Even demons can do good

by Lin Zi Yi, Jinan, Shandong, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 3, 2007

In 'Of false dilemmas and misrepresentations" by Visakha Kawasaki, Kandy, Sri Lanka, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 1, 2007' there seems to be a misunderstanding of an act directed to help people, and an act done by someone who is not the most wholesome of living beings. Even demons can do good sometimes, yet the majority of their evil doing isn't cancelled out by a few good things.

I do not personally advocate destroying Buddhist statues, or anything religious for that matter. All that is pointed to in my response letters is the amount of focus by Buddhists on images than service.

The talk of the wrong doings of the Taliban and their associates create a political atmosphere, and raise much concerns as to where they are supported. Whether anyone believes it or not, the biggest supporters of terrorism aren't the muslims of the middle east, but those of high powered technology and weaponry.

Keep that in mind, that destroying a Buddhist statue, though not very wholesome, isn't as bad as a weak health care system in the U.S. when they have enough sense and money to assist everyone there, a war on terrorism which creates more terrorism.

People who have the choice to do good, and are in the position politically to do it, do more harm to the people of the world than does blowing up a Buddhist statue.

Basically, I am not for anyone performing violent acts in regards to helping them. Sometimes people need a wake up call to realize where their minds are. That doesn't mean violent acts are justified, it means we must all look at the duality within our minds we are so strongly attached to.

Of course, this will fall upon deaf ears, blind eyes. The point of the whole response was - and is - to point to the attachments of images we as living beings have. It shouldn't matter who does what. It should matter how we consider things to be.
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