Liberalism most certainly has made the world a better place. The examples are legion. The fact that you can communicate your ideas without fear that some governmental authority will arrest you is an example of the benefits of liberalism you overlook.Dharmasherab wrote: ↑Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:39 pmWhen it comes to religion this is correct. But when it comes to politics it doesn't matter given that politics will always let us down. Liberalism hasn't made the world a better place.Malcolm wrote: ↑Sun Dec 26, 2021 7:07 pm All views are not equal, if they were, it wouldn't matter if one was a Buddhist or a Christian as far as liberation goes. This also applies to politics, where some views, the views of liberals who are committed to democracy, are better than the views of others, such as conservatives, who are not committed to democracy and never have been.
Since you don't care about the sufferings of countless myriads of nonhuman sentient beings, and see no reason at all to be concerned about mass extinctions, why care about abortions? Your nihilism is quite obvious.Actually in one year abortion became the number one cause of death around the world and this is partly due to the popularity of liberal ideals.
There has always been division amongst Buddhists. It's baked in. The Buddha anticipated this.By considering that Buddhists who are liberals are more sensible than conservative Buddhists you are creating a the grounds for further division among Buddhists.
This is a very silly statement. I am by all considerations a liberal, and I am neither for censorship nor authoritarianism. Quite the opposite.What is liberalism today will not be the liberalism in another 2 decades or more. The same labels will be used over and over again but their meanings would change. Todays liberals are for censorship and authoritarianism which is more aligned with fascism than with democracy.
What is considered "left" today was considered centrist 50 years ago. I have recently been informed by another participant on this forum, much to my surprise, that the Civil Rights movement the United States was a "hard left" political movement.This is part of the reason why I am no longer of the left and I left the left.
This is quite naive, in my opinion. There are no consequences to being a supporter of Man United, for example. There are many consequences if one supports the Tories in England, for example, or the GOP in the United States.When it comes to being Buddhist what political party you support is not much different from which football team you support.
Communism, capitalism, and socialism are not forms of knowledge, they are economic systems. At present, it is quite clear that a mixed economy, one constituted of a mixture of capitalism and socialism, is best for people.Its the Buddhist teachings that really matter, other forms of knowledge whether that is communism, socialism or capitalism are samsaric forms of knowledge and practice and will only lead to suffering and disappointment.
The problem with your point of view, is that by utterly withdrawing from your civic responsibilities, you are abdicating your responsibility to help the myriad sentient beings who cannot help themselves and protect themselves from our economic activity. It is as if you don't care at all about sentient beings because you do not care about the environment. So we are right where we started. You clearly don't care about the happiness and wellbeing of the myriads of sentient beings on this planet and see no reason at all to act to mitigate and reverse the present climate crisis we have caused as a species. Sadly, you have confused nihilism for Buddhadharma. You really need to work on that bodhicitta.