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Pregnant tourists and the birthright controversy

A reminder that the history of race and the history of immigration in America overlaps and diverges on crucial issues.  The 14th Amendment and what it means to us now.



What happens to you

when you get squeezed by pressure, by work, life, relationships, external factors?  How do you react?

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Barry Schwartz on Wisdom

Too much compassion can cloud judgment, but there is a middle ground.  Discernment of the right moral path depending on the situation.  I realized the other day that in Chinese, the word for law is also the word for path and method: 法.  It’s also the same word for the Buddhist concept of dharma.

Beautiful.  The law in this sense is closer to what in English might be natural law, organic law (in the non-legal jargon sense), knowing the way through wisdom from empathy, lived experience and thus more flexible than anything written in stone.  It’s not just procedure for the sake of procedure, or even procedure for the sake of order, but for the attainment of an ethical goal.

MLK weekend thoughts

1) Discipline as a pre-requisite for succeeding (is succeeding necessarily getting what you want?).  From someone’s FB/Twitter feed:

Now power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, and economic change.
What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
2) Small, invisible communities that you would never be aware of unless you were a part of them.
3) Old, gray man with an interesting, singular nose on the subway.  Perfectly angular, bold lines, nostrils that look like leaf shaped caves.  He was dozing and I couldn’t take my eyes off until he opened his eyes and looked straight at me.  I read somewhere that people have a sixth sense for being watched.
4) Dancing with strangers, touching, not always pleasant, complicated, eliciting a series of minute, muscular emotions, like all experiences can.
5) Sometimes disappointment.  Working hard hard hard and sometimes seeing only slow progress.  Is the answer to work harder, or just differently?  Maybe it is to relax and not see failure or success as an indictment of character/worth.
6) Envy.  Envy is unavoidable.  Be kind.  Be attentive.  To be attentive is to be kind.  At base that is what people want from others.  Be generous – maybe that’s a partial answer to envy.
7) Equanimity.  Indifference is the enemy of equanimity.