I think this is especially pertinent in Singapore - some people have described Singaporeans as complaint kings, frequently showing dissatisfaction and thinking that there things should be done better.
How then should a Buddhist behave regarding complaints?
Master Sheng Yen has his advice:
Some pointers I picked out:
- As a Buiddhist, it is best not to complain
- If there is a problem, rather than complaining, one can report it, have it discussed, ask how to handle it or make a suggestion. There are lots of channels for expressing what you want to say
- Complaining doesn’t help the situation but only makes you suffer more
- On facing complaints or criticism, one should be very happy as someone is pointing your faults and allowing you to grow from it. It will make you a healthier and happier person
- Someone finding fault with me shows that the person has not given up on me, we should thank them.
- This helps us in our journey to become Bodhisattvas when we cultivate patience.