One of the reasons I wanted to start “blogging” (a daft word, I know) was to write about things (and people) that make me roll my eyes, occasionally scream “WHAT?” at the screen or, in my opinion, are just plain daft – for whatever reason. In the hope, obviously, that we could start a conversation about it.
Here’s a good example:
“anyone that questions their mind comes to see that it’s not what we want in life it’s what we have that we want and that’s true of every moment, and it’s true of every human being…”
“we’re simply believing what we think…”
“confusion is the only suffering on this planet”
“what we believe (about the planet), that’s the only hell we suffer”
What planet does Byron Katie live on?
There is suffering in every country, on every continent, in every minute of every day… all of that is because these people think they are suffering and believe that they are suffering? And, if Byron Katie is to be believed, they ask themselves 4 questions all of a sudden they will not be suffering?
You want to tell that to the child who stood on a landline and lost both legs? You want to tell that to the child’s parents?
You want to tell that to the parents of a kid stabbed for his iPhone?
Maybe tell that to the widow of a soldier shot dead in Afghanistan that she is not really suffering and if she removes the confusion (negative sad thoughts) all will be fine and dandy?
You want to tell that to a driver of a car who is laying in their upturned car with their legs crushed by the steering wheel after being hit by a drunk driver who is out on bail for the third time because the legal system is weak that the pain is only their confused mind and that if they ask themselves four questions they will feel good… maybe they will be over-joyed that it is them who is pinned into their car and not somebody else?
Come on!!! This is such a crazy thing to say by someone who is obviously well respected and has, without doubt, said and written some excellent things since she discovered “The Work” but these kinds of statements are utter madness.
All is NOT fine and dandy in the world simply by asking yourself 4 questions and looking for a “turnaround” to a PMA.
You expect a 10 your old child working in an Indian sweat shop building iPhones that all will be well in the world if they ask themselves 4 questions? Maybe they will stop being unhappy at working 14 hours a day in dangerous conditions.
You expect a family in a war torn country living in slums or sewers that all will be rosy if only they ask themselves 4 questions?
You want to tell the soldier who is being tortured by his enemy that all is well in the world… if only…?