Thursday, May 03, 2012

May Day

Happy belated May Day, comrades!  Better late than, etc.

"The socialist system will eventually replace the capitalist system; this is an objective law independent of man's will.  However much the reactionaries try to hold back the wheel of history, sooner or later revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph." - Mao Tse Tung, "Speech at the Meeting of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution" (November 6, 1957)

In an evening talk, Zen Master Dogen once said, "When we look at the people of the world, men of property inevitably have two kinds of troubles; anger and dishonor. If they have some treasure, others wish to steal it, and when they try to protect it anger immediately arises. Or in talking about some matter, argument and negotiation eventually escalate to conflict and fighting. Proceeding in this way anger will arise and result in dishonor. Being poor and unselfish, releases people from these problems and they find peace. Proof is right in front of our eyes. We don’t need to search for it in the scriptures."

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