Monday, June 25, 2007

On Mindfulness and Compassion 4

Let us examine some actual incidents/happenings to illustrate how our lack of mindfulness and consideration for others bring about negative effects or consequences.
*7. Happening : "Irresponsibility"

A certain student is offered a place in the SPM Community Guidance Class. Competition is very keen for places. This student, after attending one lesson, absents himself for a few weeks without telling the teacher that he does not want to follow the class anymore.
Effects/Consequences :

This student is regarded by many as selfish as his place in the Guidance Class could have been given to another deserving student. By having a “couldn’t be bothered “ attitude, he is developing a bad character.Who would like such a person ?
Notes/Reflections :
Many take things for granted and do not give a thought for others.
One should reflect and ask oneself : Is my action proper, moral and wise ? Am I being selfish ?

# 8. Happening : Recklessness
A 17-year old Youth without a valid driving license speeds recklessly on his motor bike along a road in a housing estate. He knocks down a little girl and she succumbs to head injuries.
Effects/Consequences
The parents of the little girl are devastated . They bear terrible hatred towards the reckless Youth and they can never forgive him for the death of their little daughter.
Of course the law catches up upon the Youth for driving recklessly without a license.
Notes/Reflections:
Restlessness, recklessness, foolhardiness, lack of wisdom ….. we see more and more of this among the Youths today. Indeed, they need proper moral and Dhamma education right from the time they are young. The restless mind has to be calmed and tamed …
With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin



1 comment:

tan said...

I agree with what you've said Bro. Oh. The society is such that irresponsible people exist and they always have the 'tidak apa' attitude. Such people are a disgust to the society.

Wooi Leong