I'll be on travel much of this week, but I wanted to sketch out a few ideas that might make interesting posts for the future:
- "Rights" - do they exist? I'm remind of this by reading a post on Kos about the sexual agenda of the Religious Right. A passage appears there to the effect of "Maybe you don't believe in common descent or evolution. Even though I think that's a foolish belief, you are entitled to it, but common descent is nonetheless true." While for the purposes of everyday social engagement and politesse it's useful to treat people with the respect the presumption of rights would entail, and while for legal purposes it's crucial, especially at present to act with the presumption of certain rights and powers arranged, the construction of such rights, to me, appears at odds with how the world is experienced.
- The Dalai Lama appeared on a Michael Palin travel documentary show. (See here.) To be honest, the reactions of the Dalai Lama when he sat down with Palin were interesting to say the least. Two things stood out: Firstly, the Dalai Lama seemed to laugh a bit too much - I frankly couldn't figure out why, because the laughter seemed in some spots either forced or not exactly matching the tenor of the conversation. But the other thing that stood out was a point where Palin noted that he was bound for Tibet after visiting Dharmsala. It was strikingly clear that the Dalai Lama, like any of us, still deals with attachments. The only other thing that stood out here - alluded to by Palin - was the degree to which the Dalai Lama/Tibet in exile thing is an enterprise. The tragic implication is that people have quite a bit invested in this "in between" condition of Tibet/China/Dharmsala.
- On doing things that are difficult: I have been meaning to address this.
- Interesting times: I'm living in them. Hopefully some mistakes will be profitable.