Monday, December 12, 2016

So, in the final analysis, it doesn't really matter.  Nothing really matters.

So what if America just elected a real-estate-mogul-cum-reality-tv-star with absolutely no governing experience to be its president, a man who ran a scorched-earth, smear campaign of divisiveness against Hispanics, women, and Muslims (others, too, but I'm trying to keep it brief here), who is so arrogant that he doesn't feel a need to attend daily intelligence briefings ("I'm really smart"), who China has already accused of acting "impulsively," who Russia already is playing like a pawn and has in their back pocket (there's a theory that Putin is actually developing him as informant), who has nominated climate-science deniers to the EPA, the Department of the Interior and the Energy Department, whose Education nominee is opposed to public schools, whose HUD nominee has already acknowledged that he's spectacularly unqualified for the position, who is likely to place some appallingly inappropriate zealot to the Supreme Court, and who, given all indications about the hawkish generals with whom he's surrounded, his temperament, and his astonishingly bad judgement, is showing every indication that he's going to get us into a nuclear war, there's little we can do about it at this point.

The question the Buddha asked is not whether what happens to us in the world is fair or just or kind, but how we deal with it. Do we increase our own suffering by indulging in anger and hatred, complaining that the world is not fair?  Or do we allow the suffering of those around us to increase by passively doing nothing and allowing the forces of oppression and intolerance to crush those they despise?

The Buddha pointed to a middle way between these two extremes, and left it to us to find our own path on the way.  

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