Originally Posted by Erin Pavlina
Okay I have to jump in and say that I did indeed create a folder called "Stuff I don't need." But that's only because, "Stuff I probably won't need but am too afraid to throw out in case I'm wrong" was too long to fit on the label.
And I do still have that file.
Don't worry, you sound a lot like me. You're not the only one...
Anyways, the article.
I don't usually comment on these, but there was a few things jumped out at me on this one and it was interesting to see that Steve has been putting these theories to the test in his usual analytical manner.
It struck me how closely this article coincided attitudes throughout Buddhism. The thing is, these types of attitudes can be extremely difficult to grasp. For example, if there is a war, you will always have anti-war groups. These groups will demonstrate in public and do whatever they can to stop war from happening around the world. And why not, because surely this is a logical way of going about it, right? It would certainly seem so. But, in reality, the anti-war movement is a war in itself. Not only does it fail to stop wars, but also create a new one. It's a heavy negative. You throw that negative about and people immediately become defensive, often rebellious. It adds fuel to the fire.
More often than not, I have heard Buddhist masters advise people to take care of themselves, do the best you can with your own life, and by doing that you silently encourage the rest of the world to follow.
I was going to say more, but I forget what now. Oh well.