War and politics

Shotoku Taishi by Kogan Zenji, Wikipedia Commons, public domain

It’s getting harder to distinguish politics from war. Participants in both talk about campaigns, battlegrounds, and victors. I imagine that those candidates who are complaining they lost because their national parties didn’t send money consider themselves collateral damage.

A week later hard feelings still overwhelm voters on both sides and some of us wonder if this election vitriol will ever end.

I intended to write a short blog in honor of Veteran’s Day using a quote from Shotoku Taishi, Japanese politician and Buddhist scholar who lived from 524 to 622. When I first read the quote I thought not only of war, but of the presidential campaign. However, Veteran’s Day came and went without my posting it. Yesterday, a friend who was feeling battered by Facebook post-election political commentary asked me to put it up.

“Let us cease from wrath and refrain from angry looks. Nor let us be resentful when others differ from us. For all men have hearts, and each heart has its own leanings. Their right is our wrong, and our right is their wrong. We are not unquestionably sages, nor are they unquestionably fools. Both of us are simply ordinary man. How can anyone lay down a rule by which to distinguish right from wrong? For we are all, one with another, wise and foolish, like a ring which has no end.”

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About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness.
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One Response to War and politics

  1. Marc Brenman says:

    Too relativistic to me. Many of the Republican positions in the campaign just passed were clearly wrong.

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