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Letters to the Editor for December 29, 2017

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Compassion, not hate

To the Editor:

Last year on Christmas morning just after sunrise, I was drinking my coffee and watching the sunlight spread across the landscape. I was thinking about the teachings of the Buddha and the life of Christ in regards to leadership and the then-recent election.

Political movements are often motivated by a righteous anger, but hate serves no purpose. If we water the seeds of hate, our best intentions can get lost in the weeds.

On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of a wise leader who embodied compassion and union with the divine. Two thousand years later, people all over the world heed his example. Compassion and cooperation are the way Christmas day and every day. We are all in this together, and we all depend upon each other and the natural world we live in. I remember being moved by the power of these thoughts on a Christmas morning.

Let us follow the truth that the best in us understands.

John Watson