Perfection Feb 5, 2013 10:54:51 GMT -8
Post by humphrey on Feb 5, 2013 10:54:51 GMT -8
I'm still interested in the child that finds herself without enough food. I know that the suffering I experience related to this example is because of how I think about this example. But I'm thinking about the child herself and the suffering she has. I'm also down with the idea that the reason she finds herself without food has less to do with her own beliefs and thoughts and more to do with the dominant mindset of the society and culture she lives in. But the fact is that if she doesn't have enough food she feels discomfort and pain in all sorts of ways. Her resistance to her reality no doubt adds to this pain and discomfort and suffering, but resisting it seems totally natural. How can the conditions of this child change with acceptance of the conditions?
It won't. Acceptance means no more fear, no more greed, no more denial or judgment. Without that in the world, how could a child starve? How could anyone be ignored or harmed?
This is the approach by most hardcore belief systems -- if everyone just believed the same thing as me, then there wouldn't be any problems. It seems to me that a world where there is no more fear, no more greed, no more denial or judgement, is all just a fun pipedream. So the question is, while being the change we wish to see in the world, and knowing that not everyone is going to take up that same beingness, how do we nonetheless make change that'll get food to this girl, etc.?
I'm guessing you want to know how to end all suffering with you own thoughts, but even Jesus and Buddha couldn't do that.