Among Buddhists, there are times and places in which such an assertion is made. I wouldn't contradict it, certainly, but I notice that the ones making the assertion are generally human beings and one of the things I have learned in Buddhist training is to take a little skeptical care where my own judgments, however scrumptious, are concerned.
And so, when I hear my fellow human beings asserting good or bad news about the human condition, I feel a little as I do when I hear that the Vatican plans to investigate instances of pedophilia in its ranks or that the police department will handle "police brutality" cases: Is there no other source, one not so cozily aligned, to render a sensible point of view? In-house investigations aren't always the same as "in reality."
And if there is not, am I wrong to wonder if this isn't a bit like a teenager admiring his or her reflection before a high school prom at which s/he really wants to look good? "'O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'"
I am aware that there are men and women of great learning and, for all I know, great accomplishment, who will extol the good fortune of being born human -- how rare! how fortunate! -- but how much of this is worth crediting?
The best I can figure out is that if it is true, it's true. If not, then not.
And the house cat, elephant and humming bird may be the exemplars worth heeding.
Life is a gift... that is inherently unsatisfactory. A gift includes some expectation perhaps. The buildup to xmas leads to the restful sigh in the aftermath. My greatest joys come from new life, babies, puppies, kittens, an occasional calf. A precious misfortune? The gift that keeps on giving... samsara.ReplyDelete