Posted by Tim (126.96.36.199) on September 15, 2000 at 08:25:42:
In Reply to: Changing your ethics... posted by Andreas Isaksson on September 15, 2000 at 06:33:32:
I hate to seem pedantic, but are you truly asking about our ethics, which in its strict sense refers to a system of behaviors that apply to a recognizable group, or to our morals, which are generally held to be individual?
Buddhism hasn't affected my ethics at all. My profession has a few stated ethics, and I've always honored them to the best of my abilities.
My morals have similarly been unaffected. I still have the same value structures I always have. In fact, I distrust people who suddenly acquire new values as a result of religious experience. I've never seen such a conversion take hold over the long haul. When it appears to have taken place, it always seems that the person held the values before the conversion, but needed an excuse to express them.
Now, I have to add that my interpretation of what constitutes moral behavior has changed somewhat. Those on the outside might have trouble seeing the subtle changes, but those who know me well can tell. I'm more tolerant of irritations today. Not supremely tolerant, but more so. I am more relaxed, which has little to do with morals.
The major change Buddhism has brought to me is a sense of "ok-ness", of confidence that what's uncomfortable for me isn't necessarily a bad thing. I don't automatically judge a situation as bad or good at its inception. At least, not usually. I recently had a prolonged enforced idleness from a contract at a major corporation I contract with. My partner/wife was upset, but I wasn't. I felt that with effort, we could find something in the situation to be happy about. And that has come to pass, as the downtime has given me the opportunity to make contacts far and wide within the company, leading to much more work.
This isn't a moral story. But it's the best I can do.
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