I agree with AndrewX for the most part, with the exception of religious founders and tithes. Firstly, what use does God have for tithes? Do religious people envision God going grocery shopping or something? Understand, it is greed which causes you to have whatsoever you give in "charity", and you only give in charity what you can comfortably afford. It is the very same greed which has caused poverty, please see. Secondly, what founder of religion has not sought personal recognition? Why do people accept it of them, but not of others? We will unquestioningly state "they have been sent by God", yet who has not? For me, the most respectable are the mystics, for they give no credit to any founder, they only say these men have pointed at certain truths which are available to us all. They will try to deliver you to those same truths, but otherwise are normal men, there is nothing like ego remaining in them - their sole purpose is to deliver you to the egoless state. Few mystics are known to history, yet all the religious founders are indebted to them. The only alternative is to say it is divine intervention or to call these men mythological figures - these are the extremes we see in the world today. Truth is each has had a master, each has been shown the way, they have been shown the doors by a mystic - the school used to provide example is irrelevant to them. It is only their compassion at seeing you trying to walk through walls, the mystic is simply one who has found the door and ushers you towards it if you are ready. If you are not ready, you will certainly fight, for they are a threat to everything you are. What more compassion than the one who is awake allowing you to sleep a little longer? This compassion is higher than any religious founder, and far higher than mine.