[A note to the reader: I am not writing to reflect on the details of Sandy Hook but rather how we react to tragedy. I may modify this entry to be more specific in the future but have avoided it due to the acute emotional trauma and the fact that so many are covering the details]
We go about our day, distracted with thoughts, observations, opinions and lists. Suddenly, something shocks us out of it. A bad driver, a missed exit, lightning, news of an environmental disaster. Each one of these things invokes an emotion and pulls us from the minutia and noise of our internal dialogue. That emotion tends to manifest differently between an act of nature versus something done by a human. We tend to become angered when someone Continue reading
Posted in Buddhism, Self
Tagged community, conflict, conscience, duty, empathy, evil, fear, human condition, in and out group, justice, mindfulness, Newtown, politics, Sandy Hook, struggle, violence, worry
We live in a world of shiny things that distract us from being in the here and now. The large majority of us toil in what society says is an undesirable life. We are told that with hard work or inexorable reinvestment in a highly improbable chance machine, we would be welcomed in to the desirable world where happiness and satisfaction awaits.
In the mean time, Continue reading
Posted in Green
Tagged democrat, duty, election, fear, Green, Green Party, Occupy, politics, progress, progressive, struggle, vote
This morning I was linked this video on gas exploration for potential fracking in Australia and something struck me.
While watching, and listening to the heartfelt speech I recalled something Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms had said of Smithfield and their treatment of pigs. He said something to the effect ‘If they treat their pigs so horribly, you can bet they’ll treat the people horribly too.’ It was Continue reading