The Buddha always told his disciples not to waste their time and energy in metaphysical speculation. Whenever he was asked a metaphysical question, he remained silent. Instead, he directed his disciples toward practical efforts…He once said, “Suppose a man is struck by a poisoned arrow and the doctor wishes to take the arrow out immediately. Suppose the man does not want the arrow removed until he knows who shot it, his age, his parents and why he shot it. What would happen? If he were to wait until all these questions have been answered, the man might die first.” Life is so short. It must not be spent in endless metaphysical speculation that does not bring us any closer to the truth. – Thich Nhat Hanh
How much time do we waste every day that could be used in helping change the world into a place where love reigns and justice flows like a mighty stream? Thich Nhat Hanh points out a universal truth. There are times when our endless questions cause far great harm than we can imagine.
We are surrounded by those struck by the poisoned arrows of oppression, poverty and hunger. First let’s remove the arrows. Then we can find those responsible.
As Shakespeare wrote, “Action is eloquence.” Make today an eloquent day. Take action on behalf of one of our family that needs your help to survive.