"it can never claim universality since many people do not buy into it."
What is universal needs no claims, makes no claims. What is universal exists regardless of any claims and is postulated universally and multidimensionally.
My ethic is open to debate, I promote what I believe in and seek challenges to my thinking.
Of course you do. Because you believe you cannot control what you believe in, you try to control everthing else to see if it conforms to what you believe in. That is the only way that you can uphold the belief or destroy it.
The wiser part of yourself provides the arguments against any belief and you will resist as long as the belief serves your purpose to see something greater.
What is self identity? A creation of memetic and genetic interaction.
Actually there is a choice made that prepares the memetic interaction and the genetic makup of the body prior to inhabiting the physical body. Consciousness itself however is not bound to the meat sack other than through belief and choice.
Lucky thing for you beliefs change and choice has its options.
What is the nature of reality? Our brains create this. Objective validification is not fully possible - though we choose to agree on conventions and temporary symbolisms.
This is a belief. The mechanical brain does not create itself to perceive reality as it does. It is created equally receptive to any belief and is subject to filter reality to what the ego holds onto physically as proof of reality. It ignores what it doesn't understand or sense, limiting its scope of understanding and perception.
Do you make your experience? Or is it the result of genes interacting with environment?
Yes..but there is more to it than that as far as the experience and scope of interaction on the level of consciousness itself.
The truth isn't necessarily what will make us feel most comfortable - the mind is designed so that we believe in our own power and freedom, this should come as no surprise as the human mind was not designed for an objective truth - only behaviors that lead to genetic survival.
Power and freedom can be sensed beyond the physical brain, as such mind is not subject to anything other than a choice to see truth or not. Relative truths are chimeras built through attachment to levels of understanding or the need to identify with reality in terms that are personal. Universal truth is much simpler and underlies all relative truth.
Most humans simply don't care about the nature of reality - only improving happiness for themselves in their daily lives. Our minds invent and adopt conventions and symbolisms about the nature of reality to facilitate behaviors that are genetically programmed.
Programming can be changed. Humans are not stuck in any program other than by the choice to maintain a habit. The human spirit is ultimately more flexible than you think.
Why did the Buddha believe in reincarnation? He spent his life trying to find a way out of it.
Are you sure he believed in it? If he sought to escape from it he must've believed it was not a permanent condition, rather a condition created from ignorance.
What Buddha sought was truth to destroy ignorance and a truth that was tangible.
He was susceptible to the memetic programming of the time - the vedic memes.
He lived in and amongst the stage of props of which he was acting. He sought to find out who he was within the props and the others who facilitated his own choices. He was not bound by the outside circumstance and he took advantage of that.
"God" is a memetic entity. An intentionally vague concept of open possibilities and unknowable intentions.
That is an assumption based on your current experience. Lucky for you, you can grow beyond this vague concept of identity.
Should we try to expand our capacities to improve the ability to increase happiness and minimize suffering according to the Abolitionist directive?
Every path exists until it is no longer useful. Every step a human takes is toward something or away from something.
Everyone will take a road they will personalize and make their own until they experience the greater part of themselves, that
is beyond the confines of the personal, and is universal
Also, we'll need to be actively trying to increase our knowledge of the world in order to pre-empt suffering and increase our capacity for reward.
Know yourself and you will know the world. The greatest reward is freedom from guilt, fear and the frustration of changing beliefs.
The Buddha did preach a sermon, yet admonished his listeners to question everything he said.
Because the universal truth lives within the cpability of free will and the choice to self realize through experience of the personal as the universal.
I would like to see results on a global scale, also my search for knowledge related to Abolitionism teaches me new things which improves my knowledge base and capacity for reward on a personal level - it's also very satisfying to me personally to promote the ethos.
The results of perfection or the results of choice are at hand.
(Heaven on Earth)
The mind that perceives suffering as a reality of circumstance cannot change reality because it is not connected intimately to it. It is observant of itself as a prisoner.
Until one realises their ownership of suffering they themselves cannot begin to create anything different.
So one waits for truth rather than seeing it and experiencing it first hand.
Seek and ye shall find. But if you have not sought the wisdom of one who has found it you will most likely seek within the confines of your own delusions.