What is considered right livelihood for lay followers are:
“Not doing business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison”.
But if we take a look at the bigger picture, there are many livelihoods can be considered harmful. For example, fried food increases cancer risk, if you are doing furniture business, the flame retardant and/or other chemical in the furniture increases risk of cancer, immune dysfunction and hormone disruption, there are also hormone disruption chemicals in plastic bottles, the list goes on.
Not harming is the essence of Buddhism, in my opinion. But how can you said you are practicing right livelihood, when in fact it’s harmful? Why do some harmfulness are acceptable, what is the basis for that?
Does anyone have any thoughts? Thanks.