Thursday, 27 September, 2007, 06:57 AMRating 1 out of 5 (Hardly platitudinous at all)
I have just come back from a retreat where I practised being loving and kind to all living creatures. Normally I wouldn't bother being loving and kind to all living creatures, but I thought I'd give it a try. Bhuddist monks in Burma are now leading protests against the military regime. Being loving and kind to all living creatures does not mean you can't be angry at generals. With no weapons of their own, the monks have finally had enough of the repressive, totalitarian system that they have had to endure. They may be weak and vulnerable, but they are backed by the admiration of the people. That gives them another type of strength. It is not power that corrupts, but fear.