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The Natural State of Paranoia

There’s being foolishly naïve, and then there’s being cautiously trusting of others, and then there’s being skeptical but intelligent about it, and then there’s being cynical, followed by being bitter and holding a grudge against the world. The next step … Continue reading

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Being Stunned Once Too Often

The only reason people write about current events, and about the national or international politics that underlie them – along with how centuries of history and shifting social norms and odd economic trends play their part in what seems to … Continue reading

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Trapped in Nonsense

No one in the Western World – always capitalized because we take ourselves so seriously – takes Buddhism seriously. Buddhists are pleasant folks but harmless, intentionally so, and that’s the problem. Western religions are fine with causing harm, in a … Continue reading

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In a Handful of Dust

The kids were smart, but they weren’t that smart – they were high school seniors at an exclusive prep school in upstate New York, but still raw and new. There wasn’t much point in asking them to make sense of … Continue reading

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The Limits of Perpetual Anger

The sixties weren’t all peace, love and understanding. In spite of the beads and flowers and affected mellowness, the left was pretty angry – at that unspeakable immoral and fundamentally stupid war in Vietnam, and at those who ginned it … Continue reading

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A Way of Seeing Things

Christmas Eve, 1998, was the strange one – sitting quietly in the hospital room in Pittsburgh, with the parents each in their separate beds, each drifting in an out of consciousness – and accepting that. They’d be back at the … Continue reading

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