Jeffrey posted on another topic a very interesting movie: http://schoolingtheworld.org/
I thought to take it as a starter to discuss the phenomena of collective karma in relation with the "Bodhisattva ideal" and general tendencies of Buddhist groups today. Also it's maybe useful to understand karma (which we normaly observe in our self because it's difficult to see it on a bigger screen) and as well the way out of such a circle like Buddha had taught.
Usually we tend to react and in this way we put additional fuel into the fire. How ever "compassionated" it might be motivated, if there is no wisdom behind this compassion, it runs somehow wrong.
I am aware that the Theravada Tradition does not put much interest into collective Karma, still such collective Karma is something that is also not denied able. In our very hard bounded and independent sociaty over the last centuries, collective delusions have more and more dramatical effects. Of cause, we can not change others but only our own habits. There is plenty enought work and so there is not much interest naturally in this tradition (I even would say form a Dhamma point of view). But still we are thinking in frames of our group, kin, nation, what ever and often very less in simply our own sphere (with its causes and effets).
The very strong "compassionated" intention of "modern" Buddhist sociaty might addopt something which is a little aside of what was recommended by the Buddha into the Dhamma "practice". Somehow a continuing of old archetype and habits.
Please do not understand it wrong as a simply burden of the white man, but more over a burden of the intelectual man. So it's not about any specific nation, or group of people distinct by skin color, birth, religion or what ever, but of a flow caused by actions who ever is part of such a flow.
So my critical question is, would something like teaching Dhamma as a reaction to and out the burden (caused by past actions) not eventually simply continue this flow?
How can we be secure to do mistakes not on and on, just in another way?