Buddha (The Enlightened One) was “called out” in Social Media Land yesterday for a controversial comment concerning the universality of human suffering. Here’s the Facebook post that caused all of the controversy:
BUDDHA: “The First Noble Truth is that the suffering of birth, old age, sickness and death is unavoidable. Some fortunate people may now be enjoying relatively happy and carefree lives, but it is only a matter of time before they, too, will experience suffering of some kind.”
The following exchange is rather typical of what ensued on The Enlightened One’s timeline:
MONTREAL MAN: What complete and utter bullshit, man. Your insensitive post is just a boring drawn-out version of #AllLivesMatter.
BUDDHA: You do realize that this is The First Noble Truth, the foundation of a compassionate world religion that’s been around for thousands of years, right?
MONTREAL MAN: Yeah, whatever, fuck you, Buddha, and the elephant you rode in on! Your post was condescending and dismissive to POC!
AARON HASPEL: You are an ideologue if your views can be inferred from your vocabulary.
UNNAMED WOMAN: That’s exactly the kind of thing a cisgendered straight privileged white guy would say to silence valid critique of the capitalist patriarchy, Aaron. Whatevs! I think it’s interesting to note how many privileged white men are liking your post, Buddha! Maybe it’s time to check your privilege!
—John Faithful Hamer, From Here (2016)