It Is Rare to Be Born A Human Being

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This nightmare still isn’t over yet. I keeping hoping the end will come soon, but I still hear the screaming and yelling around me. I had a nice walk with Savannah this morning, but I was so upset from last night, that I think I exhausted myself. My husband and I are still not able to really talk to each other about this, and some days it bothers me more than others. 

Sometimes I think that no one has any idea what I go through on a daily basis. Probably because I’ve never actually spoken to anyone about what it is like – at least not at any length. I get angry because it doesn’t seem like anyone cares enough to talk to me about it. Every day I make an effort and try not to listen or pay attention to the voices of S and the others that I hear (both inside and outside my head). I make a conscious effort to tune them out, but often their constant babbling and screaming is infuriating. 

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Hearing their voices in my head, combined with the harassment and the fact that they follow me where ever I go (along with large numbers of other people) makes for a bizarre, surreal reality. The fact that no one will talk to me about this situation makes it all that much worse. I constantly wonder how this person is allowed to remain on the streets and continue behaving in this horrific manner. The situation is very disturbing – it is certainly beyond belief. 

In a letter written to one of his followers, Nichiren Daishonin writes:

It is rare to be born a human being. The number of those endowed with human life is as small as the amount of earth one can place on a fingernail. Life as a human being is hard to sustain – as hard as it is for the dew to remain on the grass. But it is better to live a single day with honor than to live to 120 and die in disgrace. 

The Three Kinds of Treasure,” WND-1, 851

SGI President Ikeda states: “A long life is not necessarily a good life. What matters is what we leave behind, what kind of value we create and how many people we help become happy.”

Living Buddhism, July 2015 p. 61

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