I’ve been reading a magnificent book called What Buddhists Believe. The copy I have was printed by the Texas Buddhist Association*. I’m a bit slow in getting through it, haven’t finished it yet, but on about every page I find stuff that just thrills my soul. What a wonderful world this would be if people would abide by what this book teaches!
Consider these examples:
In the world today, there is sufficient material wealth. There are very advanced individuals, brilliant writers, talented speakers, philosophers, psychologists, scientists, religious advisors, wonderful poets and powerful world leaders. In spite of these intellectuals, there’s no real peace and security in the world today. Something must be lacking. What is lacking is loving-kindness or goodwill amongst mankind. (p165)
Man should learn how to practice selfless love to maintain real peace and his own salvation. Just as suicide kills physically, selfishness kills spiritual progress. Loving-kindness in Buddhism is neither emotional or selfish. It is loving-kindness that radiates through the purified mind after erradicating hatred, jealousy, cruelty, enmity and grudges. (p166)
All my life I’ve had one question on my mind. That question is WHY? Well, there’s actually a few thousand questions that begin with the word, “why?” Why are humans so cruel, so hateful, so rude, so selfish? I grew up in the sixties. The news carried video of dead VC, gave body counts, told about the war in Vietnam. The next story on the news was of some race riot or protest. It was a quiet day around the house when someone wasn’t arguing, mom wasn’t complaining about some illness, or some other crap was going on. Why?
I know things. I know stuff those in the box don’t, don’t want to, refuse to hear.
I have come to question if this is good or bad. Maybe the joke is on us.
Good Friday. Or, Bad Friday? It’s the 13th.
I’m talking to myself, you know, this poor lil’ blog is all by itself. Oh well.
Not happy with the school kids today. They did well until they were given a few, simple spelling words to learn. They hate spelling words. SO, they don’t try. Now, I’m not being too tough. I know what they are capable of. I’ve seen them learn very large words in a short period of time and ace a spelling test when they were motivated. When they’re not motivated they’ll misspell cat.
I’m not a very good motivator. But that’s nothing new. I’ve never known how to motivate people. I have all kinds of brilliant ideas, innovative thoughts, great plans, but in fifty years I’ve never been able to get anybody to DO them, even when the benefit is obvious and not doing them will cause obvious harm.
The human species is as alien to me as those bug-eyed buggers in sci-fi movies. I just don’t understand people! Never have. Maybe never will. Continue reading