writing on suffering and awakening

Nurturing spring in the depths of winter: Anthony Kennedy, the Kali Yuga, and us.

Author’s note: This is the beginning of an essay that I published on elephantjournal.com. The full post is available here.

My first reaction to the news that United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is stepping down was shock. I didn’t think he would do it. Justice Kennedy was known as the Court’s swing vote—a Republican who was nonetheless willing to side with the Court’s liberal wing on certain matters of principle. I saw him as embodying the sort of centrist instinct that aims to keep an equilibrium between opposing extremes. As such, I thought he would take the measure of the current climate and choose to remain in office until calmer seas prevailed.

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Ian Cooper