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Prejudice and Addiction

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Prejudice and Addiction

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Re: Prejudice and Addiction

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Re: Prejudice and Addiction

Postby adosa » Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:22 pm

Hi Green Tea,

I don't think she is using prejudice strictly in reference to aversion to a race, etc. It reads more like "predilection" but I could be wrong.




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Re: Prejudice and Addiction

Postby pink_trike » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:13 pm

Any idea/hope/expectation we have about how the phenomenal world should appear from one moment to the next is a pre.judge.ment - a pre.jud.ice - because we can't know what will come next in the dynamic flow of appearances. We attempt to deny the fluid nature of the world with our comforting prejudices (pre-judgments) of how it should appear in order to calm our fear of annihilation by the endless river of the phenomenal world. We're afraid that we will drown in it and lose our "self".
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Re: Prejudice and Addiction

Postby zavk » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:45 am

Hi green tea

To echo what the others have already said: I think 'prejudice' in this instance refers to such attitudes as, 'Why is this happening?! I don't want things to be like that! Why can't it be the way I want it to be?! It should be like that not like this! Why? Why? Whhhhhy?!!' (gnashing of teeth).

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Re: Prejudice and Addiction

Postby green-tea » Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:04 am

Thanks everyone for your input! As I suspected, there was more to it than I was picking up. It makes more sense now. :)

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Re: Prejudice and Addiction

Postby kidd » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:22 pm

Hi green-tea.

I like your chosen name.

I think she is saying that as human beings we prefer (have a prejudice towards) a world that is unchanging and that we try to make it so by behaving in habitual ways (having addictions or addictive behaviors). And further, that we are born this way.

I don't agree with this, though.

It's natural and normal for human beings to see the world as it is, to open themselves up to it, to appreciate it, to revel in life. It is when we choose to do otherwise that we suffer.

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Re: Prejudice and Addiction

Postby pink_trike » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:59 pm

Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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