Mukunda wrote: BlackBird wrote:
Mukunda wrote:and (2) Where is the outrage over the messages of sexual exploitation and denigration of women, violence, homophobia, etc that Akon and other rap performers promulgate?
There's plenty of it, just not here
because well, why get outraged? Isn't that just giving in to your defilements? Why burden yourself with anger over something that's not gonna bring you any closer to happiness?
I guess my practice hasn't advanced to a level to where I can turn a blind eye to injustice, or tell myself that it doesn't matter. Unfortunately I cling to the belief that there are things more important than my happiness.
My point wasn't that one should turn a blind eye to injustice, furthermore I apologise if I seem to be patronizing you here - It's not my intention, but I may as well be guilty.
I think that injustice is in the eye of the beholder. Take for example the company that have already paid for this concert to go ahead, I imagine they will have invested quite a lot of money in this show (which is already sold out). Now the government has said the show won't go ahead, because the rapper is banned from obtaining a visa because he has appeared in a video which had a Buddha-rupa in the background for a few seconds while bikini clad women danced about a couch. If losing all that money wasn't bad enough, an angry mob stormed their building injuring four of their employees, smashed their windows and damaged some parked cars outside.
From their perspective, there's quite a lot of injustice there too, don't you think?
My point I guess (and I could rightly be labelled a hypocrite), is that we
should try our best to act in a way that is conducive to our own happiness. After all, whether we realize it or not, that's what we're all seeking. Anger will never bring us that. Romantic notions of justice and setting right what we perceive as wrong are all to often impediments to a clear vision of how things really are. People (like Akon) will continue to do their own thing, and even if you somehow manage to someone doing something you don't like
, there will always be another 50 just like him waiting in the wings.