The “culture war” is work avoidance. It keeps our attention away from the reality that our democracy is weakening when people in elected office follow guidance of the billionaires and not the best interest of their constituents. Instead of addressing this difficult challenge, there is hyperbole about the natural tension between moving forward as a pluralistic society and preserving our traditions. These tensions will always exist. Politicians who use the culture war to fire up their conservative base are doing a disservice to the USA.
Author Archives: KRS-10
Fierce Grace in 2018: Bryan Stevenson
More than 4,300 men, women and children were lynched by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. As America’s first memorial and museum dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people opens in Montgomery, Alabama, Guardian US chief reporter Ed Pilkington meets founder and racial justice lawyer Bryan Stevenson.
“…grace is spiritual WD-40”
12 truths I learned from life and writing
A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.
…how vital it is for all of us to listen to all the sounds of this unhappy nation. What suffering has led to the anger and hatred that has arisen? And, why are so many of us surprised at this outpouring? Perhaps we have not been listening to the cries of the world with ears of wisdom and determination. – by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Village Zendo
I caught this quote from Lions Roar. It was a piece by Rod Mead Sperry that gathered responses from Buddhist teachers about Trump’s win in the 2016 Presidential election.
Listen, Connect to Others, Do Something, and Listen : repeat.
I feel called to embody compassion and empathy. I will do this whilst I grieve the loss of momentum. The progress I thought we were making was to limit the over-sized influence of the financial services industry and the military industrial complex.
Now the oligarchs are in charge and that should concern all of us who are not in the top 1%.
“The art of progress…
“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order”
Alfred North Whitehead, American philosopher
Guide for spiritual activists
One time the Buddha told a king, “You should be just, you should be fair, and you should be generous.” But the king forgot to be generous and so people started going hungry and they started stealing. Then the Buddha said to the king, “The point is not to start making laws against theft. The point is to look at why people are hungry.”
So that is the prompt: Look deeper. Look at all the causes and conditions. But that kind of assessment is so rarely applied in this country. – Sharon Salzberg, excerpt from Lionsroar interview
Lord Give Me the Confidence…
Chorus, from the Cure of Troy
Human beings suffer.
They torture one another.
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured.
History says, Don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.
So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that the farther shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells.
Call miracle self-healing,
The utter self-revealing
Double-take of feeling,
If there’s fire on the mountain
And lightening and storm
And a god speaks from the sky
That means someone is hearing
The outcry and the birth-cry
Of new life at its term.
It means once in a lifetime
That justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.
- Seamus Heaney
Zerlina Maxwell, thank you for your fierce grace
“You were drinking. You were drinking. What did you expect?”
…you need to make your move now. You need to stand alongside survivors and you need to be allies in public. I know it is easy to be cynical. I know. But I’m optimistic because campaigns, like the one from UCLA, are shifting the conversation away from what women can do to prevent their rapes and onto the behaviors of the potential rapists.
Shared Responsibility Starts with Personal Responsibility
Please give me feedback! This is an idea I’m interested in understanding more deeply. Let me know if my take on it is crazy or not. Thanks!