Sherab Dorje wrote: Malcolm wrote: Sherab Dorje wrote:
And I never said that I support all instances of property destruction.
You advocate violence in so far as you think some types of property destruction are permissible based on some arbitrary standard you impose.
But frankly, I cannot see any place in Buddhist ethics where it is permissible.
Really? I don't think you have to look all that hard actually. I don't think it would be so difficult, from a Buddhist perspective, to ethically justify destroying a machine in order to save countless lives. Not difficult at all actually.
I see, so you are going to get out there and destroy shovels, hoes, rakes, lawn mowers, plows, cars etc? No, there really is no justification for such acts. Such acts are merely symbolic and do nothing to change systems, as the failed efforts of the Luddites clearly demonstrates. Violence, whether against people or property, is not justifiable from a Buddhist ethical standpoint unless you are a realized person in possession of such powers of prescience and clairvoyance that you can be assured of a positive outcome of your acts.