We are only useful through the things we do for Others. This is the basis of civilization. These things do not solely flow from self analysis. Although introspection and a sense of shame for our less-than-perfect actions always has been a natural component of Buddhist Practice, psychological analysis augments a sense of self, its feelings and perceptions thus making one an elevated target for endless sadness.
This is good for business if you are in the psychology trade.
Physics and engineering are magic to those who do not practice it. Mathematics brings the phenomena of these two disciplines into the realm of perception. In the same way as meditative practices based in self advancement at the expense of others can be used for greed, hatred and ignorance, the powerful practices of physics, engineering and mathematics can be used to destroy us.
The potential for destruction is true of any meditative practice not illuminated by concept based in compassion. Much like a high performance motorcycle, the more powerful the meditative practice, the more dangerous it can be. This is especially true of Zen meditation divorced from Buddhist Concept.
Psychology augments attachment to self and resultant feelings that are either painful or pleasant and make concrete focal points of blame which in themselves are mirages of the self. It is therefore actively used in mind control as it relates to marketing medication, merchandise, politics and wars. This approach is outside of Dhyana Buddhist Practice.
Within 80% of the time period spanning the 20th Century, we did not suffer the horror of school shootings. It was only during its last decade – the 1990’s, and into this present century. This was despite the fact that there was always a plentiful supply of unregulated semi-automatic guns (John Browning developed the immediately popular semi-automatic pistol in 1911). Before and during the hard, stressful times of the Great Depression, and the youthful rebellions of the 1950’s and ‘60’s there were no school shootings, although there were definitely enough “crazy people” to go around.
Therefore, guns are not the cause.
What is different?
It is the ever widening spread of psychology in the form of the “mental health” industry and its use of psychotropic drugs.
All of “the shooters” in schools were kids under psychological/psychiatric care and prescribed psychotropic drugs.
One of the most effective ways evil is injected into a civilization is by the carrier masquerading as a proponent for the common good.
What is the agenda?
It is the removal (“for the common good”) of our ability to defend ourselves, loved ones and society from the intrusion of forces either physical or mental not acting in our best interest. Its basis is a form of collective mind control emerging from the practice of psychology.
In some circles this is called “demonic possession.”
Dhyana, Chan or Zen Buddhism has always advocated self defense. Hand to hand fighting in its multitude of forms, archery and swordsmanship were mastered in many places of Buddhist Compassion.
All three of the great disciplines of physics, engineering and mathematics have been inherent in the Western psyche since the beginning of beginnings. However, they come down to us in a watered down misshapen form, the result of non-empirical dogmatic religious persecution and outright destruction. Thus they exist now separated from our natural inquiry into the nature of self, Universe, birth and death, except in the shallowest and naive of forms. The earlier practices were codified in the Dark Ages and only faintly recorded from millennia past in old texts such as the Hermetica that have been corrupted by religious dogma.
The most fundamental empiricism, the most profound inquiry cannot ignore the problem of the nature of self and The Nature of The Universe.
Throw God into it, and you have a reflection of The Self to deal with and argue about. Drop God out of it and you drop The Self and a lot of useless arguments.
Psychology has used Western scientific traditions in an attempt to validate itself.
Western mind is the mind of creation, the mind of immersing our self into the Universe trough our work and dreams. The highest dream of humanity is to free all sentient beings from the endless cycle of suffering they find themselves in. This highest dream is called in Zen, “The mind that seeks The Way.”