Tuesday, 23 July 2019


351. Many people are expressing fear about the future of planet earth and whether future generations will find it livable. Their fears are surely well founded. Accompanying these fears, however, is a sense of hopelessness. Does Zen have anything to offer that might give us some cause for confidence in the future? Is living responsibly and wisely in the present, and encouraging others to do the same, enough? Overcoming 'greed, hatred, and ignorance', even at the personal level, is difficult enough. How do this on a scale that will be effective in dealing with the environmental and social problems that are causing us so much anguish? Here I recall something Heidegger said about only a god can save us. But Zen people seem rather shy about any talk of an all powerful and all caring deity. 

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