.. humans are born selfish. Although latent, compassion and empathy are learned qualities that require a good teacher. No Abrahamic religion is capable of such an undertaking because they're stuck with the Old Testament ..<quoted text>
What do you think of a philosophy that teaches one to divert her attention from this world to another one and from this life to the next one, to think of man as diseased with sin and capable of no good, to see animals as soulless meat bags put on earth to be dominated and exploited, and to think that the world he inhabits is corrupt, evil, getting worse every day, and fit for apocalyptic annihilation any day now?
Is authentic spirituality possible given that world view?
.. authentic spirituality requires tremendous empathy, a recognition of what is and the ability to guide someone towards personal freedom, whatever that may be for each individual ..
.. in a way, authentic spirituality it's striving for perfection ..