I am not a Buddhist. But as I have mentioned here before, I met the Dalai Lama. I have to admit he is a nice guy...and there must be something to that "religion", because he being the leader of it...is, well..I dunno, such a calm at-peace kind of person. By example, he truly is the best ambassador for his following. He smiles and laughs a lot. The kind of person that you would invite over for dinner without hesitation...world religious leader or not. Anyway it got me to thinking...this rabbit incident and how Buddhists view all life as precious. And how other major religions seem to find it in their teachings to gloss over that part. How they can qualify life.
I read a quote from Avigdor Lieberman today. He was trying to drum up hatred for Iran...again. In this quote he stated that:
"We expect the international community to act speedily with determination against the Iranian provocations, designed to deteriorate the situation in the area, and put the Iranians in their place," he said. Well of course we all know where this "place" is, to which Mr. Lieberman refers. In a cemetery or in servitude to the superior zionist jew.
I like this guy too. I wouldn't hesitate to physically kick him out of my home...even when dinner is ready, but I like him nonetheless. This FM for israhell is their version of George Bush. A real dumbass that makes no bones about his ignorance. Not afraid to spout the jewish party-line in real terms...not caring whom he offends. The REAL israeli. The real racism...the real supremacist attitude toward the entire world. He keeps us all focused on what we can hate about that little shithole in the ME. Without the likes of such stupid and outspoken proponents of the horrors of zionism, the entire world could be hoodwinked into thinking...well, "those israelis aren't such bad folks". He lets us know what they really are. He provides a grounding.
I also read a great piece by Gilad Atzmon about how we in the west...we of Christian heritage, view Islam and judaism. Not a pretty piece. But an important one all the same. A bit painful to read if it comes right down to it. He tells us all...liberal and leftists...something we might not want to hear. That we can sometimes display the same cultural and religious bigotry that we rightfully ascribe to zionists. And he is right. We do tend toward that. Our way, or the highway. Not only in our foreign policies of which we do not approve, but in our everyday compassionate thinking. We tend to think that if the Palestinians, or the Egyptians, or the Iranians would only see things our way...everything would be fine and dandy. Then they could throw off thousands of years of oppression and go shopping. Well, it doesn't work like that. Although in his article he explains that our compassion for the oppressed comes from a real place in our hearts, that we are too quick to judge how and why these people should throw off their yokes of oppression, without understanding their religion or culture in the least. We see them as fellow humans. Humans like us. We don't think it through.
So much of life is like that. Always has been. We don't follow thoughts, no matter how noble in inception...through to their logical conclusions. I thought this morning of how that rabbit had died, and how my father and men of his time thought nothing...less than nothing... about going hunting for and killing that exact species of life. How it never crossed their minds that they took that life away from this world, for a few bites of stringy tough meat that no one really liked, and was far surpassed by any meat they could buy at a grocery. It was so much(and still is, I guess) about the hunter-gatherer DNA instructions...the survival in the wilderness mentality...that the thought process stopped there. No further thought required.
We often forcefully stop thoughts. Noble thoughts that , if we took the time to think them out completely, would lead us to understand that what we are doing is sometimes wrong. It doesn't matter where these thoughts or actions originated...where do they end? We often instinctually know better. In my father's mind there was conflict about hunting. I know this because he related to my Mother one time about how when once drawing a bead on a beautiful buck, he couldn't shoot. He couldn't destroy that life. After that he couldn't even hunt rabbits. He made the connection. We all can. Even Mr. Lieberman has the capacity to become human. We all do if we attack our ignorance with as much voracity as we attack others...FIRST.