We can do very little without concentrating on what we are doing. The capacity to concentrate is needed by a surgeon and a sniper, a tea lady and captain of industry, a charity worker and a member of the House of Commons alike. We can do little without an ability to focus on what we are doing, so teaching people to focus on what they are doing will help both the wicked and the good to achieve their goals.
So mindfulness, being a means to develop the capacity to concentrate, is naturally going to be a mind-training tool that can be used to enhance the capacity to do all sorts of things. We should, therefore, take great care not to teach it to those who would do wicked things!
Some who have taught this method as part of a tradition wisely warn us that we should be careful with the precious tools that they are making available to the world today. Being practitioners of many years and respected teachers of the wisdom they have embodied through their practice, they are clearly concerned for the greater good. Surely we should respect their wisdom and listen to their advice!
What is this “mindfulness” that is being taught?