DawnLoader wrote:By the way, I am Muslim. So far I see a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim. Kind of happend in alphabetical order. There should be some Hindus and Buddist here too. Some come on people, let see how diverse we are.
I'm probably more Buddhist than any other member here (especially among those 1000+ posts.)
But religion in the West is quite different from religion in this part of the world. Just as in South Korea, politics is mostly about pro-West vs. anti-West or pro-North vs. anti-North while in the US, it is like Republican vs. Democrat or liberal vs. conservative.
Most Buddhists and those who engage in the Confucian traditions in South Korea, Japan, and China do not express about their religions explicitly. So it often seems there are many times more Protestant Christians than Buddhists in South Korea. The truth is that South Korea, North Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan are countries under Confucianism and Buddhism. It's above religion, above politics, above the constitution, above state priorities, above family values.
To me personally, Confucianism was about how to be a saint, how to practice good deeds without being conscious of it and without making others conscious of it, how to control personal greed for money and sexual desire, how to serve one's parents and state, how to sacrifice oneself for the bigger purposes, how to respect the humble, how to cherish friendship, how to be modest, how to acquire the knowledge of the world and pursuit truth, how to smile at the face of physical threat and disease, how to keep purity and sanity without being compromised. I wanted to make it perfect and imagined a world of such perfected individuals could be as perfect as possible. A lost dream. I waked up one day in the late 1980s and found out all those were simple lies to brainwash us the children of the new dictator state. Now I know a little better and maybe I can propose a better kind of Confucianism that can work in the 21st century information world to this aging society.