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via MR, by David Denby, The New Yorker, part of the review of "The Devil Wears Prada":
I'd like to see a film suggesting that you can be the boss without giving up your intellectual ideals, and that the alternative - rejecting power - has its corruptions, too.

via Alex Wright, by Chogyam Trungpa, from "A Buddhist Approach to Politics," 1976:
I think the Buddhist idea of a politician is not so much one of a con man or of a businessman who wins favor with everybody, but someone who simply does what is necessary... I think in this country [the United States], politics are based on a kind of bad-mouthing and trying to speak out, which is all right, but which usually amounts to not knowing what to say; one is just copying someone else's aggression. Then aggression starts to snowball.

From a Buddhist point of view, there is some sense of taking an interest, we could say for the sake of all sentient beings. This means we should take part. This does not mean to say you have to take part in riots or blowing up banks or anything like that. But it means to undertake some kind of process whereby you try as much as possible to at least eliminate the byproducts that you inherit. When you begin to do that, then you begin to have a feeling that a fresh start is taking place.


Blogger Dan said...

Sigh. No contact information. No loink to Cyburbia, despite links to other planning sites. Are we that bad?

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