Queequeg wrote: ↑Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:04 pm
The following sentiment has been voiced a couple times or more in this thread - that Democrats and Republicans are basically the same... There's a deep criticism of the overall system that can be directed at both parties, and to an extent they engage in similar distasteful behaviors... but if you really think there is nothing different about Republicans and Democrats other than window dressing, I have to wonder what details you are paying attention to and more critically, what details are you completely ignoring?
I think there is an important aspect of human nature at play here that exists outside political definitions. Simply stated individual intent and desire drive outcome greater than any descriptive label, political leaning or any other variable. In my perspective that is the important take away.
Not that democrat, republican or the other parties that simply do not get discussed are meaningless.
Rather intent and desire are the real impetus behind outcome.
Be it education, science, religion, philosophy, politics, government, law and even Buddhism. Regardless of how definitive, regardless of the words used, none of these are more potent and trump the capacity of our desires and intent. These things corrupt or benefit humanity according to desire and intent (reflective of conditions and capacities)of the humanity that perceives them.
I think this is why some traditions might put a premium on the importance of being mindful of dharma practice in every moment because anything else is reinforcing moments disconnected from dharma.
All of that said, it will be difficult to confront reality if it is obfuscated. Some with self serving agendas in politics use this very polarization to this end.
What is happening in the government that isn't on the news? Is it serving the country or private interests?