I thought I had a handle on just about every "faith" out there but, apparently, I was quite wrong. There is a lovely little melange that I have outright missed and I feel badly because it's so silly sounding that, had it crossed my ears, it would have stuck forever. I'm sure some of you have heard of the JuBu.
That's a Jew who is also a practicing Buddhist. You might be saying to yourself, "But Mike, how can a person be a Jew who doesn't worship idols and yet sit in front of a Buddha statue and meditate every day?" Good question, Sherman. In moderate religious belief, you can do anything you want because no one is Superman. There are no absolutes in relative religion. If the Bible says to kill a dude who works on the Sabbath, a moderate would say that you shouldn't actually kill the dude, just inform him that that's not how we do things around these here parts. Sort of like Brian Dennehey in First Blood "welcoming" John Rambo to town.
The "JuBu" is, according to the article, a rather American trend. Seems that folks elsewhere enjoy their religion usually from one plate more or less. I can say from personal experience in Japan that people are quite comfortable with having a Xian cross, a Buddhist statue, and a Shinto shrine right in their house. No sweat. If you added a potato that looked like Ganesh, you'd have just about enough ingredients for a nice cold salad.
Because of the levels of defection from mainstream Judaism, one rabbi wondered, "Maybe we haven't done a good enough job of making Jewish mysticism accessible to the masses." Sure, but on the other hand, maybe people are just realizing that no religions have any basis in reality and so, because they can't accept a world without "god-imposed rules", are slipping over to the non-religion of Buddhism.
Buddhism is so silly that it doesn't really even warrant mentioning though. "Be nice, suffering is good, and you'll come back as something better in the next life", is the essence. On Barbara Walters' Heaven special, the Dalai Lama said that in Heaven, there's happiness and love and blah blah blah, and you can eat anything you want and not get fat. How fucking silly can a person get?
It really seems, even though the trend has been around for a while now, that becoming a "JuBu" is just the hip thing to do. It has a catchy ring to it: "What are you?"
"I'm a JuBu."
"Shut the fuck up. That sounds like retard shortspeak for a dog breed at Westminster. Grow up and just be a person, assclown."
(I can dream about how a hypothetical conversation would go, can't I?)