posted on Oct, 19 2009 @ 09:40 AM
Originally posted by Watcher-In-The-Shadows
reply to post by redwoodjedi
Hm, I think the problem I percieved is semantic and mostly based with me, perhaps, benefit of the doubt should always be rendered when dealing with
others IMHO. And as for the drone stuff, well, it still fits in the context of the simularities between collectivism and the Star Trek race known as
Well, as with anything, there is a perceived negative aspect or perceived positive aspect to everything. Very rarely it seems is something considered
entirely one or the other unless we start speaking about archetypes or mythology.
There are actually attributes that the Borg Collective exude that to me are admirable. The Oneness factor and the Collective Mind is quite attractive
to me. Where the Borg fall short in my humble opinion, is they lost contact with what Zen would call Big Heart. They are all Mind and no Heart thus
effectively silencing emotion, compassion and lovingkindness. The other major flaw is the choiceless assimilation process. The enslaving of others'
ideals and beliefs through mental and physical reconstruction thus leaving behind only a remnant or shell of the previous occupant such as with Picard
In some ways, the phrase "Resistance is futile" has, as with anything, some truth to it. However, I am not implying in any way that how they are
using it is correct. But again, the age old adage of "Whatever you resist, persists" is absolutely steeped in truth in it's basal form.
So, I guess we Buddhists exude some Borg-like qualities as far as the acceptance of a Collective Consciousness is concerned but that is gratefully
where those similarities end. We aspire to an altruistic practice of simple lovingkindness. Nothing more and nothing less. The moment always seems,
in my perception, to present itself to my willingness or sad lack thereof in this regard. I try to make a constant and concerted effort moment to
moment to practice lovingkindness and bodhichitta whenever I can but sadly I am all too human and stumble more often than not. What helps me is if I
let others, such as yourself, be my mirror, my reflection. In this way I can break and shatter my heart countless times through constant forgiveness
of myself and others to let the light of bodhichitta and lovingkindness shine through.
Thank you so much and most kind of you again for the response and fine conversation.