Earlier I was writing a response to you but due to a transient internet glitch, my post did not make it.
To be honest with you, i was taken aback by Gregory's original post at ZFI which I believe was appropriately responded to by Lisa Mann. I feel greatly for both the Jewish and German communities. Not only for past attrocities but also for present trivialisations which add insult to injury. Let's not ever forget what Hitler was responsible for.
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Really, what can be gained by contemplating one's "inner Hitler"? To me, it seems like an exercise in imagination, speculation and projection, an exercise in distracting ourselves from the main game (if we're Buddhists), by practicing sila and the development of samadhi and panna. And the development of panna, bhavana-maya-panna, wisdom arrived at from penetrative insight into the nature of mind and matter, is from observing reality as it is
, not as you would like it to be nor, as you imagine it to be.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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