Thomas Jefferson once wrote:
"I have sworn upon an altar of God, eternal hostility
against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
A nation cannot be both ignorant and free."
The Peale portrait (1791) is here:
Ignorance is the cause of much suffering.
Oh, I know, desire (or craving) are the cause of suffering. Craving POWER, craving wealth, craving recognition - in short, being a paranoid republican.
Why are Buddhists happier?
Because they CAN be.
Why are most republicans miserable?
Because they are ignorant.
And in their ignorance, they can never be free. Pity the ignorant, pity the republican.
The Milanda Panna is a famous work of Buddhist literature, probably compiled in the 1st century B.C. It presents Buddhist doctrine in a dialogue between a Bactrian Greek,Menander I, who plays the 'Devil's Advocate' and a Buddhist sage, Nagasena. The introduction outlines the historical background against which the dialogues took place, indicating the meeting of two great cultures that of ancient Greece and the Buddhism of the Indus valley, which was the legacy of the great Emperor Asoka.