Labor Day Weekend.
"Adam Smith, Marx remarked, regarded lawyers, priests, state officials and soldiers as living parasitically upon production and he therefore proposed to keep their cost to a minimum."
- Michael Harrington, Socialism (1972) [p. 428]
we toil and we rot
and terrible things happened just like I thought
and the cycle carried on
until I thought nothing more and heartache was gone
love it as it is
whatever the fuck this is
or destroy and start again
what we are is in your head
[“If There is Room to Move, Things Move”, Every Time I Die]
Unlike the doctrines of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the teachings of Buddhism are not considered by their adherents to be the product of infallible revelation. They are, rather, empirical instructions: If you do X, you will experience Y. Although many Buddhists have a superstitious and cultic attachment to the historical Buddha, the teachings of Buddhism present him as an ordinary human being who succeeded in understanding the nature of his own mind. Buddha means “awakened one”—and Siddhartha Gautama was merely a man who woke up from the dream of being a separate self. Compare this with the Christian view of Jesus, who is imagined to be the son of the creator of the universe. This is a very different proposition, and it renders Christianity, no matter how fully divested of metaphysical baggage, all but irrelevant to a scientific discussion about the human condition.