Paribbajaka wrote:I am friends with many Bhikkhus on facebook. Every day I see several of them post "
say no to halaal" propaganda and racist cartoons. How does bias explain this? I am a strong supporter of the Sangha but I think that this stance also includes being honest when members of it are being unskillful.
Bias is an art of highlighting certain aspects and ignoring other aspects. There's a reason why the particular demonstration of the group of monks in Mandalay has been selected as newsworthy by the media.
Have you seen any Western media report acknowledging the efforts of Myanmar government and Bhikkhus in dealing with the conflict and its consequences?
I have seen the anti-Muslim postings of some Sri Lankan monks. Does this deserve much attention? Won't it be better to ignore such monks and attend instead to wise ones?
As Manas wrote:
There's a good reason why the Mainstream Media all sound much the same, and seem to be pushing the same underlying agenda:
The Associated Press is an American news agency. The AP is a cooperative owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and television stations in the United States, which both contribute stories to the AP and use material written by its staff journalists. Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers, paying a fee to use AP material without being contributing members of the cooperative.As of 2005, the news collected by the AP is published and republished by more than 1,700 newspapers, in addition to more than 5,001 television and radio broadcasters. The photograph library of the AP consists of over 10 million images. The Associated Press operates 243 news bureaus, and it serves at least 120 countries, with an international staff located all over the world.
If you live in a modern 'Western' democracy, next time you read the paper, take a look at the bottom for the source of almost every single news report, regardless of the particular newspaper or it's parent company:
it will say either AP or Reuters. And so, when I read or listen to MSM (Mainstream Media) I always ask, why
have they selected this as newsworthy? How does it make me feel? Angry or sad? (two common reactions). How does this report compare with previous reports on the same issue? etc etc. I find there is usually a reason
for what they print. Like a steady 'drip, drip' they gently guide and mold what the masses think, without them even knowing it. Thus I hear quite similar views from many well-intentioned but simple folk in my local area, and I can trace much of their world-view from a particularly low-grade tabloid we have here in Melbourne (yes, it's a Murdoch paper). The amazing thing is, the people whose opinions have been moulded in such a way think that they themselves independently
arrived at their views; they don't see how they have been manipulated.
So as has been pointed out here previously, I would be asking who
is reporting on these massacres, and what their underlying agenda
might be in reporting it - and keeping that generous handful of salt near at hand.
To develop friendliness and goodwill, one needs to see the best qualities of the person, even when there are few.
This can become the platform from which the person will change to the better.
'He insulted me, hit me, beat me, robbed me' — for those who brood on this, hostility isn't stilled. 'He insulted me, hit me, beat me, robbed me' — for those who don't brood on this, hostility is stilled. Hostilities aren't stilled through hostility, regardless. Hostilities are stilled through non-hostility: this, an unending truth. Unlike those who don't realize that we're here on the verge of perishing, those who do: their quarrels are stilled.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
"And as for a person who is impure in his bodily behavior & verbal behavior, but who periodically experiences mental clarity & calm, how should one subdue hatred for him? Just as when there is a little puddle in a cow's footprint, and a person comes along, burning with heat, covered with sweat, exhausted, trembling, & thirsty. The thought would occur to him, 'Here is this little puddle in a cow's footprint. If I tried to drink the water using my hand or cup, I would disturb it, stir it up, & make it unfit to drink. What if I were to get down on all fours and slurp it up like a cow, and then go on my way?' So he would get down on all fours, slurp up the water like a cow, and then go on his way. In the same way, when an individual is impure in his bodily behavior & verbal behavior, but periodically experiences mental clarity & calm, one should at that time pay no attention to the impurity of his bodily behavior...the impurity of his verbal behavior, and instead pay attention to the fact that he periodically experiences mental clarity & calm. Thus the hatred for him should be subdued.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html