Why Does Buddhism Go On About Suffering?
“I’m not suffering!”
Life is perfect for you, is it?
When the Buddha left his perfect palace, he saw suffering for the first time. He witnessed birth, old age, sickness and death.
Nowadays, we have:
Capitalism – an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit.
And autocracies/oligarchies – societies under the control of one person or a group of individuals.
And globalism – policies operated on a worldwide basis.
And technocracy– the government or control of society or industry by an elite of technical experts.
And laboratories – building equipped for scientific experiments, for the manufacture of drugs or chemicals, and whatever can be done with DNA.
And wars – a state of competition or hostility between different people or groups.
And robots – a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically.
And manipulation by the press and special interest groups– facilitating public control.
Etc etc etc …
Reactions – by those who are confused.
And heavy handedness – by authorities.
And confusion, frustration and depression – caused by the activities of the above.
Although, from a truly spiritual perspective, everything is perfect due to causes and conditions, people do suffer, even if they think that they are all right.
A lack of empathy due to self-importance enables the Fourth Industrial Revolution to continue quietly apace. The real cause of suffering is the concept of a ‘self’ to which consciousness clings = ego.
Ordinary people have little egos, while those involved in the above can have huge egos. We need a little ego to survive; as long as we are aware of it, we are on the path to enlightenment!
Never be smug – having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements.
16th century, from Low German ‘smuk’ – pretty.
Sitting pretty on one’s special cushion/throne isn’t the path to go along.
We are all in this together.