fragrant herbs wrote:Bhikkhu Pesala,
Then how is it, if a human birth is so rare, that it was given to people who are not going to even come close to studying the dhamma, who are extremely harmful to others?
Do you think there is someone deciding over people's rebirth and should make better decisions?
fragrant herbs wrote:And what good does it do to give someone a lower birth, such as that of an animal or an insect, when they cannot learn anything from it?
Who said it does any good for a being to have a low rebirth? And what do you mean with "giving". There is no one giving rebirth.
I cannot believe that some of these harmful people had ever merited enough good karma to be born in a human birth?
You seem to believe that there is something intrinsically "good" or "bad" in people, and only "good" people can do good kamma, whereas "bad" people always do bad kamma. And because it needs some good kamma to have a human rebirth all human beings should already be good and incapable of doing harm?
That human birth is rare does not mean it is already perfect. Otherwise there would be no sense for human beings in enduring hardships to do good and striving for buddhahood. Or do you think you are already perfect?
Human birth is not all the same in any case. Human beings are born in different circumstances with different tendencies and afflictions. Some are stupid, some are intelligent, some are more compassionate, some are less compassionate, some are physically strong, some are weak, some are healthy, some are ill. It cannot all be seen in such a flat manner as only "good" or "bad".
Of course, some people do horrible things, and for that they will inevitably experience the results. So no need for you to be spiteful and mischievous if you understand this and strive to free yourself from such afflictions.
And what is so bad about a person being born into an animal or an insect; neither dislike their life and may even have less stress and worry that the most of us.
How do you know? Do you remember having been an animal in a previous life? This is just a prejudice of yours, because you don't know such animal existence.