On Cause and Effect and Cognition

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The consequences of many things are not presented in the present, but gradually revealed in the long or short future. For example, I did some heavy work today, and I felt sore the next day. This simple and direct causal relationship is easy to detect, and it also forms the corresponding cognition and guidance for the current behavior. From the cognition of cause and effect, the current avoidance is formed. However, the more hidden cause and effect relationship is difficult to detect, so many people act without any scruples. Smart people weigh the current pros and cons, and smarter weigh the long-term pros and cons, but this trade-off is based on their own interests and is often ignored. impact on the environment. If you forget that you are also in the environment, the impact on the environment will eventually affect yourself. This is the causal cycle, and the retribution is unhappy. Therefore, people who have extensive and profound knowledge of cause and effect tend to act cautiously. Perhaps this is the origin of the bodhisattva’s fear of cause and effect.

From another perspective, the root of the present status quo cannot be answered from the present appearance, but must be traced back to the past. Things are not isolated but interconnected, or the world is originally a whole. Therefore, when we observe things and phenomena, we should not only see the thing itself, but also the whole to which it belongs, the various parts that are related, and its microscopic composition, and more importantly, the historical causes of things, and expand from the two dimensions of time and space. our vision. From the perspective of time, insight into the past, and then understand the future. From a space perspective, one can observe its overall appearance from a distance, and one can observe its structure and composition when entering it. If you observe in this way, everything will be checked.

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