What You Believe

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”    –Gautama Buddha

This sounds so modern to me. I live by this. Please, please think carefully for yourself about anything that comes your way. Only you know the truth of the path you follow. Only you can decide on what you do, when you do it, and how you do it. To follow something because of the authority it came from is to give up your own personal power. Be willing to be responsible for actions taken because you believe in them; therefore, be careful, cautious, and thoughtful about all that you take in.