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15 June, 2011

Role of reason in human life

Lord Buddha has cautioned humanity over 2,500 years ago on the important role of reason in human life.

     Do not believe what you have heard.

     Do not believe in tradition because it is handed down many generations.

     Do not believe in anything that has been spoken of many times.

     Do not believe because the written statements come from some old sage.

     Do not believe in conjecture.

     Do not believe in authority or teacher or elders.

     But after careful observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and it will benefit one and all, then accept it and live by it.

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