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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Tell us, oh Palpatine, "What is Good?" - 17oct21

His preceptor asked,

“What is best in life?”

to which Conan, the Barbarian, responded,

“To crush your enemies,

to see them driven before you,

and to hear the lamentation of their women!”

Far too often

it is the most ruthless who seize for themselves

the greatest wealth and power.

Thus armed

they legislate their greed,

call it patriotism,

and condemn all

who fail to follow

in their footsteps.

In ancient Rome

compassion was sneered at as weakness.

And a contemporary evangelical author

has railed against empathy.

Yet both the Buddha and Lao Tzu

endorsed the path of love

while neuroscience teaches us

that as mammals we are literally wired for empathy.

Why then do we persist

in embracing

the psychopathic ideal?

Let us conclude

with a simple

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