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Slow train coming

  The space is pervaded with green, with the chirping of birds and the sweet smell of pollen. We are in the countryside of Dordogne, and it would be difficult for anyone to find a more idyllic setting. In general, I try not to read the news, especially here, but whenever I do, that idyllic image is replaced by another one: the slow train, picking up speed downhill. The machine engineers are incompetent and instead of stopping it and repairing the faults with care, they keep on loading it with coal. Its lights are on in the darkness; they illuminate only the small patch in front, so the passengers could see the end, but only in a fashion.  Why are we in a such a hurry to destroy our civilisation? Do we have so much that we are bored with it? There was this boredom in the air before the epidemic in 2020. I had the feeling that people, especially the young ones, were waiting eagerly for something to happen. Anything. Just not that day after day boredom. They were trying to shake it off –

Some words of politics

Thus, whereas religion requires that people must improve internally and morally, and accordingly generally maintains a certain realism and patience about the speed of such transformation (over a period of one or a number of lives), political ideology, acknowledging no inner life and no future lives, demands immediate obedience. It is thus willing to punish ideological non- conformity severely. It categorises people into sinner and saved – now re-christened ‘correct’ and ‘incorrect’ – just as swiftly and confidently as any old-time Puritan preacher. It polices all signs and manifestations of ideological non-conformity with the zeal of any Inquisitor. Lama Jampa Thaye Buddhism in Exile


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