Lama Jigme Gyatso
Greed and Kindness are Antithetical - 7sep21
Consider Jaba’s palace
from “Return of the Jedi.”
It was paid for by greed
and within its walls
cruelty was celebrated as high entertainment.
The part of the brain
that is greedy and cruel
is NOT the part of the brain that is empathetic.
Functional magnetic resonance imaging studies
have illustrated this.
They have also revealed an inverse relationship
between affluence and empathy,
the more wealth one possesses
the less and less the anterior cingulate gyrus lights up,
the region responsible for compassion and cooperation.
Perhaps that is why we read in the Dhammapada
that the path to wealth leads not to Nirvana.
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