Thursday, 26 June 2008

All dogs are Buddhist

Every society is based upon lies. Our society of today is based on conflicting lies. The man who lived in a simple, stable, single-lie society absorbed the single-lie system into a unified self and spouted it for the rest of his life, uncontradicted by his friends and neighbors and unaware that ninety-eight percent of his beliefs were illusions, his values artificial and arbitrary and most of his desires comically ill-aimed.

> Luke Rhinehart

For many Westerners, a visit to Asia is real eye opener. Life is much tougher and attitudes toward life – and of course death – very different from in the “West”.

In South Korea, no love is lost on dogs. They are hunted down and strung up in a manner which, well, would not exactly win commendations from any animal rights group (see picture here)

Westerners of course get highly agitated when it comes to the topic of animal rights. And more than 90% of pet owners in the United Kingdom even consider their pets to be an equal member of the family! (are we really that mad?).

Some play the role of the Good Samaritan and save stray dogs, while others suffer months of torment as they mourn the loss of a pet cat killed in a traffic accident.

But such delusion is quite bizarre when you think about it. I mean: just imagine how many human lives could be saved in Africa if pet owners in the West spent less on pampering their cats and dogs and gave the money to charity instead? Trade a cat’s life for a human’s life. Sounds like a good thing to me.

Admittedly, it’s not just Westerners who are concerned by animal rights.

Some religious groups also hold such views.

In Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, for example, stray dogs roam everywhere as “killing the dogs is not considered an option, where a majority of the country’s 63 million people follow Buddhism, a pacifist religion that prohibits killing any life form.”

But as for other religions, they aren’t so compassionate, of course.

Buddhist Dog
No wonder all dogs are Buddhist!!!.