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In my own experience, he is not wrong about the ways in which regularly reading the news can weigh down one’s spirit, fostering not only anger or despair, but also a certain degree of jadedness to the suffering one reads about.
But, given that I teach and do research in the fields of sociology and global studies, I actually need to read the news nearly daily to remain properly informed about developments in areas I study and to teach my classes well.
On a number of occasions, in sangha and on retreats and days of mindfulness, I have talked with other practitioners about these difficulties.
On the one hand, some have told me that they deal with these challenges by simply not speaking of such contentious topics at all.
I often ask myself, How do I remain compassionate when criticizing others?
Can we criticize others without disparaging or demonizing them, especially when we speak of them perpetuating injustices and other forms of harm to others?
I trust that you will give this idea the kind of serious consideration it deserves. With deep gratitude for your dedicated service to our state and country, Robb Kushner In addition to the letter, the following practice statement from ARISE (Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity) is very relevant to this topic.In atoning for these twin atrocities that have been an integral part of our history, we can send a message to the world and to all future generations that we are indeed fully dedicated to the immortal declaration that “all [people] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” We are truly a nation of immigrants, and this has always been our key strength and point of uniqueness.