LIVELIHOOD: INTENT MATTERS
Business in weapons, business in meat, business in human beings, business in intoxicants, and business in poison were not appropriate livelihoods in the Buddha’s time and culture.
Now one must take a more appropriate view of livelihood.
Arms dealers profit from business in weapons . . . soldiers use weapons as tools to protect others.
Industiral farms cause suffering . . . butchers prepare food to alleviate hunger.
Pimps are slavers . . . adoption agencies find families for children.
Meth and heroin are dangerous poisons . . . marijuana is sold for medicinal and recreational purposes.
Chemical weapons are used to kill . . . pesticides (when used properly) are used to protect families.
Now it is not the title of the job that makes it inappropriate . . . it is how that job is engaged.
What we do matters.
I bow with respect,