(Note: Offering a book-marking summary till I am comfortably back on my feet, which is hopefully soon.)
Written from a near total lack of understanding. Though – everyone! –
“When has that stopped me before?”
Okay. Let the ignorance begin.
I like Buddhism, which Wikipedia says is the fourth most popular religion, so I apparently have company.
Buddhists are calm.
They’re joyfully benign.
They say everyone’s equal.
Which sounds great.
If you’re a person.
But then there’s this “reincarnation” idea, where, if you do not behave admirably, you come back as a “lowlier species.”
Okay. I have questions about that.
First: Who drew that line between people and everything else, placing us “top of the heap”?
Two: Who creates the “hierarchical ordering”?
Is worm “lowlier” than woodchuck?
Is bird “loftier” than dung beetle?
Three: What is the basis for the tallying direction on how far you “proceed”?
Is it like “Snakes and Ladders”?
“Thoughtless Behavior” – “Go down seven”?
“Generous Compliment” – “Up three”?
And while we’re at it, what of the unequal chances to “actively ascend”?
POISONOUS SNAKE: “We have a limited range of ‘Positive Movement.’ ‘There’s a baby!’ We don’t bite it. What does that buy us?”
SUB-HUMAN SPECIES: (Together) “Plus, again, who exactly is making this up?”
SUB-HUMAN SPECIES (with legal training in an earlier life): “And is there possibility of appeal?”
Sure, Buddhists are vegetarians.
Which clearly “softens the blow.”
You don’t walk on two feet, and to varying degrees –
You’re a punishment.
Where’s the “boundless compassion” in that?
(Or is this totally haywire?)
(Offending millions of Buddhists for no reason.)