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Gratitude to the women who come forward

The outpouring of honesty we’ve seen is already changing our world in ways big and small, and will continue to do so. We’re also seeing a backlash to that honesty right now, and that’s normal. Truth changes us and that’s scary, but we can’t undo what’s happened either. Pandora is out of her box, and that’s something to celebrate.

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Ian Cooper
We are all responsible for the children

Today, we are all the Buddha. Suffering is standing in front of us, in the guise of the children of those who have come seeking a better life among us, and those among us who would turn them away and tear their families asunder. That suffering is not just at the border, it’s right here, right now, with all of us, knocking on the doors of our hearts.

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Ian Cooper
A social media dharma

Twitter is a wonderful place to practice the dharma—the art of accepting what is and loving in the midst of it. It’s a constant parade of suffering and people at their worst, and the trick is to make room for the suffering and love them anyway—or even because of it.

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Ian Cooper
We're better than how we're treating our immigrants.

We may not all be rounded up and forced to leave our homes, but such inhumanity will seep into the fabric of our society to the detriment of all. Many of our neighbors are now living in terror of being cast out of the home they have known for years or decades. Is this really want the kind of country we want to live in?

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Ian Cooper
We can have peace with North Korea

It’s not easy to look over at North Korea and say: we can hurt you, you can hurt us, and we both have to live with it. That takes a great deal of humility—one virtue America is not well acquainted with. But if our leaders can find the humility to admit our shared vulnerability, that death stands with us as well as with them, perhaps we can see that they are us, and we can have peace.

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Ian Cooper