There are many fears, on all sides, that have come to the surface. For this, Donald Trump has done us a favor that we can receive with gratitude (but “thanks” is not a vote). Hearts and minds can remain entrenched in narrow hateful thinking if left alone. But when things get stirred up, when the fears […]
In the contested 1924 Democratic National Convention, the deadlock was reported to be because “Everybody was against somebody or some place, but not enough people were for anybody or any place.” It may be considered good that the main conflict that year, KKK influence, ended up being decided with a rejection of the Klan. […]
Love is the willingness to see that we are all in this together. When we decide to come from a place of love, our vision of others expands. Instead of seeing our differences, we see connections. Instead of spending our energies on opposing each other, we have the strength and courage to find compromises and […]
It is sad to hear news reports of protesters and Trump supporters clashing in Chicago. News for everyone, “great” people do not participate in fist fights. “Professional” people do not start attacks. “These people” are not destroying the country, and “those people” are not making the country great. We are arbitrarily diving people into […]
From Twitter: It’s because of love that we practice. — Thich Nhat Hanh (@thichnhathanh) March 11, 2016
We do not know the true appearance of Jesus, and his exact words are subject to the ravages of time and translation, but we do know that Jesus was a firebrand rabbi who preached a message of radical love. What we know of Jesus is that he quoted parts of the Old Testament1 that were […]
It would seem that loving someone who thinks ill of you would make it harder for them to see you as opposition… maybe? There are lots of other reasons to love someone, and we should not strive to annoy anyone, but if they do get annoyed???
I do not exactly know what the title of this post means, but this thought occurred to me while I was studying the ideas of Spinoza tonight. Spinoza wrote of essences and modes and more complications that probably lose much in translation and post-modern framing of such issues. Spinoza was on the right track, but went wrong when he decided that there is nothing in creation worthy of awe. Anyway…
The Buddha taught the truth of suffering. Suffering arises from holding on to views that arise from ignorance of self. Understanding (of self and all else) grows from attaining right perspectives. So many politicians foment false fears. Fears of threats that are exaggerated or imagined. Where does that fear lead? Yoda shows the result of […]
“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.” €• John Steinbeck Steinbeck is perhaps guilty of sexist language, or is acknowledging that hate and lack of understanding is more commonly found among men.