Sunday, September 12, 2010

Awareness overcomes misery

There is misery in the world and how do we account for it?

Christians blame original sin.

Hindus blame wrong doing in past lives for which karma demands amends.

Buddhists blame attachment.

Unitarian Universalists blame lack of awareness. It is our ignorance that makes us miserable. UUs believe in the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. UUs believe in reason not creeds. UUs also believe in compassion which minimizes judgmentalism and exclusionary tendencies and UUs believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Awareness brings the respect for the interdependent web of all existence.

There is a difference between pain and suffering. UUs experience pain like every physical creature, but awareness puts an end to suffering because we can transcend our sense of victimization and experience the gratitude and appreciation of being part of life.

2 comments:

  1. Unawareness accounts for most of the sin in the world. As Plato said, a person always does what he or she thinks is the good. When a person thinks evil is good they are mistaken and hopefully will learn from their errors.

    It's karma.........

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