pilgrim wrote:There seems to be a kind of "exception" ( for lack of a more appropriate word) on Right Livelihood if your mind is free or relatively free from defilements. See Dhammapada 124 and its commentary. Not that I recommend the job but if you find yourself in it, you may wish to bear this in mind.
Well, I certainly don't want
to work at an arms factory. I don't want
to take part in the production of any part of a weapon.
Annapurna wrote:What's your qualification?
I'm sure you can find a kitchen, pizza delivery, messenger, garbage job...? Wood chuck? Farm hand?
Putting weapons together is uncool and I think the unemploment office must respect religious limitations.
I graduated from a commercial school. This qualifies me for offices, the retail sector, banks and so on. I'm mostly looking for employment in the retail sector, because chances of getting into an office or bank are close to zero in these times - not that I'm particularly keen on a job at a bank either.
I worked at McDonald's for a week, but the working conditions were awful - I literally had nightmares about the job each day of the week and I couldn't arrange it with my transportation opportunities either, so I had to leave.
I'm by now also looking for a part-time job. It would be better than nothing and it would get me away from the employment office.
Unfortunately my options are still very limited considering where I live; I don't yet have my driving licence (working on it).
Well, that same employment office once wanted to put a vegetarian whom I know into a butchery. She flat-out refused though.
I talked to the course instructor today and she said it's okay, if I keep looking for another job instead of applying at the Glock factory. Phew!
kirk5a wrote:It sounds to me like you are trying to follow the Buddha's teachings on right livelihood and so you're already conflicted about the weapons factory. So I think you can probably see how this would set up waves of doubt and inner conflict about your job, if you did take it. Hold out for something there isn't any inner conflict about. That will be worth a lot for your peace of mind.
Peace of mind would be the absolutely last thing that job would give me.
Jhana4 wrote:Have you considered taking the job only temporarily while you look for another job?
The last point you should consider is rhetorical. It only matters what you think about this issue. Are you asking for a clarification of what is written in the Pali Canon or are you looking for a feeling of approval from others here?
considered it as a temporary solution in the first place.
I wanted to know what the Pali Canon says to that and talk it through with people who know what I'm talking about (which is sth neither, for example, my parents nor my course instructors qualify for) and hear their interpretations.
Jhana4 wrote:Criminals and psychopathic right wingers looking to gun down congresswomen will be buying other types of gun and criminals will be buying illegal ( stolen or smuggled ) guns.
Hm. Except the weapon used in the shooting of congresswoman Giffords was "reported to be a 9mm Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol with a 33-round magazine".
All weapons can potenially be sold illegally and get into the wrong hands. So can and do Glock pistols (among other cases there was a big scandal a few years ago about Glock pistols being present in big quantities on the black market in Iraq).