[Buddha-l] Ethical Dilemmas

Joy Vriens joy.vriens at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 05:21:18 MDT 2010

Hi Dan,

It's disheartening to see the damage of reading too many jatakas on
Superman, Spiderman and other superheroes. Why always this urge to
intervene? Let Mother Nature do her job. Trains are born, derail and die
carrying along in their momentum the average serial killer and Nobel Price
scientist, both on the verge of whatever it is (aren't we always on the
verge of something? Oh the potential!). Mere sweatdrops on the forehead of
Mother Nature, that she wipes off with one hand whilst accomplishing her
immense task with the other. At the beginning of his career the Buddha may
perhaps at the odd occasion have vaguely considered intervening. Later on,
at times, when he was a bit distracted, one could see him nod his head
almost imperceptibly. But towards the end, he was continuously struck with
admiration when he saw the ever increasingly complex plots of Mother Nature.
Finally when the first yuppie bodhisattvas came along with their wet dreams
about ships and captains, he felt it was time for him to leave.


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