We Need to Wake Up and Do the Right Thing

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

A little over a year ago, climate change activist Greta Thunberg wrote, “When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Asperger’s and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And — given the right circumstances — being different is a superpower.”

I look at the world around me today and I could not agree more that right now we need something different. We need a change. And not only in how we treat our planet, our home, but in just about every aspect of our lives. For too long as a society we have been driven by selfishness, ignorance, and hate and it has eroded us to where we are now.

While this may seem like an onerous task and a bleak outlook, from the Jodo Shinshu perspective, this sort of scenario is exactly what we needed to wake up and do the right thing.

The most clichéd way of putting it might be like a phoenix rising from the ashes. From a less popular standpoint but still clichéd in the Jodo Shinshu circles, it is like ice melting into water: the more the ice, the more the water.

Our failure to address our inadequacies has been built up so large over time that we are now in a position not to just see the holes in our society but exasperated enough to demand something better. When I say demand, I do not mean to pass the buck to someone else. More than one issue has been perpetuated with that kind of thinking. I mean that we must demand it of ourselves. Perhaps if we were all Buddha, we could connect all the dots and recognize what we would have to do to create a better world. But alas, we are human and the only thing we are barely even capable of changing is our own actions.