1276Re: [pfaf] Why pesticides?
- May 29 11:13 AM--- Pat Meadows <pat@...> wrote:
> On Fri, 26 May 2006 11:26:40 -0700 (PDT), you wrote:But there is suffering that must be overcome for some reason. Why should there have to be
> >Agriculture leads to land ownership. Land ownership creates poverty. Poverty drives
> >Surpluses drive population. Over time, it becomes clear that the military/aristocracy would
> >become corrupted and power would shift to whomever created the best logic, or story, that kept
> >people working like the Judeo-Christian and Buddhist religions (you suffer today for salvation
> >tomorrow and take pity on your soul for not working hard).
> I don't know all that much about Christianity or Judaism,
> but that is a *total, complete misconception* of Buddhism.
> To the exact contrary, the Buddha taught that suffering can
> be overcome in this life, in this world, and he taught his
> students the way to overcome suffering.
suffering? To an Australian Aboriginal, why should they care to distinguish further? They don't
see suffering as a part of everyday life, to be overcome for any reason. It is this conception of
necessary toil that distinguishes agriculture from hunter-gatherer/cultivator culture. It is an
important distinction, because agri-culture takes so much effort and must justify such effort,
while insisting the hunter-gatherer/cultivator culture is worst (which it isn't).
Nobody needs to be saved. We are fine the way we are.
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