This morning, instead of my own entry, I'm posting this link to an elegantly-argued essay from the blog ThinkBuddha, because it says very precisely what I have tried to say many times in the past in my own imprecise way. I hope that my Buddhist-leaning friends will find the time to read it. I wish there were one who could give me a coherent answer.
What it takes to get past this point, I suppose, is faith--that leap beyond reason that I'm unable to take. I also think that it's the point at which a philosophy, or a teaching, becomes a religion. I'd be interested in what others think of this unusually lucid piece of writing. Will you let me know?