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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Daily Musing - March 22nd, 2013 - Unfortunate - 不幸 - Bùxìng

Unfortunate - 不幸 - Bùxìng
  
The exposed underbelly
of an inequitable system.
Frozen corpses buried beneath the snow-
too proud to seek shelter,
or too profoundly distrubed
to know to do so-
The unfortunate pass on, unnoticed,
a father, son, or daughter...no more.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
 
          
There is a story of a god who committed a grave crime, who was punished and banished to earth to suffer for his sin. The greatest misfortune, so it was said, was that of being human.

If you see people you consider more unfortunate than yourself, how do you react? Do you pretend not to see the homeless man shivering beneath the overpass? Do you ignore the ugly, poor, and unpopular people in your life? How can you be sure of your superiority? Could one of these unfortunates be that banished deity made flesh?

You may seek to attribute blame for the situation these people find themselves in, but how can you be sure of the source of misfortune? Some may try to explain the inequity of the universe by referencing morality, destiny, reincarnation, or cosmic/heavenly justice. Look to the words of saints and holy men, and realize that even such holy texts cannot provide relief to existential suffering.  Thus, it hardly seems fair to place blame.

Do not let your ego overshadow your humanity. If you rise yourself above human beings, as a means of asserting your superiority, you will lose touch with Tao. No matter the disparity of class, race, creed, or appearance, do not scorn your fellow man. Withholding such scorn is a beautiful gesture. Open your eyes and you will see that we are all one family - this is the true meaning of compassion.