I’ve been reading the Dalai Lama’s book An Open Heart. (Since he was in DC, I pulled it off my “unread books” pile.)
I found an interesting point today, something which I think would resonate with those in the PF world. He suggested that we have compassion for those who are very rich and very beautiful just as we might for those who are very poor or very ugly. Because, in the end, they’ll lose it. Maybe they’ll lose it in this lifetime; maybe they’ll keep it until they die. But they can’t take it with them.
It’s not that being rich is, in itself, a bad thing. But we must recognize that any state of being has its possibilities for suffering.
Maybe a popular blogger feels down on days when fewer people visit. I know we less famous bloggers do.
How can we solve this? Well, we could all become Buddhists (which might make the world a better place).
Or we can recognize that no state of being is perfect. Each has its upsides and its downsides. If we dissolve some of our attachment to our preferred states of being (perhaps by recognizing their potential for pain) and simply enjoy them while we’re in them. Then we may, perhaps, feel less useless suffering.