Brooklyn Zen Buddhist

I try to be calm and understanding. But I have trouble being passive and accepting. Perhaps it is because of my upbringing in Brooklyn. There were always bullies. I was taught never to let a bully put his hand in my pockets, or else I would perpetually lose my lunch money. You had to fight. Even if you took a beating the bully would not bother you again. Never let a bully take what is yours, be it Putin, a business, or corporate America. A punch in the face will change their plans. Complain, write a letter, get on the Internet, call a politician, pick a side and do something. Life is action.

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