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Why does evil exist in the world It was really very difficult for me to choose any of the two truth seekers Zoroaster and Buddha None of their answers to the above question convinced me completely But here are some ideas I liked and picked up from both religions First of all I completely agree with Buddhas opinion that the reasons for evil existence in the world are people their cravings and desires To my mind there is no any black angel sitting on your shoulder and tempting you The cause of evil and suffering is very trivial people want something they cant achieve and become unhappy because of that Moreover a human being cant ever stop you want more and more even if you have enough you make other people suffer make them unhappy in order to reach your personal goals to be happy yourself and sooner or later youre punished for that The second idea I liked in Buddhism is the idea that there is no any supreme power punishing us for wrong deeds In my opinion people themselves are responsible for their future any bad and wrong action leaves a trace in your karma and every fraud youve done to others returns to you like a boomerang On the other hand the idea of freedom of choice in Zoroastrism attracted me very much No one is an ideal everyone is born with something good and something bad in character and it depends only on a person which part will predominate which way in life to choose But Buddhas idea of nonattachment and nonmateriality seems silly to me To my mind youre more useful when you dont try to escape from the world Both Zoroaster and Buddha agree that people ought to live a good life a life of pure thought pure words and pure deeds as Ahura Mazda says but Zoroasters way to do that seems more reasonable to me You bring
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