Future Lives, Care for Others #Buddhism

Future Lives

The other day I was out for a run when I jogged past two older men talking. Now they could have been talking about the environment, or the state of the country, or even their own personal affairs when one said to the other, “Well, in the next ten years I will be dead, and it won’t matter anymore.”

Wow, so often we are only thinking of ourselves. If it doesn’t affect me, it doesn’t matter.

So what if there is something to this future life thing where we are the next generation? What if we come back to the mess of the environment and the unrest in the world? Would we act differently today? Would we care more for others and what we do to this world?

At a Buddhist teaching one day, the teacher put it this way. There are four possibilities.

If you live a good life and there are future lives, then with that karma your next life starts out in a good place.

If you live a good life and there are no future lives, then you have done well for the world and left it a better place for the next generation.

If you live a bad life and there are no future lives, well that is the gamble, you get away with it.

If you live a bad life and there are future lives, with that karma who knows what you will come back to, or what as for that matter.

Is it worth the gamble?

Today, find love, compassion, and kindness for others. Future lives or not, it is a win-win.

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