One of the great lessons to be learned from yoga is how to live in the world of duality without being unduly disturbed by it—to recognize that it is all the Divine Lila (Play/Drama). To create a great play you need a good dose of duality—good guys and bad guys and plenty of conflict. That was certainly in evidence during the last presidential debate on Sunday evening. With Donald Trump’s campaign reeling from the disclosure of the most offensive remarks yet from this scumbag and the Republican Party in tatters as many of its leaders were distancing themselves from the wreckage as quickly as possible, I was very curious to see how the candidate presented himself. True to form, Donald came out swinging, adhering to the old adage that “The best defense is a good offense.” He wasted no time dismissing his profoundly disturbing and offensive remarks as “locker room talk”, and quickly going straight for Hillary’s throat. From my observation, he managed to avoid answering any of the actual questions asked of him, using each as an opportunity to launch another vicious attack on Hillary, while stalking the stage like a caged beast and incessantly sniffing like he’d just snorted an enormous amount of cocaine. To Hillary’s credit she really tried to take the high road and act like an adult amid the withering storm of insults, half-truths, hyperbole, and downright bold-faced lies heaped on her by the Donald. Ever true to his nature as a total sociopath, Donald refused to accept any responsibility for his own reprehensible behavior and blamed all of our country’s problems on Hillary and the Obama administration. The 90 minutes of the debate were painful to watch, but, at the same time, I couldn’t stop watching. I have some advice for Donald Trump: if he wants to save his campaign he needs to immediately convert to Judaism in time for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement that begins at sunset this evening and lasts until sunset tomorrow. If Donald could spend the next 24 hours fasting and praying for forgiveness for his sins against humanity and against God, he might be able to revive his campaign. Somehow, though, I don’t think it’s going to happen.
A welcome diversion from politics this time of year is the Major League Baseball playoffs. I spent the past weekend in Chicago and got swept up in Cub mania. The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, but Chicagoans are convinced that this is their year. The Cubs had the best record in all of baseball this year and, on paper, seem to have the strongest team. In a short series, however, anything can happen. The Cubs are currently playing the Giants in a best-of-five series. The Cubs won the first two games in Chicago, and the Giants managed to stay alive last night in San Francisco in a 13-inning thriller. The Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014—it’s another even year—and have won 10 straight elimination games. Cub fans are getting nervous. This is duality at its best! Gotta go—the game’s on.