Politics & Buddhism #LetsDoThis
In the article below we discussed politics and Buddhism. In short, to bring about wide scale change in a country and in the world it becomes necessary to participate in politics as a voter.
The decisions of government might seem far away but they have a real affect on the day-to-day lives of the citizens of the country. It changes what services the government offers to people living on the periphery of society, including people that are sick, young, old, or poor. For this reason, it becomes vitally important to be engaged with the political process and vote during elections. This is democracy and by participating then your voice is heard.
Compassion In Action
The @NZLabour party said in their first 100 days in office they would complete a range of tasks, including these objectives that will improve the lives of people in New Zealand:
> Set up a Ministerial Inquiry in order to fix our mental health crisis.
> Introduce legislation to set a child poverty reduction target and to change the Public Finance Act so the Budget reports progress on reducing child poverty.
> Increase the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, to take effect from 1 April 2018, and introduce legislation to improve fairness in the workplace.
These objectives will mean that hungry people are fed, sick people receive healthcare, even if it means we do not get tax breaks. This fits with the dedication verses from the ‘Bodhicaryavatara’ by Shantideva:
May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.
May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food;
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.
May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy;
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.
May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.