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May 06, 2019 00:14:19

A higher power

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Victoria Maung

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A family friend recently passed away from a late diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. My mom, a Buddhist, believes in the concept of a past life. She believes there's no helping it if you can't achieve success or pass away from cancer. Genetics is hard to wrap her head around, and so she usefully attributes it to karmic fate. An example she gives is my dad: no matter how hard he works, he's just not meant to be wealthy. She says it like so, 50% fate 50% hard work. Both for financial success and cancer. And you can only do your best for the hard work part. 

This reminds me of Buddhism as fatalism. Most people tell me that if their fate is already decided, then there's no point to working hard. But believing in a higher power can be useful for so many people. Belief in a higher power isn't simply attributing your failures and successes to factors out of your control. It isn't just a way to fill the gaps in knowledge--like if you don't understand something, a personified higher power with intent isn't just a way to be the deux ex machina to a lack of knowledge. But I think belief in a higher power helps to let go and move on. It might provide and fulfill spiritual moments that is intrinsic to being human. I wouldn't go as far as searching for meaning in a higher power, but I imagine that others do accomplish great things because of it. 

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    @vickenstein - Yes that is an interesting way to understand a generation of our elders that explain away many difficult situations. It makes sense for the mind not to dwell on something that it can't control. The problem occurs when you CAN still control somethings but refuse to do so. I have read too much about the placebo effect to now want to learn to control my mind as much as I possibly can.

    Nice write-up.

    Keni avatar Keni | May 05, 2019 19:44:08
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      @keni Thank you for reading! As I grow older, the more I realize the importance of the tenacity of the mind.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | May 06, 2019 05:29:53
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      @vickenstein @keni It seems counter-productive if your mom would prefer to have a wealthy life to insist that your dad will never be wealthy. Then again if she truly believes it, she isn't going to think there is any other way.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 05, 2019 20:31:40
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