As we were discussing compassion earlier this week, I thought I'd throw this in:
How do you find compassion for this guy, Bernardino Hernandez, who evidently adbucted a little girl in Buffalo, Texas, and ran off with her? They're still looking for her now (see missing children page).
How do you find a way to avoid hating people like that? What about the system of news stations that run nonstop, hourly updates on what Paris Hilton and Britney Spears are wearing, but completely ignore this little girl's family's desperate cries for help? How do you find the right place?
I ask this question much in the same vein as I ran the post about compassion a few days ago. It's something that I'm - well, I won't say struggling with, but it's something I'm looking at in myself right now. If I call myself a Buddhist, I must recognize the contradiction here. Were I to meet this Bernardino person, mine would not be a hand guided by compassion, but rather by anger. And we can discuss compassion for this little girl (actually she's 16), but I'm asking about the compassion that's supposed to guide my reaction toward her abductor.
It's a difficult situation. Is it, even, that there are times when the three poisons serve a purpose?
Whoa. Where would that lead? Can't be right. It must be that those of us who are searching constantly for Right Thought, Right Mindfulness, must also search for a way to replace anger with - if not empathy, then something resembling understanding.
You tell me.