The next four verses are examining our habit of being over attached to physical desires, and satisfying them in the long term to the exclusion of other people and out of fear of not getting what we need for ourselves. Again this is contrary to what we must actually do if we are to look after our own and other’s welfare. Rinpoche reflects on the ignorant greed that leads us as a ‘civilised people’ to imagine that taking and accumulating more than we need from our environment and killing and consuming wildlife when we already have more than enough to live on, is actually destroying that which supports us. This affects us negatively and even limits our capacity as social beings.
All we are doing through this addiction to gross and thoughtless consumption is creating hellish futures for ourselves, and our children.
We need to remedy the destruction by overcoming our fear of not having enough for ourselves by thinking of the needs and welfare of everyone, be generous with what we have, for the good of all.
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