arijitmitter wrote:Dan74 wrote:I think disconcerting things and injustices are agitating so long as we do nothing about them.
Agreed but what can an individual do about drug trade, apathy of the wealthy, alcoholism, terrorism.
My question is very specific - if a person is agitated by " negative " news ( terrorism, manipulated stock markets, corrupt politicians, murderers going scot free and like ) should he retreat into a cocoon and practice Dhamma from inside it ?
There is at least prima facie some evidence that yes it has to be so - or else monks why do monks live in a monastery. If I become annoyed that I can do nothing to change the world am I better off ignoring it in order to survive ? If I am agitated how can I be a Dhamma follower ?
Do they go "scot free" - karma is the only thing that we will take with us on death.
The negative news is part of the proof of the the 4 noble Truths. You can disrepair of the news or used it in your development. When you understand the causes of suffering then you can see the truth that the Buddha of how we can escape from the cycle of birth, sickness, old age and death. Trying to isolate yourself from suffering by seeking happiness or trying to hid from suffering because of aversion is some of what keeps us in the cycle. We need to see through events to see the rise and fall of phoneme just as the breath rises and falls in meditation.
The shift that i have just finished i was working with a manager who i have heard described by every negative term in the English language and which on a mundane level is justified. In 18 months she has only had 2 nice things to say about me and then denied say them afterwards - she is the same with every one but reserves a special hatred for me. She is one of the best things that has happened in my attempts to develop. Once i realized that she was suffering and the causes of her suffering i developed compassion for her. What i did realize it was not her that was making me suffer but myself through aversion to her and what she was saying. I got myself moved by the regional manager so i was working in the very area that she spends most of time. I owe her so much because of what she has given me. I would tell her this but don't because i know that it would only add to her suffering.
You are concerning yourself with those who have made money in questionable ways. I was looking after one of these types of people up to a couple of months ago. He was physical sick and aged - but what was causing him to suffer the most was that he had lost control of the money and his kids were too busy spending the money to come and see him. Those things that we crave and strive for in life are often the source of our greatest suffering as we die.
I will spare you the suffering of having to read my English by continuing - but engaging with the world of suffering has given me so much more than living in a cacoon could have.