<blockquote> “So he asked the question: "World Honoured One, today it is not difficult for me to hear this wonderful sutra, have confidence in it, understand it, accept it, and put it into practice. But in the future, in 500 years, if there is someone who can hear this sutra, have confidence in it, understand it and put it into practice, then certainly the existence of someone like that will be great and rare."(14) He really cares for the future generations. Subhuti asked: "In times to come, will there be people who, when they hear these teachings, have real faith and confidence in them?"</blockquote>
My response upon reading this was: Imagine that! He really cares about future generations! I wonder what a politics that stressed such caring would look like.
We really talk so little about future generations in American in our time. When we talk about what we’re about as a nation, when we deliberate about policy decisions, when our presidential candidates clamor for our votes-- almost never do we hear any central concern about what kind of society or world we're trying to create for the generations to come.
Ours is a society that not only is short on reverence for ancestors, but also seems indifferent to the legacy we leave for our descendants.
This seems a matter of not making connections, of not feeling ourselves to be part of some larger Whole moving through time.