Looking back to the excerpt from Śāntideva previous, what is he really saying? If I paraphrase it in a modern vernacular
“I have a pretty good idea of where I am going. If you are going to be petty minded, slag me off and bully me, you can fuck off. I don’t care what you think. It is your loss. Maybe one day you will wake up and smell the coffee.”
It kind of suggests that human nature hasn’t changed all that much over the years. Societal conditioning is perhaps the only constant in an impermanent world, it is always there. People can be pompous and full of themselves and to my eyes the spread of cranio-rectal disease has reached epidemic or pandemic proportions. I have been lucky enough to meet some pompous people in my time. Perhaps I am one myself? People are so convinced that their world-version is the only one. They cannot see very far at all; the answer is in this epidemic.
There is a phrase; “you don’t need eyes to see, you need vision”. Vision is a rare commodity.
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