OK, so I get out of bed, take a leak, grab a cup of coffee, do a couple of exercises to work some of the kinks out and then open the email box and find ....
A letter posted on the Internet from a professor in Japan. The letter was passed along by a friend in Germany.
professor is someone I assume has some relative intelligence, some
capacity to judge his doings and the doings of others, some capacity to
plumb the depths of his own interests and persuasions. An educated
person, judging by his title.
And yet this educated
person (and he is far from being alone) posts a letter on the Internet
and then expects that somehow it will remain limited in distribution --
that what he has written will remain within the confines of a particular
circle of interested parties.
Am I wrong or is this
just plain insanely stupid ... dumber than a box of rocks ... or perhaps
manipulatively naive ... but in any case wussy as a wet mop. The
situation leaves me slobbering with incredulity ... bringing new and
refreshed meaning to the Internet expression, WTF ... what the fuck?!
If you don't want people to know something, why in god's green earth would you put it on the Internet?
OK, I'll stop sputtering and get to specifics: The posted letter
is entitled "An Open Letter to Sherry Chayat, the Zen Studies Society
and Other Concerned Persons." It is written by Jeff Shore, a professor
at Hanazono University who has involved himself in the long-running
scandal surrounding the Zen teacher, Eido Shimano. With Shore's
involvement, Shimano's standing within the Zen community (whatever that
may mean) and his sexual and financial predations have been brought into
clearer focus... not clear focus, mind you, just clearer focus.
efforts joins the efforts of others (notably the Shimano Archive), to
shine a bright light into dark places of institutional Zen. His efforts,
like other efforts before, exhibits some desire to be the conquering
hero of the whole miasma of a situation (look ma! I've found a solution!
I did what others could not! I've got a handle on a handle-less mess
... and deserve imperial applause). No matter ... everyone wants to be
king of this rubbish heap and as far as I can see, no one is or ever
will be ... it's a joint effort in which each contributes.
But my friend in Germany, the one who sent along the link to Shore's letter, added this sentence: "For whatever reason he [Shore] doesn't want it on the Shimano Archive."
The Shimano Archive is the go-to source for documentation surrounding Shimano's activities. It may contain opinions, but it does not express opinions. It is not some Buddhist play pen, some Internet bulletin board. It does not bow to this and disdain that. It is a collection, plain and simple. And in that role, it collects damn near everything related to Shimano's manipulations and depredations.
Expecting the archive to accede to a ludicrous professorial desire is ... well, it's ludicrous and beyond stupid. The best that can be said for it is, perhaps, that it is manipulative -- precious and manipulative:
If you don't want it on the Internet, don't put it on the Internet ... is that rocket science?