What a Cliche! – Sravasti Abbey


by Venerable Thubten Tsultrim

Have you ever thought of how many cliches we live with each day?

Whether it’s a cliché or idiom or just a saying is not the point and has no bearing on this Bodhisattva’s Breakfast Corner talk. So, hang on everyone; it’s gonna be a wild ride. Here we go.

They say, it’s a dog-eat-dog world. You just have to look at the news in order to figure that one out. It’s a dog and pony show out there—okay, Elephants and Asses, but you all know what I mean. The Republicans and the Democrats are so busy slinging mud at each other that they forget to stop and smell the roses.

It’s the same old story. One side thinks the other side is bad to the bone and they avoid working with each other like the plague. And the rest of us are caught between a rock and a hard place. And I think some of them are not playing with a full deck. Trying to figure out why they are doing what they are doing is like banging your head against a brick wall.

I’m up to 10 (cliches.)

Sometimes it seems that our so-called leaders are all talk and no action, and that they have an axe to grind when it comes to people that they call bleeding hearts. They seem to want us to live by the law of the jungle, seeing the wolf at the door whenever we turn around. They seem to think that all’s fair in love and war and politics, and they hope that you don’t see that they are yanking your chain when it comes to what is best for you vs. what’s best for them (or the people they claim to represent).

Their hypocrisy stands out like a sore thumb, and it’s as plain as day that they don’t want you to do your own thinking. And they especially don’t want you to rock the boat.


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