I am currently reading Ethics by the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Reading it has lead me to one conclusion: Judaic, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Zen and Hindu religious texts are so bogged down in metaphorical interpretation they defeat the purpose for which they are created.
Aristotle’s writing is clear, unambiguous and the terminology is well defined. He clearly states that mature adults benefit more from the study of ethics than those in their adolescence or post adolescence simply because life experience is necessary to provide the foundation for its appreciation.
Aristotle is lucid. I read his work in a few hours. I did not need to read any of the commentary provided by the translators or editors. In fact, I found the commentary a useless distraction. If a translation requires commentary, the translation has not acheived it’s goal, the translators have been dogmatic.
Aristotle’s greatest achievement is declaring that no one is chosen by anyone. Existence chooses us and from that point we choose to be who and what we are.
We choose our rights and responsibilities in our social and environmental context. And in that choice lies goodness and happiness.
“Do to others as you would have others do to you” is not a call for love or hate, but a call for moderation in all things.
Moderation is not a call for mediocrity, but excellence and perfection. To achieve the state where nothing need be added and nothing need be taken away.
This is one thing: Reciprocitism.
The origin of the word “recipe”.
A balance between self-acceptance and self-rejection. Induction and Deduction.
I highly recommend reading Ethics over any religious text. The food of Reason prevails over the shit of Religion.