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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 –

Merry Christmas!

I am drinking my warm Glögg wine (a novelty), listening to Dylan’s Christmas album, which we always do on Christmas Day, and I am thinking of faith. Being a Buddhist does not make me insensitive to the beauty and compassion of the religion, which has created almost everything of any value in our modern western world. And I am thinking, or dreaming, of a time in which all religious people will unite and stand against the madness of modernity, against the utter self-gratification and selfishness of our present; I am dreaming of the time in which all religious people will realise, that even if they are not the same, all good religions in the world have, up to a point, similar paths. Love, peace, compassion, devotion—aren’t those what most religions teach to their devotees? And even if the object of devotion differs, giving oneself up to a higher being, the emotion, that is the same. The love and compassion, innate to human beings, is the same.

With this in mind, I would like to wish all my Christian friends a Merry Christmas! However, as I am fully aware that not many Christians will be reading this, I would simply say ‘Merry Christmas to me’!


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