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Why Buddhism and Jainism gave importance to equality to all living beings

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They believe, essentially, that everything is connected and/or reincarnation in the form of another type of life... That's a vague and broad answer, but it's pretty much the core. Animism would be a good think to google and read on wikipedia...

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I think it would be to promote peace and harmony among all species.

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nah... connectedness to nature and all it's forms of life... so actually ya, you're right; the hopeful result is peace and harmony within the individual
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I don't think you can have peace within the individual if you do not grant peace to all other living beings.
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I was agreeing with you... by the way, you're gorgeous... The connectedness I was talking about is what you mean by granting peace and being peaceful with all life forms... I guess I just used connected because they believe energy flows through all living forms... To truly be at peace, you're right, you have to be at peace with nature in all it's forms of life.......except spiders.... those are minions of some evil force that's NOT from this planet... lol
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I know you were agreeing silly, I was just expanding on your agreement. I'm not much of a philosopher. Thank you (for the gorgeous) and YES, except spiders! EEEK!
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Oh...ahh, well then.. for someone who says they aren't a philosopher, you should give yourself credit for your intelligence and maybe consider yourself a freelance philosopher, or part-time philosopher at least.... lol
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I just try to see from other people's point of view and respect all other individuals choices on who they worship or choose not to worship; I, myself, would love to live in a more peaceful world; but I don't think that will happen in my lifetime.
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unfortunately, me either... Every single day, the news is so discouraging and almost unbelievable to see what people are capable of..
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I know! Isn't it sickening?! I wish the news would put out more "feel good" stories instead of all this gloom and doom, but our society is filled with such evil individuals
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It's messed up... seems like psychopaths are rising in numbers
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