This article came from Marney Morrison on Facebook.
“Phap Dung also points to the Buddhist teaching of interdependence: that people we perceive as our greatest enemies can be our greatest teachers, because they show aspects of ourselves that we find unpalatable and give us the chance to heal.“We have the wrong perception that we are separate from the other,” he said. “So in a way Trump is a product of a certain way of being in this world so it is very easy to have him as a scapegoat. But if we look closely, we have elements of Trump in us and it is helpful to have time to reflect on that.” ”
This stuff is easier said than done. I was a bully in the sandbox when I was pre-kindergarten, and continued to be bullyish or bossy for years. What is hard to reconcile in Donald Trump, is that his behaviors seem both vile and juvenile. And when he runs around shredding our fragile and incomplete safety net, he will kill people, and cause great suffering amongst many of the least powerful members or our society. His actions against illegal immigrants will create an open season on taking advantage of these vulnerable workers, as articulated in a NTY article I will post very soon.