posted on Sep, 26 2007 @ 05:16 PM
Thanks for sharing that observation, Depth.
Whether unconciously or conciously, It is a case of simple superiority.
Granted there may be reason for one to believe as such - such knowledge is certainly 'valuable', and practicing such knowledge is often seen as
worthy, moreso than going out and getting pissed as a fruit every night, at least.
However Zen isn't about finding reasons to look at others as if they were 'headed in the wrong direction', the idea is to become greater than such
pitiful ideals or beliefs that ultimately increase the cause of human suffering, i myself fell for this when i felt that Zen or Buddhism (or even
hindusim, if you prefer) would be better taught to all in schools.
It's easy to fall into the trap, and hard to see that you're in it.
If you want something, then one could say that you are unsatisfied with the way that your position in society stands.
Society is Society, People are people, if they decide that their particular way of life is a good way to live, then no one can tell them otherwise,
not their parents, their children, their sisters, their brothers or even the law.
If someone comes to you seeking knowledge, then that could be seen as a mind ready to be 'awakened'*.
It is possible that this could be a true account, however - that he is viewing the subject without the colour of personal judgement or experience,
there is no real way i can tell (psychology over the internet is rather sub-standard, i find).
All i can do is speculate.
*I prefer the term strengthened, to be honest - it implies only that the particular mind is more capable of withstanding the pressures of modern life,
which of course means that many some are mentally stable enough anyway.
Any port in a storm, one could say.