The opposite of compassion is callousness;
showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others.
For years, I’ve thought that global corporations and politicians were greedy to the extent of causing suffering. When engaging with others about this issue, I would say, “That act seems deliberate.” The reply would usually be, “Nah, it’s just a cock up”: the implications of a deliberate action are too horrendous to accept.
For example, huge fizzy drink companies manufacture products with a sugar content (and other additives) well above anything that could ever be called beneficial; in fact, it is detrimental to our health and they produce billions of gallons of this addictive toxic substance. “Hmm…just a soft drink?”
This topic gives rise to much misunderstanding and argument. Is it deliberate social engineering, a fear of not making as much money as possible or stupidity? Or all three? Of course, it’s all three. Satisfied with that knowledge, we go about our business…and so do the global corporations. Nothing changes, and there’s just more suffering.
On the “table of all possibilities” the number three rings bells…
When conversing with others, one of the main problems we encounter is being brought down to a conventional level, in which we just go round in circles. That is what samsara is – circles of confusion. In fact, all media plays on this, consciously and unconsciously. Our problem is really one of communicating through a confused mind; the wiring is connected in a conventional manner, when it should have a absolute connection as well. We oscillate between relative reality and ultimate reality and that’s where we can get stuck sometimes as we forget the unity, and just have to throw the whole thing up in the air.
Let’s look at this again through Buddhist eyes – and this hit me yesterday for the very first time! Silly me…silly Buddhist 😉
I asked, “Are people being deceived by deliberate social engineering, a fear of not making as much money as possible, and stupidity?” Then I realised that I have been using convention terms, and I had forgotten to apply Buddhist principles … silly me! Silly Buddhist!
A deliberate act is desire.
Fear is aversion: a perceived obstacle.
Stupidity is ignoring the consequences.
And people are right; it is a cock up. Just look and see. It is desire, aversion and ignorance on a huge scale. ‘They’ get away with it because we gave them the power, because we were distracted.
One such arena of investigation:
Pesticides are worth billions.
Intense desire can make us callous.
This is part of the article:
“Science paper recommended ways of identifying hormone-mimicking chemicals in pesticides linked to foetal abnormalities, genital mutations, infertility and other diseases including cancer and IQ loss.
“As many as 31 pesticides with a value running into billions of pounds could have been banned because of potential health risks, if a blocked EU paper on hormone-mimicking chemicals had been acted upon.
“Commission sources say that the paper was buried by top EU officials under pressure from big chemical firms which use EDCs in toiletries, plastics and cosmetics.”