Posted by curtis (126.96.36.199) on October 22, 2000 at 09:02:16:
In Reply to: How to explain the death of a large number of people (e.g. bomb explosion) at the same time? posted by Paul on October 21, 2000 at 00:49:35:
I think it's really hard to say how you explain it, because "karma" is based on two factors:
1. past volitional intentions
2. present volitional intentions.
Pretend that I am working on one of the facilities that have access to nuclear weapons with authorization to fire them, with enough of them to wipe out the entire world. I am going to prove a point that karma is not all based on past action, so I decided to fire bomb after bomb across the entire world, everyone on earth including me, is killed.
From the previous poster who said that the reason for these people's deaths is because they "chose" to be where they were at the time, and is reaping their past karma, is not always correct based on the hypothetical scenario illustrated above.
i think the important thing we have to keep in mind is we should be compassionate to every sentient beings who are suffering and not have an attitude like "he is just getting what he deserved based on the law of karma" because that is not always the case.
: I am a Buddhist but one day when confronted by one of my Cathlic relatives I could not answer one of his questions, which was how to explain through Buddhism the sudden death and destruction that happens to thousands of people at the same time. For example when the Atomic bomb was dropped off Hiroshima about 75,000 people died instantly. Also what about the cases where thousands of people die instatly like, earthquakes, tonardoes, typhoons, storms, floods etc. Can anybody explain.
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