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Re: My reply to dukkha = cynicism
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2018, 10:00:14 am »
The effects of cultural and societal norms are dynamic. Causing change in individuals to whole systems of belief.
When an individual engages in non-conforming activity, said individual smacks up against these norms. It is at this point that pressure occurs encouraging change or dukkha. If Buddhist practice

(or some other remedy) does not alleviate this pressure, one is left with conforming or living with stress.
I say this in the context of - the pressures mentioned are experiential

And sometimes deadly.

In more "elemental" cultures, non=conformity can lead to the individual being ostracized and this is, in essence, a death sentence.  Cultural structures are in place to provide an environment supporting survival on an individual level.  Without a society's support, early humans were doomed.  There's still some of that today, but we are less dependent on society for survival than we once were.  Being cast out of out society or leaving it voluntarilly, oiften leads to certain psychological challenges that may difficult to resolve.

My father used to say that a "non-conformist" is simply conforming to something else.  Seems pretty apt.  If we feel like we can do better than associating with Christianity, if we were brought up with that, there are plenty of societies that would be glad to take us in, provided we conform, so the pressure and suffering are not such a big deal.  In times past it wasn't so simple and non-conformity was met with "conform or die".

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Re: My reply to dukkha = cynicism
« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2018, 09:15:27 pm »
 Deadly yes, witness the violence visited on those with differing sexual orientation, religious beliefs, racial makeup, political belief, and etcetera.
 On a more subtle level, the treatment of people who are overweight, exhibit different fashion sense, stutter, have physical handicaps, lingual accents, eccentricities, and on.....
 Upon realization of one's differences an individual may feel fear and, or guilt.
 Buddhists practice, and resultant insights about the nature of our relationship to our environment, can ease the stress of these feelings.


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