Firsly, lets just agree Buddha, like Mohammad, Mosses and Jesus, is simply a literary character. Now, in this story Buddha could have lived a spoilt life but instead seems to have tried to live a noble life by attempting to figure out a way to understand the human condition and offer people a path to a peaceful existence. Interestingly I know people, like Reza or some Japanese people I know, who use the techniques that Buddha (the character) concocted to help them live peaceful lives. Oh, they still work 40+ hours/week, they have families, they have children, etc... but they use these techniques to be peaceful. Now, it seems to me that his time spent "thinking" was worth the few nuts people gave him. Anyway, when it comes down to it, Philosophizing is a job. I mean come on, if someone spends their life doing sculpture SAM, is this also a lazy self-indulgence life? No wonder Islam produced no Opera, little art, little music, and in some places ban the arts, like song and music and Ballet. Well, I for one think life is better with the Arts and I think societies with Arts (like Philosophy) are better. Self/cultural-hatred doesn't suite you, I think you are arguing just to argue. I mean, seriously SAM, reread C again Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Oh, and I don't want to see a monocultureal world. But, in my society it is multicultureal. That doesn't mean I want Japan to become the USA. No way. Or China. etc.... or KSA or etc... BUT, I also won't support cultures aspects that cut against my morals - like Institutionalized Slavery.