Love could come from anywhere, so prayer is accessing this anonymous font of assistance.
in my life, healing would be helpful for my aunt RM, uncle Jim, cousin Patrick..
and senescence creeps up on everyone...alcohol can be problematic...so can money...
death and suffering is universal, unless maybe if you're a buddha.
(and thereby extinguish suffering through absolute acceptance of reality (literal: all right?)
no craving of life, no aversion to death
cravings: food, sex, warmth, comfort, safety, kindness...
happiness, money, drugs, music, stimulus.
karma (justice?) good for good, bad for bad: suffering for victimization
aversion: (negative craving) death, suffering, old age, disease
I just read a collection of jokes by Isaac Asimov:
no. 704 (pg. 327)
"Personally, I think it's the great god Hypocrisy that rules the human race.
I heard a speech recently in which the speaker explained that when the United States nuclear-bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, those acts ended the war and saved countless lives, which made it quite obvious that using the nuclear bomb was right.
I raised my hand and said, "Suppose the Japanese had discovered the nuclear bomb first and had bombed New York and Washington. Would not that have ended the war and saved countless lives? And would that be right?
The speaker hesitated a moment, then said, "It depends on which side you're on.
Exactly, I said. So don't be sure of what is right and what is wrong."
(not exactly a joke, is it?)
I was thinking, recently: who cares if we would all be speaking German if the nazis won ww2. I have nothing against speaking/being German. We value being mellow, easygoing, laid back, going with the flow- so why fight? Anything can be changed from the inside, right? War is just plain stupid, and I believe always will be so. I imagine I'm in the minority on this one. I don't care. Go ahead and die for whatever cause you're willing to die for. I don't care about that, either.