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The mental health problems among USa are not just personal

Societal sickness exists. The USA is poisoned by the fantasies of extreme individualism and freedom that define the western-white-ways. Both the 'self' of individuals and actual freedom are poorly known so people feel oppressed and seek succor in countless ways and diversions (movies, games, rages and riots). The 'means' seem never to lead to the end of unhappiness.

A societal-selfishness exists wherein 'Me and mine' are valued, while 'we and us' are disparaged and denied.
When any "I" stands alone against the world, fear arises. We often read that the conservative mind is a fearful mind.

My small suggestion for mental well-being would be make Alan Watts book, "The Book," required reading in schools.
That and logic classes.

Posted by sanatanadharma | Sat Jan 9, 2021, 06:26 PM (0 replies)

Many hard to answer questions can be resolved...

There is one way of understanding the many hard to answer questions about humans; one organizational model, the vedic-karmic model
Many ways exist to analyze and explain peoples' choices, nature-nurture, biology, neurology, psychology, affluenza, more. All reveal something of truth. The model of karma suggests desires bring actions, actions create habits, habits steer our trajectories.
Our desires and trajectories can be unwholesome. Confused 'self' is the source of self-injuring stupidity.

I suggest we, as though, see some people going up and some down the karmic ladder.
"Me" crowds out the 'we' in humanity.
Sadly downward bound souls demonstrate pashu-mentality, like dogs fighting over a dry bone.
Happily the upward bound trajectory manifests in truth and reality and morality and good-society.

Big egos make big mistakes.
Posted by sanatanadharma | Fri Jan 8, 2021, 04:12 PM (1 replies)

The word "Karma" is nearly always misused

The widely used word "Karma" is nearly always misused. Most people when speaking of karma are actually referring to results, not actions.

However the root meaning of the Sanskrit word is "action". We all, as the subject, do action; we all act expecting results.
Few people do actions while expecting no results; near no one does action knowing the results will be unwanted.
We all are also the objects, receiving the actions of the world and others upon us; then we become reactive.

Karma is action and results occur; this is science. Results are of two types, the seen and the unseen.
And of two types in this way too, there are results beneficial to the actor and results not beneficial.
Most of the time people use the word karma to speak about the moral-ethical results of our actions.
There is an implied understanding of an invisible order, a moral balance.

Just as the physical world includes indisputable invisible gravity as part of the total order, people assume an orderly moral world exists also.
God is not a required conceptual premise for belief in ethics.
Societies make laws because orderly morality is a given. It is baked into the realm of the orderly as much as is gravity.
Children and animals express built-in understanding of compassion and fairness.

Karma is not moral retribution. Karma is the unstoppable truth that those who repeatedly choose to act in ways that oppose the the truth, will fall. Karma exists not as satisfaction of the human need for vengeance but rather as the universal need for balance.
It is just science.

Ibid: Taoism, Vedanta, Quantum
Caution: compassion and balance may appear differently on different screens. Users results may vary.
The author takes no responsibility for misuse by others.

Posted by sanatanadharma | Sat Oct 3, 2020, 10:16 AM (3 replies)
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