If they truly believe that modern medical advances and industry are the causes of our downfall then they make more of an effort to change these things?  And if they couldn't halt progress then wouldn't any reasonable person feel the necessity to remove themselves from such things?  If the Buddists can live the way they do then it mustn't be so bad.  The only answer is that they don't want to give up the priviledged, cushy life that they lead.  They don't want to give up their precious SUV's that contribute to that toxic pollution and their HMO's.  They don't realize that without those SUV's they wouldn't be able to go to their jobs that pay for those herbal suppliments they take to manage their depression.  Without modern medicine, they wouldn't even have had that diagnosis.  If this were 200 years ago, their families would tell them to suck it up because life is just hard, period.  Doctors would laugh at the notion that stress and chemical imbalance would cause such a thing.  They would say that instead of being sick that they were self-centered, soft, and just plain lazy.  Scientologists claim that we should go back to a pure, simple way of life.  (Don't we already have a lifestyle for that?  Isn't it called Amish?)  But unless they're willing to give up all of the things that cause the problems they face (i.e. anything that causes toxins, stress, depression, physical problems) then they're just being hypocrites.

theophania theophania
22-25, F
Feb 13, 2007