Buddhism is a religion and way of life formed from the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. It interests me, as I agree with many its beliefs, which are meant to better people. For example, the five precepts, the Buddhist code of ethics, are to abstain from killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct, and intoxication. I personally believe that if a person would follow all of these precepts, they would likely be a better person than if they were not to. Also, Buddhists believe that the purpose in life is to end suffering, and if one is able to stop their feelings of desire they will become liberated. As I said earlier, the desire for money is an endless cycle, in which a person will never be satisfied with what they already have. If people were to work harder to want less and appreciate more, they would most likely find themselves to be happier people. My favorite part of Buddhism is the belief that one should not kill- something that many religions lack. This is a problem that has led to events such as the Holocaust and countless others in which people were executed. During the Holocaust, millions of people were killed because Adolf Hitler wanted to rid the world of people who didn’t fit into the “Superior Race”. The people of Germany during this time allowed this to happen because of their belief that some people had a right to live more than others depending on their backgrounds. Throughout the course of history, people of different races and religions have been abused and killed for being different. If more religions strongly believed in abstaining violence and hurting others, the world would be a better place.
“Life is Gods’ most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it”.
I strongly disapprove of the harming of others, whether it be lying, misusing others in any way, or killing. Murder is one of biggest crimes a person commit, as nothing can undo that action, and several people are hurt in the process. Even when animals are hunted for sport, innocent lives are being taken from the world for someone else’s selfishness.
For these reasons I want to educate myself more on Buddhism in the near future, because it seems to be a very positive religion that encourages people to treat others well and live life thoughtfully.