A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Who’s to blame?

If we listen to all the worlds’ experts today and some religions, they all blame someone other than ourselves for our current position in life. The devil tricked Eve, who in turn convinced Adam to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree of knowledge, which caused man to be kicked out of the Eden. Politicians blame the other political parties, claiming only they know the correct way to put a chicken in every pot, while making sure they also get vegetables and spices in theirs. The corporate executive says his company’s goods will solve your problems, make you happier, when he is really concerned about how much profit he can deliver to the shareholders. Scientists have found new ways of fixing the ills of poor nutrition that our modern diet causes. Of course fixing our diet is not considered, as it is too simple. The migrant worker who leaves their village to work in an industrial plant producing goods for more affluent nations blames those nations for not sharing. Buddha instead taught that our present lot in life is entirely the result of our own past actions as well as the actions we take in this life. Buddha also allowed for natural disasters in his philosophy. Whereas most westerners, attribute these incidents, to being an act of God. The very same God many claim loves us, and only wants the best for us.

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