Peaceful Sunrise over Arizona by Clare Goldsberry

Becoming Our Enemies

Clare Goldsberry

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, enemies of the United States of America attacked on our soil and killed 3,500 innocent civilians, creating 9/11 as a “day in infamy” in U.S. history. Beginning on September 12 of that year and for several months onward, this country will overtaken by a feeling of strength and unity like it had not seen since World War II.

It’s often been said that an enemy is a good thing to have — even more so than a friend, and that was certainly no more true than on 9/11…

Seeking Utopia is the aim of many progressive liberals such as Bernie Sanders and “the squad” of progressive women in Congress, along with other far-left progressives who see socialist ideologies to be an attractive political blueprint for altering the capitalism of the U.S. Gad Saad, evolutionary psychology professor at Concordia University, speaking on a panel discussing the “woke” ideology that has arisen in the U.S., said that “people professing utopian goals have a tendency toward eliminating those who oppress them. …

Very good essay, Nathan! Obviously the goal of the Mormon missionary it to win converts, of which I was one many years ago. I had married a "Jack" Mormon at age 21, and as a student of religion and religious philosophy, Mormonism intrigued me. We lived in Eastern state and, oddly enough, not far from a Mormon meeting house. He decided he wanted to reconnect with his Mormon roots (after a tour of duty in the Vietnam war) and the missionaries were thrilled to have a potential new convert -- one married to a Mormon -- to teach the "true…

Avalokitesvara photo by Clare Goldsberry

Clare Goldsberry

Gender has become not just a word to designate diversity but a word that is cause for divisiveness. In an age when “transgenderism” has suddenly arisen as young people decide they have been born in the “wrong” bodies; that they “feel” male but have a female body or the opposite and thus seek to transform their bodies surgically to conform to the “gender” with which they feel a greater association.

Judeo-Christianity has not done us any favors with gender designations according to body type in that the religious teaching gives us gender designations that last for eternity. When…

Very good analogy. I've always loved Plato's "cave" story. It fits well with Buddhism, whose philosophy tells us that the three poisons are attachment, hatred and ignorance. Attachment is a poison because we become attached to things we perceive to be "real" when in fact they are "mere appearance to mind," created in the mind by the mind.

The second poison is hatred/anger and it is a poison to us because hatred/anger only hurts ourselves - not those we hate or express anger toward.

The third poison is ignorance; ignorance of the way things truly exist (i.e. the shadows on the cave wall) that are not reality but mere shadows. Once we have the wisdom necessary to know how things truly exist, then we no longer are subject to attachment or hatred, and we find ourselves in the light of Ultimate Truth.

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By Clare Goldsberry

“Beyond diversity lies unity, first as a concept and then an experience. Beyond unity lies THAT which is beyond unity and diversity. Beyond THAT is silence. It is somewhere in this superb experience that the moment of truth will come.” Christmas Humphreys in The Western Approach to Zen

Unity is a word that has been tossed around a lot over this past week as we look toward something that will bring together a divided United States of America. We are always being promised “unity” by our various leaders, including our newly elected President Joe Biden. While many…

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland by Clare Goldsberry

I never thought I’d see the day when the U.S. Supreme Court would declare that churches are more dangerous than casinos. An editorial in the July 27 edition of the Wall Street Journal (Rendering Unto Caesars Palace) reviewed the latest SCOTUS ruling in a 5–4 decision: “Chief Justice John Roberts again joined the four liberal Justices to deny an application for injunctive relief from Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order bars church attendance by more than 50 people, no matter the precautions taken. …

Pink Lotus by Clare Goldsberry

Part 3: If God is in control, why do we suffer?

Suffering for me had always been a mystery ever since I was a child. In Sunday School we would learn about people in the Bible who suffered and a God who saved them from their suffering. But, I reasoned in my childish mind, if God loves everyone why does He permit suffering? Take Job, for example. God and Satan were having a discussion about Job, a faithful servant of God, when Satan bet God that if God took away all of Job’s wealth, Job’s suffering would cause him to…

Clare Goldsberry’s Buddhist Altar

Part 2: What — and where — are Heaven and Hell?

The Christian heaven was always a mystery to me. My child-like mind could never quite understand the idea of a place that is beyond the physical place where I was born. While heaven was always described to me as a place where God lived along with the angels and all people who’d lived a righteous life, believed in Jesus Christ as their savior and been baptized. It was a beautiful place, so I was told and I should be very happy to life the sort of life that would…

Japanese Zen Buddhist Statue Maui by Clare Goldsberry

Question #1: Why is it that everyone is born into different circumstances of Life?

As a young teenager being reared in Protestant Christianity, there were many things about religion that I began to question at an early age. One of those big questions that bothered me came about during a “Missionary” evening at the church my family attended; an event held annually to raise money for the missionary family in Africa that our congregation helped support. After the pot-luck dinner we’d go upstairs to the sanctuary to watch a film sent by the missionary family that was working in what is now the Republic of Congo. …

Clare Goldsberry

I am a freelance journalist for business and industry publications; a writer of essays covering the spiritual, philosophical and scientific areas.

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