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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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