Last night, because I said I would, I read a long-ish and wonderfully-well-researched draft essay about D. T. Suzuki and his involvement in Zen Buddhism and the promotion of totalitarianism both at home in Japan and abroad, among other places, in Nazi Germany.
D.T. Suzuki is/was an expositor of Zen Buddhism in the West. His works and work qualify him in many minds as being worthy of high praise, if not deification. And yet Suzuki aided and abetted the Japanese militarisms in China and on into WWII. Buddhism, of which Suzuki was an expositor of great stature, has a precept that says simply, "don't kill." But Suzuki worked hard to bring the spiritual purity of Zen to the aid of various wars and attitudes.
Anyway, the essay went on and on and on, adducing evidence that might be brought against any religion ... when it comes to war, god (by whatever name) is on our side. The state is to be defended. If mayhem and death are the price, then so be it -- lay on the icing, spiritual and otherwise.
I wasn't much of a copy editor. I couldn't get my mind in the game. I'm tired. Religion as a supporter of the killing it claims to prohibit is just one of those hypocrisies that is not going to end. Everyone wants to do what they want to do and they'll do damned near anything to be well-thought-of for doing it.
Oh well ... something else I did a half-assed job at. As once I cared and was outraged, now I may be glad that others continue to carry the baton. But it's too heavy for me.