are we paying attention?

are we paying attention?

in 2015 i posted an article written by a historian warning of the trend both in the US and globally toward authoritarianism, fomented by “strong men” (and “strong women” – one should note this term doesn’t equate actual strength) who embrace ultra nationalist ideology. to my chagrin, i am unable to find that essay now. it was a warning, a warning we’ve been slow to heed in this country and we are living out the consequences. elections have consequences.

anti-Semitism is on the rise in our country. my heart and voice are with my Jewish friends. i stand in solidarity with you. it should be noted that anti-Semitism goes hand in hand with authoritarian movements. 

i’ve shared Timothy Snyder’s book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century, multiple times, because it is so applicable to what we are experiencing in our country today. history is being repeated. the chipping away of our representative democracy is happening, following the playbook.

no one wins and no one, no group is ultimately safe, with fascism. no one. it only leads to harm and destruction. it eventually fails, but at what cost? why align with such harm, such destruction?

please read history, please face the present moment, please use your voice to push back against fascism and most importantly #VOTE in these #midterm #elections. we are just a little over a week away. i have links in my bio to inform yourself and to register if you haven’t.



#democracy #fascism #EngagedBuddhism #path #practice #JinpaLhaga #TimothySnyder #OnTyranny

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