@MarianMcCain Hi Marian, I thought about your reply last night and some stuff came up for me: I read recently in Noah Levine’s Refuge Recovery about intention and karmic fruit: “…if we accidentally kill an insect by walking down the street, there is no negative karma created because it was not our intention to kill. But when we volitionally kill insects because we are afraid of them or because we hate them, we commit an intentional act, which bears a negative karmic act. This is an important distinction: karmic results come from our positive or negative intentions, not from the actions themselves.”
What if these 700 people were to gather and created a chain of event that set in motion long-term sustainable climate change (hypothetical, of course)?
I also had a reaction to the word “deplorable”. The same word was used by Hilary Clinton when describing folks who are voting for Trump.
From a 9/9 LGBT fundraiser:
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables . (Laughter/applause) Right? (Laughter/applause) They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic – Islamophobic – you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people – now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks – they are irredeemable, but thankfully, they are not America.”
I think it was a misstep by not recognizing the Great Chain of Being (there are are folks that hold these views). There are people using air travel for summer vacations and business trips-environmentally speaking it may be deplorable too but can a person separate the people from the act?