You seem to be defending a religion due to its apparent benignity in comparison with others
But that seems like a relatively good criterion, to me. Sure, it has potential for being abused like other religions, but there's a lot more "find your own enlightenment" in Buddhism, rather than "believe in this or that, or else..." prescription/proscription. The devil's in the details, so to speak.
You seem to be defending a religion due to its apparent benignity in comparison with others . That does not make this superstition any more true than Christianity , Islam , or any of the multitude human mass delusions extant.
Clearly, I'd rather live among Buddhists than Muslims or fundamentalist Christians. To quote Jon Lovitz when he was on SNL: "Is that so wrong?!!!"
Truth is a consideration, but far from the only one.
Also, much of Buddhism's theology is strangely congruent with modern physics. Reality as fundamentally being based on vibrations, for example.
Interesting you should mention Thailand. It's murder rate (4.8 per 100,000) is exactly the same as the United States'. Those peaceful Buddhists.
To be fair, the Muslim minority in the south is responsible for a large portion of the body count.
I missed a nightclub bombing by just a few hours in Hatai and on another occasion I was involved in a train derailment.
As only 4% of the population of Thailand, those Muslims must have to get up pretty early in the morning to start killing people.
No.. they just do it more efficiently.
Also, 4% isn't an accurate assessment due to the prevalence of undocumented migrants and stateless tribes people.
There really ISN'T an accurate assessment. Infrastructure for things like hospitals aren't particularly prevalent in the rural regions. Home births are pretty much how it's done out there.
The Thai government even outright denies the existence of certain minorities. They are stateless, citizens of nowhere.
That is not any Karma I am familiar with. Typically, Karma only punishes you for a past life by rebirthing you as a lower form of life. A wicked person may be reborn as a rat or fly, for example. I've never heard of it being interpreted as lining a sinner up for maltreatment in the next life.
Can you refer me to a text supporting your interpretation?
I think when hippie-dippies talk about "karma," it's a bowdlerized version that means about the same as "What goes around comes around." That's not Hindu/Buddhist karma. In fact, they even talk about karma applying in the current life, not the next. So, it has become a completely Westernized concept.