Re: Theos-World Who to blame?
May 11, 1999 05:00 AM
In a message dated 5/6/99 3:33:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Richtay@aol.com
<< don't think we should be trying to
level the playing field, BECAUSE KARMA IS ALREADY DOING THAT by
redistributing the wealth etc. The people who are wealthy or poor now are
exactly where they ought to be. >>
I get the sense that you keep referring to KARMA in its retributive or
effects form. However my understanding of the word simply means action. And
complex actions, mental, emotional and physical can only be expressed once.
here and now, instantly, in each moment. So for me, ones action/reaction to
the effects discovered in any given moment, is the cause of some further
effects. If the Action is mentally, emotionally and physically sound,
Spiritually alive, filled with the energy of ones highest possible self, that
action will be the cause of mitigating or resolving the effects of
retributive karma. If we come to the action in bits and pieces, holding
something back as it were, such as pervasive pessimism tends to do, we add to
and sustain the dilemma. So for me the doing, of anything that is
Idealistically resonant or compassion driven, is the only action worth while.
Lingering on the cumulative effects of untold millennia, focusing on the easy
to observe negativity of the human condition, sets up a continuation of the
problem in the very moment one embodies it.
It's not an intellectual exercise, where one puts equal amounts of everything
in neat little piles in 6.1 boxes. But rather a spiritual exercise where
changing the greed and avarice, the selfish disdain for human suffering
begins with changing one human heart, mine!
Look Rich, my view of this problem is really quite simple. I do not buy the
overpopulation argument as the reason there is so much suffering in the
world. It may be a contributing factor but it is certainly not the reason
that humans suffer, as some suggest. Also, I do not buy the fact that it is
their Karma, so we should just let it go at that. To do nothing, to feel
nothing, to remain intellectually distant because my circumstances are a bit
more fortunate at this moment, is not acceptable to me. Do something! That is
what is needed here and historical observation and commentary is NOT the
something that will work for the deprived and the oppressed people of this
earth. Finally, I do believe it is a problem related to human selfishness and
extreme avarice. I suggest that the only way to deal with that human failing
is to try anything that is it's opposite. If we have tried it before and it
did not work, tweak it a bit and try it again until it does. If we loose our
ideals from lack of striving for them, it seems to me we will loose the best
part of who we are as an evolving species. The journey is meaningless without
compassion and empathy.
-- THEOSOPHY WORLD -- Theosophical Talk -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters to the Editor, and discussion of theosophical ideas and
teachings. To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message consisting of
"subscribe" or "unsubscribe" to email@example.com.
[Back to Top]
Dedicated to the Theosophical Philosophy and its Practical Application