Life is suffering. This is a teaching in Buddhism. Suffering, pain, despair, sorrow, all this is a part of life just as their opposites are. But people rarely complain about joy, feeling great, happiness, and contentment. As I understand it, Buddhism was calling attention to emotion and our attachment to it. This too shall pass. Buddhism also teaches impermanence, i.e. nothing is permanent, nothing remains the same, change happens all the time whether we notice it or not. Things happen. In Buddhism, these things are neither good nor bad, they just are. And they too shall pass.
During the last two weeks since my last post, I have watched American politics as if watching a cheap entertainment pandering to an ignorant and uncaring audience. I have been speechless and appalled. What could I possibly say or do in the face of this power-hungry and incredibly narcissistic onslaught? I've been thinking of the Republicans as members of the Greedy (for power) Old (as in over 65 years old) Male Party (GOMP) who view women as inferior, stupid beings to be used for sexual entertainment, proof of virility, and servants to their every whim and wish. They also fear and hate women because women have sexual power over them (as if men are incapable of controlling themselves).
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Where are the women? Women make up 51% of the population. If you add the percentages of men who are minorities, poor, disabled, and in the LGBT community, I'd guess that's a good 60% to 65% of the population. Isn't it time that these groups begin working together for democracy and a society that values, respects, and dignifies every person (not just White Men)?
A man who assaults another man is not the victim of the assault, the man he assaulted is. But if a man assaults a woman, i.e. sexually assaults her in some way, and she calls him out about it, i.e. asserts her rights as a citizen under American law, all of a sudden the man who assaulted her is the victim? And then another man mocks the woman for asserting her rights? How did those men get away with that? Because of the GOMPers.
Take note: we are now living what George Orwell only imagined, and what Sinclair Lewis so richly and incredibly (at the time) wrote about. The men in power have deluded themselves into believing that what they are doing is good for America, good for democracy. They claim they are making America great again, but the problem was that America had not lost its greatness until they came along.
This too shall pass. Nothing is permanent. But what is on the other side?