Nathan Thompson reflects on some of the vicious and destructive comments by people who are against the building of a Cordoba House mosque and Islamic cultural Center near Ground Zero in New York.
Over the years, I’ve struggled to not run a litany of judgments through my mind about that couple and their kids. Until a month ago, I’d never said a single word to any of them. Then the wife turned to me, as I was working on a blog post, and said “Aren’t you that guy who goes to that Buddhist place?”
All of this has me thinking about mistakes in life, particularly the beautiful mistakes, the things that we would not seek to take back or regret, but also the mistakes we can’t come to terms with.
What the hell does Che Guevara, the infamous Cuban revolutionary, have to do with Buddhism? I’m guess it’s probably never been on the radar for most of you, and I’m also imagining that the very mention of the name sparks powerful reactions for some of you.