Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Will I think like this at age 70?

I found out some time ago, that a "friend" who is quite close to me personally, made an election choice that I felt was a little strange.  This "friend" is a male, over 60, with a high school education, and had built a life working hard in a bureaucratic post with the state and city.  Of course this is the exact demographic that voted for our current administration.  I felt that this person's election choice was strange because, without regard to who is a Republican and who is a Democrat, ultimately your party affiliations do not matter for a presidential election once you are in the polling booth, you are voting for a person or personality.  Why a strange choice then?  Well the person elected has absolutely nothing in common (beyond being a male and over 60) with this "friend".  There is little in common between the two individuals beyond gender and age.

So I then asked this "friend", why did you vote the way you did?  The answer was just as curious.  The "friend" replied, "he wanted change".  I pressed further, "change what?", the answer: "everything".  This from an individual who does not like change.  Who is a creature of habit.  Who refuses to acknowledge that someone who is 20-something years old may have a contribution to make to a discussion, because someone that young brings in "different ideas and thinking".  I pointed all of this out, and was met with silence.  Being me, I had to push buttons.  I said, "you know...what if all of this change brings about catastrophe?  What if, we are faced with attacks on our way of life from outside that causes our system to break down, and WE are faced with something like martial law or worse?".  My "friends" response was chilling:  "I don't care, I am old already, I won't be around.".

Thursday, January 19, 2017

So thanks 2016, but good riddance...

I have decided to scale back greatly on my thoughts, especially personal ones on Facebook, because after all, I represent a temple...and must be somewhat careful in what I say on social media.  Having said that, part of being Buddhist, also means that you must be true to yourself.  If your own inner child is a kind of a*****e, well maybe you should keep your mouth shut in public and only open it amongst friends.  But by all means, please share with the people who care and love you whatever is on your mind.  If you can't do that, there is no point in engaging with people on any level.

So please  know that this blog is personal, does not reflect in any way or form the stance of the organization I am head of, and before some of you start saying that NO...WHAT YOU SAY DOES INFLUENCE AND AFFECT YOUR TEMPLE.  Let me be the first to tell you that people say whatever they feel like to me, very rarely take my advice, and otherwise ignore my musings as the ravings of a person disenchanted with the world.  In short, they didn't hear me before, they don't hear me now.  If you don't like what I have to say, or feel that I may write something that hurts your eyes, by all means don't read my blog.  Not hear to get a google or yelp review...I will leave that for the professionals.

With that, I wish all of you a very happy and healthy New Year!  For all of those people who I encountered who have said to me:  "Last year was the worst one ever for me!"  I will leave you, dear readers, with my standard reply:  "If you are reading this right now, you survived it wasn't the worse one for you by far."