, our perception of worthiness.  Life is an illusion, nothing is actually going wrong. It is our perception that makes it look real.  Most of our illnesses are pain; are guilt.  All of these things are from our earlier time of our existence on this planet and how we responded to that pain sets the parameters for the illusion.  When the parameters were set the doors were so wide we could bring many things inside so as time went by we kept feeding the illusion making it work more and more real.   Over time we feel it and feed it until it gets so big we believe it is real, when it was nothing more than our fears.  None of it was true. 

What someone thinks of you is none of your concern.  It’s what you think of what they think and it’s because of what you think of what they think that fills the warehouse and after a while it gets to a certain point which is irreversible.  It becomes so big you simply can’t get around it.  Common sense, common rationality, even spirit who is whispering in your ear “let it go, let it go” doesn’t help and then you begin to look for it and that shifts your perception again and you get into a whole other illusion and you grow into the pain until you die.  This perception, this illusion can ruin your life for you if you let it.  You need to take charge of it and say “NO that isn’t true, that was then, this is now”.  Let it go.

Nothing is right, nothing is wrong, the difference is the perception of the things we do to prove we are inadequate.  The greatest fear you will ever know is your own mind.  The worst enemy you will ever have is sitting in your lap.  The only hell you will ever go through is your own mind.  You put yourself in the condition you are in.  You either believe or you don’t, nothing else matters, get on with your life.

Are you God fearing?  I’m not.  My god is very friendly; has a great sense of humour; likes me a lot; is very tolerant; is extremely patient; is with me cheering me on in every moment of joy and supporting me in every moment of doubt, fear or sadness.  

Find the humour in being a spirit in human form.  Look for joy, seek it out.  Be alive, don't just breath.

We are products and creation of pure divine love.  When you accept that divine love is your right, your life will change.  We are simply baby angels.  You are a divine expression of god.  You chose this experience.  Recognize who you are, god force is flowing through you, you cannot be any better or worse than any soul in this earth.

"This above all: to thine own self be true" William Shakespeare.

Just say to yourself “I love you very much.  I’m so happy to be here today.  I’m so happy to be with you.  Thank you for being my best friend.  I may not know who you are but I promise you I’m going to find out and when I do I’m going to take very good care of you.”

Let this day take care of you forever.  For each day, each hour that you are here will lead you to wherever you need to go.  Don’t care about where you are going, know you are going to be alright.

 

Manifestation, “The Secret”, Abundance and Your Right to it

“Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes, And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes.
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,  Bring forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass!   Environment is but his looking-glass.”
- James Allen -

"Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe."
- Saint Augustine

 “We are what we think, all that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world”
-Buddha

“As a man acts, so does he become. As a man’s desire is, so is his destiny”
-The Hindu pre-Christian Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

“All things in this world of Nature are not controlled by Fate for the soul has a principle of its own,”
-Iamblichus, 4th century Greek philosopher

“Ask and it will be given you… If ye have faith, nothing shall be impossible unto you, “
-New Testament

“The destiny of a person is connected with those things he himself creates and does”
-Rabbi Steinsaltz in the Kabbalistic Thirteen Petaled Rose

“Proper visualization by the exercise of concentration and willpower enables us to materialize thoughts, not only as dreams or visions in the mental realm, but also as experiences in the material realm”
-Paramahansa Yogananda

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”
-Albert Einstein

"The core of democracy is the engineering of consent, to make you feel there is nothing you can do. But you can do a lot. In fact, you can do anything."
-Noam Chomsky

 “Whatever man can conceive and believe. The mind can achieve.”
-Napoleon Hill

"Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life." - Anthony Robbins

“They themselves are makers of themselves”
– James Allen

 

A Little History:

 

The practices of creating ones destiny can be seen all over the world throughout history.  From the Batak people of Indonesia who believed that everything a person experiences is determined by his or her soul, or tondi, which reincarnates from one body to the next.  The Ojibway Indians believed a person’s life is scripted by an invisible spirit or soul and is laid out in a manner which promotes growth and development.  If a person dies without completing all lessons their spirit will return and is reborn in another physical body.   The kahunas were all about helping people make their future encouraging people to take time out to think about their future and vizualise in concrete terms what they wished.  The kahunas would help people remake their future through their open communication with the higher self.  “Most people are not in charge of their own thoughts and constantly bombard their high self with an uncontrolled and contradictory mixture of plans, wishes aumakua, or “high self”.  This unconscious part can see the future and is responsible for creating our destiny, but it is not alone in the process. They believed that thoughts are things and are composed of a subtle energetic substance called kino mea “shadowy body stuff”.  Our hopes, fears, plans, worries, guilts, dreams and imaginings do not disappear after leaving our mind, they are turned into thought forms and are woven into our future.

The tantric mystics of Tibet referred to the “stuff” of thoughts as tsal and held that every mental action produced waves of this mysterious energy.  They believed that the entire universe is a product of the mind and is created and animated by the collective tsal of all beings.  “Most people are unaware that they possess this power” say the Tantrists “because the average human mind functions like a small puddle isolated from the great ocean”.  Tibetin tantric texts are filled with visualization exercises or “sadhanas”.  The Kargyupa, a small monk sect, would spend as long as seven years in complete solitude perfecting their visualization abilities. 

The 20th century Persian Sufis also stressed the importance of visualization in altering and reshaping one’s destiny, calling the subtle matter of thought “alam almithal”.

Edgar Mitchell, the 6th man on the moon, founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973.  The institute devoted to the researching such powers of the mind.  They have done massive research into the mind’s role in miraculous healing sand spontaneous remissions, and a study of the role consciousness plays in creating a positive global future.  “We create our own reality because our inner emotional – our subconscious – reality draws us into those situations from which we learn…. We experience it as strange things happening to us (and) we meet the people in our lives that we need to learn from.  And so we create these circumstances at a very deep metaphysical and subconscious level” states Mitchell.

To tap the force of the universe itself, we must see ourselves as part of the world rather than separate from it.

…..more to follow….

Religion Vs Ancient Traditions

 

“My religion is compassion”  Dalai Lama

 

Dr Symeon Rodger’s book “The 5 Pillars of Life” 

 

“All fantasies, especially that of religion, are caused by a short-circuit at the centre of the human personality.  This short-circuit, which exists between the heart which pumps blood (the circulatory system) and the spinal cord which circulates spinal fluid (the nervous system) is only repaired by ceaseless prayer in the heart.  It is only when the short-circuit is repaired that you begin to be liberated from the realm of fantasy.”

- Rev. Dr. John Romanides in “Religion as a Neurobiological Illness”

Startling, isn’t it?  - A world-renowned Orthodox priest and theologian calling religion a “neurobiological illness”!  But he’s right - Orthodox Christianity is not a religion in the conventional Western sense of that word.  And for that matter, neither are other authentic ancient traditions.  What Westerners conventionally call "religion" is a term that applies almost exclusively to their own approach to life as it has developed historically over the last thousand years or so.

Several Orthodox writers of the twentieth century noted that the word “religion” as commonly used among peoples of European ethnic origin does not correspond to Orthodox Christianity.  "Religion" in the Western sense the word has a number of particular traits.  And generally speaking these traits apply to the vast majority of Western people who "practice their religion":

1.       Religious teachings are ideological statements divorced from real life and which people subscribe to based on emotional considerations.  Teachings of authentic traditions are based on an experience of true life, and practitioners adhere to them based on observable verification. 

2.       Religion provides psychological comfort and self justification in the face of its failure to cure psycho-spiritual (noetic) illness.  Authentic traditions take you from sickness to health; religions tell you your sickness is health.

3.       Religion shifts the blame for good and evil, and for the final outcome of life, onto a deity or process (saying, for example, that illness is a punishment from God or that God decides whether to forgive you and send you to heaven or to damn you to hell).  Authentic traditions know that the Absolute Reality never does harm and that the only real danger to us in this world or hereafter comes from ourselves.

4.       Religions and authentic traditions both have a ceremonial aspect or some collective manifestation, but the religious version exists to provide psychological comfort or aesthetic pleasure, whereas the authentic version is there to lead you to self-transformation.

5.       Religion is always reduced to a compartment of life, whereas training in any authentic tradition involves every moment of life.

6.       Religion's "transformation" of human life is limited to the superficial aspects of the personality, is often based on a tedious list of prohibitions and is geared toward social acceptability.  Religion produces nice people; authentic traditions produce extraordinary ones.

7.       Real self-transformation is not a goal of religion; the knowledge and methods required for self-transformation are absent and there is no access to a lineage of transformed people.  Life degenerates into “salvation by association” (I’m saved because I’m part of the group) and “salvation by conviction” (I’m saved because I hold a particular opinion).

8.       Religion is ignorant of the technical terminology of self-transformation and interprets it in a general and nebulous way.  The religious version of a tradition will seldom have any real idea what the authentic version is talking about, even if they use the same language.  

9.       Religion is comfort-loving and presents no real challenge to its adherents, whereas authentic traditions take you beyond your comfort zone and into realms that religion knows nothing of. 

10.   Religion abhors mystery and tries to explain everything with concepts.  These concepts can be controlled and manipulated by a cadre of “experts” for the good of the institution, whereas transformed people – saints, immortals or bodhisattvas - are notoriously hard to control.

Given these traits of religion, it is not too surprising that Father Romanides classifies religion as a "neurobiological illness".  What this means is that religion has its origin in the fallen state – where the neurobiological malfunction characteristic of life in the fallen world has not been healed – and that it perpetuates this unhealed state as if it were normal.  So it is not surprising that religion prevents countless millions of people from finding true fulfillment and happiness.  And like all illness, it leads to untold suffering and misery.

A quick look at the news is all you need to convince you that what we conventionally call "religion" can be a pretty scary thing - right wing fundamentalists condemning minority groups or telling their people how "God wants them to vote", Muslim demonstrators carrying placards saying, "Behead those who insult Islam!" are just the tip of the iceberg. 

People in our culture these days tend to think religion - the institutional version - is bad, whereas "spirituality" - the individual version - is good.  Reality is not quite so simple.  So how do you tell the kind of spiritual approach that will transform you into a saint / Bodhisattva / immortal from the kind that will transform you into a neurotic, a terrorist or a self-righteous jerk?

Powerful Questions to Ask About ANY Spiritual Path:

1.       Does it insist that the only way to be saved or avoid eternal torture is to become a member and / or believe in its creed?

2.       Does it tell you that God is angry, judgmental and is basically just waiting for you to slip up so He can punish you?

3.       Does it give rise to a culture of guilt and shame?

4.       Does it teach you that God hates "unbelievers" or that you need to convert them by force or otherwise oppress them?

5.       If you try to leave this spiritual path, will your life be in danger?

6.       Do its teachings give rise to large scale emotional dysfunction?

If you're involved in or thinking of becoming involved in any spiritual path where the answer to any of these questions would be "yes", then I'd suggest you run screaming in the other direction... fast. 

In general, any "spiritual" path advocating violence is simply an extremist ideology masquerading as the will of God.  Those that have moral teachings that produce emotional dysfunction are usually distorted versions (religions) of earlier Authentic Ancient Traditions. 

Unless a tradition meets the following criteria, it's highly likely to be either a dumbed down version of an authentic tradition (i.e., a religion) or simply a fake from day one.  Here's what every legitimate spiritual path must have or do:

1.       It must teach that a total mind-body transformation of the human being is possible, that it can begin in this life and that every human being, here and now, can come to a direct experience of the Absolute Reality (God or whatever the name might be).

2.       It must possess a deep spiritual teaching that includes meditation and / or noetic prayer.

3.       It must be able to prove that there is an unbroken lineage of transformed people who have put this teaching into practice, been transformed by it, and can pass it on.

4.       It must be able to prove that it gets the results it claims, preferably by demonstrating this across multiple cultures for several centuries.

5.       It must value love, compassion and humility above all else and teach forgiveness. 

These simple criteria will enable anyone to get to the truth about any tradition in short order. 

History proves that many religious movements have existed for over a millennium, with hundreds of millions of followers, and that these same movements have given rise to near constant strife, killing, emotional dysfunction / neurosis and endless misery. 

So be really careful before you commit your spiritual future to anything.  If you apply the simple criteria above, though, you'll be just fine.

"You can be sure your religion has gone off the rails if its 'god' hates all the same people you do!"

And that pretty well defines what the media usually labels, though somewhat simplistically, as "religious extremism" or "religious fanaticism".  Whatever you call it, though, it's all around us today and it's attempting to redefine our world, often through violence, coercion and intimidation.  Let’s look at the five main symptoms or manifestations of this kind of "perverse spirituality".

Just before we get there, though, I thought you'd enjoy this break with British comedian John Cleese, who explains very clearly why being a religious nut-job is just so much fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLNhPMQnWu4&feature=player_embedded

 

So just what are the five main features of religious extremism?

1. Divine Fascism

Divine fascism is the ridiculous belief that the divine being is so insecure and neurotic that he has to demand total conformity from you in all aspects of your life and will punish you if you don't. 

Contrast this with the viewpoint of Authentic Ancient Traditions that the divine being or Absolute is overflowing love.  As St. Silouan of Athos (d. 1938) put it, based on his own mystical experience, "God is love insatiable".

If you belong to a religious group that preaches "divine fascism" and you're using it as your personal worldview, then you must believe that:

•        Your religion is totally, 100% correct and those who don't follow it are somehow lesser human beings

•        Your mission is to bring these lesser human beings under your religion by whatever means you can

•        For anyone to deny the truth of your religion is an insult that your (insecure and neurotic) god can't bear - they must be punished

•        Everyone within your religion must conform rigidly to its norms of behavior

•        No one is allowed to leave the group - there are severe penalties for "apostasy"

All of these presuppositions set the stage for the next feature of religious extremism:

2. Religious Violence

Once you subscribe to religious fascism, it's a very simple leap of logic to convince yourself that you're doing God's will and creating God's kingdom on earth by using violence to get your way.  And there are many forms of violence, including intimidation (making people afraid to speak out), direct threats, verbal violence and, of course, physical violence itself, whether that's organized military violence or not.

Not surprisingly, a good deal of the violence inherent within religious fascism is actually directed within.  And here we're not talking about the good and beneficial violence of spiritual struggle you find in authentic traditions.  Instead, this violence is about enforcing conformity within the group, keeping the group's social order and putting down any tendencies toward asking the wrong questions or other forms of "free thinking".  Naturally, most of this falls upon the most vulnerable segments of the group's own population - women, children and minority groups like gays, intellectuals and dissidents.

Notice that authentic traditions create an atmosphere of unconditional love and acceptance, and their most serious ("extreme") practitioners are deeply humble, whereas religious extremists have a strong tendency towards arrogance and violence.

3. Victim Syndrome

This tendency towards violence is helped along by the group's standard narrative, which is really good at establishing the existence of strong and powerful "enemies" that are out to destroy the group.  And since the group is somehow chosen by God above the rest of humanity, this forms a kind of siege mentality where everything that goes wrong for the group, all of its intractable socio-economic problems and the rest, can all be blamed on these powerful "enemies".

So it really is just like John Cleese says: when you've got your list of enemies, you can start blaming them, abdicate all responsibility on your own part and start the violence.

4.  Sexual Repression

Another frequent manifestation of religious extremism is its total inability to deal with one of the most basic forces of real human life - sexuality.  Since the group narrative often puts forward a divine basis for circumscribing human sexuality and confining it within some socially acceptable boundaries, any attempt to question these boundaries or break out of them is seen as pretty close to apostasy.

This is very convenient too, because when the group's sexual norms are different from those of surrounding cultures, the group can paint those surrounding cultures as licentious and immoral, further reinforcing their own siege mentality and sense of victimization.

This repression of sexuality has some hideously violent outcomes around the world and is creating untold misery on a daily basis.  These outcomes include:

•        Forced marriage (where women have no say in deciding whom they will marry)

•        Violence against women (regular beatings sanctioned by the religious group)

•        Female Genital Mutilation or FGM (surgical removal of the clitoris and labia in a usually unsuccessful attempt to remove female sexual desire and capacity for pleasure.  This is usually performed on young girls without their consent, without anesthetic and in a non-sterile environment)

•        Honor killing (where male relatives will murder a young woman for losing her virginity, having a boyfriend or otherwise violating the group's sexual norms)

•        Sexual neurosis (repressing sexuality always leads to significant neurosis, as it is deeply disruptive to human emotions and the human energy system)

5. The Vice of "Identification"

The neurosis of identification – the psychological need to belong, to be validated, and to identify with one’s own culture, which is the matrix of opinions, attitudes and values comprising the worldview of those around you.  But as for the inability or unwillingness to understand others, the psychological need to be right and have others be wrong - the life of spirituality is directly opposed to all this.

Being against this is not the conscious and deliberate adherence to an authentic tradition.  It is only against a semi-conscious, neurotic, ego-driven and insecure identification of self with any given set of values, attitudes and opinions, however “right” it may be.

So "identification" is essentially a neurosis where you have a deep psychological need to belong, but also a need to be right and therefore have others be wrong.  In other words, you need an external enemy to validate your own victim status. 

Look closely and you'll see that religious extremism ALWAYS has external enemies whom it blames for everything from its own poverty and powerlessness to the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami.

All of this begs the question: "If your god is as angry as you say he is and as powerful as you say he is, and if you're as righteous as you say you are, while your enemies are as evil as you say they are, then why doesn't you god just ZAP the bastards and be done with it??"  Since this isn't happening, could it be that the universe is just a little more complex than you think?

 

The ONE Thing No Society Can Tolerate

Tolerance is a great virtue.  Truly.  For all its faults, Western civilization is the beacon of hope to the world primarily because it has set up not just a prosperous economic framework, but a political model that allows you to be who you are and to put forward your viewpoint without fear.  However, there is still one thing that Western civilization cannot be expected to tolerate - the existence within itself of religious or any other kind of extremists who do not accept the fundamental values on which it is based, including individual rights, freedom of speech, separation of church and state, and equal rights for all social groups. 

Tolerating intolerance is NOT a virtue; it is a fundamental stupidity.

For anyone interested in further reading the I would suggest purchasing Dr Symeon Rodger’s book “The 5 Pillars of Life” and it can be purchased at Amazon.

 

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

-Dalai Lama