Without beliefs

22/09/2009

I am re-reading Stephen Batchelor’s ‘Buddhism without beliefs’, pills which I first read in 1999. I still think that the following paragraph captures really well my own position:

An agnostic Buddhist eschews atheism as much as theism, and is as reluctant to regard the universe as devoid of meaning as endowed with meaning. For to deny either God or meaning is simply the antithesis of affirming them. Yet such an agnostic stance is not based on disinterest. It is founded on a passionate recognition that I do not know. It confronts the enormity of having been born instead of reaching for the consolation of a belief.

Simple: I do not know.

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