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  •  Aren't the best teaching examples the immediate? (7+ / 0-)

    The right-here, right-now ones? Aren't those the ones the Buddha used for explanations?

    Learning to cope with the small things is a step toward coping with the large things. Nobody learns a skill by starting with the hardest possible applications of it. Taking an example from Christianity, C. S. Lewis said that someone learning forgiveness probably should not start with the Gestapo.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:19:13 PM PDT

    •  Good point (1+ / 0-)
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      This had occurred to me. Still, if everyone avoids coping with the large things they won't get any smaller. Some people may be better at focusing on issues that are global and far-reaching. As someone said elsewhere in the thread, these are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Perhaps, if one becomes aware of a big problem, the only way to address one's comparitively trivial internal suffering is to work on the big problem in one's own small way.

      The opposite of life is not death, but indifference. -- Jaki Gefjon (A.A.Attanasio)

      by Max Wyvern on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:35:37 PM PDT

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