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I know we've been over this a few times recently but I think there's more to say. I've been working on mindfully reading the news, in order to get a better grip on where emotive impulses come from. Today's topic was North Korea wanting to achieve "military parity" with the United States.
So what I was reading was that Kim Jong-un wanted to create a situation in which no-one would dare to attack North Korea for fear of nuclear reprisals, and I noticed I was becoming quite angry, that I wanted them to quickly attack North Korea so that they wouldn't become a threat or locking all those poor people into their dictatorship.
Now... I live on the other side of the world, I have no personal connections with Korea except perhaps a fondness for its pottery. But somehow inside I have a little "me" who makes a snap decision about how it should be and then internally says "I know it better, you should do what I say" and then generates anger because all these darn foolish people are not listening. Which gets suppressed.
It's just one of those areas where coming into contact with the real world causes a reaction to manifest which is a challenge to cope with in a Buddhist or loving sense. When the goal is to free oneself from desire, hatred, fear, anxiety, anger and so on it shows we still have a ways to go, but whenever you find something like that it's worthwhile to chase it down. It puts me in mind of the hsin hsin ming...
The Great Way is not difficult
for those not attached to preferences.
When not attached to love or hate,
all is clear and undisguised.
Separate by the smallest amount, however,
and you are as far from it as heaven is from earth.
By Seng-ts'an, third Zen patriarch
Maybe I should meditate more on being non-judgmental...