disjointed wrote:You can clear out a room of people by mentioning death. If you talk about death sometimes people will become hysterically angry or sad.
flowerbudh wrote:How is escapism viewed in a Buddhist perspective? What would you say qualifies as such? Simply a removal from the present moment/situation at hand? Aren't all forms of media (music, movies, TV, internet) a kind of escapism? I'm curious.
flowerbudh wrote:How true! This is one of the reasons I don't have many friends, haha. I like to converse about the reality of death and how it ultimately give's life its meaning, but most of my peers think I'm "weird" and "too dark" because of this.
...whatever bodily deeds he undertakes in line with that [right] view, whatever verbal deeds... whatever mental deeds he undertakes in line with that view, whatever intentions, whatever vows, whatever determinations, whatever fabrications, all lead to what is agreeable, pleasing, charming, profitable, & easeful.
"In the same way, Sona, over-aroused persistence leads to restlessness, overly slack persistence leads to laziness."
Thus all religions, including Buddhism are escapism, because they encourage people to engage in more consumption of personal packets of religion as panacea and avoid actually transforming their social environment.
Thrasymachus wrote:Today you cannot even create a social movement, unlike in the past, due to the much increased power and omnipresence of escapism thanks to the increased means of technological transmission, etc. In the past it was much more difficult for elites to get everyone else to believe and think the same, today we have massively centralized schooling and media to make it easier for them.
Qing Tian wrote:Ah yes, the ultimate escape... but wait... whaddya mean I've got to return?
Qing Tian wrote:Or, you could have a go at answering the actual question.
Apologies in advance for suggesting such a novel approach.
Qing Tian wrote:It was a joke...
... but I appreciate the clarification anyway!
padma norbu wrote:Qing Tian wrote:Ah yes, the ultimate escape... but wait... whaddya mean I've got to return?
Nah, "you" don't gotta return, but I am not saying to carelessly collect all the bad karma you can. I just think it makes sense to do your best and don't let others destroy your peace of mind, that's all. People get so bent out of shape about stuff they can't possibly change and which barely affects them personally unless they think about it constantly. Stuff they wouldn't know was even happening if it wasn't for this marvelous technology that was supposed to make our lives so much easier. Now, I can see the suffering of people all the way around the world! Yay! I don't understand the point of dwelling on the worst possible things in the world; a world which you know is illusory, temporary, inherently dissatisfactory from top to bottom and which you will be shortly exiting, never to return.
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