retrofuturist wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:45 am
The "problem" comes when people abdicate personal responsibility for their actions, and for their mental and physical well-being.
Such an attitude is the antithesis of the Dhamma, yet, such adhamma is foundational to the "grievance mongering" which is embedded within what's being described in this topic as "liberalism".
Hmm, "grievance mongering" sounds to me like one of those labels that is used in some circles to dismiss genuine problems.
Of course, there are a spectrum of problems (a.k.a. "grievances"). I presume that noone would would say that pointing out that people should not be killed or tortured is not "grievance mongering".
And telling victims of those sorts of things that they should stop complaining and take responsibility for their own happiness would be laughable to anyone (I hope).
Where is gets tricky is the range of discriminatory practices past and present. At one end (equal pay for the same work, for example) there is not much to argue about, since that sort of blatant descrimination has, thankfully, gone. Where many of the arguments occur is to do with how to make sure that everyone has reasonably equal opportunities. It's there that people can, and do, have quite divergent opinions.
I certainly agree that it is pointless to spend a lot of effort on "grievences". I don't see much of that in my country, I see people trying to figure out how to improve things. I was very happy to hear our Prime Minister talking about kindness:
"I want it to feel like we are a government that's truly focused on everybody. Perhaps I'm more acutely aware of that sense having now led a set of negotiations in our government that brings together a range of parties.
"I know I need to transcend politics in the way that I govern for this next term of Parliament but I also want this government to feel different, I want people to feel that it's open, that it's listening and that it's going to bring kindness back.
"I know that will sound curious but to me if people see they have an empathetic government I think they'll truly understand that when we're making hard calls that we're doing it with the right focus in mind."
https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/prog ... dness-back
Whether that will be the reality remains to be seen. However, the report on crime from our Chief Science Advisor is also heartening: