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  •  His Karma leads to.. (1+ / 0-)
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    ..the slaughter of little children. Directly.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Thu May 16, 2013 at 10:23:05 PM PDT

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    •  His advocacy leads to the deaths of many innocents (0+ / 0-)

      and THAT generates the core imbalance that engages karma;  his comfortable recompense helps it all soak in.  That's a lot to balance out in one life.

      MIGHT not be impossible, but same-life payback tends to be unbalanced and harmful (think vengeance), which is how the pendulum keeps swinging

      I am a leaf on the wind - i hover, twirl, float,
      Weightless, frictionless, I fly

      by chmood on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:34:10 AM PDT

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    •  True (4+ / 0-)

      You are exactly right.

      To the buddhists, karma is cause and effect: such-and-such an action causes a result.  So when LaPierre takes actions that increase the number of guns available in America, the result is more shootings, and more shootings includes more shootings of children.  

      And indeed, we have been conducting this experiment and observing the results here in America for a number of decades now.  The cause and effect of karma we see around us, where guns are concerned.

      Some people talk about "bad" karma.  To the buddha, karma is neither good or bad; it simply is.  Like saying "bad" cause and effect: there is no "good" cause and effect, and no "bad" cause and effect.

      Some people would wish misfortune for LaPierre: to have him suffer.  This is a natural feeling for those who understand the cause and effect of LaPierre's efforts to see more guns in America.  But most of us are wise enough to understand we don't want to take any action take inflicts suffering on LaPierre: we know such actions would come back to bit us - an implicit understanding of cause and effect, or karma.

      Our emotional response (I don't like LaPierre and I want him to suffer) is largely beyond our control.  But how we act is within our control.  The Buddha says we should make wise decisions about how we behave to reduce the suffering in our own lives and around us.

      "I don't like LaPierre, but I'm not going to do anything to make him suffer" is buddhism in action.

      But shouldn't LaPierre be made to suffer because he plays a role in the shooting of children?  Buddhism says LaPierre DOES suffer, tho' perhaps in ways we do not see.  We may not how of his suffereing or the extent of his sufferng  

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:37:04 AM PDT

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      •  Sucks to be him. (2+ / 0-)
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        Seriously, it must be horrible to be that guy. Whenever horrible people start to get to me I try to step back and think, "Y'know, at the end of the day I get to be me but you have to be you. Sorry it sucks so much to be you that you have to act like that."

        Doesn't make me like them any better, I'll still avoid them like home grown plague, but I figure it doesn't help me to give them free rent in my head and it's better for us all to send a little positive energy out there to counterbalance their nastiness. The world needs that.

        "Nothing's wrong, son, look at the news!" -- Firesign Theater

        by SmartAleq on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:38:06 PM PDT

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