Everyone uses tools that are deemed beneficial or they wouldn’t have been developed. But that doesn’t mean they are the right tools. If a tool is truly right it will never ever cause suffering to oneself or others.
One can only use the tools that have been developed to react to life situation. Whatever ones that have been developed to cope with life whether it be alcohol, drugs, anger, programs, therapy, medication, suicide, cutting, fantasizing, success, wealth, poverty, race, greed, envy, false pride, religion, tv, politics, sex, food, and so on, they are only used because they’re thought to be beneficial. So if ones developed tools stop being a benefit, new ones will need to be developed that are more beneficial. If no new ones are developed, the old ones in place will be used again and again. There is no way around this.
You will know when you are using beneficial tools because they will never cause you or anyone else to suffer. And what is meant by a beneficial tool is reflected in the actions that manifest. If there is conflict within that causes conflict with others something isn’t right. Beneficial tools will never cause conflict because that would equate to suffering.
This is key in understanding truth. Live any way you want, but the misgivings in one’s life are from the tools that have been developed and unfortunately most of them cause one’s own suffering. The measurement if one’s tools are truly beneficial is in the attachment to them. Attachment is the cause of all suffering so it is a true gauge that can be used. Self investigation is also a tool, matter of fact every reaction one has is the result of a developed tool.
Not many people will develop the tool of quietness to see that it is the most beneficial tool available, so alcohol, drugs, anger, programs, therapy, medication, suicide, cutting, fantasizing, success, wealth, poverty, race, greed, envy, false pride, religion, tv, politics, sex, food, and so on, will be used because they are what’s most readily available. And although some will actually make one think they are beneficial because they are being compared to some previous tool that caused suffering, if the results aren’t from the quietness within, they are just another made up story to make one think they know what the right tool is. The right tool never has to be defended. All one needs to ask is how can something truly be right if it’s not beneficial to all?
The right tool will never ever cause suffering to oneself or others, this is a fact. It can’t because it is based in the quietness of love. Tools that are based in attachment to satisfy oneself cause suffering and this occurs regardless if one thinks they are the right ones. Love doesn’t attach or ever cause suffering, nor do one’s developed tools if they are the right ones.