Life With and Without Beliefs

In this episode, I will talk about beliefs and the role they play in the fictional narrative we build around our perceived reality. The story we construct about reality is determined by our beliefs. This becomes problematic when reality doesn’t fit our beliefs because we tend to cause suffering for ourselves and others when we try to make reality fit the narrative of our own fiction.

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  • Anonymous Coward

    Hi, I have been listening to your podcast for a while. One thing I don’t understand is how to reconcile concept of evil?

    Personally, I live very cushy and comfortable life. I had my share my problems but they were not tough. Bills, exams, break-ins, etc. But these never really stressed me out. I always been a go with flow type of person.

    But as I am getting older, the suffering of others really really bother me. Like sometimes to the point of sick in stomach feeling. Usually, happens when I read about brutal violence. It doesn’t matter if that violence was in present or in past history. It makes me sick sometimes for several days.

    I lose joy then, feel guilty if I am truly having good time.

    It is easy for me to apply Buddhist principles to my personal sufferings and be content.
    But it is really hard for me to have carefree life when I know there are innocent children in slavery or other stuff like that.

    What is my responsibility? I make donations but it still leave me feeling guilty for having a great life.

    I sometimes compare myself to Buddha, I lived pretty sheltered and comfortable life. I thought life was beautiful and good. People were poor because they were lazy or God was testing them. People got in trouble because of their own personal choices.

    But now I know it is not always the fault of people. Most people are poor not because they are lazy but because of lack of opportunities. Things are even worse in developing worlds. And it is not just poverty that bothers me.

    I can go on forever. I just don’t know how to deal with sufferings of fellow humans. I actually feel their pain.

    • Noah Rasheta

      Thank you for bringing this up! I plan on addressing some of these items in a future podcast episode. My mantra for dealing with the suffering of others is “I’m doing what I can.” I know I can’t do much, but I can do what I can. There is a beautiful little video on YouTube called “I will be a hummingbird”, it reminds us that we can always do something, we can do whatever we can do. The concept of Evil is not that it doesn’t exist, it’s that it arises out of ignorance. I hope that makes sense?