There’s an honesty to the Trump era: For the first time, we’re realizing there really is no one in charge.
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help.” —Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
“In our own world as we become more aware of the effects of technology on psychic formation and manifestation, we are losing all confidence in our right to assign guilt. Ancient prehistoric societies regard violent crime as pathetic. The killer is regarded as we do a cancer victim. ‘How terrible it must be to feel like that,’ they say.” —Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media
“Sometimes, through non-action, we can help more than if we do a lot. Like a calm person on a small boat during a storm, just by being there we can change the situation.”
What does it say about us that we see, say, Ann Coulter primarily as a threat and not as someone to be pitied?