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A Plague

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:19 pm

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: A Plague

Postby Ben » Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:57 pm

tiltbillings wrote:http://news.yahoo.com/filmmaker-sir-david-attenborough-calls-humans-plague-193528212.html


It's nothing new, he has been saying similar things for decades.
I remember thirty years ago when he said we had ten years left, twenty at best.
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Re: A Plague

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:38 pm

Malthusian doom-and-gloom predictions are nothing new, but they're certainly getting old.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

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Re: A Plague

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:52 pm

LonesomeYogurt wrote:Malthusian doom-and-gloom predictions are nothing new, but they're certainly getting old.
Maybe; however, that does not mean that what he is saying is not without a fair amount of truth.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: A Plague

Postby SDC » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:24 pm

The earth is doomed. Not a question of if, but when. It's the only reasonable way to look at this situation. I won't go as far as to call humans a disgrace (or a plague for that matter), but the way we live is stupid and it is only a matter of time before quality of life is garbage across the board. Good riddance, because the better things are, the more likely we are to want to stay living here. I'll try not to let the atmosphere hit me in the ass on the way out.
Through many of samsara’s births I hasten seeking, finding not the builder of this house - pain is birth again, again. O builder of this house you’re seen, you shall not build a house again, all your beams have given away, rafters of the ridge decayed, mind to the unconditioned gone, exhaustion of craving has it reached.(Dhp - 153, 154)
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