Date: Fri, 06 Oct 1995 18:30:37 -0600
From: "Stephen Evans" [email protected]
Subject: Social entities sentient
Are social beings sensient? First we need a good def’n of sencient. I think I could make a case for this from an Abhidhamma perspective but I don’t think this is a particularly usefull idea, and it would be pretty speculative & perhaps sophestry, and would remain controversial. Ditto for the notion of social karma. Maybe, but not convincing. If society is bad will it be reborn as a dog? Is the new Russia my dead cat?
Date: Sat, 07 Oct 1995 15:54:55 -0400
From: "williams" [email protected]
Subject: Re: Social entities sentient
Then perhaps you should expand your view beyond the Buddhist perspective. The viewing of social units as beings is becoming fairly standard in scientific circles, and this notion is beginning to flow into common usage.
These beings exist, and the world is beginning to recognixe they exist. Where do you think the notion of human rights comes from anyway? Buddhism has 2500 years of thought which can be used to bring the nature of these beings to light, but not by turning inward. As for the question of these social beings being sentient, that is a question they can only answer for themselves and to themselves — the question and its’ answer is not up to the constituents of the beings.
I don’t happen to view karma the same way as you. Societies flow from mind, and to mind they return.