I am getting a kick out of watching the current ruckus over health care reform. Who is right; who is wrong? First, doesn’t that depend on one’s definition of ‘right’? If we are referring to ‘Right’ from a Buddha’s Eight Fold Path point of view, then those who rant on either side are certainly not ‘Right’. The ranting we see are emotions at play — at war actually. When such needs and fears stir, chapter 16’s, Knowledge of the constant is known as discernment and One’s action will lead to impartiality is not possible.
Emotional fervor, like a wildfire, just has to burn itself out. Now this can be very discouraging to anyone who harbors expectations of humanity acting differently, i.e., better than other animals. Trying to shoehorn reality into ones’ ideality — how it ‘should be’ — is not only futile, it adds fuel to the fire.
We’re victims of our biology — emotional and cognitive. So surely, true “impartiality and discernment” is humanly impossible. Not even God is capable of impartiality. ‘He’ is on the side of the Good, right? Still there is a bright side…
Cognition offers a way to nurture “impartiality and discernment” by leaving the ‘should be’ stories behind. I find hope and help in chapter 56’s replacement story: This is known as mysterious sameness. It is doable! All I need to do is see myself as no different from any other animal. Once the ego adapts, it is smooth sailing, but that can be such a blow to the ego! Well, as they say, everything has a price.