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  •  On second thought (0+ / 0-)

    Nothing is perfect ;)

    The horrible tragedy you describe may have been an accident and the driver certainly didn't intend to kill, but some of the conditions that contributed could certainly have been in his or her power to avoid. He or she may have been drinking, texting, whatever. Should the Buddhist response be to simply forgive the driver? Maybe the best that can be done to not add to the suffering of the world would be to punish the driver for the avoidable mistakes they made with the hope that it would be a deterrent to similar behavior from others and consequently avoid future tragedies. In this case, the driver was probably sufficiently punished by the experience itself.

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

    by Max Wyvern on Fri May 03, 2013 at 02:19:42 PM PDT

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    •  We cycle back to "What is good to do?" (0+ / 0-)

      The driver, by the way, was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter.

      The idea of forgiveness is to NOT act out of anger, or a desire to punish, but to decide "What is best to do in this situation." You are right that some punishment now may avoid more harm later. Also, some people are unable to function in society, and others should not be driving.

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