Atheism, Stoicism, Buddhism & Law of Attraction

February 10, 2014

For thousands of years, folks have tried to figure out the meaning of life.

These four philosophies interest me.
I’d like to attempt describing them in simple terms.

Atheism:
1. We come from nothingness, return to nothingness.
2. We have free will.
3. Act morally, not because God demands it, but because it’s the right thing to do.
4. There is no point to life, no reason for our existence.

Proponents: Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Epicurus

Stoicism:
1. Some things are under our control, other things are not.
2. Things under our control: what we think.
3. Things not in our control: everything else.
4. Focus on the uncontrollable leads to miserable life.
5. There is a soul, there are gods, there is a flow to nature.
6. Whatever happens is the right thing, because by definition it happened.
7. Point of life is tranquility, peace of mind.

Proponents: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Musonius Rufus, Socrates

Buddhism:
1. Life is suffering (it’s natural to suffer)
2. There is a reason for suffering (attachment, desire)
3. There is a way out of suffering (nonattachment)
4. There is a way not to suffer (right action/thinking/speech)
5. Everything is God.
6. Life is school. We come back repeatedly until all lessons learned.
7. Point of life is enlightenment.

Proponents: Buddha, Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh

Law of Attraction:
1. Thoughts create things.
2. We control our destiny, through our thought vibration (simple, not easy).
3. There is God. We are God. Everything is God. The All that Is. The Source.
4. We are electricity, not the toaster.
5. Like attracts like.
6. Point of life is expansion, fun, experience, happiness.

Proponents: Abraham Hicks, Bashar, Unity Church, Louise Hay, Think & Grow Rich, New Thought Movement

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I believe in all four philosophies at the same time.
I’ve taken a page from Bashar, who says to embrace paradoxes.

For example, when someone is uneducated & superstitiously follows religious leaders, I like to wear my Atheist hat.

When I have goals to accomplish, I use Law of Attraction to keep my spirits & thoughts high.

When things don’t work out the way I want, I become a Stoic.

When life is really difficult & I’m laying in bed suffering, I become a Buddhist.

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Sources:
Buddhist 4 Noble Truths
Diagram: The Influence of Socrates on Stoicism