The discussion focusing on what is true Buddhism or true dhamma can direct thought and action away from the essential which is to foster compassion and wholesome arising in our thoughts and actions.
Do we foster this kindness by bickering with each other about ‘how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?’ or do we obtain freedom from samsara by addressing personal evolution. I understand the notion of ‘dependent origination’ of the chain of twelve elements which lead from craving to suffering. This is a different concept than that of inter-connectedness. This is not to be confused with interdependence. Inter-connectedness implies that what action one takes affects others. The notion of interdependence implies that what one does depends on what others do. Therefore what one does affects the collective. If what I do reduces my suffering then it also must reduce the suffering of the collective. This is the basis for bodhichitta and the attainment of freedom from suffering for all Humanity. If on the other hand we engage in unwholesome acts which promote suffering for others by virtue of the law of karma it cannot but cause us also personal suffering as a consequence of our actions. We cannot be free from suffering unless we accept the notion of inter-connectedness. One cannot pursue a life of selfish, narcissistic, arrogant existence without increasing suffering for others.
The defeat of confusion and delusion depends on accepting that society consists of being the sum total of all individuals which comprise it. Society will only change as individuals change.
Individuals will only change if they choose to. The failure to choose compassion and love over selfish gratifications results in the global climate catastrophe which we are enduring. The disparity between rich and poor will increase and collective death will surpass births and Humanity will decline.
This is the natural outcome of dis-ease. The virus or bacteria overwhelms the host using it as food and exploits its resources to feed itself without thought of consequences that once the host dies so will it.
The end of civilization is the same consequence to rabid and rapid consumption of planetary resources.
Whether the decline is increased by a global virus or parasite or pollution of food sources is a moot point.
Climate change is the consequence of the pursuit of craving and the consequence of suffering by greed, habit and culture.
Obesity is but a symptom of distress affecting Humanity as the clock of civilization runs out.
On the opposite end of the spectrum there are an increasingly large number of us who are dying of starvation, malnutrition, droughts, floods, stress, despair and neglect.
The Buddha’s remedy for suffering is detachment,surrender,and avoidance of unwholesome acts and violence. Controlling the mind results in freedom from suffering.
The Christ’s remedy for suffering is love, compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, and devotion.
Controlling the heart results in freedom from suffering.
Both Buddha and Christ spoke of mental and emotional suffering. This did not address the natural outcome of physical suffering from which one cannot escape.
The presence of disease and pain cannot be avoided when they arise but can be mitigated by a peaceful mind and a loving heart. There are some things which are beyond our control, physical illness and pain being the main one. When it comes it must be greeted with acceptance, surrender, detachment, and forgiveness for self and for one’s karma.