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Police officers are sometimes called peace officers. What if that were really their role?

What if we as a society asked our police officers to shift their role? Police officers are sometimes called peace officers; what if we really took that seriously? What if instead of a focus on crime and punishment, the role of the police was to promote peace in whatever situation they are in?

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Police officers are sometimes called peace officers. What if that were really their role?
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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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A social media dharma
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Drug dealers deserve as much compassion as users do.

We know that you don’t treat a disease by killing the sick person, but by giving them the support they need to get better.

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Drug dealers deserve as much compassion as users do.
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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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We're better than how we're treating our immigrants.
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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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We can have peace with North Korea
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The advantages of spiritual addiction recovery over medication-assisted treatment

Addiction recovery offers a tremendous opportunity for emotional, mental and spiritual growth. Spiritual recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Refuge Recovery can put you on a path to a deeper understanding of yourself and the universe. MAT gets in the way of that.

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The advantages of spiritual addiction recovery over medication-assisted treatment
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A useful question

I increasingly find myself exploring the question: what is mine? The answer seems to be nothing.

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A useful question
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A question for white nationalists everywhere

I want to ask anyone who subscribes to a white nationalist perspective: what do you think would happen if you got what you want?

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A question for white nationalists everywhere
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Awakening through the crumbling of a white-dominated society

Why can the crumbling of the crumbling of a white-dominated America feel so threatening to white folks? I think a big part of it is that it’s making us face an initially frightening truth: that no one is in control. 

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Awakening through the crumbling of a white-dominated society
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Men and women of good faith

if we can see the humanity in the people behind the Confederacy, perhaps we can see ourselves more clearly and with greater humility. 

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Men and women of good faith
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Making peace with the feminine: what men can do about sexual assault and sexism

If we embrace both sides of ourselves, we don’t have to be scared of either.
 

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Making peace with the feminine: what men can do about sexual assault and sexism
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Metta for President Trump

He’s also our brother, whether we like it or not. 

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Metta for President Trump
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Guns don't actually give us power. What does?

We’re attracted to guns because they give us a sense of power over death, but death is coming for all of us anyway. Really, it’s with us now, because death and life are inseparable and intertwined: part of the same whole. Everyone understands this, but most of us try to hide from it.

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Guns don't actually give us power. What does?
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An open letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Pass the DREAM Act.

The people who sought refuge under DACA—the Dreamers—have grown up among us as our neighbors, our friends, our brothers and sisters. They may soon be torn from our midst. Do we stand by them or do we look away?

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An open letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Pass the DREAM Act.
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What are the limits of nonviolence?

Is there not a point where nonviolence becomes ineffective, even counterproductive—a tool of oppression, not liberation? This question is as relevant today as it was in 1968. The answer depends on what you see as liberation, and how far you’re willing to go in order to achieve it.

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What are the limits of nonviolence?
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Diversity is our strength because it makes us uncomfortable

Diversity makes us stronger because it makes us uncomfortable. In other words, all of the ugliness and hatred surfacing in America today is a sign that the experience of living in our multicultural, multiethnic society is having the best possible effect: shaking up our foundations and shattering our assumptions about who we really are. 

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Diversity is our strength because it makes us uncomfortable
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Compassion is the way: a Buddhist perspective on Charlottesville

If we are to find a way through the hate, we don’t have the luxury of being comfortable.

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Compassion is the way: a Buddhist perspective on Charlottesville
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Addiction and the four dharma seals

Observing the addictive mind can be a window into some fundamental truths about life.

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Addiction and the four dharma seals
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12-step diplomacy: just talk with North Korea

Rather than threaten military action, we should instead try something new: establishing real, sincere and sustained diplomatic relations with North Korea and working to help integrate them into the world community. 

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12-step diplomacy: just talk with North Korea
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No one is an island: or why the American Health Care Act hurts us all

Reading news coverage of the efforts by Senate Republicans to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), I am reminded of a famous story about Marie Antoinette.

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No one is an island: or why the American Health Care Act hurts us all
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Is it better to be right or to be compassionate?

is it better to stand firm and righteous on a principle of fairness, and let someone else go hungry, or help feed them and not worry about the rest?

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Is it better to be right or to be compassionate?
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Better political leadership starts with us

For those of us who aren’t in positions of great political power, what are we to do when our government acts with cruelty, greed and dishonesty? We can start by remembering that however unimportant we may seem, we too have great power, should we choose to use it.

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Better political leadership starts with us
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Forgiveness

What if forgiveness is actually simple? Maybe it’s really just seeing what’s in front of us.

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Forgiveness