Let them live

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Moral­ity of our rights,” (PostBag, April 16).

I must thank Felix for shar­ing his ex­cel­lent in­sight into the teach­ing of Lord Bud­dha. The first pre­cept of Bud­dhism is “re­frain from killing liv­ing crea­tures.” Thai­land in many ways seems to have drifted away from this first and most im­por­tant pre­cept. It is rather para­dox­i­cal that we call our­selves more su­pe­rior than other crea­tures in spite of en­gag­ing in killing, steal­ing, ly­ing, in­tox­i­ca­tion and ac­cu­mu­lat­ing money through cor­rup­tion and abuse of power. And we still see our­selves as an an­i­mal species that de­serves bet­ter than other crea­tures. In the end, all hu­man be­ings, the rich, the poor and the pow­er­ful, meet the same fate as other crea­tures. The end is reached with degra­da­tion, death and de­cay. In the case of Bud­dhists, they will all end up as 3 kilo­grammes of ash. Sadly, the ash has no dis­tinct qual­ity, even if it is put in a be­jew­elled urn. Hu­man be­ings have also in­vented ways to ex­ploit their faith and re­li­gion to re­main im­mor­tal by hook or crook.

In a nut­shell, for cre­at­ing a bet­ter liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment and a civilised so­ci­ety we all should re­fer to the five pre­cepts of Bud­dhism as guid­ing prin­ci­ples. Im­mor­tal­ity is only at­tained by the en­light­ened ones. Pay­ing se­ri­ous at­ten­tion to one’s be­hav­iour and life­style is the first step in that di­rec­tion.


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