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12 November, 2020

From my journal

The trouble for us, as human beings, is that we are involved in one immersive reality or another. It seems to be a part of our nature to dream, to enjoy fantasy, to drink from the waters of Lethe or suck up the Cool Aid; it's one illusion or another, or multiple, mutually supporting illusions that keep popping up, because they are the fabric of our thoughts. It is not easy to discern the folly, because we exchange one illusion for another so readily. And the Vedanta, the devotion, the systems of Buddhism, weave similar webs of illusion, to which we can subscribe. It is easier to identify the illusive realities of others than those in which we ourselves are caught, but we can know them by their mechanics.

Meditation, when engaged properly, persistently, is the true medicine because the characteristics of our illusion-making are laid bare.

From my Link stream

✭ Tripadvisor warns users over Thai hotel that sued guest for bad review | Thailand | The Guardian
"Thailand’s tough criminal defamation laws have long drawn scrutiny from human rights and press freedom groups, who say it is used as a weapon to stifle free expression. The maximum sentence is two years in prison and a 200,000 baht (£5,000) fine."
✭ I quarantined in Beijing, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Here's what I learned | CNN Travel

✭ Indian move to regulate digital media raises censorship fears | India | The Guardian
"Siddharth Varadarajan, the editor of The Wire which has been slapped with multiple criminal charges for coverage considered critical of the government, said: “The government has been claiming for some time now that online news is some sort of wild west that follows no rules. This is nonsense since all the restrictions that come with the constitutional guarantee of free speech, and a free press, apply to news websites, just as they do to newspapers and TV channels. But what irks the government is the use we have made of our freedom – to ask questions and pursue stories that the big media increasingly shies away from.”
Trump would have loved the situation in India, which seems to be taking rapid steps towards turning into a much less efficient form of its adversary, China.

✭ Saeb Erekat, veteran Palestinian peace negotiator, dies at 65 | Palestinian territories | The Guardian
He supported not only the state level negotiations but also many peace groups - anyone who was on the side of peace, in Palestine or Israel, as far as I know. Here he is in our village; with one of the hotel workers who wanted to pose with him. Allah irhamo.