Ok, let’s talk Collective Karma.
The BBC News is full of reports about a group of men being held for being suspected of terrorist activities.
Whilst it is easy to jump to conclusions, another bunch of Muslin terrorists, send them all home, them and us, all that rubbish, we need to remember that they are innocent until proven guilty. Even if they are guilty, don’t forget, they are a tiny minority of the UK Muslim community.
Personally, I feel it is wrong that the media have deemed it necessary to divulge the names and addresses of the accused. What purpose does that serve, other than to make their homes and families, who probably know nothing of their alleged acts, targets for attack by radical elements from our side?
Do you see what I mean? I remember, back in the seventies, when the IRA were blowing up pubs in Birmingham. I was working with an Irish guy, a really nice chap, who was picked on by some people, just because he had an Irish accent. He was totally innocent of any involvement with the bombings, but he spoke differently to us.
From a Buddhist perspective, terrorism is the result of collective Karma, built up over hundreds of years. Events such as The Crusades against The Saracens in the Middle Ages and a couple of little Middle East wars, not to mention Afghanistan. It’s important to remember that the result of Karma is not a punishment, it’s just the outcome of the causes we make. We’ve made those causes, currently and historically, and we are the seeing the effects.
If we ever want to see the end to acts of terrorism, of wars and to live in a world where people can live in harmony, we need to make causes for that. So think about how things really are, don’t jump to conclusions and smile at the owner when you pop into the local Asian owned shop for your last minute loaf or pint of milk.