Garfinkle: The Tough Lessons of Syria
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  • ljgude

    It is interesting that Mr. Garfinkle uses two Buddhist ideas rather loosely in his piece. A mantra is a mindfullness practice, not just repetition of the same words, as we should all know and ‘Wherever you go, there you are’ is the title of Buddhist teacher John Kabat-Zinn’s book on mindfulness. Both of these things are about getting unstuck from bad ideas. Nonetheless I appreciate Garfinkle’s humorous use of the terms. My own preferred metaphor for the endless repetition of bad ideas is AA Milne’s tale of Pooh and Piglet following their own tracks around a copse in the snow and each time around discovering a new pair of tracks while they scare themselves silly trying to figure out if they are being followed by the dreaded ‘woozle’.

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