Since about October, I have struggled a little with balancing our new ‘reality’ with some of my Buddhist way of thinking. “Things are happening as they should and I need not interfere” is kind of the gist I came away with during my studies. In fact I spend quite a bit of time with my therapist discussing that balance between life, and a fulfilling life. You know, the whole Buddhist “root of all my trouble is wanting” idea. Yet I want things to change. So much. So much more every day.
I want Trump–No. Not impeached. No, poor man is sick. I’d like him put in a small hospital room for the rest of his life. A soft room with bars and bullet-proof glass on the windows, the gentle light of a tv as it plays The Apprentice on endless loops. I’m all for hiring the handicapped, but the man is absolutely certifiably delusional.
I know a little about delusional from personal experience. I know he truly believes what he says. I know he doesn’t think we’re stupid. He doesn’t think of us at all. He truly believes he is entitled to anything or anyone any time he wants. He believes it when he says he thinks he’s doing a swell job, and accomplished so much in so little time. His claims of being prosecuted. The ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ fit in perfectly in the life and mind of the delusional. You must buy into his delusion, or you are the enemy.
His brief press conference of yesterday has only hardened my resolve to be involved. He thinks he’s a 5 year old and can stomp all over your sand castle if he wants, just because it was better than his. He is still that spoiled, confused child. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a lot of sympathy, but just thinking about him that way makes me a little less angry, but a lot more scared.
I want us to get rid of Trump (and the rest of his swamp creatures if at all possible) as soon as possible. It becomes obviously more urgent every day. You did see at least some of his so-called press conference? And still, there is this niggling feeling that I maybe shouldn’t interfere. Shouldn’t be involved. Maybe I’m just trying to find an excuse to stay in my own corner, complain and pass along worrisome memes. It’s much easier not be involved.
Then today I read this article out of the Huffington Post: They posed this question:
What can Zen Buddhism teach us about the art of effective activism in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency?
to Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen master who has been a social and environmental activist for since his early days protesting the Vietnamese War. This article addresses the issue of balancing Buddhist thinking with activism.
The article quotes from his book At Home in the World where he says:
“Mindfulness must be engaged. Once we see that something needs to be done, we must take action. Seeing and action go together. Otherwise, what is the point in seeing?”
“Nonviolence is not a set of techniques that you can learn with your intellect,” he goes on to say. “Nonviolent action arises from the compassion, lucidity and understanding you have within.”
This article finally set to rest my qualms over my level of involvement. And I hope I can bring his teachings of non-violent protests with me. I hope we all can. So teachers, parents, and concerned citizens, arm yourselves with the knowledge of peaceful protest and let’s get to work!