Zen

Q. Given the ripple effect of our actions across time and space, how can we ever be sure that we’re doing the ‘right’ thing?

A. You cannot do the right thing because there is no such thing. What is the right thing? What is the right thing to one man can be the wrong thing to another and what is the right thing today can be the wrong thing tomorrow and the other way around.

Everything is neutral and nothing itself argues that it is right. A right thing is a right thing not because it is right in essence but because you, or others think of it as right. Originally there is no right thing, because that is just an illusion, an imaginary thing like time. We tie ourselves with such imaginary ropes and struggle to escape from them later. In Buddhism they are called illusions. Perfect escape from them is referred to as Nirvana, or enlightenment.

©Boo Ahm

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