41southchile wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:22 am
The country (very few countries are any different) is split and fractured and no one looks at their own actions or tries to be wise and virtuous , i.e having or showing high moral standards, and acting appropriately in society and with their fellow citizens, so until that happens this shit is going to carry on back and forth for the next 50 years or so.
Of course all this is able to be explained in any number of philosophy's and religions, but the individual in Chile thinks they are better than that and dont need that, they know best and they are right, its an immature attitude, but it is what it is, just an observation. Maybe future All Chilean members in 50 years will still be discussing the 'issues' in Chilean (insert just about any other country) society.
Buddhists say that the human mind has many different potentials, including the three defilements: greed, aversion, and delusion. People are deluded in the sense of having wrong ideas of where to find true happiness, so they end up clinging to some kinds of experiences (things, emotions, ideas, situations) and rejecting others. It produces more "complex" harmful behaviors and, as a result, conflicts.
Any modern society has glorification of consumerism, individualism, and self-indulgence echoing through its media 24/7. Chile is still relatively healthy if you compare it to the collective insanity going in the cultures like the US, UK, or Russia, but I don't think it will get significantly better in 50 years, even if the new constitution is successful. If anything, recorded history shows that it all can go bad very quickly.
The last two years taught me that there's no sense in being stressed about society at large. Even when it all looks like a steamroller crash in slow motion, and everybody has enough time to prepare, people still end up making the dumbest decisions possible because of the pettiest selfish reasons.
I don't see any solutions beyond focusing the attention on my own actions and trying to become, as you said, more wise and virtuous. Others will keep doing dumb shit whether I worry about them or not, so I'd better worry about not doing it myself and spend my energy on something I can actually improve.