Trust broken, empowerment renewed – the new Obama legacy


Expectations always lead to attachment, and attachment, the Buddha tells us, leads to suffering. So it is with the faith we put in the man who we expected to be a new kind of president, one who was deliberative and thoughtful, who we thought was compassionate and fair. Indeed, he often exhibits those qualities, personally.… Continue reading Trust broken, empowerment renewed – the new Obama legacy

A verdict to be rendered, votes to be gathered, victory to be won


There is a two part movie analogy to what took place at the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week. One is the the trial drama, where the parade of witnesses for the defense - and the incumbent is always on the defense - testify to the jury of voters, and validate allegiance… Continue reading A verdict to be rendered, votes to be gathered, victory to be won

Elections 2010: A Requiem for Reason


American reason should not be an oxymoron, and irrationality should not be the flame that powers our politics. We are smarter than that. It is hard not to feel, that in a year where candidates use fictional beheadings, claim there is shariya law in American communities, and make hay about some stupid, bong-induced college prank,… Continue reading Elections 2010: A Requiem for Reason