Lojong 36: Don’t be so Predictable

I’ve studied through the slogans a dozen times in my life;
these are my musings on the slogan currently, not a formal interpretation.
For that reason they are less about straight Buddhist teachings,
and I think able to be shared with most practitioners of other faiths or no faith
(unless yours doesn’t allow you to read any other tradition.) 

If you have time and the inclination, I published the WHOLE  thang here!


#30.  Don’t be so predictable.


Often said while reading the newspapers…

The news media jerks us around for ratings, so they can sell ads and make money.
They don’t produce news anymore, or else we would know what is really going on instead of constantly hearing some stupid thing Trump said, or some stupid thing a celebrity said, or yet another shooting and how sorry the congress is…
We’d hear of toxic dumpings and rising waters and
rising levels of pharmaceuticals in our rivers and oceans and
the torturous things that the USA is doing to children in immigration camps and
the truth about the opioid crisis.

Instead they yah-yah-yah on endlessly about
how two men or two women committing to one another hurt YOUR marriage….
about Trumps latest tweet…
about how a small group of stupid people don’t believe in science…
The media will say what they KNOW will piss you off.
Distract you with bright shiny objects while taking your wallet from your pocket
or killing your children, slowly making sure they have NO future.

How can they do this?
They know exactly how you will react.

And this can be applied to so many things…

Got teenagers?  Wow they know how to push your buttons!
Parents put the buttons there so they also know where to find them!
Boom!  We are off and running to an argument!

The point is, don’t have knee-jerk reactions.
Think about how your respond to mom and dad and child and sibling…
Decide what you want to know about and find information on THAT…
talk about important stuff in the coffee room.

Don’t be so predictable.
Think for yourself.
Reflect.

Easily one of my favorite slogans.

Okina Journal, with Pilot Metropolitan with Platinum Cassis Black ink.

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2 Responses to Lojong 36: Don’t be so Predictable

  1. Thank you for this today. Thank you!

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