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Val
Jun 11, 2010 9:54 AM CST
Name: Val
Ohio
In my tradition (CR), we don't have rules but we have virtues that we aspire to. Some of the virtues are hospitality, honor, wisdom, truth, generosity, courage, mercy, etc. These are ideals and no one can have them all 100% of the time. People are human. But these are the values that we strive for. There aren't any rules saying that we need to strive for these traits, it's just something that we want to do. No mortal or God is going to whap me over the head if I'm not very hospitable today. But I would feel disappointment that I didn't even try to live up to my ideals today.

I think that all actions (positive or negative) have consequences. Most people in my tradition believe in reincarnation (especially of reincarnation within your family lineage) and that consequences can follow you from one life to the next. But not in the same way that Hindus believe in reincarnation and consequences. I don't necessarily believe in the concept of karma.

I can't speak for the beliefs of all people in my tradition. There are varying beliefs and interpretations. I can only speak for myself.

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