A lot of people in here love to talk about engaged compassion or compassion in action.
They keep saying how the Buddha must work among society in order to save souls instead of "running away" to the mountains to escape their worldly responsibilities. Really? I am of the opinion that the Buddha only save those who are worthy of being saved and the Westerners in this world, particularly the Americans, are the last people on Earth to be saved. Why is that?
You know, China has 1/4 of the world's population.
They had a people's revolution, and they could have stood up to U.S. Imperialists and its running dog lackeys.
They could have easily set the terms.
So, did the west put China into sweat shops, or did the Central Committee of the Communist Party?
Was it Nixon's fault, or Mao's?
The Saudi Royal family Owns the oil that drives the United States.
They could make their country a utopia.
Instead, it is one of the most repressive places in the world.
Did the United States oppress the Saudi people, or did the Saudi Royal family do that?
In Africa, yes, western power destroyed so many cultures, took the wealth
and enslaved its peoples and left the continent the poorest in the world.
Who is stopping it from rebuilding?
Who is waging genocide?
We even supported Osama Bin Laden & the Taliban against the USSR.
But is it the U.S. that dictates Shahira law that oppresses women?
You are absolutely right about the imbalance of wealth and power.
And the U.S. has enough of both that we can easily support petty dictators and puppet governments
and history will show that the U.S. has done that a lot.
And for the most part, the American people do not grasp this problem.
They don't understand why people in India don't just want to make sneakers for us.
Yet, there is a big movement to make people aware of sweatshops and slave conditions
and, always too slowly, things are changing.
Yes, we have the money, but we don't own these other countries.
it takes two to conduct a business transaction.
So, let's not put all the blame into one basket.
China and India are on the rise.
The United States will not be the dominant economic force forever.
Really, it's only been that for about 100 yeas or less,
even though it has a pretty bloody history in general.
Your understanding of Buddhism is dwarfed by your anger against the west.
In case you hadn't noticed, a lot of Americans are expressing the same outrage as you are
and trying to do things to change how we do things,
and also to help support the changes that people are demanding globally.
A lot of Buddhists are involved in worthwhile activities
we are just not into the whole anger/outrage thing as much
because essentially, it is unproductive.
What are you doing to change things?
How much of a difference are you, yourself, actually making?
Perhaps you could share some of your wonderful projects with us.
Show us the example that you are setting, for what can be done when people try.
maybe you'd get some support.
If you don't have any, I can give you links to all kinds of things that buddhists are doing.
By the way, Buddha doesn't save souls.
You must be thinking of some other guy.