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Why Ancient Wisdom
Posted: 08 March 2018 11:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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jencampster - 28 February 2018 05:58 PM

Ancient wisdom works when you test it against your own gut and experience. It speaks to the popularity of philosophical branches such as stoicism.

Huh? Can you give an example?

Here is one example which is used in many philosophies of human existence.

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy that flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world until the 3rd century AD. Stoicism is predominantly a philosophy of personal ethics which is informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature’s plan, and by working together and treating others in a fair and just manner.

This philosophy can be found in almost every religious or secular human environment.

The moment I read this I thought of Buddha, Christ, Ghandi, Bill of Rights (and responsibilities), etc.
It is an enduring human concept, also found in nature itself.

You’ve described what stoicism is. I was more asking about the first part…it “works” when you test it against your own gut and experience. That’s meaningless. Two people can believe in two daimetrically opposed things and yet claim it works as tested against their own gut and experience.

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Posted: 11 March 2018 09:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Lausten - 08 March 2018 07:18 AM
MikeYohe - 07 March 2018 11:48 AM

 
Jesus’s form of Christianity was Gnostic. Gnostic means “knowledge”. A religion built on older wisdom. What a different world it would have been if the political movements at Rome had went the other way for the fate of Jesus.

Alright, I know this is stupid, but, what other way? Letting him go? Crowning him king? Walking like Egyptians?

Yes, if Sejanus had killed Tiberius as planned. Then Jesus could have been King of the Jews or Herod Antipas would have been King and Jesus would have been high priest. And we would not be reading about Jesus’s work and other religious finding today in books like the Lost Gospels, Nag Hammadi Library, The Dead Sea scrolls, or the Gnostic writings of Disciples of Jesus. The Jewish religion most possibly would have changed in the direction of Jesus’s Gnostic thinking and teachings. After all, the Jewish religion at the time of Jesus was in total disarray. Even at the Temple Mount the burial methods had been changed. Islam would have never needed to evolve. Jesus’s skills were in merging the Egyptian, Hellenistic, and Jewish thinking into the ancient religious thinking that was still around and still being taught in eastern countries at the time. Jesus’s path would have used the teachings of the older religions of Knowledge and not used deities to control “knowledge”, mankind’s greatest treasure. Remember Jesus’s Gnostic teaching continual to grow and expand for the next three hundred years.

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