Sunday, April 15, 2007

Farm Samsara

Here's something no one really wants to watch, but it is interesting for Buddhists on more levels than one. Apart from simply moving one to "go veg", as Alec Baldwin would have it, it asks the difficult question of why these animals must suffer the way they do. To me the answer is more complicated than "because humans eat meat", and the question certainly cannot be answered by appealing to the existence of an omnipotent being. But perhaps it can be answered simply by the words of the Buddha, echoed (they say) by Jesus of Nazareth:

"As is the seed that's sown,
So is the fruit that is reaped;
The doer of good will gather good,
The doer of evil, will evil reap.
Sown is the seed,
and you will taste the fruit thereof."


(Sam.)

The answer has to do with karma, of course. Where do you think the minds of the farmers who beat and torture and kill the animals will carry them?

And now maybe you can see why God is Buddhist.