"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting."
[Gautama Siddharta] (563 - 483 BC), Hindu Prince, founder of Buddhism
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I guess if you're not on the road to truth, by way of example trying to justify democracy, socialisms many facets, life style, or carnal self gratification, this is a real accurate statement
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Mike is obviously not on the road. He fails to start with a clear and unbiased mind. He is on a jihad agaisnt something he calls democracy, life style, etcetera. Wake up my friend to the errors of you thought processes.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    For some the road is short for others it never ends.
     -- RBESRQ     
     -- al, dc      
    The journey is the 'way' -- there is no destination except in one's mind. Being free starts with, well, being free -- we don't have to wait until the rest of the world gets it or changes. This is it. Living free is not passive, it is active, it does not wait for permission, it means respecting the rights of others, for to trespass thereof brings consequences and retribution. When Buddha speaks of liberation, he speaks of making amends for all trespasses, abstaining from any acts that would add more 'karma' or obligations to others. While we are 'free' to act, we are not free from the consequences of our actions. Is it any surprise then that from the Buddhist perspective our bondage is self-imposed, cannot be avoided but by not doing the things that bound us in the first place and by correcting the mistakes of the past -- to be forgiven is nice, but it does not guarantee the lesson has been learned to prevent its reoccurance. There are no tricks to liberation, only responsibilties, and they are individual responsibilities not collective. No one can 'save' anyone -- salvation rests with the individual for he/she must walk the walk...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I see that Archer has studied the Tao (way). While I believe that once you have committed to something, you should follow it through to its logical end, I think that one first should sincerely ask the question, "what is the truth?" When I read this in John (18:37-38) it blew me away. Jesus had stated that "I am the truth." and Pilot asked him "What is the truth?" Pilot left the room without waiting for an answer. I'm sure he thought that truth is whatever he says it is. The bible tells us that Jesus is the truth, the way. But it leaves it for us to decide who or what the truth is. And so I think that until you know what the truth is, what good is going on a road of truth? Anyone can declare a truth. In today's topsy-turvy world, who decides what the truth is? Is it Clinton saying, "It all depends on what the meaning of 'is' is." ? Is Jesus the truth or is the "way" the truth?
     -- GunnyCee, Durham     
    GunnyCee, in answer to all your questions, the truth is the truth whether you know it or not. If you want to know the big T truth, tell the little t truth and then listen to what you say. You say the Bible is true, but that does not make it true. In my search for truth, I have little doubt that Christianity is an amalgamation of the many competing religions in Rome around 200 CE. Priestcraft and politics wield incredible power, and the creation of the Catholic Church has always been about power. Only in the last couple hundred years has the individual enjoyed the privilege of NOT being subject to a Church or Monarch. But old habits die hard -- especially when there is so much money to be made!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    One star for stating the obvious. Truth, the whole truth which is rairly spoken in any council. Let alone in the public arena.
     -- Ron, Salem     
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