Wednesday, February 29, 2012


"Contrary to what we may believe there are only two authentic core emotions: they are love and fear. Other emotions are secondary and are typically masks for fear. Of these, anger is very common. Although we may have come to regard anger as a source emotion, it is really a smokescreen for fear. When we look at our anger, we can always find fear buried beneath it. In our culture we are trained to believe that it's unwise to show fear. We erroneously believe that expressing such vulnerability will permit others to take advantage of us. Yet the fear is there nonetheless..."

"If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" 

- Alexander Solzhenitsyn , The Gulag Archipelago

"The new war against terrorism, like the long-standing tension between Israel and the Palestinians, and like many earlier conflicts among Jews, Christians and Muslims, can be viewed as an Abrahamic civil war. 

These encounters are so violent and so difficult to resolve not only because they draw on old historical tensions, but because the opponents seem to share

some very similar views about the struggle between good and evil.

This essay originates in the curious fact that the al-Qaeda understanding of good and evil — the need for a holy war against evil — is also emphasized by the administration of George W Bush." 

Excerpted from: 
Getting Beyond Good vs Evil
A Buddhist Perspective
on the New Holy War by
By David Loy

Koyoto Journal #51, August 2002

The complete article can be found here, its very insightful, especially considering the date it was written:


  1. A question, please. The very first is from whom?


    1. The article at the link says in the footnote the quote is from Mel Schwartz.


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