In this world
Hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
Ancient and inexhaustible.
You too shall pass away.
Knowing this, how can you quarrel?
- from the Dhammapada
We read this passage from the Dhammapada this weekend at temple. Our guiding teacher mentioned (while laughing) that this passage comes in handy when dealing with internet arguments.
That stuck with me. I can't tell you how many times a day I have to walk away from internet fights. I don't like to fight. Don't get me wrong. I hate conflict. But when it comes to issues of social justice and equality, or child abuse or prejudice … these issues get me riled up!
Most times I walk away. I mean, I realize that arguing on the internet is like throwing sand against the wind. I get it. It blows back in your face. But sometimes I just can't stay quiet! Even though I know I'm not going to change anyone's mind with a really insightful and well-written response on a Facebook post.
What a timely reading for the week the SCOTUS decision came down on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. It's hard not to quarrel this week, my friends.