Originally posted by emsed1
I hate two line replies, but...
This is the most salient and insightful thread in a long, long time. Hopefully the seers will reach critical mass and we can light this candle.
Let me tell a brief story from my own life. I worked the Night Audit for a small hotel and on my graveyard shift I would often go the entire night
without talking to anyone. My interaction with other employees was very limited. One day a co-worker told me she just heard on the news that our
government stopped a plot by an Iranian agent to assassinate Saudi Arabia's US ambassador and added, "We might go to war with Iran."
She seem concern about that, and she asked me what I thought. While I didn't know anything about this case I told her in no uncertain terms it was
war propaganda and that the FBI was always looking for mentally ill people or drug addicts who they can entrap in a terrorist plot. The manager heard
this and took offense.Our manager could have said, "let's not discuss this kind of thing at work." But that is not what he did, instead he started
to talk about how we need a war with Iran and this was "as good of a reason as any."
I was shocked, this dude was a Mormon and went to church every week. How could a person of high moral values be such a war monger as to not care about
the truth? I said, "Do you know where the word assassin comes from?"
Then I went on to explain that it was the Persians who invented the modern state craft of assassination and that the word "assassin" was believed to
have derived from "hashish-smokers" or "hashish-eaters." Then I told the story of Hassan-i-Sabbah who was called "the Old Man in the Mountain"
and how he would drug his young followers with hashish, lead them to a "paradise" garden full beautiful naked ladies, and then claimed that only he
had the means to allow for their return. Some say the his loyal "hassassins" believed they could only return to this paradise if they died in
I ended my history lesson by saying, "I did not believe in this conspiracy theory about Iran recruiting a used car salesman to be their paid
assassin." Some how this got twisted into me being the conspiracy theorist and I was put on a 30 warning and I decided to quit that job.
This story illustrates why people avoid the label "conspiracy theorist" and fear losing their job should they state opinion or dare even think a
thought outside the established mainstream. In my case, I was stating facts that challenged an official government conspiracy theory and yet that was
deemed equally unacceptable. So while people can be called Unawakened Masses, in my experience they are also highly invested in the system, so much so
they that refuse to hear anything outside the revealed truth of their highly ridgid social order. They need to believe what they believe and they work
very hard to believe what they believe. Why? Because they think obedience and loyality to the system will keep them safe and will grant them the
rewards that they have been promised, and so they express fear and attach those who don't share this view point.
When I look at this closely I see the two things, 1) greed, 2) hatred, and 3) delusion
In Buddhist teachings, these are called the three poisons, the three unwholesome roots, or the three fires. These metaphors suggest how dangerous
these thoughts and emotions can be if they are not understood and transformed. 1) Greed refers to our selfishness, misplaced desire, attachment, and
grasping for happiness and satisfaction outside of ourselves. 2) Hatred refers to our anger, our aversion and repulsion toward unpleasant people,
circumstances, and even toward our own uncomfortable feelings. 3) Delusion refers to our dullness, bewilderment, and misperception; our wrong views of
reality. Arising out of our ignorance, these poisonous states of mind then motivate non-virtuous and unskillful thoughts, speech, and actions, which
cause all manner of suffering and unhappiness for ourselves and others.
Greed, hatred, and delusion are deeply embedded in the conditioning of our personalities. Our behavior is habitually influenced and tainted by these
three poisons. There can be no doubt, these unwholesome roots are buried deep into our mind. Burning within us as lust, craving, anger, resentment,
and misunderstanding, these poisons lay to waste hearts, lives, hopes, and civilizations. The Buddha describes these defilements as bonds, fetters,
hindrances, and knots; the actual root cause of and the entire spectrum of human suffering.