Human Rights Activity and Spirituality

According to Ira Chernus’s article “Would Gandhi Disband Occupy?”  Gandhi regarded his resistance against British rule “as merely one part of his larger program of ‘constructive work.’” Likewise, I would like to see human rights activity as a mere part of an effort for my spiritual growth.

As a matter of fact, organized stalking and harassment perpetrators take advantage of human’s innate impulses, such as greed, narcissism, jealousy,inferiority complex, racism, hatred, catharsis, or fear, to self-justify their wrong doings. Similar psychological tactics were seen in young Chinese perpetratos so called “the Red Guards” during the Cultural Revolution, or German civilian participaters in the secret police activities of “Stasi” in East-Germany. In fact, unless people are aware of the nature of this organized crimes including privacy-theft under the name of national security, we will not be able to find a solution. In other word, perpetratos or victims, we have to overcome our own weak, evil mind in order to overcome this covert crime.

Therefore, as a Buddhist I decided to use the crime victim experience to test myself if I can practice the five precepts—particularly “no harm, no steal, and no lie”— anytime anywhere without exceptions under the severest circumstances.

Reference

Chernus, I., (2011) “Would Gandhi Disband Occupy?”  

[Retrieved on Apr. 2, 2013.  http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/5469/would_gandhi_disband_occupy_/ ]

 

Dhammapada

199. Let us live happily then, free from greed among the greedy! among men who are greedy let us dwell free from greed!
200. Let us live happily then, though we call nothing our own! We shall be like the bright gods, feeding on happiness!
223. Let a man overcome anger by love, let him overcome evil by good; let him overcome the greedy by liberality, the liar by truth!
224. Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
244. Life is easy to live for a man who is without shame, a crow hero, a mischief-maker, an insulting, bold, and wretched fellow.
245. But life is hard to live for a modest man, who always looks for what is pure, who is disinterested, quiet, spotless, and intelligent.

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