The social world is a strange one. In so many ways, adult life doesn’t seem to have progressed much beyond high school although the majority of us have learned to dissumulate a little better. In particular I’m thinking of the ongoing issue we have with a fellow parent in our son’s class. Not only has she held onto her anger but I suspect she’s using her influence in the PTA to turn others against us. And, although I could be mad, two thinks immediately come to mind:
- This is my kamma so I clearly deserve this and
- Better it be me, as a person armed with the Dhamma.
In other words, were it not for the Dhamma and my faith therein, the situation could take a horrible turn. Cooled by the balm of the Buddhadhamma, however, the entire situation becomes an opportunity to practice patience and forgiveness.
In world that is forever teetering on the edge of disaster hope can we afford to live with hearts dedicated to the pursuit of hatred?