I read the one above first, and followed the link to the pain-is-capitalism article. Haven't followed the other links yet.
This Kornfield article was posted immediately under my 'status' of "I am confounded".
I think/believe/? that both of these sources contain truths about certain things that are mostly beyond my ken.
The 'worldly' stuff of the first links prompt me into a general depression that I would have been unable to alter in previous years. Depression is fairly normal and quite comfortable for me, so it is easy to stay there. I've also noticed that it is most often triggered, these days, because I have not kept myself off the freaking Facebook. What a cess pool that place has become.
I am extremely grateful for what feels like progress to me, in that I can turn the depression off now, through music and the steps I take to be aware of and correct my course when the 'path' heads in that direction.
The Kornfield link (and many like it) hold/speak of values that I choose to adopt, though I have not chosen Buddhism or its ilk.
I do want to be loving and kind and honest and helpful.
And even now, as I sit at this computer and try to decide how to express these feelings, I hear....
Well, for now...