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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Don't let me be Misunderstood - 15sep21

The Buddha taught

that we each love praise

and each hate scorn,

for nobody wants to be misunderstood,

no less be denied the benefit of the doubt.

But that is exactly what happens,

far too often.

Recall Anakin’s decapitation of Dooku

in “Revenge of the Sith.”

Palpatine claimed he did so out of revenge,

petty and hateful.

But those of us who’ve watched Anakin

in the prequels

and in “The Clone Wars”

know he did so

out of a devotion to the Chancellor,

whom he considered a friend,

whom he loved.

He did so

out of devotion.

Perhaps that is why Eric Burdon of the Animals sang,

“Oh lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood!”

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with a simple

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