A US citizen, I’m sad and exhausted, by what’s happening on both sides of this ideological civil war. In the past week, I’ve been inspired and proud to have the friends I have, but today it just seems sad. My facebook feed does feel an echo chamber of so much hate, outrage.
It seems so many people are blind to the basic hypocrisy of fighting hate with hate, and having a mind so “open” iit can’t tolerate minds which are “closed.” Trumps actions go beyond this, but this happens too.
Isn’t the problem, if we love and accept Trump as he is, the world sure starts looking like an awfully flawed place, the kind of place you probably wouldn’t want to get reborn into again and again? Isn’t greed, hatred and delusion in the world, on a grand scale, inevitable? it’s only on an individual scale where we can work to eliminate these in ourselves and others.
One of the things I have found helpful and beneficial from my practice and study is not feeling so attached and upset by politics, knowing in the big picture, it’s the way of the world, going with the stream, and the Buddha never counceled us (as far as I know) to try to fight our change this, only act ethically and seek the company of others who do the same.
But I sometimes feel pretty alone in the Buddhist world.
Am I missing something?
I’m upset by what’s he’s doing, but equally upset by some of the reactions to what he’s doing.
Now, I am doubting myself enormously, seeing so many flaws and weaknesses in the perspective, but I’m going to post anyway as I believe there’s such a thing as too much silence and restraint in an effort to develop wisdom and right speech, too much fear of being wrong.