> Vox News
> Are We Morally Obligated to Meditate?
> Friends, we need to regard meditation as we do any
> medication that is powerful enough to have an
> effective greater than can be accounted for by
> placebo effect, w results replicated via double
> blind testing by different researcher in a variety
> of settings.
> The drift of the Vox article is that meditation
> brings desirable effects by reducing limbic system
> reactivity to perceived threats.
> However, due to the largely positive media
> coverage meditation receives, Corboy urges us to
> regard mediation as any other soothing drug.
> * Undesirable side effects
> * Some threats are real and if we don't react
> vigorously via dismay, disgust, fight or flight,
> we are unable to defend ourselves and others from
> *These days lots of companies recommend meditation
> to employees to help them cope w stress.
> Corboy suggests why not make the workplace less
> But...that costs lots a money. So much cheaper to
> teach meditation to "help" your employees adjust.
> Tranquilizers do ease suffering. In the wring
> hands, tranquilizers are used to dope us.
> Tranquilizers require oversight.
> Food for thought
> * There's lots if money in meditation. It is now
> *What kinds of people are involved in the
> Meditation Industry?
> * The United States of America was created by
> malcontented people who were ignorant of
> The Revolutions of 1789 in France and 1688 in
> England were created by persons ignorant of
> mediation and angered by unfair salt tax
> burdens(France) and intrusive policies of a king
> who was a religious bigot (England)
> France, America and England and Germany, all
> cultures based on non Asian religions were
> discontented enough w pain and social misery to
> want to reduce them, creating clean water supplies
> and public health.
> Through non caste cultures, mechanics and scholars
> befriended each other and in this Western context
> printing developed, launching the first
> information revolution making it possible to
> correct errors, communicate findings, and led to
> modern science.
> People who felt threatened by premature death,
> workplace hazards, who wanted a fair days wage for
> a fair days work, created disaster relief,
> workplace safety laws and regulatory agencies.
> And cults use meditation to blunt our awareness.
The information is valid I take my hat off to it.