From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on.
tiltbillings wrote:So, where did all that come from? Are we to assume from some deliberate act of some being?
From what I understood, Bhikkhu Boddhi's point is that we must hold certain metaphysical stances which we cannot prove or evidence, but must hold them for life to make sense to us and for moral action to seem worthwhile. (He argues similarly here
, noting that our sense of justice is not just our projection upon an indifferent universe).
This approach is very common anyway. For example, we generally believe that free will exists, our legal system is built on the conviction that free will exists - even though some scientists claim it doesn't. Or, another example, the equality of the sexes. There is no evidence that men and women are equal, in fact, there is much evidence to the contrary, yet one of the guiding principles in modern societieis is the conviction that they are equal and deserve equal pay for equal work, equal legal protection, etc.
tiltbillings wrote:So there is no reason, ever (short of actionable libel), to respond to a critique?
What do you think?
What do you want from life?
What do you think life is for?
IOW, it's a matter of how much value one places on the words of others, and what power one believes one's words will have on other people.
So these things will differ from person to person, from situation to situation.