Above the Doormat

Although everyone you meet seems to be fed up with Political Correctness gone mad, the news seems to remain full of stories where people are ‘outraged’ or ‘deeply offended’. In psychological terms it seems to be more of a cry for attention than anything else, a way to get your 15 minutes of fame, and to express the underlying tendency (upakilesa in Pali) to indignation.

A spokesman for Tayside Police said: ‘Trainee police dog Rebel has proved extremely popular with children and adults since being introduced to the public, aged six weeks old, as Tayside Police’s newest canine recruit.

The story comes from Britain where the following photo caused “outrage”

Outrageous photo huh?

Outrageous photo huh?

The  police apologised, saying they had not sought to offend or upset. Hard to imagine anyone thinking it was a deliberate attempt to offend the Muslim community of Britain. The dog, an unclean animal in Islamic countries, was the cause of the ‘outrage’, though one wonders if the average Muslim in the UK even noticed the picture, let alone becoming offended.
Buddhists can take offence too, for instance at the disturbingly named ‘Buddha Bar’ pubs, or as with the naming of a restaurant ‘Fat Buddha’ – as blogged on last year: Disgruntled Buddha . The use of Buddha images and iconography in movies and as ‘cool’ art to decorate homes, hotels and bars is rather coarse, and inappropriate. But still, the image of Buddhists as peaceful people, as non-confrontational, is what lends such images their graceful association. Sometimes you just have to accept that Samsara Sucks.
Another Samsara sucks story in the papers, also from the ‘more than my job’s worth’  haven of politically correct madness that is Great Britain  is a poor guy who got fined for smoking in his own van.
A painter and decorator has been fined for smoking in his own van – because it’s classed as his work place.

Gordon Williams, 58, who had finished work for the day and was on his way to the shops, was fined £30.

He told The Sun: “I was told that because my van is my place of work I had broken the smoking laws.

Gordon, who smokes ten a day, is planning to appeal even though wife Sue, 56, has already paid the fine.

Ceredigion Council refused to comment specifically on the case but said: “The ban affects public premises including workplaces and work vehicles.”

All the more reason to look for peace within, and let go of the vicissitudes of Samsara.

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