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Archive for the ‘Buddhism’ Category

Nemesis v. Enemy–Some Lund Thoughts

Posted by tdepp on January 13, 2009

Unfortunately, my blogosphere spat with “retired” KELOLAND anchor Doug Lund has hit the Main Stream Media.  The Rapid City Journal’s The Fives today picks up on Pat Powers’ coverage on SD War College from yesterday of Doug’s attempt at Randell Beckian “humor.”

Basically, Lund made up a bunch of crap that he thinks South DaCola’s Scott Ehrisman and I would say to each other.  It was childish, untrue, and without any real news peg.  I had responded on Lund’s blog on KELOLAND about his pesonal attack.  Scott responded with both barrels on his blog at Lund.  Frankly, I was trying to handle my further concerns about this through private means.  But of course, in cyberspace, there is no such thing as “private.”

Which led me to think about something I had read some time ago about having an enemy and having a nemesis.

Your enemy hates you and would step on your neck.  Your nemesis competes with you and might even try to screw you over, but when push comes to shove, they’ll help you out in a pinch.

I’d consider Steve “Sibby” Sibson at Sibby Online a nemesis.  He gives me hell on a fairly regular basis.  Sometimes I think what he writes about me is very mean and sometimes just plain kooky.  And sometimes I’ll let Steve have it back.  But I wish Steve no ill will and I think he wishes me none.  We just have different world views.  And we’re kind of like a couple of teenagers who like to tease each other, sometimes past the point of what is really polite.

In fact, I think we actually kind of like each other.  Steve and I hunted together in 2007 at Nic Nemec’s place near Holabird and had a great time together.  We’ve met at other times and had pleasant conversations.  I know if I were stranded by the side of the road, I know he’d help me.  And I’d do the same for him.

With Lund, unfortunately, I’m afraid I’d have to place him in the enemy category.  He seems full of hate and anger towards me.  I’m not sure where it comes from.  I was never wild about his skills as an anchor or journalist but my own view of Lund never really rose to dislike.  More like, not caring.  Lund was just there then he was sort of gone.  Obviously, the feeling is not mutual for Lund.   He has some sort of jones for the Toddmeister.  Go figure.  I’m not all that damn interesting or powerful.

And admittedly, I am not without sin. I’ve sometimes gone too far, been too bitter, and written without mindfulness and proportion in my own blogging toward others.  Like Lund, I’m not perfect either.  But I am working on it.

So, Doug, no rant back at you.  I simply feel sorry for you that you are so full of vitriol. I hope you find some peace in your life.  Namaste.  

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To Just Be

Posted by tdepp on January 11, 2009

After years of thinking I have to become I’m going to just try and be for a while.

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A Little Buddhist Thought on the Economy

Posted by tdepp on January 11, 2009

I try not to use Buddhism to make political points.  One can be a Democrat Buddhist or a Republican Buddhist.  I don’t pretend to know what political party the Buddha would belong to.  I’m guessing he’d be an independent.

But I came across a posting on The Middle Way that attempted to explain the economic mess we’re in from a Buddhist perspective.  Here’s an excerpt:

The current global economic crisis is easily understood through a
Buddhist framework. The institutions saw the world as self and other.
They saw, and see, it as something to “win”. They focused on Profits
and the Trickle Down Theory of economics.

Buddhism teaches us about no self, no other. It teaches us that the “I” thing we grasp isn’t real.
It opens us to the world of interconnectedness and interrelatedness.
That’s all well and good but the thing is, we’re here now.

I would distill it even further in Buddhist thought.  We’re in the soup economically because of a lack of mindfulness.  We at the micro level and those at the macro level didn’t pay close attention to economic decisions.  When you make a bad or take out an ill advised loan, it’s eventually going to come home to roost.  Add a little karma to the mix–you reap what you sew–or for every action there is a reaction–we have some problems.

Just something to think about.

Namaste.

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