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Enlightenment Questions - Question From Cindy

Dear Tathagata

I see the present bad state of the world and often fall into deep depression, because I am so disappointed about peoples wrong behavior and attitudes. I find it hard to see any good in the world and I just see greed, dishonesty and deceitfulness. I just live each day as it comes and I find it very hard to motivate myself to do anything as I am always struggling against bad people. I run a business which sells other businesses, however the people who want to sell their business always want to exaggerate the facts and figures also - and if I refuse then they take their business elsewhere. So my question is - is it wrong for me to exaggerate things in order to get more business and be successful - or would I be deceiving people ?

Thank You Cindy


Answer from Tathagata

Dear Cindy

If you have to agony about this, I believe that your conscience still works. Isn't it a normal desire of human beings that he estimates highly of the value or merit of his possessions? Virtually, this is business. So when you introduce something to a purchaser ,say to him.-"A seller says like this about it. If you are serious why don't you confirm what the seller says?" Of course, you should advise carefully. It will depends on who do you deal with.

Afterall, what you pointed out is a sort of habitual practice,so we can not say it is good or bad. This is obviously a cheating on legal sense, but people always speak of their best days. What can you do as a middleman? So, you don't need to worry about this problem because you are just a middleman and your role is to convey what a seller says. It's up to a purchaser to verify and judge the conditions.

Tathagata