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Right Wisdom and Property

In buddhist teachings, there is this term called right wisdom, which roughly means the ability to know that what is being perceived by the senses is not the same as what one percieves in the mind.

We have to learn to separate what is happening from what we think is happening. When you lose something you like and had (once possessed), you cry. But when you realise that it was never yours in the first place, you will also realise that you never lost anything. Nothing is ever yours except in the mind.

On Property

Property was a concept invented by man, and if one were to dig deeper into the study of property, you’ll realise that it’s far more than what you had thought it was. Here’s a quote from a book I got, attributed to “Theory of Property”:

If I were to answer the following question: What is slavery? and I should answer in one word, It is murder, my meaning would be understood at once.

No extended argument would be required to show that the power to take from a man his thought, his will, his personality, is a power of life and death and that to enslave a man is to kill him.

Why, then, to this other question: What is property? may I not likewise answer, It is theft, without the certainty of being misunderstood; the second proposition being no other than a transformation of the first?

Capitalism is not as free from faults as the majority of people believe (or want to believe).

Categories: Misc

Donn Lee

I love to read and write. Professionally, data science, technology, and sales ops are my thing. In my non-professional life, I aspire quite simply to be a good person, and encourage others to do the same. For those who care, I test as INFJ in the MBTI.

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