It snowed last night -- not much, maybe three or four inches, but enough to require shoveling. I will have to shovel if I want to get out a car and drive to the peace-picket site. I am really not in the mood, though shoveling a path to the zendo seems sensible and carries no similar weight in my mind.
I start by writing about the snow and consider writing about the only time I ever made money when betting at the horse track, but that is pretty much a smoke-screen for what is churning around in my mind this morning ... a despicable turn taken on the Eido Tai Shimano blog thread. I don't want to write/think about it at length here because I don't want to start some secondary discussion, some diversion, from the thread itself. I got at least one email suggesting I shut the thread down, and lord knows I have thought of that more than once. No one suggested deleting the offending post, but I am sure it is in the back of some minds.
Yes, it was a despicable post, and yet the responses of outrage and kindness were as much a part of the entire situation as the despicable post itself. Human, human stuff ... which is part of the reason I started the thread at all -- to get the humanity of the situation on the record. Not just the high-hat ethical considerations, but the raw humanity...the stuff of honest sangha.
Well, it would probably clear my mind to have some breakfast and shovel some snow ... which I will do now.