Setting Sun Society.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 7, 2010
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There’s so little goodness in the world, it’s shocking.

In “setting sun” society, goodness is asked for, then taken advantage of, and unappreciated…while everyone goes on suckering everyone else, hoping for external happiness and, only very rarely, when there’s no other option, do we get real with ourselves. For the aggressive coward or genuine warrior, there’s two directions to go. That simple. Entertainment or boredom. Through the door of cool boredom comes heartbreak…then celebration.

To read the whole bit below, by Chogyam Trungpa, click image:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Setting Sun Society.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Darrin B:
    I did not get depressed from this. I think there is truth in all, but no absolute truth. It is true that we suffer from a pretty bad case of self.

    In fact, on New Dimensions today, I heard, "The World Health Organization predicts by 2020, the …most pervasive illness in the Western Industrialized world, will be depression. It is also predicted that by 2020, 20-30% of us, will be living alone, and, as a general nation, pursuing our own pleasures. It is this un-we-ness that creates our suffering."

    The good news is that revulsion of this self-absorption is available anytime, and to all beings. I remain passionately willing to do my part, and keep checking my ego as often as I can, and work through my secrets and addictions that keep me turning my back on my own values, and the needs of others.


  2. Yeshe Dorje says:

    The sun appears to us to both rise and set. The bigger picture is that its radiance is unceasing – it is always shining.

  3. BenRiggs says:

    I think Yeshe Dorje's comment above says it all. Just beautiful!!!

  4. elephantjournal says:

    If we only open our windows and eyes and let the light in, that is.

  5. guest says:

    i agree with yeshe dorje… it's always shining, even if obscured by clouds or eyelids or windows… that's why it's great eastern sun

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