Date registered: Sep 2004
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On a serious note, I did read an interesting paper the other day in which a philisopher wrote about how the 12 Steps philosophy is essentially a westernized path to a sort of Buddhism that is in the "catacomb" stage and will probably be the dominant religion in 2,000 years. If you take all the exhortations to avoid whatever chemical is being addressed out of the 12 Steps and just look at it philosophically, there are some interesting things in there. I was surprised to find out that Carl Jung was actually the driving intellectual force behind the basic ideas presented. Jung believed chronic alcoholics needed a "spirtual experience" to recover. According to the author, the 12 Steps essentially contain the central spirtual experience of the three major religions - in other words, the psychological experience with all the religious mumbo jumbo stripped out. If you look at them, you can see his point, the first three steps are directly in tune with Islam's central experience of total submission to the will of God. Steps 4 thru 9 are the essential experience of Christianity - repentance of sin, confession of sin, spirtual rebirth and resurrection. Where it get's interesting is in the 10 and 11th steps, which bring in very unChristian ideas of mediation and seeking of a metaphysical plane of existance that will lead to deeper knowledge of the spirtual realm, yet framed in terms of the Christian God - a fusion of Buddism and Christianity. The final step is essentially the exhortation of all these religions, loss of self in order that one may somehow serve humanity. So Buddism is heading this way thru the back door, since litterally millions of people from chronic boozers and crackheads to chronic fatties are being indoctrinated into what is essentially a new faith. But one must see how politically loaded the order is here - Islam, then Christianity, then Buddism as the ultimate way to enlightment is an interesting idea.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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