“Weeds are the bane of the fields, passion is the bane of humankind; so a gift to the dispassionate bears great fruit.”
Yes, I get it, Buddha: passion can lead to terrible things and terrible suffering. Extremists are so passionate that they kill in the name of things that are wrong and unnecessary and cause great suffering. Passion breeds problems.
But doesn’t passion also breed other things? What about passion for saving the world and helping people. What about the passion that comes with fighting for something you believe in that helps others: like ending slavery, oppression or discrimination? Is all passion really bad? After all, suffering arises from things other than passion and so suffering would exist even if we did away with passion – but then we’d lose the passionate people who are doing good through their passion.
I must admit that I’m a little stumped with this quote and how it can really be helpful – especially the end. A gift to the dispassionate bears great fruit?
What do you think about all this? Is it best that there be no passion?
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