I read Stephen Batchelor’s account of his meeting with the 14th Dalai Lama and I’m sad and I think “a lost man in a lost world.” And there’s no group I know of that I’d exclude from membership in the lost world. There are I suppose glittery gems here and there. Part of me wants to say that’s OK, we can retreat from these troublesome groups and all just try and be the glitteriest gems we can be, but I feel that in giving up group identities we might be participating in the troublesomeness by ceding political power to anyone in a machiavellian mood.
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