The road are crazy - scooters carry entire families, construction materials, animals, dinner and sometimes all of the above. Water trucks overtake motor cycles (that are already three deep, having made their own extra lanes) on a blind corner. Dogs casually cross the road, bringing the traffic to a stop - but still, no one projects road rage! No blood boils, no hooters are tooted, no voices are raised, and no-one takes out hockey sticks to pummel the offender. Bizzare - coming from South Africa, where road rage is considered to be a national sport.
Now this is no substance induced calm, but rather a way of life, brought on by the goal to reach nirvana, or the ultimate state of enlightenment. Religious I am not - but I do admire, and am finding myself drawn to the Buddhist way of life. The low-down being that if you do something nasty, it will come back to bite you in the nether region - if not in this life, then most certainly in the next.
I have come to the conclusion that dogs emulate the behaviour and moods of their owners and immediate human community. Think of the prissy little fashion accessory dogs, of empty headed shopoholic suburban housewives, or the streetwise, scar-riddled tough tikes of the gang territories (insert your local 'no-go area here - my desire to be politically correct does not allow me to mention an area, in the event that one of my readers may reside there).
Now think of the dogs of Thailand, totally immersed in a Buddist culture. These dogs are so chilled, that nothing phases them. I have yet to see an agro dog. I have come to the conclusion that dogs too, believe in karma. Buddha forbid, they chase a scooter, and come back as a CAT in their next life!
If anyone has a vague curiosity about Buddism, here are the four main principles:
- Minimise your pain and suffering.
- Maximise your happiness.
- Don't maximise your pleasure in a way that will cause pain and suffering to others, otherwise you will have bad karma.
- Seek to live a life that embraces the three principles above. You are here to learn lessons in this life, that will prepare you for you next life.