I was watching/listening to this this morning:
And I started to think about all the whinging and whining in regards to Kali Yuga and the destruction of the Dharma teachings. It occurred to me that we are here now in Kali Yuga as a consequence of our karma (actions) in the past. We all lived during the Satya Yuga (the Golden Age) and yet obviously we "pissed" away our opportunity to achieve enlightenment under those incredibly fortunate conditions.
Then again, we are taught that (ultimately) we produce our environment and circumstances, yet here we are (again): arguing, bickering, fighting, splitting hairs, condemning...
Reminds me of a joke (which I will modify slightly):
A guy dies and goes to heaven. As he is about to enter he is given an opportunity to tour hell just to get an idea of how his time and energy during his life was not wasted. Anyway, he gets to see it all: flaming pits, flagellation, crushing, skinning, boiling, freezing, etc...
At one point he is lead into a room with three huge cauldrons bubbling over enormous fires. The first two have lids on them with gigantic rocks placed on top of the lids, chains to hold the lids down, etc... The third cauldron though, has no lid on it at all.
So the guy turns to the demon tour guide and asks: "What's the deal with the three cauldrons?"
The demon replies: "In the first cauldron we put in the murderers and rapists, we boil them slowly over the fire and tie the lid down firmly to make sure they don't escape. In the second cauldron we have the thieves and fornicators. We we boil them slowly over the fire and tie the lid down firmly to make sure they don't escape. In the third cauldron we have the Buddhists. We boil them slowly over the fire."
"But the third cauldron has no lid!" The guy exclaims. "Don't they climb out?"
"Oh, no, there is no chance of that happening," answers the demon. "You see, every time one tries to climb out the rest drag them back into the boiling cauldron."
We make Kali Yuga, we can break it.
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures