I just scoured the library for a book on Jainism - a religion which has at its heart non-violence and love for all things. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism
Read through this article and tell me if there is anything basically wrong with their outlook? I think not. If the world was converted to Jainism the military budget would be much reduced - tension in the Middle-East would be non existent - Hollywood would have a new message - corporations would work for rather than against nature and people. People would have longer enduring and meaningful relationships instead of looking always for the next person. One obtains a form of spiritual high through observing simple practices. Perhaps if all other religions were subsumed by Jainism and their aggression towards others, intolerance for other beliefs were removed. Maybe we would have a much happier world. But is it not the case when someone preaches a message of non violence, of charity, of love - they are crucified, assassinated - and eventually removed from the library. In its place are volumes upon volumes on the subjects of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism, Hinduism - they look like mental Mies van der Rohe skyscrapers vying with each for our attention - squeezing out the smaller religions and beliefs. I am not at all religious - I just live in hope that the insanity of thousands of years of hatred premissed upon belief systems will eventually pass - and that in the space occupied by the central religions, Jainism takes a central position - though its modesty would prevent itself from doing that - so perhaps in the university basement one finds all the key texts and ways of conducting a life which is more than the fastfood life we lead.