Oh Elle Beau! You have elbowed yourself into my life again! Your anger is used to fight for justice, so you’ll be ok. The same way you’ll be ok when you lift weights against gravity to build strength. Gravity can be a bitch, but it just IS — you can’t get carried away with anger towards gravity, now, can you?

Now I’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do:

Ignorance, Greed, and Anger are part of our fundamental natures (in some Buddhist texts they are called ignorance, attachment, and aversion). These “three poisons” are at the root of all human suffering, BUT also are NECESSARY components of life. Like all basic truths in life, we don’t get far trying to pretend they don’t exist or thinking we are exempt from or can do without them. We just have to find valuable ways to “swim with the current”. But you already knew that; and I know that you already knew that; so why am I bothering to write this response? The same reason you wrote your story. Co-misery loves company! Anyway, to finish up: Ignorance allows us to try something new, but risky. Greed can motivate us to achieve gain which later can mellow out to compassion, generosity, and sustainability. Anger can be harnessed to establish justice…and THANK YOU for sharing your fight with us.

SGI Buddhist, Loves Irish and Latin American Literature, History buff, knows a great deal about Medicare

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