Humankind Bringing Itself to Extinction
A Dharma talk given at the Gold Buddha Monastery in Canada
The last couple of years, heaven-made calamities and human-made disasters have often occurred. Accidents such as aviation incidents, train derailments, cruise ships sinking, etc. are countless, and the lives lost are also uncountable. Because the human mind is slowly leaning towards becoming wiped out, and everyone does not want to live anymore, but to rather die quicker, numerous types of weapons capable of killing have been created, and fights have erupted between people, leading to the destruction of Earth.
Born in such an age, we must “find the source of the river” of why the world has proceeded to such a step, sunken into such a dangerous state. People living in the world may be faced with death at any time, especially those with AIDS or cancer.
Cancer’s main reason for occurring is because humankind is addicted to eating meat, as well as cruelly killing living beings. Now, the earth, water, and air are all polluted, and any material can also be polluted. This type of pollution is incapable of being washed clean by pure water, because it spreads from the inside out, for nowhere is free from the pollution of poison. Especially animals, after eating many types of chemical feed, or undergoing drug testing by humans, after they are slaughtered by people to become food, the meat will cause many disastrous transformations within the human body - this is just harming each other. Therefore, this process causes cancer as well as other unnameable, untreatable, strange diseases.
Also, take a look at the mentally handicapped children of the world, whose numbers are growing day-by-day. Every country has this problem, and this phenomenon is related to the entire world becoming more and more polluted. Those whose parents take drugs, or do not abide by the rules in greedily pursuing love, will especially become mentally handicapped children.
Regarding AIDS, the cause is homosexuality. Between heaven and earth, there are the two energies of yin and yang. If these two energies are in harmony, the entire world is peaceful; if yin-yang is out of place, such as having yin but no yang, or yang but no yin, then many severe diseases will develop, causing people to die quickly. Ordinary people of this modern age do not dare to speak truthfully, but in fact, all incurable diseases stem from people recklessly pursuing their desires without having any care or shame. Current people are even worse than animals, as it is said, “the same sex opposes each other, the opposite sex attracts each other; from this heaven and earth are in its proper place, and the myriad things are able to grow.” But today, heaven and earth are out of place, and so the myriad beings are unable to grow, and instead about to perish! How is heaven and earth not in its proper place? Nowadays, homosexuality is a popular trend, and is the disastrous root of countries being wiped out and humankind becoming extinct. It can cause humankind to become extinct because people all have the thought of bringing themselves to extinction, and so there is the current state of AIDS spreading. If people cannot awaken to the basic virtue and character of a human being, the result in the future will be worse than anything conceived.
In order to save this catastrophe, this disaster as if foaming billows dashing to the skies, this incomparable calamity, everyone must sever their desires and love, and not engage in promiscuity or homosexuality, but rather know moderation, respecting and loving their own body. Furthermore, all newborn children must be given the proper fundamental education, so that they do not take drugs, drink alcohol, engage in (excessive) eating, (excessive) drinking, licentious behavior, or gambling, and not idly wander around, loving to eat but lazy in conduct. We must teach children, preventing them from doing evil deeds, killing or committing arson, or robbing, and so we must teach them the fundamental education when they are still young.
Why are there widespread problems among today’s youths? It is all because parents only give birth to children but do not care about their education, as it is said, “nurturing but not teaching, this is the fault of the father; the teaching being unstrict, this is the laziness of the teacher.” Therefore, the problem must be solved from its roots - we must not promote or condone homosexuality. If people cannot control their desires, in the future, this country, other countries, and even the entire world will proceed to extinction. Why? Homosexuals do not give birth to children. The same sex opposes each other, as the yang battles with the yang, and so they poison and harm each other, causing them to develop incurable diseases.
Nevertheless, ordinary people do not admit this principle, as if “covering their ears while stealing other’s bells.” Someone said, “if you put male mice in a box, eventually they will engage in homosexual behavior.” But people are the most intelligent among all beings, so why should we learn from animals? Moreover, who has locked humans up in a cage? The mice had no options, but humans have the power to choose, so why should humans follow animals? This theory is simply too absurd; it is just people being mischievous everyday!
The traditional education of China teaches children how to be human beings, promoting the eight virtues of “filial piety, brotherhood, citizenship, trustworthiness, respect, righteousness, integrity, and humility”, as it is said, “choose the virtuous and follow, the unvirtuous and change; proceed in that of the Way, retreat in that against the Way.” However, Western society is deluded in freedom, misinterpreting freedom as irresponsible freedom.
This is truly “not teaching the young, not caring for the elderly”, which is the perverse way. If you do not teach children when they are young, why did you give birth to them? If parents give birth to children, and further blindly love them, causing their character to become foul and them to act maliciously, these parents are simply just committing evil. In Western society, the elderly are left behind, not respected, not cared for, and so it is said the elderly are not cared for. Originally, “the elderly lived their last years in happiness, able-bodied adults were usefully employed, and children were properly reared.”
The traditional education of China teaches children how to be human beings, promoting the eight virtues of “filial piety, brotherhood, citizenship, trustworthiness, respect, righteousness, integrity, and humility”, as it is said, “choose the virtuous and follow, the unvirtuous and change; proceed in that of the Way, retreat in that against the Way.” However, Western society is deluded in freedom, misinterpreting freedom as irresponsible freedom. This is truly “not teaching the young, not caring for the elderly”, which is the perverse way. If you do not teach children when they are young, why did you give birth to them? If parents give birth to children, and further blindly love them, causing their character to become foul and them to act maliciously, these parents are simply just committing evil. In Western society, the elderly are left behind, not respected, not cared for, and so it is said the elderly are not cared for. Originally, “the elderly lived their last years in happiness, able-bodied adults were usefully employed, and children were properly reared.”
Quinquagenarians were not warm except when wearing silk, and septuagenarians were not full except when eating meat; the meat at that time was not full of poison like it is today. When people grow old, their vision blurs and their mind dulls, their ears fail and their teeth fall off - they are very pitiful. Ordinary people raise their children to take care of them when they grow old, and this is no selfish intention, because when people do grow old, the youths should take care of them. Otherwise, why would people give birth to and nurture children? What was the purpose of marriage? If this was not the reason, then there is no meaning behind it all.
Many parents misinterpret freedom, allowing their children to grow as-they-wish. Because of this, in a myriad people, there may be only one or two that understands ethics. Not bad - there are people who understood ethics when they were born, but not all people choose the virtuous and follow, choose the unvirtuous and change. If children are born but not educated, and allowed to grow as their nature dictates, the result will be “nearing vermillion, one becomes red; nearing ink, one becomes black. Being dyed blue, one is blue; being dyed yellow, one is yellow.”
Why do Western youths have the serious problem of taking drugs? Because starting from elementary school and high school, they are easily capable of being in touch with drug peddlers, nurturing a bad habit of casually intaking poisonous substances. Drug peddlers claim using this drug can cause people to become smarter and happier, but in reality, it causes people to die quicker, becoming more disturbed and more deluded. After children take drugs, it is as if they have entered a deviant samadhi. Standing at a crossroads, they won’t bulge after several hours. However, this is no samadhi, but instead, they are just controlled by the drugs. Youths want to walk the path of freedom, but the result is that they have embarked on the journey towards death. This is misinterpreting freedom as a totally irresponsible type of freedom!
Another point to make is that current elementary schools, high schools, and universities all promote sexual conduct. This is one major reason causing the education system to become bankrupt, and it is a great mistake! They should teach children to not engage in promiscuity, keep their bodies pure and love themselves, protect their bodies as if it was jade, and not allow them to watch the TV from day until night, being consumed by this demon. Children at the ages of five or six watch the TV all day, learning many types of indecent behavior such as men and women hugging each other. What world is this? What freedom is this?
At school, many teachers do not teach their students the fundamental virtues of a human being, but rather encourage them to make more and more money. Doctors, the sciences, and the like are all popular majors, because they can make big money - they do not care about anything else.
Why is it said that the education system is becoming bankrupt? It is because everyone forsakes the fundamentals for the edges. In the old days, if people were not filial to their parents, it was called “forgetting the fundamentals”. Now we forsake the fundamentals. We not only forget them, but we also do not even want them; people only care about their own benefits but do not know how to repay others’ kindness, and only care about the pleasures of eating, drinking, fun, and happiness but do not take care of their parents. A tree without roots will wither; if people lose their fundamentals, they will perish. Current people are like walking corpses. They wake up when the rooster crows, and begin to pursue benefits, forget their human principles, run away from the Way, and only know how to benefit themselves and not benefit others. Famous institutions of learning lure students with perceived benefits. The students will pay their dues towards the teachers, and the teachers will teach them how to compete for the number one spot, how to use trickery, how to deceive others, and how to seek fame and praise. Isn’t this the education system becoming bankrupt, disgracing one’s scholarly dignity?
What I have said, ordinary people do not enjoy hearing, but I cannot not say it; I represent the Fatherly God, Jesus, the Buddha, Allah, and all the sages when I say this. If this problem supposedly only related to me personally, I would not say anything, but this is the key to the entire humankind either living or perishing, and so no matter if other people enjoy listening or not, I will still say it straightforwardly!