I can’t just ignore this Manchester suicide bombing and go about my business. There’s so much negativity and horror in the world right now, including terror, of course, but also a level of greed, inequality, and power-abuse that just keeps growing.
There is much beauty as well, and a growing, robust resistance such that I feel increasingly connected to others who feel as I do about things, so I’m definitely not saying all is lost.
The other day, I gave this commencement speech to the graduates of Columbia University School of Social Work (which was where I got my PhD lo these many years ago). To be in the same room with all of those graduates and their professors, all of whom are part of the solution, was tremendously uplifting, and that’s a very real part of life too.
Buddhism teaches us that such dualities are omnipresent, and the enlightened life accepts that and tries to seek balance. But there’s no denying that in so many spheres of life right now, the balance is way off.
OK, we’re back live, trying to block the evil and elevate the good. More to come…