Wow, honestly, that was a terrible example to pick. Do you think if they cured old age you would literally live forever? And don't you think you wouldn't suffer just because your death is pit back?alfa wrote: ↑Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:52 amEven if it's equanimity, what's the philosophy behind this equanimity? That things are impermanent, there is dukkha, this is samsara, etc. With this attitude, can we ever fight back? Consider ageing. It's likely that a buddhist, even a buddhst doctor, will say ageing is normal and inevitable. The buddha has said so. That's that. A buddhist will not even think of ways to stop ageing. So the misery of old age - aches and pains, illnesses etc. - will continue. Just one example.Dan74 wrote: ↑Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:50 pm I guess the OP mistakes equanimity for apathy and indifference. Buddhism is subtle and easily misunderstood.
But I do think that in many ways it would be subversive if the majority embraced the Dhamma in earnest. For starters people would consume a lot less and not place current importance on material goods and career success. Might even help save the environment and ameliorate many of our social ills..
Impermanence is a law, that's why we suffer... due to our craving for these pleasures to last longer or these displeasures to go...
So no, Buddhism isn't destructive in that particular example
And if they cure old age on this planet, would that be a good thing? the planet would be at exploding point, full to the brim very soon if that were the case
So.... Not sure how else to answer that
Buddhism takes the issues we have in life and helps.us let go of them until, nothing more and nothing less