Friday, July 22, 2005
Buddhism, an iPod for free and justifications
Three weeks ago I broke my iPod, accidentally dropping it while it was reading from the hard drive. As a result, the hard drive was rendered useless. I knew it was my fault, but yet I took it to the shop since it was still under guarantee. After two weeks they offered me a new iPod or a refund. Under my own interpretation of buddhism (not that I consider myself a buddhist, but I like the little things I know about their philosophy) I should refuse to accept the iPod for free or the refund since it was my fault. But recently I came across an article (in spanish) written by Dalai Lama's personal photographer in which the Lama himself saith:
"I own various precious watches; by selling them I could build cabins for the poor, but I have not done that yet. I also know that if I was a vegetarian not only would I give good example, but I would save the life of many innocent animals. Therefore, I must admit that there are contradictions in me. But my motto is: I do as much as I can, without going so far as to reach extremes."
That motto is what I will be thinking of when I get my new iPod. There is always a good excuse to do whatever we want.