Posted: Feb 03, 2011 1:55 am
by Spearthrower
Some people quite literally have never thought about questioning such a fundamental principle, and when it comes up in conversation over dinner, they are surprised that another person can eloquently defend a position that is contrary to their own. In real life, I fairly frequently run up against the god belief, not because I set out to, but because being a white guy in Thailand, everyone assumes I am a Christian. When I say I am not, they immediately assume I am Buddhist. Thais, like many people on the planet, just assume that everyone has a religion like everyone has a nationality. I've had some really interesting conversations here where people have said that actually, now they come to think about it, they don't really believe in a lot of Buddhism, but it's just what they've done ritualistically since they were kids.