Today, I am a homework assignment. A college student plans to come by and interview me about Buddhism and then write a paper. It is the kind of thing I like -- helping people out -- and the kind of thing I hate -- what can I say that amounts to much more than jibber-jabber? I dislike the idea of pretending that Buddhism can mean much on a page or out of the mouth and yet, well, what's the alternative? Some people actually believe that stuff ... oh ick! And yet the only way out of the ick is into it. Double ick!
But I will do it. It's good training for me. I will do the ask-and-answer thing and try to keep my gnashing little gnome under wraps. He's the one who chirps irritably, "If you want to do it, do it. If you don't, don't. But let's not pretend we can talk it into submission."
Pretend, pretend. Who knows when pretense will grow a pair of balls? I don't.