The Buddhist Perspective on Cause and Condition
|The Value of Impermanence
Most people do not like the idea of impermanence. The impermanence of life brings fear; the impermanence of relationships brings sorrows. The world is impermanent, going through stages of becoming, existence, decay, and extinction. Everything is impermanent and as unreal as someone’s imagination. Thus, when the subject of impermanence is brought up, most people feel it is passive, pessimistic, and meaningless. If we look at impermanence from another angle, it is active and dynamic. To understand the value of impermanence, we have to look at it from the following angles:
Impermanence brings us hope. --- The definition of impermanence is that good can turn bad and bad can become good. It can bring us boundless hope; it lets us treasure what is good and improve what is bad. For example, it does not matter if we are poor; poverty is impermanent. If we work hard, we can succeed one day! If we become wealthy one day, our understanding of impermanence would help us learn to treasure our blessings. We know that if we do not value and preserve our wealth, our wealth, even an enormous one, can disappear. On the emotional level, one would appreciate others’ love and friendship. It does not matter even if others have ill feelings toward us. If we can change the cause of the hostility, there is still hope for a good friendship in the future.
Thus, the value of impermanence is as follows: